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Director Mark Meily of the Viva movie “#FBois: Squad Goals” did not bat an eyelash when asked to explain why they insisted on the title despite the widely notorious belief that the “F” there stands for an obscene, four-letter word.

​(From left): Jack Reid, Vitto ​Marquez, Julian Trono, Andrew ​Muhlach, and Dan Hushcka (mb.com.ph)

​(From left): Jack Reid, Vitto ​Marquez, Julian Trono, Andrew ​Muhlach, and Dan Hushcka

“We want to promote conversation,” he said. “Parang ang isang pangalan ay walang power, walang ibig sabihin. Kumbaga grupo lang ng letra siya.”

Mark thinks the F word there could stand for anything and how you interpret the term is subjective.

“We want to say na ‘FBoi’ sila pero we want people to talk about them and be curious na ‘Bakit ganu’n, bakit parang babaero ang ibig sabihin.’ But then we want to say na ‘No, it (could) also mean somebody who is into music, fitness, and being funny.”

The film stars young actors Jack Reid, Vitto ​Marquez, Julian Trono, Andrew ​Muhlach, and Dan Hushcka.

Jack is Pads, a Mass Communication student who works part time as a bartender, which makes him sleepy during class. Pads was born and raised in Australia so he speaks little Filipino. He is tutored by a girl who seems to be the only one unaffected by his charms.

In real life, Jack is Fil-Aussie. He’s been in the industry for three years now and he has been working hard to be recognized for his own capabilities and not just for being the youngest brother of James Reid.

Vitto has celebrity parents in actors Alma Moreno and Joey Marquez. He was officially launched last year as one of the members ABS-CBN’s boy group #Hashtag. These days, the rising star is seen regularly on “It’s Showtime.”

In the movie, Vitto is “FitBoi” Tom, son of a retired basketball player and a model-actress. The character is an HRM student and a varsity team captain who also happens to be a three-time MVP. He is the “It Guy” on campus who gets into various mischiefs with his friends.

Andrew’s brother is no less than Aga Muhlach. The former has appeared in two other movies so far, “Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin” and “Darkroom.”

Mark Meily (mb.com.ph)

Mark Meily

In “Squad Goals,” Andrew is Nat with moniker “#FunnyBoi.” Although his character is quick in coming up with pranks, he is slow in expressing his feelings for the girl he likes.

Nat comes from a middle class family. His father earns a living by driving for a ridesharing app while his mother works for a networking company.

Dan is “#FunkyBoi” in the film. Hans, the name of his character, is a shy music genius who keeps getting gigs as a DJ to the detriment of his studies.

In real life, the budding actor is a singer too. The Filipino-German was a member of boy group Sugar High in 2013.

Julian is Benj, the “#FlyBoi.” He is an Engineering student who moonlights as dance guru Young D. He wears a mask in his dance clips on a video-sharing website to hide from his father who frowns upon this passion of his. In the story, he only took up Engineering to be able to help out in their family’s failing business.

Julian is known to his fans as “Prince of the Dance Floor.” He is also a Viva Records artist.

Before the film opens this summer, the cast will go on promotional tour nationwide on weekends until April.

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