It’s important to support local talent, especially those that are proud of their roots. In the spirit of local, national, and Filipino pride, here are two all-male quintet groups that are proud, home grown talents from Baguio: Boy band, 26HundredB.C., and a cappella group, the Astrafellas.
2600, Baguio City
26HUNDREDB.C. is an all-male quintet composed of members Karl Russel Rillorta, Arian Anglo, Robert Co, John Carlo “JC” Opulencia and Janriel Abance. The band was officially launched on August 13, 2017, at the Manor Hotel in Camp John Hay, Baguio.
All five members hail from Baguio City, and were schoolmates at the University of Baguio.
Top Row (left to right): JC, Karl, Janriel; Bottom Row (left to right): Arian, Robert
While none of the members went to music school, they all profess to having a passion for music, even as kids.
26HUNDREDB.C.’s greatest strength is its diverse musical background. From OPM to R&B, to jazz and indie music, to pop rock, each member’s musical taste and expertise complements the others, giving them a broad range of musical styles and influences to draw inspiration from.
The group was formed by Boy Abunda and is a talent of Asian Artists Agency, Inc. The members – Karl, Arian, John Carlo, Janriel, and Robert – auditioned individually.From there they were hand chosen by Boy Abunda, and formed into the boy band 26HUNDREDB.C..
According to band member Janriel, the band name was inspired by the fact that they are all from Baguio City.
“Naming the group was a big challenge. Lahat may kanya-kanyang suggestion. But only one name really stuck in everyone’s mind. And that’s 26Hundred is the zip code of Baguio City. We are proud of our place.”
“Our name is very clever, it’s easy to remember and it is our identity.”
26HundredB.C. previously performed at the Ms. Baguio 2017 Coronation Night, the University of Baguio Grand Alumni Homecoming 2017, Globe Baguio Day 2017. They have also been appeared as a feature on “Tonight with Boy Abunda”, on 103.1 MOR Baguio, and on “Naimbag Nga Morning Kapamilya” in Cordillera and Northern Luzon
“A Cappella Astrafellas”
The Astrafellas is a Baguio-based, all-male a cappella group. Formed in 2014, Astrafellas is composed of members Daniel Frederick A. Mallari, Loyd Alfred S. Benter. Jon Rainiel R. Jimenez, John Paul Cabusag, John Lyid V. Parinas.
The group was won the title of Grand Champion in the 4th Akapela Open in 2016. The Akapela Open is a national competition of a cappella groups that started in 2012.
Astrafellas’ repertoire includes contemporary pop, a cappella and barbershop.