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Batchmates: A new breed of Filipina performers



Singer and dance choreographer Aura is happy to be with the Batchmates, an all-female group that has just released its self-titled debut under PolyEast Records.

A former member of the Mocha Girls group, Aura was ecstatic when Lito de Guzman of LDG Talent and Management Services picked her and five other sexy ladies – Jonah, Vasssy, Marie, Sophy and Cath — former
members of Playgirls, Chika Bebs, Mango Juice Girls and Baywalk Bodies — to make-up Batchmates.

“Gusto ko kasing ma-explore pa ‘yung pwede ko pang gawin as a performer. Plus ma-experience pa ‘yung panibagong chapter ko sa showbiz sa bagong grupo,” explained Aura. “Alam naman natin na Mocha is Mocha. Dito sa Batchmates i-isa kami. Walang leader, walang back-up dancers. Lahat kami performers. Wala kaming competition sa isa’t-isa, walang pa-star. Lahat kami pantay-pantay.”

The group maintained that they’re not out to compete with the Mocha Girls. But they don’t want to be called “the next Mocha Girls” either. Rather, they would like to make a name for themselves with their songs, their performances, their showmanship and stage presence.

“Siyempre gusto naming sumikat. Gusto rin naming makilala abroad as Batchmates. Ngayong may album na kami, gusto rin naming masundan ito at magkaroon din ng TV guestings,” related Cath.

Aura added, “Siyempre Mocha na po ‘yun at matagal na sa industriya. Isa rin sila na nagsisilbing inspirasyon sa amin. Ako kahit galing ako doon, hindi kami nakikipag-kompetensiya.”

The Batchmates has been performing for more than a year already but their album was just recently produced and released in the market. According to LDG, the album took some time as they want to make sure
of its quality. They also want the Batchmates to be ready with the challenges given to the industry.

“Pag nagpe-perform kami, dinadaan namin sa mga magagandang steps. Definitely, hindi bastos ang aming show. Kung baga, sexy na may pagka-classy. Gusto naming ipakita sa mga tao na sexy kami pero may
talent din. Siyempre, nagpapakita pa rin kami ng konting skin,” said Aura.

Aura and Cath as with the other members of Batchmates readily acknowledge their past groups.

“Kailangang pasalamatan pa rin namin ang mga dating grupo namin dahil kung hindi sa kanila hindi kami makikilala at magkaka-talent. Dapat mag-adjust din kami kasi galing kami sa iba’t-ibang grupo at iba-ibang
crowd namin. So ngayon pinag-combine na lahat with Batchmates,” remarked Aura.

With regards to their self-titled album, they described it as danceable, “pang-masa,” “pambata,” as well as catchy and appealing.

There are five cuts in the album with their respective minus one versions. The songs are “Feel Like Dance,” “Boom Boom Para Boom,” “Di Na Mahal,” “Hola,” and “Giling.”