It has just been six months since they were launched as an all-male dance group on the noontime show, It’s Showtime. Now, Hashtags, which has 11 members, is now exploring new territory after releasing their first self-titled album.
Composed of Zeus Collins, Jimboy Martin, Ryle Santiago, Paulo Angeles, Ronnie Alonte, McCoy de Leon, Jon Lucas, Nikko Natividad, Tom Doromal, Luke Conde, and Jameson Blake, what makes the Hashtags special?
1. They have individual talents
Luke, who is also a graphic artist, said that aside from dancing, singing and for some of them, acting and modeling, they also have individual skills. “Meron kaming iba’t ibang kayang i-offer not just being a group.”
2. They have differences
According to Paulo, they are different from each other. “Iba iba kami ng itsura din eh and iba iba rin ‘yung character namin. Iba iba ‘yung ugali namin. Talagang lahat kami magkakaiba. Wala masyadong parehas… May kanya-kanya kaming pinagkakaabalahan sa buhay.”
Jimboy, who won as Teen Big Winner of Pinoy Big Brother 737, said that they have different life stories.
Ryle added, “Meron kaming Intsik, meron kaming mga Amerikano, meron kaming mga Pinoy. At saka, our age group is from 17 to 26 so sobrang medyo magkakalayo but we make it work. Tsaka we’re home to the number 1 noontime show in the country kaya siguro that’s why medyo iba rin kami. Iba rin ang training ng Kapamilya.”
On a lighter note, Zeus said that having 11 members in a group is what makes them unique.
3. They weren’t friends when they began Hashtags
According to McCoy, they did not know each other yet when the group was put together. “’Yung ibang male groups po, di ba, magkakaibigan na sila tapos doon po nagkaroon ng grupo o kaya magkakamag-anak, magpinsan. Kami po kasi, hindi po namin kilala ‘yung isa’t isa bago pa po mabuo ‘yung grupo namin. Wala kaming idea sa bawat ugali namin pero isang grupo na kami. Ayun lang po ‘yung pinagkaiba namin, nagstart kami sa as in wala tapos ito na, naging magkakapatid na,” he said.
4. They’ve become a family
Noting how strong their bonding is on and off the camera, Tom said, “At saka parang hindi po kami group, ano po kami, family. (Kung) sila po male group, kami male family.”
5. They interact with fans
Jameson said that they interact with fans more by updating their social media accounts daily, from their Outfits of the Day to their mall shows, among others.
6. They are not afraid to venture into other things
Jon said that they are game to do whatever Showtime assigns them to. The guys take on hosting duties for the show during barangay visits.