Love K-Pop? These Fast-rising Pinoy-Pop Idol Groups Are Next On Your “Stan List”

Love K-Pop? These Fast-rising Pinoy-Pop Idol Groups Are Next On Your “Stan List”
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The rise of K-Pop and J-Pop (Japanese-Pop) had such a huge global influence that more Pinoy Pop idol groups also want to break into the music scene. But just to refresh your memory, before K-Pop was even famous in the Philippines, there already was the all-female sing-and-dance group SexBomb Girls. They were recognized as the “Best-Selling All-Female Group Of All Time”.

In 2009, Korean girl group Wonder Girls hit the local airwaves with their smash single “Nobody”, and since then, K-Pop has been widely embraced by Filipinos. Today, more Pinoy idol groups are being trained under Korean companies and are taking the Philippine music industry by storm. Get to know them!



MNL48 is a sister group of Japanese girl group AKB48, who also has affiliations in Indonesia (JKT48) and Thailand (BNK48). The name “MNL48” was derived from the Philippines’ capital city, Manila, and they are the only group that debuted with exactly 48 members.

In 2018, Hallo Hallo Entertainment held auditions for the girl group. Thousands of women participated, but only 200 of them were selected to train for 13 weeks. They were then reduced further to the Top 75 before they faced public voting through the MNL48-Plus App. From there, 48 women became the official members of the group.

MNL48 won “PPOP Youth Model of the Year” at the PPOP Awards for Young Artists, and Popcharts Music Awards’ “New Artist of the Year” in 2018. In 2019, they received the “Most Favorite Pop Girl Group of the Year” award at the PPOP Awards for Young Artists.

On November 27, 2020, MNL48 released the official music video of their 6th single “River,” which now has over a million views on YouTube.



SB19 only debuted in 2018, but they continue to prove that they are here to stay. The five-member Filipino boy band consists of Josh, Ken, Pablo, Justin, and Stell. They were formed by the Philippine subsidiary of ShowBT Group in Korea, ShowBT Philippines, and went through the same type of training as our favorite Korean pop idols.

They are the first Filipino group included in Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart, and are the first Southeast Asian act in the top 10 of Billboard Social 50 weekly charts.

Just a week ago, on March 9, 2021, SB19 released their latest single “What?” along with a music video which, as of today, has been watched over 5 million times on their official YouTube channel.



BINI is an eight-member Filipino girl group consisting of Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Mikha, Gwen, Stacy, Jhoanna, and Sheena. They released their pre-debut single “Da Coconut Nut” in November 2020 under Star Hunt Academy.

“Da Coconut Nut” which was originally performed by Smokey Mountain and composed by Filipino musician and National Artist Ryan Cayabyab was transformed into an electro-pop dance song for BINI’s release. The group was trained under the Korean company MU Doctor Academy and Filipino voice coaches Kitchy Molina and Anna Graham.



1st.One is an all-male group by FirstOne Entertainment, a South Korean record label and entertainment agency. It is comprised of six members: Ace, Alpha, J, Jayson, Max, and Joker.

They officially debuted on July 31, 2020 with their single “You Are The One (Ttak Maja Nuh)”. In January 2020, 1st.One performed alongside popular K-Pop groups TWICE, Red Velvet, NCT, and Monsta X at the High 1 Seoul Music Awards, which is one of the most renowned music awards shows in South Korea.

As of February 2021, their official debut single has garnered almost a million views on YouTube.

PPop Generation


According to their website, PPop Generation is a “collective of young, super-talented individuals who have banded together to thrill, exhilarate and enliven a young generation of audience into listening to new and original Pinoy pop music once more.”

Similar to the Japanese girl group AKB48, PPop Generation is a big group comprised of 45 members that are divided into three teams: Team A, Team B, and Team C. It is the next generation of “Pop Girls” which once included Nadine Lustre, Shy Carlos, and Rosalie Van Ginkel.

The group trained under legends Geleen Eugenio and Zeb Zuniga, and have performed alongside multi-awarded artists like Regine Velasquez and Sarah Geronimo.



The 9 members of this up-and-coming boy group not only sing and dance, they have legit rapping skills as well. Taneo, Mo, Jao, Kin, Tomas, R-Ji, Valfer, Gami, and Alas come from different provinces in the Philippines, and together, they aim to promote Filipino culture by writing songs and singing in multiple Philippine dialects.

Their debut single “kbye” showcased their different ethnicities through the lyrics and a well-executed choreography. It has garnered around half a million views on YouTube, and more than 100,000 streams on Spotify!

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