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OriginManila, Philippines
Years active2021–present
LabelsStar Music[1]
Star Magic Records
Associated acts
  • Gelo
  • Akira
  • JL
  • Mikki
  • Nate

BGYO (pronounced as B-G-Y-O), formerly known as Star Hunt Academy Boys or SHA Boys,[2] is a five-member Filipino boy group that began formation in 2018 by ABS-CBN Star Hunt Academy and debuted in 2021 under ABS-CBN's Star Magic. The quintet—composed of Akira, Gelo, JL, Mikki, and Nate—co-writes several of their output. Their lyrics, often focused on social issues relevant to young generation, hope, youth empowerment and self-love.[3] The group's debut single "The Light" was released on January 29, 2021, accompanied by a music video and online concert.[4] They are the first Filipino act charted at number one[5] and the fifth Filipino artist to appear on the weekly Billboard Next Big Sound chart.[6][7]


The group's name is an acronym for "Becoming the change, Going further, You and I, Originally Filipino".[8][9] Contrary to the belief of many, the group's name is not the shortened form of the Filipino word "bagyo", which means storm particularly a tropical cyclone.[2] Their fandom name is collectively called ACEs chosen unanimously by the members among entries from fans.[10][11]

Their name (which is similarly spelled to "bagyo" or the Tagalog word for "storm") is more than appropriate since this group is definitely poised to take the P-pop industry by storm.

— Kyzia Maramara,[12]

SHA Boys became BGYO, a name that completely makes sense, given the group's beating pace.

— JE CC,[13]

we don’t blame you for thinking [BGYO as "bagyo"] so as these boys are without a doubt taking our local music scene by storm!

— Bianca Custodio, Candymag[14]


2018–2020: Pre-debut and introduction[edit]

In 2018, ABS-CBN launched the Star Hunt Academy program, a project led by entertainment head Laurenti Dyogi for the purpose of introducing Filipino talent in the international market.[15][16][17] 250 auditionees with age range of 16–19 from different places in the Philippines were evaluated, from which the first set of male trainees were selected. It was initially planned to debut a 7-member idol boy group but was minimized to five. The final lineup ended with Akira, Gelo, JL, Mikki, and Nate.[15][18] They were trained for two years under Filipino and South Korean mentors from MU Doctor Academy. Vocal coach Kitchy Molina and Austrian-native dance coach Mickey Perz were some of the notable Filipino mentors.[19][15][3]

On August 3, 2019, the five members were officially introduced as the Star Hunt trainees in the online pre-show of the PBB Otso Big Night through a performance.[20] They had their first outdoor performance with live audience in their first-ever mall show in Taguig.[21] They become the youth ambassadors of the National Youth Commission. They have also attended in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games thanksgiving celebration.[22] In May 2020, Dyogi released a dance practice video of Akira, Gelo, Mikki, and Nate dancing to Seventeen's "Let Me Hear You Say" to show their progress in training.[23] In the subsequent months, the academy have released vlogs of the trainees on YouTube and performance videos on Twitter.[24]

On December 4, 2020, the official debut month of the group in January 2021 was announced, together with the contract signing with Star Magic and record label Star Music.[25][26]

2021-present: Debut with "The Light" and "The Baddest"[edit]

Ahead of the debut date, Star Hunt Academy released a series of teasers for the group which on January 13, 2021, they revealed the group's official name accompanied with its official logo.[27][26]

MU Doctor collaborated with South Korean producers Rogan & Ddank for BGYO's debut single "The Light" released on January 29, 2021. The English lyrics were written by Korean-American composer and songwriter Distract, and the Tagalog lyrics written by the members themselves to "reflect their own story in the song".[3] The single was choreographed by Lay Back, known to have worked with SuperM, Hyolyn, and Zico.[28][29]

In March, BGYO was featured in the Spring 2021 issue of L'Officiel.[30] BGYO also participated in the collaborative virtual show of ABS-CBN along with other "Kapamilya stars" broadcast through Kumu and Facebook.[31][32] On March 31, MYX announced the group as their "spotlight artist" for the month of April.[33]

On April 9, Star Music officially confirmed that BGYO will sing the official soundtrack of iWantTFC's digital Philippine romance comedy series He's Into Her.[34] On April 21, BGYO performed on the Wish 107.5 Bus with their debut single.[35] On April 23, 2021, the second single He's Into Her has been sent to digital streaming and download platforms with a lyric and music video uploaded on YouTube.[36][37] On the same day, BGYO was added on the roster of Spotify RADAR program.[38]

The group's first collaboration single "Feel Good Pilipinas" was released on May 21, 2021, with KZ Tandingan which was produced as ABS-CBN's 2021 Summer Special ID.[39]

On May 17, BGYO participated in the 4th Season of Coke Studio Philippines' "Itodo Mo Beat Mo" where they performed the choreographed rendition of Keiko Necesario's "While We Are Young".[40][41] Three days after, an original composition of BGYO and Necesario titled "Runnin'" was uploaded on YouTube.[42] On May 29, the group also took part on the virtual red carpet premiere of the series He's Into Her.[43]

On June 6, "BGYO Live Zoom Party" took place.[44] It was a virtual international fan meet, held via Zoom and was organized by K-Wave By. Marie INC. and TimelessNotes LIVE,[45] where they performed The Light, "He's Into Her" and a cover of the song Un Año by the Colombian singer-songwriter Sebastián Yatra and the Mexican pop rock band Reik.[46][47] They also got the chance to be interviewed on SBS PopAsia on June 10.[48] The group also made an appearance on the official debut of their sister group BINI, on June 11.[49]

In July, BGYO fronted "The Music Issue" of PARCINQ Magazine with the tagline "P-POP POWER".[50]

On August 7, BGYO debuted on MYX Music Awards 2021 stage as they performed "He's Into Her".[51] On August 20, BGYO released their sophomore single The Baddest.[52] On August 25, #BGYO was included on Twitter's "Top Hashtags in the Philippines" for the first half of 2021.[53]


BGYO have cited BTS, Exo, GOT7, Wanna One, Seventeen, NCT, WayV, Stray Kids, TXT, Treasure, Big Bang, Twice, Shawn Mendes, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Kendrick Lamar, Gary Valenciano, Iñigo Pascual, Erik Santos and Regine Velasquez as musical inspirations.[54][55][56] In an interview with Myx Global,[57] the group have also cited Jabbawockeez as an influence, with Nate saying "the Jabbawockeez inspired me to get into music, and would even copy how they would dance".[58]

Legacy and cultural impact[edit]


BGYO’s arrival to the music scene came in the midst of a harrowing pandemic. Anybody who has a little sense of how much music can change the world—or a life for that matter—would easily take a pass on BGYO. Filipinos have already taken inspiration from Filipino acts like Moira de la Torre and The Juans, whose "hugot" songs practically replaced the national anthem for many people. Well, believe it or not, BGYO does not pull off an effort to take a different lane. They did not necessarily have to do "hugot" songs, but the inspiration they can deliver [and] their triumphant journey to success is one to take motivations from, too.

— JE CC,[59]

BGYO are glamorous P-pop idols *and* full-time students at the same time. So not only is it beyond impressive that they’ve already achieved *so* much this early into their careers, but the fact that they’re doing all of this while studying only demonstrates how disciplined and determined these boys really are. We stan men who are both beauty and brains!

— Bianca Custodio, Candymag[14]

No idea what kind of spell they've been putting, but when the category is freshness, BGYO is undeniably one of the peak stars.

— John Alfred Esmilla,[60]

Cultural impact[edit]

BGYO were dubbed as the "Aces of P-pop",[50] known for notable vocals and synchronized dance moves.[24][61]

Since their official debut as BGYO in January, the group has boarded the train of success to achieve career-defining moments. Like a genuine storm, BGYO made a number of record-setting landfalls; each representing a mammoth victory in their glorious ascent as one of the country’s fastest rising P-Pop groups.

— JE CC, RAWR Magazine[62]

As the youngest people on the set, the boys made sure to introduce themselves to the crew, breaking that wall of intimidation from their recognizable fame, their overwhelming visuals and talent, balanced with their readiness and professionalism, that would make you think they've been doing this for years. These five boys always have their (handsome) game faces when working. Saying their goodbyes and a cheer-y "1,2 Thank you po!" to the whole staff, BGYO brings a different kind of energy wherever they go, and it's a youthful vibe that we love.

— Katie Rojas, PARCINQ Magazine[50]

Pinaghihirapan talaga nila. Kahit may sakit. They have the right attitude, behavior, they’re very humble. Hindi sila demanding [at] mareklamo. Nag-aaral lahat yan. We’re very proud that Aki is a dean’s lister. Talagang kahanga-hanga yung ginagawa nila.

— Laurenti Dyogi, Dailypedia[63]

In less than a year, their milestones and recognitions are overflowing proving that they’re the "baddest performers", [BGYO] just bagged the "Best Theme Song" for He's Into Her at the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards [and] eventually a consistent spot holder at both global charts, Billboard's Next Big Sound and Next Big Sound's Pandora Predictions Chart.

— John Alfred Esmilla,[60]

Other ventures[edit]


On November 16, 2019, as the youth ambassadors of National Youth Commission, the group took part in the "FitFil Youth Against Drugs and Obesity" campaign held at the SM Mall of Asia.[64][65]

On November 28, 2020, the group participated a virtual fundraising concert hosted by TikTok Philippines for the benefit of those affected by typhoons which was participated with other artists and vloggers in the Philippines.[66] On December 8, 2020, BGYO with sister group BINI held a joint auction charity event called "#BINIficiaryAucSHAn" for the benefit of Typhoon Ulysses victims donated to the Cagayan and Isabela relief operations through ABS-CBN Foundation – Sagip Kapamilya. The project raised 125,642 from the groups' auctioned trainee shirts and other belongings plus a fund raised via Kumu.[67][68] On December 20, the group performed on ABS-CBN's Christmas special entitled "KTnX ang Babait Ninyo: ABS-CBN Christmas Special Fundraising Show" for the segment "P-Pop Rise"—a benefit show for the survivors and evacuees of areas hit by typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.[69][70]

On March 28, 2021, the group was invited to perform on a benefit concert organized by director Cathy Garcia Molina for NICKL Entertainment.[71] They also took part on Election 2020 coalition's virtual campaign that hopes to mobilize and encourage Filipino citizens to register and vote.[72][73]


On March 19, 2021, BGYO signed with the live streaming platform, Kumu, to promote campaigns.[74][75]


From eldest to youngest.

  • Angelo "Gelo" Troy Rivera – Leader
  • Akira "Aki" Morishita
  • John Lloyd "JL" Toreliza
  • Michael "Mikki" Claver Jr.
  • Nathaniel "Nate" Porcalla


Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums
Title Album details Ref.
The Light [76]


Title Year Album Ref.
"The Light" 2021 The Light [76][77]
"He's Into Her" [78]
"The Baddest" [76][79]
"When I'm with You"

Promotional singles[edit]

Title Year Album Ref.
(with Keiko Necesario)
2021 Coke Studio PH Season 4 [80]
"While We Are Young"


Title Year Album Ref.
"Feel Good Pilipinas"
(with KZ Tandingan) - ABS CBN Special Summer ID 2021 Theme Song
2021 Feel Good Pilipinas - Single [81]
"Kulay (Miss Universe Philippines 2021)"
Miss Universe Philippines 2021 (Official National Costume Song)
Kulay (Miss Universe Philippines 2021) - Single [82]
"Andito Tayo Para sa Isa't Isa"
with Kapamilya artists Sharon Cuneta, Piolo Pascual, Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Sarah Geronimo, Vice Ganda, Erik Santos, KZ Tandingan, Darren Espanto, Iñigo Pascual, Donny Pangilinan, Belle Mariano, Seth Fedelin, Andrea Brillantes) - ABS CBN's Christmas ID 2021 Theme Song
Andito Tayo Para sa Isa't Isa - Single [83]


Title Year Album Ref.
"Feel Good Pilipinas (Extended Remix)"
(with KZ Tandingan, remixed by DJ DLS)
2021 Feel Good Pilipinas (Extended Remix) - Single [84]


Headlining concerts[edit]


Date Title Performed song(s) City Country Venue Ref.
August 22 & 29, 2020 Happy Hallyu Day 4 "Let Me Hear You Say" (Seventeen)
"Tempo" (Exo)
"On" (BTS)
"Raise Your Flag" (KZ Tandingan and Kritiko)
Manila Philippines Virtual [85]
October 31, 2020 2020 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival "Cherry Bomb" (NCT 127)
"Mic Drop" (BTS)
"Sing For You" (Exo)
August 28–29, 2021 Happy Hallyu Day 5: A Virtual Fest "My House" (2PM)
"Hard Carry" (GOT7)
"Boy" (Treasure)
"The Baddest"

Joint tours and concerts[edit]

Date Title City Country Venue Ref.
June 11, 2021 Feel Good Pilipinas Global Independence Day Caravan
with Arci Muñoz, Morissette Amon, Jayda, Martin Nievera and Jed Madela
Dubai United Arab Emirates Virtual [88]
June 12, 2021 Hong Kong
June 13, 2021 South Korea
June 20, 2021 Singapore
June 26, 2021 United States of America
ALL FOR ONE (Canadian Multiculturalism Day): Celebrating Unity in Diversity
with AC Bonifacio, BINI, Darren Espanto, Glisha, Kayla Rivera, rIVerse, and Southeast Cartel
Canada [89]
August 6, 2021 He's Into Her : The Benison Ball
with He's Into Her casts, Jayda, JC Alcantara, Sab and Gigi De Lana with Gigi Vibes
Philippines [90][91]
November 6–7, 2021 ONE DREAM: The BINI and BGYO Concert
with Special performances from AC Bonifacio, KZ Tandingan and Kritiko
December 3, 2021 1MX Dubai 2021 (Filipino Music Festival)
with Ez Mil, Bamboo, Moira, BINI and Gigi De Lana
Dubai United Arab Emirates Dubai World Trade Centre [92]



Year Month/Date Program Ref.
2019 August 3 Pinoy Big Brother: Otso [22][93]
2020 October 18 ASAP Natin 'To [16][94]
October 25 [95]
November 22 [96]
November 29 [97]
November 30 Magandang Buhay [98]
December 6 Pinoy Big Brother: Connect [16][2]
December 12 It's Showtime [16]
December 20 ABS-CBN Christmas Special 2020 [99]
2021 January 31 ASAP Natin 'To [100]
February 5 It's Showtime [101]
February 7 Be The Light: The BGYO Launch (Philippines Re-broadcast) [102]
February 13 Be The Light: The BGYO Launch (Worldwide Re-broadcast) [103]
February 25 Pinoy Big Brother: Connect [104]
February 26 [105]
March 7 ASAP Natin 'To [106]
March 8 We Rise Together [107][108]
March 9 Teleradyo - Sakto [109]
March 12 MYX Philippines - MYXclusive [110]
March 14 I Feel U [111]
ASAP Natin 'To [112]
Pinoy Big Brother: Connect @ The Big Night [113][114]
March 21 ASAP Natin 'To [115]
March 22 Magandang Buhay (Re-broadcast) [116][117]
April 4 ASAP Natin 'To (Re-broadcast) [118][119]
April 9 K World: Better Together! [120]
April 16 Cinema News [121]
April 18 ASAP Natin 'To [122]
April 25 [123]
May 16 [124]
May 17 Magandang Buhay [125]
May 23 ASAP Natin 'To [126]
May 29 It's Showtime [127]
May 30 ASAP Natin 'To [128]
June 6 [129]
TV5's - Idols of Pop: Manila Sound to KPop [130]
June 20 ASAP Natin 'To [131]
June 21 BINI: The Launch - THE SHOWCASE (TV Premiere) [132]
June 27 ALL FOR ONE (Canadian Multiculturalism Day) [89]
July 4 ASAP Natin 'To [133]
July 18 [134]
August 1 [135]
September 5 [136]
September 18 It's Showtime [137]
September 19 ASAP Natin 'To [138]
October 1 It's Showtime [139]
October 10 ASAP Natin 'To [140]
October 31 [141]
December 12 [142]
December 19 [143]
December 26 [144]
2022 January 16 [145]

Online shows[edit]

Year Title Network Note(s) Ref.
2020 BGYO on Kumu Live (as SHA Boys) Kumu 3 episodes per week [31]
2021 BGYO on Kumu Live
MYX Spotlight Artist for April MYX Philippines 5 episodes [33]
Coke Studio Itodo Mo Beat Mo with BGYO and Keiko Necesario - Part 1 Coke Studio Philippines 7 episodes [80]
Coke Studio Itodo Mo Beat Mo with BGYO and Keiko Necesario - Part 2 3 episodes [146][147]
ONE DREAM: The Bini - BGYO Journey iWantTFC, MYX Global 9 episodes [148]
ONE DREAM: Virtual Hangout iWantTFC YouTube Channel
MTV Asia Spotlight Artist for October and November MTV Asia 9 episodes [149]
Annyeong Korea Trivia: #KoreaTayoSoon KTO Manila YouTube Channel 10 episodes [150]

Awards and nominations[edit]


Award ceremony Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
PUSH Awards 2020 Push Music Personality of the Year BGYO Nominated [151]
Asian Academy Creative Awards 2021 Best Theme Song or Title Theme (Philippines) He's Into Her Won [152]
34th AWIT Awards People's Voice Favorite Group Artist BGYO Won [153]
RAWR Awards Song of the Year The Light Nominated [154]
Favorite Group BGYO Nominated
Favorite Performer Nominated
Fan Club of the Year ACEs Nominated
7th Wish Music Awards Wish Breakthrough Artist of the Year BGYO Pending [155]
Wishclusive Pop Performance of the Year The Light Pending


Award ceremony Host country Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
Asian Academy Creative Awards Singapore
2021 Best Theme Song or Title Theme He's Into Her Finalist [156]
Prêmio Anual K4US (PAK2021) Brazil
Melhor Ato Internacional Musical
(Best International Music Act)
BGYO Nominated [157]


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