It has become noticeably hotter now in the Philippines! And a great way to feel refreshed—other than a glass of halo-halo or sago-gulaman juice—is listening to new music. So we decided that it’d be wonderful to start summer with a monthly pick! Basically a featured artist of the month because why not? New music, new jams!
For March, KStreetManila introduces you to a boy group that isn’t just fresh but also full of irresistible charms! Meet Eunwoo, Rocky, Moon Bin, Sanha, Jin Jin and MJ—collectively known as ASTRO.
Probably unknown to many, ASTRO has already been in the entertainment industry for quite some time. Instead of releasing multiple teasers and images, Fantagio Music (that is also home to other K-Pop acts such as Hello Venus and 5urprise) went on slightly different marketing route by introducing the charms and acting chops of the group through their web drama, “To Be Continued”, opposite Kim Sae Ron. The web drama centers around ASTRO as a fictional band that is transported back in time before their debut with a slightly different turn-out when they bump into Kim Sae Ron’s character.
After doing a web drama, the boys also starred in their first reality show “OK! Preparations Finished” which focused on the group’s everyday life and preparations for their debut.
Web Drama? Check.
Variety Show? Check.
Through the web drama and variety show, ASTRO successfully established an audience of eager and excited fans waiting for their official debut. Then on February 23, ASTRO finally released their first mini-album “Spring Up” with the title song “Hide and Seek”. So, debut? Definitely a check.
ASTRO’s ages range from 23 to 15, which can be seen in their vibrant energy in their performances (the youngest is a 2000-liner and he will be turning sweet 16 this March 21!). And reading their profiles, they are not just your typical boy-next-door group. Check out their individual profiles below:
Birth Name: 김명준 Kim Myungjoon (read Kim Myeong-Jun)
Date of Birth: March 05, 1994
Height/Weight: 175cm / 58kg
Blood Type: O
Favorite Marvel Character: Iron Man
Favorite Color: Mint
Hometown: Suwon, Gyeonggi Province
What Makes MJ a Star: Moon Bin said that MJ can be a little bit weird or has that 4D personality. Watch out for MJ because he might be casted for doing variety shows!
Stage Name: 진진 JinJin
Birth Name: 박진우 Park Jinwoo (read Park Jin-oo)
Nickname: Angelic Smile
Date of Birth: March 15, 1996
Height/Weight: 174cm / 63kg
Role: ASTRO’s Team Leader, Rapper, Dancer, Actor
Language: Korean, English, Basic Chinese
What Makes Jin Jin a Star: Only a few weeks since ASTRO’s debut, it has been announced that Jin Jin will be participating in the fifth season of Mnet’s hip-hop survival show, “Show Me the Money”. We can’t wait to see how he will showcase his rap skills and probably his other talents like beatboxing and drumming!
Stage Name: 차은우 Cha Eunwoo
Birth Name: 이동민 Lee Dong-Min
Nickname: 새벽알람 Morning Alarm
Date of Birth: March 30, 1997
Height/Weight: 183cm / 64kg
Blood Type: B
Specialty: Swimming, Acting, DJing
Music Instrument: Piano, Guitar & Violin
Role: Vocal, Dancer, Visual, Actor, Model
Language: Korean, English, Basic Japanese & Basic Chinese
Hometown: Sabon District, Gunpo, Gyeonggi Province
What Makes Eunwoo a Star: Eunwoo’s visuals isn’t only making head turns in Korea but also in China! In less than a week after their debut, Eunwoo has already received a casting offer for a drama to be filmed in China. Watch out for this next Hallyu star!
Birth Name: 문빈 Moon Bin
Nickname: 유노문빈 U-Know MoonBin, 빈이 Binnie, Sleepyhead
Date of Birth: January 26, 1998
Blood Type: B
Height/Weight: 180cm / 64kg
Hometown: Cheongju, Chungbuk (North Chungcheong Province), South Korea
Family: Father, Mother, Younger Sister (Moon SooA: YG Trainee, Unpretty Rapstar Season 2)
Specialty: Dance, Acting, Water Sport
Music Instrument: Piano
Role: Vocal, Dancer, Rapper
What makes Moon Bin a Star: Have you ever watched TVXQ’s “Balloons” music video? If you have, you probably could see the resemblance for he was the young Yunho of TVXQ in that music video! Later in 2009, he also acted as the young Kim Bum for “Boys over Flowers”! We are definitely looking forward to Moon Bin’s acting in the future!
Stage Name: 라키Rocky
Birth Name: 박민혁 Park MinHyuk
Nickname: Chef Minhyuk, Dancing Machine
Date of Birth: February 25, 1999
Height/Weight: 176cm / 63kg
Hometown: Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province, South Korea
Specialty: Cooking Skills, Dance, Taekwondo, Choreographer
Role: Rapper, Dancer, Vocal
What Makes Rocky a Star: Talk about triple threat! A rapper, dancer and vocal for ASTRO, this boy is out to sweep every noona’s heart with his talents.
Birth Name: 윤산하 Yoon Sanha
Blood Type: AB
Date of Birth: March 21, 2000
Specialty: Flexible Body, Dancing, Fast Learning
Music Instrument: Guitar
Role: Vocal, Dancer, Youngest, Cutie
What Makes Sanha a Star: This millennial cutie can play the guitar really well having only mastered it in eight months. He also said to have a flexible body, which we can’t wait to see to be tested in variety shows!
But wait, things aren’t over yet! Now that you know the members, perhaps you might want to see them perform another of their signature songs “Puss in Boots (Cat’s Eye)” and try to identify who’s who!
True to their name, the future looks bright for these six wonderfully talented boys!
So, how do you find them so far? Tell us what you think in the comments below!