Even the boys of P-pop idol group SB19 were not spared from the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses.
Members Sejun and Stell narrated their respective experiences during the mediacon for SB19's concert #SB19GlobalLive, which will happen on November 21, 2020, at 2 p.m., via Global Live streaming site.
Sejun, the group's leader, revealed his family home in Imus, Cavite was flooded.
He said, "Dun po kasi sa lugar namin bahain po talaga. Iyong road namin, di po siya binaha per se, pero iyong bahay namin pailalim po siya.
"So lahat ng water, lahat po ng flood, dumiretso dun, 'tapos pinasok iyong bahay namin. Pero hindi naman po ganun kataas.
"Naiangat naman po agad iyong mga gamit namin."
The only difficult part, he said, was the clean-up after the flooding.
Sejun elaborated, "After a few days, nalinis na po namin agad. Naitapon namin iyong tubig sa labas at um-okay na rin naman po.
"Ang downside lang po nun, may daga na lumalangoy sa flood 'tapos ang dami-daming ipis.
"Iyon po ang pinakamahirap, kailangan tanggalin namin lahat ng nasa loob ng bahay namin."
He added that the flooding wasn't as bad as his experience before when the water reached up to his waist.
"Okay naman po, sanay na po. Marami na rin pong dumaan na bagyo sa amin, mas malala pa doon.
"Dati hanggang almost bewang ang baha."
As for SB19 Stell, he related how some of his relatives in Bulacan dealt with the devastation brought about by Typhoon Ulysses.
Bulacan was one of the hardest hit areas in Central Luzon during the recent typhoon.
"Sa ngayon, nakokontak po namin kamag-anak po namin. Masaya po ako na nasa mabuting kalagayan po sila," said Stell.
He continued, "Siguro po iyong nangyari po, binaha, pinasok iyong bahay. Ayon po, tulad ni Sejun, iyong bahay nila pinasok din ng baha. Pero mabuti po hindi naman po ganun kalala.
"Tulad ng kamag-anak ko sa ibang lugar, medyo nakaranas din sila ng ganung klaseng pagbaha, nawalan ng kuryente...
"Nalampasan po dahil sa pagtutulungan ng mga tao po dun, iyong mga kagawad rin po ready tumulong. Sa ngayon medyo maayos lagay nila."
At this point, Sejun gave a message to fellow Filipinos who were affected by the typhoon.
"Pero para sa ibang lugar na grabe ang naranasan at grabe po iyong pagtama sa kanila ng crisis na ito, gusto po namin sabihin na tatagan lang po nila ang loob nila.
"Huwag sila mawawalan ng pag-asa. Habang may buhay may pag-asa.
"Sana po iyong makakayanan po namin na makatulong, sana po maging daan para mabigyan kayo ng lakas ng loob."
SB19 is donating part of the proceeds of their virtual concert #SB19GlobalLive to victims of Typhoon Ulysses.
"This concert was planned before pa po. Nagkataon na dumating iyong calamities, we decided na portion of the profit will be shared for donation," said SB19 Justin.
At the same time, SB19 members Sejun, Stell, Josh, Ken, and Justin hope to bring inspiration to their fans as well as other viewers through their music.
"Personally, whenever I'm facing a problem, my dark times po, nakikinig ako ng music, nala-lighten up iyong mood ko, nakakalimutan iyong problem ko," Sejun said.
"Through this concert, iyong feeling ko na nawawala iyong problema ko every time nakikinig ako ng music, sana maipasa ko sa mga tao na nanlulumo ngayon or nagkakaroon ng problema."
Since the enforced quarantine was implemented in mid-March, many of SB19's scheduled concerts have been postponed due to safety protocols.
But since they all live together as part of their management's training, the boys have been continuously training for the past eight months and they are raring to perform onstage again.
"Sayaw na sayaw na po kami, kanta na kanta na po kami. Gusto na po talaga namin mag-perform," Stell enthused.
To SB19's fans known as A'Tin, he said, "Alam po nila na na-miss po namin sila and na-miss po din nila kami.
"Tingin ko po sapat na po na dahilan iyon para maipakita namin hindi lang sa A'tin, kundi all around the world kung anong meron ang SB19."
What should A'Tin watch for in this concert?
Joshua replied, "Ayaw namin i-spoil iyong performances namin. Meron kaming mga bago na inihanda para sa fans namin.
"Marami kaming concerts before na na-delay dahil nagkaroon ng pandemic. This is the time na ipakita namin iyong ibang pinaghandaan namin para sa kanila."
They clarified that they are not going to do any K-pop cover songs for this concert.
But they confirmed that they will be performing the tracks from their nine-track album Get In The Zone, which they released in July.
Some of their hit songs are "Go Up," "Alab," and "Hanggang Sa Huli."
They also hinted at having finished writing new songs, but remained mum whether or not the fans will get to hear their new compositions in this virtual concert.
QUICK FACTS ABOUT SB19
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last March, SB19 members each gave a brief description of what their life was like before they became part of SB19.
Here's a rundown of their personal introduction:
Sejun, aka John Paul Nase
He graduated from the Polytechnic University of The Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts degree, major in English. He worked as a call center agent while he was still in college, and then worked as a data analyst in Makati after graduation. This was the time when he auditioned for ShowBT's training for aspiring P-pop stars. Sejun then decided to focus on training hard and eventually became part of SB19.
Stell, aka Stellevester Ajero
Before SB19, Stell was part of K-pop Cover Dance group that gave him the opportunity to compete in international dance festivals. He was also a working student when he was studying Hotel and Restaurant Management at STI College in Makati. He used to work as a choreographer for kids wanting to learn how to dance.
Josh, aka Josh Cullen Santos
Josh didn't go to college since he has been living on his own since he was 16 years old. He enrolled in an Alternative Learning System while working at the same time. He was inspired to form his own dance group after seeing Stell perform live at an event. Josh became friends with Stell, and the two of them became part of the same group that competed in international dance festivals.
Ken, aka Felip Jhon Suson
Hailing from Pagadian, Zamboanga, Ken studied architecture at Cagayan de Oro College. But he decided to drop his studies when he passed the online and physical auditions for ShowBT's P-pop training. He concentrated on training hard to become part of SB19. It was through Josh that he first learned about ShowBT's auditions. He was the last member to become part of SB19.
Justin, aka Justin De Dios
Justin finished Multimedia Arts at College of St. Benilde. It has always been his dream to become a live performer. He was still in college when he met Josh and got to work with him for a one-time dance performance. It was through Josh that Justin learned about ShowBT's auditions. Justin then joined the P-pop training of ShowBT and became part of SB19.
Watch full PEP Live interview with SB19 here:
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