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EXCLUSIVE: Still siblings

All is well between vocal group 5thGen and former member Rhap Salazar



(FROM LEFT): RJ Buena, Marielle Mamaclay, Reymond Sajor, Lady Onnagan, and Rhap Salazar

(FROM LEFT): RJ Buena, Marielle Mamaclay,
Reymond Sajor, Lady Onnagan, and Rhap Salazar

Remaining 5thGen member Reymond Sajor, Marielle Mamaclay, Lady Onnagan, and RJ Buena say there’s no bad blood between them and singer Rhap Salazar.

In an exclusive interview with Bulletin Entertainment, they shared he bid his farewell “properly.”

“He wants to go solo and we had to allow him that opportunity,” Reymond said.

They remain friends. In fact, they still sing with him occasionally, under the billing 5thGen with Rhap.

Marielle said someone in a group going solo is not unusual and even “unavoidable” in most cases.

“That’s why if ever one day that RJ, myself, Lady, or Reymond would want to do that too, then it’s okay,” she said.

Lady closed the subject by saying what’s meant to be will always find its way to fruition.

Next The CompanY?
Four years after the group was formed, 5thGen still hopes to make it big in the mainstream music scene.

Their “peg” is no other than The CompanY whose members have praised 5thGen.

“To hear good words from them, commendation, it’s really fulfilling,” Reymond declared.

What is their edge from other vocal groups, we asked.

“We’re ourselves,” he said. “I mean, we are all aware that there are a lot of good local artists here but authenticity is most important.”

Marielle thinks their “power house” style gives them the upper-hand.

“We not only sing but we dance. We could belt out songs,” she proudly shared.

RJ added they have everything on the menu as the group has soprano, tenor, alto, or bass for members.

“We’re flexible and versatile,” was how Marielle put it.

And they have team work.

“If someone in the group is not feeling well, we make sure to plan our harmonies to cover up for that person,” she said. “Aside from being workmates, we are also a family, friends.”

Growth and gains
5thGen members never stop honing their craft. They are now into writing their own songs. By next year, that output, an inspirational ditty, will be out.

What else do they aspire for?

Well, the former World Championships of the Performing Arts (WCOPA) medalists said it would be an international music award. They believe that would serve as validation for all the hard work they have done.

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