Danny Tan's Throwback #89 January 7, 2007: SUGARPOP debuted as GMA7's new teen singing group on SOP with the song I'LL BE THERE. Battling nerves and excitement, Julie Anne San Jose, Rita Daniela, Vanessa Ranghadol, Renzo Almario and Pocholo Bismonte, survived their baptism of fire. They all looked happy and so at home in their new playground!
BACKSTORY. After the Grand Finals of Pop Star Kids Season 1, I aspired to prolong the careers of the four losing finalists - Julie Anne, Vanessa, Renzo and Pocholo. I was convinced that it would be just a waste of their talents if I left them alone to fend for themselves. I broached the idea of forming a teen singing group (to also include the Grand Prize winner - Rita Daniela Iringan) with Ms. Wilma Galvante. She gave me permission and entrusted me with full artistic control over the group. I asked Ms. JAYA to help me think of a suitable name. She came up with SUGARPOP! I loved it! I asked Ms. Darling de Jesus-Bodegon to consider adding SugarPop to the roster of SOP's talented performers. At that time, Ms. Darling was forming an all girl trio and an all male quartet for a new musical segment on SOP. A teen group (SugarPop) would be a perfect fit for La Diva and You've Got Male. The rest is history: Three Of A Kind musical segment became an instant hit!
Thank you MS. GIGI SANTIAGO-LARA for asking me to be the Musical Director and Audition Master of POP STAR KIDS! Thank you Ms. Jocelyn Ariño Zielinski for your patience and support! I am forever grateful for your trust and friendship!
SUGARPOP Founder, Musical Director & Arranger: Danny Tan Advisers: Wilma Galvante and Darling de Jesus-Bodegon Members: Julie Anne San Jose, Rita Daniela, Vanessa Ranghadol, Renzo Almario, Pocholo Bismonte
Special thanks to Ms. Wilma Galvante, Ms. Darling de Jesus-Bodegon, Ms, Gigi Santiago-Lara, Ms. Ida Henares, Mr. Perry Lansigan, Ms. Hazel Abonita, Ms. Jocelyn Ariño Zielinski and GMA Network Inc.