First formed during the talent search Star Hunt Academy, all-girl P-pop group BINI finally had their official launch last June 11 in a grand virtual event attended by their fandom called Bloom as well as members of the press. The event included a fashion show featuring specially created outfits for BINI by celebrity designer Francis Libiran as well as electric performances from BINI members Aiah, Colet, Gwen, Jhoanna, Maloi, Milkha, Sheena, and Stacey.
During the event, the girls got a surprise with the appearance of P-pop group BGYO members Akira, Gelo, JL, Mikki, and Nate who shared with them messages of support. The all-male group are also fellow Star Hunt Academy alumni who were launched as a P-pop group last February.
Another surprise during the event came from ABS-CBN Entertainment production and Star Magic head Lauren Dyogi who delivered a touching message for the girls.
“2018 was a significant year for all of us. It was the year we all met in different venues when you were auditioning for the Star Hunt grand audition. Back then we didn’t know that we will meet up today on this stage.
“You went through a lot already in those three years. Sa training pa lang, you went through that rigorous training and your bodies were not used to it. For all of you having self-doubt, kung kaya ko ba ‘to? Is it all worth it? All of you were also battling homesickness and I’m so proud that you carried on despite of the grief of a loss in your family. Lahat kayo dinaanan niyo yung teenage issues and you were all trying to get used to each other’s personalities and different backgrounds.
“And I’m very proud that you’ve all matured and evolved to very mature and responsible ladies. You persevered, you worked hard and you sacrificed a great deal of your youth. And now as I look at you, with pride and admiration that you have all blossomed into beautiful binibini and that’s inside out and that’s from the bottom of my heart,” he said.
Lauren Dyogi also talked about how confident he is with BINI’s abilities and reminded them about always reaching for their goals.
“Fast forward from the time that we started, it seemed like now we’re facing the uncertainty of the future. I know that you are confident enough because you have the right training, the discipline, and the right values that will carry you on in facing all the challenges. Walang makakapipigil sa inyo. Have faith. Because I know that in your heart, you can do a lot of things. Nothing can limit what you can do, individually and as a group. And I know that it is etched into your hearts, that you were all born to win.
“Congratulations BINI for your debut. I know it’s much delayed but you know we cannot question God’s perfect timing. I think this is the best time for your debut. Congratulations and cheers to your future milestones and achievements. Please continue to make your family and your parents proud and continue to make the country prouder. We will cheer you on together with your brothers in BGYO. I know you will trailblaze and lead the global phenomenon,” he said.
Last November, BINI went viral after releasing their pre-debut single, their take on Ryan Cayabyab’s classic Smokey Mountain song “Da Coconut Nut.” Last December, the group officially became contract artists of Star Magic and Star Music.