Exo cover group (NEO) to represent the Philippines on the 2013 Kpop Festival in Gangwon
“Neo” a Filipino cover group of Exo won the Kpop dance cover contest held at The SM Mall of Asia Center Stage last July 19, 2013. The said competition was a part of the “2013 Korea Night” which is the 2nd anniversary celebration of The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. Nine of the best cover groups in the Philippines battled it out on stage. The winner will have a free trip to Korea to represent the country on The Kpop Festival in Gangwon. Therefore, it is the most awaited competition by local Kpop cover groups.
“Neo” was formed on July 29, 2012 as an EXO-K cover group. By December of the same year, NEO became a cover group of EXO as a whole. As the name implies, NEO meaning “new” they try to give innovative performances, something that’s fresh. Since debut, NEO has significant achievements in different K-Pop events in the Philippines. The group became one of the finalist on the “Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert” dance competition where in the winners will be the front acts for the said concert.
Get to know the members:
Patrick Bartolome (Group leader)
Patrick is a funny looking young man who loves to play basketball. His main Kpop biases are Kai and Taeyeon. He loves to eat comfort food very much. He doesn’t like horror movies and he’s afraid of heights. Rides on theme parks are his worst enemies.
Ged is a very passionate person. He is usually in charge of the technicals such as music mixes and choreography. His inspiration in dancing would be Lee Donghae of Super Junior because they have almost the same personality and passion for dancing, but Kim Joon Myeon is his ultimate bias. He’s still studying on the University of the Philippines Manila.
Kenn the “hyung” (older brother) of the group and covers Luhan of Exo M. He’s meticulous when it comes to details of their music, routines and costumes. He’s in charge of polishing and for final touches. He prefer to be silent when surrounded by people he doesn’t know and sometimes misjudge as arrogant, but in fact he’s very outgoing and has the most diverse personality. Despite of being the oldest in the group, most of the times people mistakenly address him as “Maknae” (youngest).
Joshuel Neolle Bautista
Joshuel was born on October 10, 1996. He is the youngest member of NEO. He’s a shy type of person but eventually gets along with others well. He’s currently studying in the University of Sto. Thomas and has a crush on the Jung sisters and Jiyeon of T-Ara.
Kenth Christian Galvez
Kenth is covering Xiumin. He was born on September 26, 1994 in Taguig City. He is a graduate of Muntinlupa Science High School and he’s currently taking up BS-Architecture at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila. Kenth is usually quiet around strangers and may even appear nonchalant thinking about various things. Once he’s comfortable enough with people around him, he just represses his randomness and fun-loving side. He also loves various types of art, especially sketching and dancing.
Karl Reynald Calangian
Karl Reynald Calangian is covering Chen of EXO-M. He’s 21 years old, and was born on the 16th of February and currently taking up Bachelor of Secondary Education Major in Mathematics. He is a K-Pop fan since 2009 and started joining cover groups on 2010. Sleeping is one of his favorite things to do and same as to staying up late at night. Karl is fond of singing, dancing and acting; He always dreamed of being a performer or even an actor in the near future.
Congratulations and good luck NEO! Make us proud!
(Credits to Mika Kwon for the Solo Photos. For more photos from the event visit our fan page https://www.facebook.com/ManilaKoreanTimes)