10 PPOP Groups Taking the Philippines by Storm

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July 20, 2023

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PPOP stands for "Pinoy Pop" or "Philippine Pop." It is a music genre that originated in the Philippines and refers to contemporary pop music produced and performed by Filipino artists. PPOP songs are typically catchy, upbeat, and cater to a wide audience. The genre gained popularity in the 2010s, with various PPOP groups and solo artists emerging and gaining considerable fan bases. PPOP often incorporates elements of pop, dance, and R&B music, and it has played a significant role in the local music industry's growth and expansion.


To recognize these amazing talents, PPOPCON was made to not only gather fans of these groups but also to celebrate Filipino culture and music. The event usually spans two days filled with activities and exhibits before culminating with a concert to close the event. 


The convention aims to not only connect fans and artists but to also build a stronger community for Philippine Pop. 


While there are a lot of rising PPOP groups - with some already taking off and touring internationally - it's only fitting that we recognize these groups that wave the flag and represent Pinoy Pop.


In this article, we'll be looking at 10 groups that have definitely cemented their place in the PPOP community. Additionally, these are also some of the groups that made an appearance in the recently concluded 2023 edition of the PPOPCON.


Top 5 Male PPOP Groups to Follow 




SB19 is a highly acclaimed boy group hailing from the Philippines, consisting of five talented members: Pablo, Josh, Stell, Ken, and Justin. They made their debut on October 26th, 2018, captivating audiences with their song 'TILALUHA.' Before their debut, the group underwent rigorous training for a period of four years under SHOWBT Entertainment. Presently, they are signed with 1Z Entertainment, a company established and managed by the members themselves.



SB19 has been at the forefront of P-pop (Pinoy Pop) in the Philippines, pioneering and elevating the genre's popularity. One remarkable achievement of the group is their historic nomination in the Billboard Music Awards, where they were the first Filipino and Southeast Asian act to be nominated in the Top Social Artist category.




BGYO is a rising Filipino boy group that officially debuted on January 29, 2021. Comprising five talented members - Gelo, Akira, Mikki, JL, and Nate - they underwent extensive training under Star Hunt Academy, honing their singing, dancing, and performance skills. With their energetic and synchronized performances, BGYO quickly gained a dedicated fan base, both locally and internationally, and they aspire to represent Filipino music and culture on the global stage. BGYO has won numerous local awards, including the AWIT Awards, P-Pop Awards, Push Awards, and the Recording Academy's list of 10 Asian artists to check out. The Grammys praised BGYO for redefining what it means to be a boy band in the Philippines.



Managed by Star Magic, BGYO's journey in the music industry looks incredibly promising as they continue to captivate audiences with their charisma and talent. Their dedicated fan base, known as "ACEs," passionately supports them, and the group is determined to become one of the leading acts in the ever-evolving landscape of the entertainment world. With their sights set on breaking barriers and making an impact, BGYO is on a remarkable trajectory towards success. 




Alamat is a dynamic and innovative Filipino boy group that has been making a significant impact in the music scene. Comprised of eight talented members - Taneo, Mo, Jao, Tomas, R-Ji, Valfer, Gami, and Kin - Alamat brings a fresh fusion of traditional and modern elements to their performances. The group's name, which means "legend" in Filipino, perfectly encapsulates their mission to preserve and modernize Filipino folklore and mythology through their music and storytelling.



Since their debut, Alamat has been gaining popularity and recognition for their captivating performances, powerful vocals, and impeccable dance moves. They effortlessly blend traditional Filipino instruments and choreography with contemporary music styles, creating a distinct sound that resonates with audiences both young and old. With their deep-rooted cultural pride and commitment to showcasing the rich heritage of the Philippines, Alamat continues to impress and inspire fans as they strive to make their mark on the local and international music stage.




HORI7ON is an exciting new global pop group comprising the final 7 members from the survival show Dream Maker, which was a joint project by MLD Entertainment, ABS-CBN, and KAMP Korea. The talented members of HORI7ON include Vinci, Kim, Kyler, Reyster, Winston, Jeromy, and Marcus. After undergoing rigorous training in South Korea, they are set to make their highly anticipated debut on July 24, 2023, with their debut album titled 'Friend-SHIP.'



Leading up to their debut, HORI7ON already made their mark with the release of their pre-debut single 'DASH' on March 22, 2023, creating excitement and anticipation among their growing fan base. As a global pop group, HORI7ON aims to showcase their diverse talents and cultural influences to an international audience. With the support of their agencies and fans, the group is poised to embark on an incredible journey in the music industry and make their presence felt on the global stage.




1ST.ONE, a six-member Filipino Boy Group signed under FirstOne Entertainment, has been making significant strides in the music scene. The group is composed of talented members ACE, Max, Alpha, J, Joker, Jason, and Gift (Special Member). Their exceptional dance skills and performances earned them noteworthy achievements, including securing 1st Place in the Dance Category at the 28th Philippine-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival on September 28, 2018. They further showcased their prowess by becoming the Grand Winner at the Seoul Music Awards PH Dance To Your Seoul on November 10, 2019, and captivating audiences with their opening act at SMA 2020 on January 30, 2020.



Prior to their official debut, 1ST.ONE released a pre-debut single titled "One Dream" on April 3, 2020, giving fans a taste of their talents and potential. The group finally marked their official debut on July 31, 2020, with the song "You Are The One (Ttak Maja Nuh)," further solidifying their presence in the industry. With their impressive achievements and promising musical abilities, 1ST.ONE is undoubtedly a rising force to be reckoned with, and their future in the music world looks exceedingly bright.


Top 5 Female PPOP Groups to Add to Your Playlist




KAIA, a talented Filipino girl group signed under SHOWBT Entertainment, is making waves in the music industry. Comprising five members - Angela, Charlotte, Sophia, Alexa, and Charice - the group has garnered attention and anticipation for their musical journey. They initiated their musical venture by releasing a pre-debut single titled "KAYA" on December 10th, 2021, offering a glimpse of their musical style and potential.



On April 8, 2022, KAIA made an impactful entrance into the industry with their official debut single "BLAH BLAH." With this debut track, they showcased their unique talents, captivating audiences with their refreshing sound and performance. As the group continues to make their mark, KAIA is undoubtedly a promising addition to the music scene, and their passionate fan base eagerly awaits their future releases and accomplishments.




BINI, an impressive PPop girl group comprising eight members, is under the management of Star Magic, which is affiliated with ABS-CBN. The group's talented lineup includes Jhoanna, Aiah, Colet, Maloi, Gwen, Stacey, Mikha, and Sheena. Prior to their official debut, BINI gave fans a taste of their potential with the release of their pre-debut single titled "Da Coconut Nut" on November 6th, 2020.



The highly-anticipated moment arrived on June 11, 2021, when BINI finally marked their official debut with the single "Born To Win." Their debut song showcased their exceptional vocal abilities, impressive choreography, and strong stage presence, leaving a lasting impact on their audience. With their dedication and passion for music, BINI is poised to carve a prominent place for themselves in the competitive music industry, and their flourishing fan base eagerly awaits their future projects and achievements.




MNL48 is a popular Filipino idol girl group and sister group of the renowned Japanese idol group AKB48. The group is managed by Hallohallo Entertainment Inc. and was formed through various auditions held in the Philippines. MNL48 follows the concept of AKB48, where the members perform in multiple teams and stages, fostering a strong connection with their fans, known as "MNLoves."



Since their debut, MNL48 has grown in popularity, captivating audiences with their talent, charm, and entertaining performances. The group has released several hit singles, including "Aitakatta," "Pag-ibig Fortune Cookie," and "River," which have garnered millions of views on various platforms. MNL48's dedication to their craft and their active engagement with fans through handshake events and theater performances have solidified their position as one of the prominent girl groups in the Philippines. With their infectious energy and strong fan support, MNL48 continues to pave the way for the idol culture in the country, leaving a lasting impact on the local entertainment scene.




DIONE, a 4-member Filipino girl group, comprises talented members Joyden, DK, Clara, and Ella, and they are currently signed under FirstOne Entertainment and Warner Music Philippines. Notably, some of the members were previously part of the disbanded group, LUNA, which was also under the same agency. On April 7, 2022, DIONE made an impactful debut with their digital single "BLING BLING," showcasing their impressive vocals and captivating performances.



With their distinct sound and captivating charm, DIONE has been garnering attention and support from fans and music enthusiasts alike. Their previous experience in LUNA and the guidance of their agency have allowed them to grow as artists and refine their talents, further solidifying their position in the local music scene. As they continue to embark on their musical journey, DIONE is set to shine brightly and make their mark in the industry with their promising potential.




CALISTA is a talented six-member Filipino girl group, managed by Tyronne Escalante Artist Management and Merlion Events Production. The group is composed of skilled members Anne, Dain, Laiza, Elle, Denise, and Olive. On February 14, 2022, they officially marked their debut with the release of their single titled "Race Car."



With the guidance of their management and the dedication of each member, CALISTA is poised to make a significant impact in the music industry. Their debut single "Race Car" showcases their musical prowess and captivating performances, leaving a strong impression on their growing fan base. As they continue to hone their skills and create more music, CALISTA is bound to shine brighter and capture the hearts of music enthusiasts both in the Philippines and beyond.


The Rise of PPOP


PPOP, or Pinoy Pop, is a vibrant and popular music genre that originated in the Philippines. It has played a significant role in the local music industry's growth and has gained popularity both within the country and internationally. Its catchy and upbeat songs characterized the genre, often incorporating elements of pop, dance, and R&B music.


PPOPCON serves as a celebration of the rich Filipino culture and music, providing a platform for various PPOP groups to gather and connect with their fans. The convention aims to build a stronger community for Philippine Pop and recognizes the amazing talents that wave the flag and represent Pinoy Pop.


Throughout this article, we explored ten PPOP groups that have cemented their place in the PPOP community, including SB19, BGYO, ALAMAT, HORI7ON, 1ST.ONE, KAIA, BINI, MNL48, DIONE, and CALISTA. Each of these groups brings a unique blend of talent and charisma, captivating audiences with their impressive performances and captivating music.


As these talented groups continue to grow and evolve, they are set to make a lasting impact on the Philippine music industry, showcasing their dedication to their craft and their passion for representing their culture on the global stage. With their devoted fan bases, the future looks bright for these rising PPOP stars, and they are undoubtedly poised to leave a lasting legacy in the ever-evolving landscape of Pinoy Pop.