Filipino boy band JBK delights in paying it forward many times over.
In their first major solo concert “Just Be Kind,” Joshua Bulot, Bryan del Rosario and Kim Ordonio will donate part of the proceeds to Mabuhay Deseret Foundation, YesPinoy Foundation, and Hero Foundation Inc.
The idea behind the benevolence started when “American Idol” David Archuleta visited the country last year and he got them as front act performer at his concert.
“All proceeds from David’s concert went to Mabuhay Deseret,” Bryan said. “As guest artists, he asked us to go with him to the foundation. The moment we saw the children, we got inspired. It’s, like, ‘Who am I to complain about life?’”
Founded in 1988, the Mabuhay Deseret Foundation is the largest surgical charity in the Philippines. It facilitates over 3,000 free operations for the poor per year to correct medical conditions such as cataracts, crossed eyes, cleft lip and palate, burn contractures, post polio and club feet.
Joshua went on: “I remember the moment we started singing, those kids, even though they don’t see us, they still sang along. They smiled and that’s when we decided ‘Let’s give back.’ God has blessed us many times over so why not share with other people.’”
The concert is not the first time they did a kind act. JBK also did busking, an activity of playing music on the street or in a public place for voluntary donations. They were able to collect R30, 000 all donated to a foundation.
What should the fans look forward to at the concert, we asked.
“The hugot sketches and different style of sing,” Joshua said, adding it will be a sort of musical.
“We’re very hands on with the song lineup. You’ll be hearing songs we’ve never done in live gigs includings songs by Queen,” Bryan went on.
JBK underwent various trainings in preparing for the show.
“We always review our songs before we end our day. We are currently doing voice lessons and dance rehearsals so that we can be prepared with every transition,” said Kim.
Joining JBK as guest performers that night are Julie Anne San Jose, Bradley Holmes, Kakai Bautista, and the cast of “Rak Of Aegis” including Nina Espinosa.
Produced by Winstruck Events Production, “Just Be Kind” is on March 29 at the Music Museum.
It’s been more than year since JBK appeared on “The X-Factor UK,” making them the first Filipino boy band to compete on the show.
Talking about their humble beginnings, Bryan shared it was he who formed the group.
“All of us met during a workshop. Back then, Joshua and Kim were still studying so they could not go full time in music,” Bryan said. “One time, I was contacted for a gig but they needed a trio. So I called them up and asked if they would join me.”
It was in 2017 that JBK did an online audition for “The X-Factor UK.” They flew to London to audition live on the show, covering Sam Smith’s track “Lay Me Down.” Their performance received praises from the judging panel, comprised of Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger, Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh.
Nicole, who has Filipino blood, told JBK: “You are making the Filipinos so proud right now.”
Simon then sealed the deal, informing the group that they are advancing to the next round of competition. “Four yes-es,” he said.
Unfortunately, after what they called a “nerve-wracking” experience, JBK got eliminated by Simon during the six-chair challenge. Disgusted, Nicole stood up, took her coat and walked out.
Still, JBK is grateful for that international stint as it opened many opportunities for them, including a contract with GMA Artist Center.
“Natalo man kami, panalo pa rin ang mga puso namin,” was how Bryan put it.
Going on their sixth year as a group, JBK said they aim to make it big in the music industry and will also try their hand at acting.
Asked what makes them standout as musicians, they have this to say.
“I guess, our difference with other boy bands is that we write our own songs. We’re totally hands on with everything, with the branding, with the marketing ideas and all,” Joshua said.
Thankfully, GMA has been supportive.
“The support we’d been getting from our management, from our friends and family, keeps us going.”