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Still the ‘Bomb’

They slide, do the split, and have crazy spring on their step every time they hit the dance floor. The SB NewGen dancers are in the house and they are not about to get, get, aawww!!!

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From being mere background dancers on “Eat Bulaga!,” the Sexbomb Girls have become multimedia stars – name it, they’ve done it.

SB Newgen (Photo by Manny Llanes l Manila Bulletin) /mb.com.ph

SB NewGen (Photo by Manny Llanes l Manila Bulletin)

Popularly known for the ear-piercing chant, “Get, get aww!,” the Sexbomb Girls are behind “Bakit Papa” and “Spaghetti,” hit songs culled from their 4x Platinum certified album “Unang Putok” released in 2002.

The girls also dominated TV screens via their own afternoon drama series “Daisy Siete,” which lasted for 26 seasons.

Having been awarded Most Popular Dance Group from 2002 up to 2008 by the Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, the Sexbomb Girls have no doubt, stayed true to their tag as “Pinaka Mabentang Dance Group Sa Kasaysayan Ng Pilipinas.”

Their successful run ended in 2011 with each of the girls eventually pursuing solo careers or settling into a quiet life outside show business.

Not that the group’s story ends there. With many fans still longing for their breathtaking splits and backbreaking hip bends, comes a fresher version of the well-loved Sexbomb Girls.

Dubbed SB NewGen, the group consists of five beautiful, sexy, and sweet girls namely Jane Lumabi, Kesha Almoroto, Nerizza Germina, Daphny Apigo, and Julie Aring.

In an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment, Jane, who stands as group leader, acknowledged they have big shoes to fill.

“Dati pinapakinggan lang namin ’yung mga kanta nila pero ngayon kami na mismo ’yung sumasayaw nito,” she said. “Iba ’yung feeling, sobrang nakakatuwa lang talaga.”

The lineup of SB NewGen was completed last year. According to Jane, some members went through auditions, while some were discovered through different dance contests.

The group currently works as freelancers often seen on TV shows such as “Banana Sundae” and “ASAP.”

Humble beginnings

The members of SB NewGen have interesting back stories.

Kesha, the “Smart Chick” of the group, is a mass communication graduate. The dancer revealed her parents initially frowned on her decision to pursue a dancing career.

“Ayaw kasi talaga nila but pinatunayan ko na kaya kong pagsabayin ang pag-aaral at pagsasayaw,” she said.

The 22-year-old eventually earned the support of her parents.

“Akala kasi nila hindi ko kakayanin pero pinatunayan ko na ’yung akala nila na hindi kaya, posible naman pala.”

She advises everyone to continue pursuing their dreams despite the challenges they encounter.

“If ever gusto nilang may marating sila sa buhay, unang-una sa lahat maniwala sila sa sarili nilang kakayahan. Tapos ’yung mga negative na naririnig nila, i-take lang nila ’yun as challenge or inspiration,” she said.

Unlike Kesha, “The Girl Next Door” of the group, Jane, left school to chase after her dreams.

“Hindi kasi kaya ng time eh,” she said.

Although her parents are now separated, Jane said her family remains her inspiration.

“Nu’ng naghiwalay magulang ko, kasabay po nu’n ’yung pagkapasok ko sa grupo. Sabi ko nga ‘God’s will ’to,”’ she explained. “Kahit na broken family na kami ngayon, naging dahilan po ’yun para magpursigi ako. Para sa kanila kung bakit ko ’to ginagawa.”

The “Bad Girl” of the group is 18-year-old Nerizza who used to be a member of that hip-hop dance group, Philippine All-Stars.

Nerizza admitted she was hesitant to join the group at first, thinking her hip hop background isn’t suited to the established Sexbomb style.

“But eventually nag-decide ako na sumali na then na-realize ko na kaya ko naman pala,” she said.

Like Nerizza, Julie, the “Bungisngis Princess” of the group, also had her doubts joining the group at onset.

“Nu’ng na-discover po ako sa isang dance contest, sabi ko parang hindi ako interesado kasi parang iniisip ko hindi ko kayang mag-split, mag-sexy dance, sexy-outfits,” she shared.

The dancer changed her mind due to financial issues.

“Kumontak po ako sa kanila tapos nag-audition ako,” she said. “Nakakatuwa kasi ngayon nakakatulong na po ako sa family ko.”
The youngest of the group is the 15-year-old Daphny a.k.a. the “Twerk Princess.” She believes being part of SB NewGen is gift from God.

“Super duper idol ko po ang Sexbomb, kaya nu’ng pinapirma po ako ng contract para maging member ng NewGen, ay sabi ko, ‘Blessings sa akin ’to.”’

No worries

Of course, comparison with the original Sexbomb is inevitable but SB NewGen has no worries.

Jane said, “Para sakin po kasi, wala akong masasabi sa kanila na negative kaya okay lang na kino-compare kami sa kanila, tanggap ko.”

Jane revealed they actually maintained good friendship with the original members of Sexbomb. In fact, Aira Bermudez is one of their choreographers.

“Si Ate Aira naging hands-on po siya sa pagututuro samin, talagang gina-guide niya kami,” Jane shared.

So how can they differentiate themselves from the original Sexbomb?

“’Yung Sexbomb po kasi kilala lahat ng tao, ’yung mga tugtog nila novelty. Kami naman ngayon, iba-iba na ’yung mga style and genre ng sinasayaw namin,” Kesha explained.

“Tapos kami rin po ’yung tinatawag na sexy-sweet, hindi sobrang sexy. Sa’min po kasi nandun ’yung barrier na kailangan kapag sexy kami, aside sa pagiging sexy, dapat classy kami and at the same time cute tignan. Very pleasing sa mga tao.”

SB NewGen hopes to equal or surpass the original Sexbomb’s achievement.

“Dapat mapantayan namin or kung pwede nga mas umangat pa kami para naman maging proud ’yung mga original members sa’min.”

J’s on the go

SB NewGen is currently is managed by Jara and John Cancio, the son-and-daughter tandem of Sexbomb’s former manager Joy Cancio.
According to John, they plan to attain what their mother did with the Sexbomb.

“It’s like a paying it forward kind of thing,” John said. “We’re trying to continue kung ano ’yung nasimulan ng nanay ko.”

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