SexBomb Girls

The SexBomb Girls (also known as SexBomb Dancers and now SB NewGen) is an all-female celebrity sing and dance group in the Philippines. From mere background dancers, they evolved into multimedia stars, with successful careers in singing, acting, and dancing. The SexBomb Girls is hailed as "The Best-Selling Philippine Female Group of All Time" (followed by Aegis).

SexBomb Girls
Also known asSB NewGen, SexBomb Dancers
OriginQuezon City, Philippines
GenresPop, dance
Years active1999–present
LabelsDSI J Entertainment, Viva Records, Focus Entertainment, Sony Music, Musiko Records (BMG Records (Pilipinas), Inc.)

They are well known for their chant, "Get, get aww!" They were once mainstay dancers for Eat Bulaga!, the longest noontime variety show in the Philippines. The group can be seen weekly at Zero Point Malate every Tuesday night, Mosibaba Food Park every Wednesday night, at their weekend shows at Zirkoh Bar Tomas Morato and Klownz Comedy Bar, Banana Split (renamed as Banana Sundae), Umagang Kay Ganda and Sundays on ASAP on ABS-CBN.

HistoryEdit

The SexBomb Dancers were originally composed of four dancers upon their formation in November 1999 (Rochelle, Che-che, Debra and Janine) under the name Salaguinto Dancers as the background dancers of Eat Bulaga! and an offshoot of the Danz Focus Dancers (house dancers of the said show). The name "Sex Bomb" came from the 1999 hit song of Tom Jones. Of the four, only Rochelle remained (thus landing her the role and title as the group leader) until the group expanded during the SexBomb dance searches in 2000–2001, reaching an all-time high of 22 members. In 2002, the SexBomb Singers were formed, and were billed as "SexBomb Girls" in their shows and promotional materials. Their first studio album, Unang Putok included the hit songs "Bakit Papa?" ("Why Father?"), "Crush Kita", "Pretty Little Baby", "Di Ko Na Mapipigilan" ("I Can No Longer Stop") and "Tulog Na Baby" ("Sleep Now Baby"). In 2003, they released their sophomore album entitled Round 2 which featured the hit song "Spageti Song" featuring Joey de Leon. In 2004, the SexBomb Girls released their third album entitled Bomb Thr3at featuring the hit song "Halukay Ube". The SexBomb Dancers did shows and danced to songs from their dance albums, Sexiest Hits (2002), Sexiest Hits 2 (2003) and Sexiest Hits 3 (2004). The SexBomb Singers and Dancers were then collectively referred to as The SexBomb Girls. The SexBomb Girls were managed by Joy Cancio, of Focus E Incorporated. Cancio was a former member of the Vicor Dancers of the 1980s.

The group's fame continued to permeate with the said album releases, constant national television show guestings, live shows in political campaigns and comedy bars, and their longest drama series on Philippine television, Daisy Siete that ended in July 2010, extending to 26 seasons (a total of 7 years). Upon the group's dismissal from their house show Eat Bulaga! in 2011, the SexBomb Girls welcomed a freelance television contract (appeared in GMA, ABS-CBN and TV5) while maintaining outside shows. In December 2013, the strains of the original members of the dance group went their separate ways into having their own families, solo artistries, continued educations, and entrepreneurships.

The group have performed in night shows and concerts at The Library in Malate, Manila, Joketime in Pasay and Cavite, Oblivion Bar and Longue, Dutdutan Tattoo Conventions by Tribal Philippines, Yamaha Philippines, and at Zirkoh and Klownz in Quezon City every week, and also traveled across the country to host festivals, special occasions, and requested town event guestings.

The SexBomb Girls are currently under J Entertainment (beginning January 2014) on a continued freelance state as managed by Jara Cancio, the daughter of Joy Cancio, and Aira Bermudez (original SexBomb Dancer). Currently, the group is known as SexBomb NewGen or SB NewGen to represent the new generation of the SexBomb Girls, producing all-female talents with expertise in dance genres such as hip-hop, contemporary and urban, as well as in singing, slowly deviating from the original group's main focus on novelty and jazz. Currently guesting in a series of television shows, comedy bars and mall tours, SB NewGen also continues their fast rising explosion through their viral dance videos that reached international databases in Facebook and YouTube.

As of August 4, 2017, it was announced that SB NewGen would be co-managed in unison by J Entertainment and Viva Artists Agency.

Current membersEdit

SB NewGen
  • Keshia Almoroto (Since 2015)
  • Daphny Red Apigo (Since 2015)
  • Julie May Aring (Since 2016)
  • Nikkie Millares (Since 2017)
  • Eunice Andrea Creus (Since 2018)
  • Jelai Ahamil (Since 2019)

Former membersEdit

Original SexBomb Girls (1999–2013, under FocusE)
  • Rochelle Pangilinan-Solinap (1999–2011)
  • Debbie 'Debra' Ignacio (1999–2001)
  • Cheryl 'Che-Che' Genove-Shimabukuro (1999–2000)
  • Janine Reyes-Ramos (1999–2000)
  • Aira Bermudez-Inovero (2000–2017)
  • Mia Pangyarihan (2000–2013)
  • Jopay Paguia-Zamora (2000–2010, 2012–2014)
  • Cherrie Nhorren Ingal (2000)
  • Yvette Lopez (2001)
  • JB Cifra-Cuellar (2001–2002)
  • Michelle Reyes (2001–2002)
  • Sandy Tolentino (2001-2014)
  • Che-Che Tolentino (2001–2014)
  • Evette Pabalan-Onayan (2001–2010)
  • Izzy Trazona-Aragon (2001–2010)
  • Weng Ibarra (2001–2007, 2008–2010)
  • Mae Acosta-Valdes (2001–2013)
  • Grace Nera (2001-2013)
  • Jane Lao-Ng (2001-2002)
  • Natalie 'Babat' Imperial-Baron (2001–2002)
  • Sugar Mercado (2001–2002, 2004–2006)
  • Aba 'AB' Chiongson (2001–2002)
  • Jacky Rivas (2002-2010, 2012, 2014-2016)
  • Johlan Veluz (2002-2013)
  • Monique Icban-Diamante (2002–2005, 2008–2010)
  • Jacque Estevez-Tran (2002, 2003–2006)
  • Sunshine Garcia-Castro (2002–2013)
  • Cynthia 'CY' Yapchingco (2002–2010)
  • Aifha Medina-Cheng (2003–2010)
  • Jhoana Orbeta (2003–2012)
  • Louise Bolton (2004–2016)
  • Mhyca Bautista (2004–2014)
  • Cherry Ann Rufo (2004–2007)
  • Rodellyn 'Joice' Pecho (2004–2006)
  • Mariam Al-Obaidi (2004)
  • Jovel Palomo (2004–2009)
  • Danielle Ramirez–Hartmann (2004–2010)
  • Molly Baylon (2006)
  • Hazel Taligatos-Burgos (2006–2007)
  • Kate Sacay (2006–2007)
  • Danica Gulapa-Habib (2006–2012)
  • Kristel "Kryz" Moreno (2007)
  • Charm Saldon-Jamarolin (2007)
  • Alice Almocera-Jackson (2007)
  • Michelle Mercado (2007–2009)
  • Shane Gonzales-Ignacio (2007–2010)
  • Sheena Flores-de Castro (2008–2011)
  • Jomarie Gutierrez-Olaes (2009–2014)
  • Stephanie Lantion (2009)
  • Jaja Barro (2010–2014)
  • Dona Veliganio (2010–2016)
  • Yui Guiterrez (2010–2011)
  • Julie Anne Septimo-Ihap (2010–2013)
  • Joyce Canimo (2012-2016; 2018-2019)
  • Camille Lazo (2012–2018)
  • Kristine Saludo-De Vera (2012)
  • Trizia Ramis (2012–2014)
  • Krizia Ramis (2012–2014)
  • Kristine 'Joyz' Decena (2012–2013)
  • Jane Albarracin (2012–2013)
  • Emilou Malabayabas (2013)
SexBomb NewGen (from 2014, under DSI J Entertainment)
  • Lea Jane Lumabi (2014-2019)
  • Angel Gavilan (2014–2016)
  • Ynna Bayot (2014–2016)
  • Gera Yulo (2014–2015)
  • Janine 'Tricia' Ravancho (2014–2015)
  • Kimberly 'Khim' Zolina (2014)
  • Chubbie 'Chachi' Bardon (2015–2016)
  • Erika Grulla (2015–2016)
  • Nerizza 'Nerz' Germina (2016–2017)
  • Janaira 'Rai' Martinez (2017–2018)

DiscographyEdit

The first attempt of creating a singing compartment for SexBomb occurred in 2001 with Rochelle Pangilinan (the group leader), Jopay Paguia (nicknamed as the Pambansang Hita), Evette Pabalan (discovered in 2001 Eat Bulaga! singing contest, impersonating Alanis Morissette), Weng Ibarra, Izzy Trazona, Sugar Mercado, and Aibee Chiongson. However, due to Aibee's departure of the group, this first attempt dissolved quickly.

The official line-up of the SexBomb Singers (officially named as the SexBomb Girls) debuted in 2002 with the successful release of their first album, Unang Putok, that garnered a 4x Platinum award: Rochelle, Jopay, Evette, Weng, Izzy, and Monique Icban (newest member auditioned for the Singers). 2002 marked the first categorical division of the group: the SexBomb Girls (SexBomb Singers) (led by Rochelle) and the SexBomb Dancers (led by Aira Bermudez).

2004 was a year of a deluge of new and young SexBomb members (for both Singers and Dancers) pulled from Eat Bulaga! auditions and private FocusE screenings. Half-Filipina, half-Egyptian Mariam Al-Obaidi was added to the hailed SexBomb Singers roster, with a debut in the 2x Platinum album Bomb Thr3at. After a few months, Al-Obaidi left the group and was seen in the rival show Wowowee (ABS-CBN) as the newest ASF Dancer (with speculations that Al-Obaidi was kicked out of SexBomb, and did not resign, due to incompetency). Around the same time, Original SexBomb Singer Monique Icban left the group to pursue entrepreneurship (returning later in 2008). Later in 2004, new members Danielle Ramirez and Jovel Palomo were joined to form a singing duo, separate from the Singers division, as DJ Bomb in which they released hailed-SexBomb songs such as Kaibigan and Kutob. In 2005, SexBomb Dancer Che-che Tolentino was introduced as the newest SexBomb Singer as a replacement for past-members Monique and Mariam. She was debuted in the last ever studio album, Sumayaw, Sumunod: The Best of the Sexbomb Girls.

Due to several group disputes and near break-up issues, no grand moves were made by the SexBomb Singers (besides political campaigns and outside shows) until 2010 for the last season of Daisy Siete. In honor of the noontime drama series, a singing sub-group named Daisies was formed with their debut single Take One for the soundtrack album of the last season of Daisy Siete, Adam or Eve. The Daisies composed of the five youngest members of SexBomb, each having their own color: Louise Bolton (Daisy Green), Mhyca Bautista (Daisy Blue), Che-che Tolentino (Daisy Yellow, replacing Shane Gonzales), Jomarie Gutierrez (Daisy Lavender), and Jaja Barro (Daisy Pink). With the final departure of the frontliners of the dance group such as Rochelle and Jopay in 2011, the grand champion of Danz Showdown: The Search for the Next SexBomb Girls Dona Veliganio was added to the Daisies as Daisy Red. The Daisies re-covered DJ Bomb's songs such as Kutob.

In 2012, the Daisies were no longer on set and an official set of vocalists named as the New Generation SexBomb Singers composed of Louise, Jomarie, Jaja and Dona.

Upon Jomarie and Jaja's departure from the group in 2014, the SexBomb Girls were re-launched under a new company, J Entertainment, as the NewGen SexBomb Girls with three separate compartments: SexBomb NewGen (performed in national television), SexBomb Dancers (performed in outside shows), and SexBomb GKiss (the singers). SexBomb GKiss was initially composed of Louise Bolton, Dona Veliganio, and Joyce Canimo, but was later on augmented in early 2015 with former Original Mocha Girl: Hershey Delas Alas and with back-up SexBomb Dancers Jacky Rivas, Ynna Bayot, and Angel Gavilan.

Upon the departure of Louise, Jacky, Dona, Joyce, Ynna, Angel, and Hershey in late 2015, the current line-up of the NewGen SexBomb Girls (now formally known as SexBomb NewGen) became established and auctioned. Though no established singing compartment is currently on the air, NewGen leader Jane Lumabi and hip-hopper Nerizza Germina stand as SB NewGen's singers in their shows starting December 2016.

With Nerizza leaving in 2017 for the Mocha Girls, named 'Singing Princess' Eunice Andrea was added to the SB NewGen roster in early 2018 to stand as the lead singer of the girl group in mall tours and daily shows.

In February 2019, SB NewGen released their first-ever self-composed single in their music video entitled "Want U" featuring Michael "Cursebox" Negapatan under Viva Records and Cursebox Productions.

Studio albumsEdit

  • 2002: Unang Putok (4x Platinum)
  • 2003: Round 2 (5x Platinum)
  • 2004: Bomb Thr3at (2x Platinum)
  • 2005: Sumayaw, Sumunod: The Best of the Sexbomb Girls (Platinum)

Christmas albumsEdit

  • 2002: Wish Ko sa Pasko (Gold)
  • 2003: Spaghetti Sa Pasko (single)
  • 2004: Pik-piripik-pik ng Pik-Pik (single)

Dance compilation albumsEdit

The songs on these albums are performed mostly by European Eurodance artists. The choreography to the songs on these albums was popularized by the Sexbomb Dancers. Mall shows were held nationwide to promote these albums.

  • 2002: Sexbomb's Sexiest Hits (Gold)
  • 2002: Sexbomb: I Like & Other Hits (Gold)
  • 2003: Sexbomb's Sexiest Hits: 2 (Gold)
  • 2004: Sexbomb's Sexiest Hits: 3 (4x Platinum)

Compilation albumsEdit

  • 2006: Daisy Siete: V-DAY Music from the TV Series
  • 2007: Tabachingching: Sexbomb
  • 2008: Vaklushii: Daisy Siete Season 19 Soundtrack
  • 2010: Adam or Eve

Solo albumsEdit

  • 2005: Jacque Estevez (Gold)
  • 2007: ROC: Rocaholic (Gold)

SB NewGenEdit

  • 2019: Single Want U (240,000 YouTube views)
  • 2019: Single Newgen Shake

Acting careerEdit

The Sexbomb Girls have their own movie, Bakit Papa, which was released nationwide in the Philippines in 2002. The Sexbomb Singers took the lead, with the Dancers playing support. Others in the cast include Allan K., Wendell Ramos, Epi Quizon, Chynna Ortaleza and Richard Gutierrez. It was produced by Regal Films and had an opening day of P3.5 million, with the total box-office sales estimated at P20.6 million.

The group had their own afternoon drama series Daisy Siete, which aired on GMA Network weekdays at 2:30pm.

Daisy Siete had been a ratings mogul since its premiere, charting its highest rating at 30% in December 2003 (season 1). It later rated anywhere from 19% to 25%. Rival networks tried to compete by airing their own shows; some of these shows were Colgate Trip Kita, Sarah the Teen Princess and Kapamilya Cinema.

From 2002–2003, the girls were also part of Daboy en Da Girl, with Rochelle as Britney, and the girls as Japayukis.

The girls have appeared on different guestings on the GMA Network. Magpakailanman has featured the life stories of several Sexbomb Girls with them playing themselves: Sunshine Garcia, Jacque Estevez, Aira Bermudez, Evette Pabalan, Johlan Veluz and Aifha Medina. Rochelle Pangilinan's story was played by Rufa Mae Quinto. Pangilinan has portrayed other characters twice, and Bermudez played the Aeta featured in one episode.

The Sexbomb Dancers were mainstays on QTV Channel 11's Let's Get Aww! which aired last November 2005. The show was short-lived.

FilmographyEdit

TelevisionEdit

FilmEdit

  • 2001: Tusong Twesome (Debra)
  • 2002: Bakit Papa (Sexbomb Girls, together with Jomar Velasco)
  • 2002: Bertud ng Putik (Rochelle)
  • 2002: Lastikman (Jopay)
  • 2004: Anak ka ng Tatay Mo (Cynthia) (Jomar)
  • 2004: Fantastikman (Jopay, Grace, Rochelle, Jacky, Cynthia)
  • 2004: Enteng Kabisote (Aira)
  • 2005: Ispiritista (Aifha, Cynthia, Sugar, Danielle, Jovel)
  • 2005: Enteng Kabisote 2 (Louise, Mhyca, Cherry Ann)
  • 2008: Iskul Bukol 20 Years After (Ungasis and Escaleras Adventure) (Aira)
  • 2011: Panday 2 (Jhoana, Jomarie)
  • 2019: Indak (film) (SB NewGen)

Music videosEdit

The girls starred in the music video for "Askal" in 2013, sung by Jose Manalo and Wally Bayola, and the song entry for the second Philippine Popular Music Festival.[1]

Joyce Canimo of the NewGen SexBomb Girls starred in the official music video for "Sa'Yo" in 2014, sung by Silent Sanctuary.

The NewGen SexBomb Girls starred in the official dance music video for "Kinikilig" in 2016, sung by Hazel Faith as choreographed by Joy and daughter Jara Cancio.

Lea Jane of SexBomb NewGen starred as the demoness in the official music video for "Apoy" in 2018, by rapper Abra.

Daphny and Eunice of SB NewGen starred in "Di Lahat" music video by Donnalyn Bartolome.

Awards and recognitionsEdit

Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. Awards:

  • 2007: "Hall of Famer" - Sexbomb Dancers
  • 2002–2008: "Most Popular Dance Group" - Sexbomb Dancers

YouTube:

  • 2018: "Silver Play Button Award" - SB NewGen (>100,000 subscribers)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "SEXBOMB DANCERS, IPAPAUSO ANG SAYAW NA 'ASKAL'". News5. Retrieved 16 July 2013.

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