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Move over K-Pop! Here comes the Pop Girls!

Philippine pop music goes through a refreshing rebirth with the emergence of the newest girl group composed of five teenage wonders all set to conquer the recording scene with compelling charm, striking stule and total talent.

Aptly christened POP GIRLs, the group is an outcome of the collaboration of two of the most influential names in the music industry - recording magnate Boss Vic del Rosario who was responsible for creating the biggest multimedia start of the country such as Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Sarah Geronimo, among others; and topnotch dancer/choreographer Geleen Eugenio who honed the dancing skills of celebrities like Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor and brought Universal Motion Dancers to the peak of their career.

Seeing the young as a consistently plausible target market, Vic challenged Geleen to form a group of appealing young girls who are all exceptional in singing and dancing. Though she was set to leave for the US then, Geleen decided to forego her initial plan to accept the project and called for an audition. There were more than fifty hopefuls but only five passed the rigid screening. But the final decision came about when Boss Vic actually saw the chosen girls perform. He was swayed with each of the firls that they were immediately awarded both management and recording contracts.

The fabulous five who make up Pop Girls are twins Lai and Mar, both aged 16 and half Lebanese; Helg Filipino, half Futch Rose, 13 years old; Half Filipino, half Swiss Schai, 14 years old; and Nadine, 15 years olf, the only pure Filipino in the group.

Though coming from various lineages, the girls perfectly jive together to form a melodic clique that is Pop Girls. This impression is also very much in tune with the group's debut album, Vic del Rosario gathered renowed international producers Christian de Walden and Marcus Davis, along with local producer Civ Fontanilla, to pitch in their expertise to create one world class record.

The debut album echoes the sound that is distinctly Pop Girls - youthful, sweet, light, infectious, with catchy beat that would make everyone groove and uncomplicated lyrics that would make everyone sing along. The songs mirror the colorful life of the young with themes such as puppy love, shopping, dancing, and basically having fun!

The album is composed of 13 tracks, mostly original ones such sa Crazy Crazy, an upbeat song by Marcus and Amber Davis and Crushy, written by Geleen Eugenio herself. Also included are covers of hits such as Urong Sulong and Kapag Tumibok ang Puso.

Pop Girls indeed is the new face and sound of Philippine pop music. The teenage group is undoubtedly at par, or even better than the rest of the Asian groups which continue to invade the music scene today. Pop girls seals the country's rightful claim to P-Pop as the new nickname for Philippine pop music to reflect the youthful flair of the group and the music, very much in the tradition of Korea's L-Pop and Japan's J-Pop.

And as for Lai, Mar, Rose, Schai and Nadine, these girls now become the new wholesome and well-educated trendsetters of the youth in the country, not only in terms of song, dance, but in personality and lifestyle as well.

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