Former ABS-CBN talent Chantal Videla (second from right) is one of Lapillus’ ladies.
Let me be clear from the start. I’ve never been a fan of K-Pop, except for a dose of BTS’s “Dynamite” once in a while and Black Pink’s “Pink Venom” lately (because I love the part that goes “Brra-ta-ta-ta, trra-ta-ta-ta.” I sing it real loud every time it’s on the radio until my boys back off and whine, “Stop it mom!”).
But just last Monday, a brand new South Korean girl group called Lapillus caught my eye and maybe I’ll keep it a little longer. Two reasons: firstly, because one of the six lovely ladies was once an ABS-CBN artist (pictured!) and secondly, because the group is young – having only launched in June – they chose to l unanimity the Philippines as the first destination abroad. .
“I have to say that for choosing our country for your first overseas tour, we should always have a special place for you ladies in our hearts,” I told them during their media presentation.
“Can you tell us why you chose to come to Manila before any other place? I asked, then.
Shana, the Japanese leader of the group, responded through an interpreter how they were aware of the growing response they were getting from Filipinos.
“The first reason why we chose the Philippines is that we really know that we have a lot of Filipino fans supporting us here,” Shana pointed out.
She then acknowledged that co-member Chantal Videla, better known as Chanty in the group, has a lot to do with the K-Pop group‘s popularity given their half-Filipina and half-Argentinian roots.
“She was always telling us about the Philippines,” Shana continued. “She even told me about ube before because it was the same color as the hair dye. Now that I’ve tried it here, it’s so good!”
Thanks to Chanty, in fact, many Filipinos already know the group’s first single, “Hit Ya!” even though they arrived last weekend.
When asked how it felt to be back home as part of a full-fledged K-Pop group, Chanty said, “I have so many words to describe how I feel right now, but I’m really, really happy to be able to promote ‘Hit Ya!’ and promote our band here in the Philippines, my home country. It’s really an honor for me.
Making the most of their long visit to Manila, a two-week promotion will ensue with more press conferences, appearances on local TV shows and photo shoots.
The group will also organize fan meetings at the Market! Market! at Taguig and Ayala Malls Fairview Terraces in Quezon City on September 10 and 11, respectively.
When asked where they were going after the Philippines, the girls said they would love to go to the United States and Japan, Shana’s homeland, to bring their music there.
Finally, Lapillus should release a new single, titled “Gratata”, on September 22, and I hope to still be there by then.