“Oh my God!,” this was the unanimous reaction (but exclaimed in different pitches!) of all four members of GMA Network’s XOXO. Lyra, Dani, Mel, and Riel were asked about being tagged online as the female version of SB19 by no less than the phenomenal P-pop group’s fans.

It’s such an honor, grabe!,” Dani said last Friday during the bloggers’ conference on Zoom. “Isa po sila sa mga boy groups dito sa Philippines na nilu-look up namin. Napakagaling talaga.” The rest of the ladies agreed. Riel added, “Hindi lang sila pang-Pilipinas, pang-international talaga. Lahat ng moves, pati vocals, ang galing!”

XOXO (L-R): Lyra Micolob, Mel Caluag, Dani Ozaraga, and Riel Lomadilla

With tag comes responsibility + A’TIN’s show of support

Seryoso po, sobrang laki po ng responsibility na ma-tag na girl version ng SB19. My Goood! Nakita po namin sila sa Studio 7 before, hindi po kami nakaimik,” Riel shared. “Hindi nga po namin na-introduce ang mga sarili namin!” By recreating a stiff pose, Lyra reenacted how they looked during the moment.

Sobrang overwhelming din po ng pagtanggap ng mga supporters nila sa amin!,” Dani said. Some fans, she said, tagged themselves sa “XOldiers.”

Last week, when the teaser for the girls’ newest single was released, “Who is XOXO?” was said to have become one of the top searches in Google Philippines for that day. The girls’ Twitter accounts also exploded with notifications from supportive A’TINs ( the collective term for SB19 fans).

Asked if they are willing to accept the challenge of living up to the tag, the girls were obviously shy but gave their yeses. Jokingly quoting their song, they answered, “Yes po, kasi we are XOXO, ready to go!” Lyra said, “Aim din po namin yan.” Riel admitted that they will have to go through more trainings to make that happen.

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Debut single on group’s first anniversary

A year after these promising singers (The Clash Season 1 contenders) were formed into a group, their self-titled debut single is set for release tomorrow, September 10. The powerful piece, composed by Kiko Salazar, is all about women empowerment and body positivity.

XOXO (L-R): Lyra Micolob, Mel Caluag, Dani Ozaraga, and Riel Lomadilla

Riel explained, “Sa one year po ng pinagsamahan namin, parang ito po ‘yung nag-e-encapsulate ng lahat ng pinagdaanan namin. S’yempre hindi naman po mawawala na sa industry, maraming masasabi ang ibang tao. Meron din pong mga bashers. After all, you cannot please everybody.

The XOXO girls are strikingly more confident now and open about their determination to make dreams happen. They quoted these lines from their song in a singsong manner:

No matter what they say, no matter what they do

I’m gonna let it out, I’m gonna shout it out, I’m gonna burn this up tonight

We’re gonna keep on, keep on flying!”

WATCH out for XOXO’s single tomorrow on digital music platforms.

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