In the beginning; they were
just the Sexbomb Dancers, named after the Tom Jones song "Sex Bomb."
But now, collectively they're called the Sexbomb Girls, and
they come in two subgroups: the Sexbomb Singers, with six members who
sing and dance, and the Sexbomb Dancers, with 10 members whose job is
primarily to dance.
At noontime every day, from Monday to Saturday, all 16 of them
come together to spice up the much-awaited "Laban o Bawi"
portion of the TV show" Eat Bulaga!" with their swaying hips,
short shorts, tank tops, boots, and high-pitched chanting in
perfect unison of "Laban, Laban! Bawi, Bawi!"
The original group was formed in the year 2000. In three years'
time, the Sexbomb Girls have not only promoted dance moves and
dance albums but also recorded song albums, starred in a movie,
and endorsed sundry products, from makeup to motor oil to
laundry soap. These girls, ranging in age from 17 to early 20s,
have won a strong mass following, judging from the SRO crowds at
their appearances, the throngs of patient fans waiting outside
the "Eat Bulaga!" studio, and the sellout albums, of which the
first, Unang Putok, went platinum in a matter of months.
Recently, the Singers waxed 2nd Round, their third album under
BMG Pilipinas Inc., released third week of May. The Dancers, for
their part, recently went into a flurry of
activities to promote a second dance album, Sexbomb Sexiest Hits
II, also from the same recording company.
If you add rehearsals and out-of-town shows, you will have to
say that the word busy doesn't come close to describing their
hectic schedule. Baby-faced Johlan Veluz, at 17 the youngest in
the group, says, "Ngayon, lagi akong wala sa bahay." Diofanny "Jopay"
Paguia, the best-known in this batch, adds: "Pagnasa bahay naman,
kain at agaw-tulog ang nangyayari."
"Siguro in a month, one day or two days rest lang sila, " says
Joy Cancio, the group's choreographer and manager. "Lalo na ang
mga Singers. Yon, sobrang busy."
Husky of voice and graceful in movement, Joy Cancio is the
creative mind behind the Sexbomb Girls' signature steps and
gyrations, which are copied by preschoolers (!) too innocent to
realize the suggestiveness of their movements.
Joy admits with a laugh that simply fooling around is the
inspiration that leads to her improvisation: "On the spot,
naiisip ko lang. Kapag walang magawa, nagloloko ako. Hindi ko
alam, click pala ang kalokohan!"
Managing the Sexbomb Girls is Joy's first try at the business of
talent management, and it is so far her most successful venture.
Where are the Sexbomb Girls headed and how far will they make it
in show business?
"Nasa kanila 'yon," says Joy. "Kaya hindi ako natatapos na
rmagbigay ng advice to them. Ako, naging instrumento lang ako na
buuin sila. Siyempre, kahit i-manage mo sila, kung sila-sila
mismo ang hindi marunong mag-alaga sa team na 'yon, anong
mangyayari, di ba?"
Dancing is not a lifetime career and Joy knows that. After
everything, Joy hopes for only simple things for her Sexbomb
Girls: "Sana, kung mawala sila, nandoon sila sa itaas. Hindi
sila rookakalimutan ng tao. Hindi sila 'yong nawalang bumagsak.
Darating talaga ang panahon na magkakahiwa-hiwalay sila. Pero
sana like us, the Vicor Dancers, magkakabarkada pa rin,
magkukumpare kami. Sila din, sana gano'n. Parang pamilya." (MNS)
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