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Meet the #FBOIS

Five fresh faces have been presented as the “Bagets for millennials,” to quote the director of upcoming coming-of-age movie SQUAD GOALS.

Three of the five – dubbed the #FBOIS — are related by blood to well-known actors.
Vitto Marquez surprised his mother Alma Moreno when he told her he wanted to enter showbiz. The actress described her son with Joey Marquez as “shy,” but she knew he’d build his confidence under the management of VIVA. In 2016, Vitto auditioned for ABS-CBN’s boy group Hashtag, and a year later, he was officially launched as one of its members. To this day, Vitto is seen regularly on It’s Showtime.
Andrew Muhlach pondered on joining showbiz when he was in high school. The desire to entertain grew even stronger when he reached college, so he decided to pursue it even with his busy schedule in school. His decision was fully supported by his family, especially his brother Aga Muhlach. In 2016, he starred as the son of Herbert Bautista and Maricel Soriano in the movie Lumayo Ka Nga Sa Akin. In 2017, he worked with Jack Reid for the first time in the horror flick Darkroom.
Jack Reid is on his third year in showbiz, and this Fil-Aussie has been working hard since to be recognized for his own capabilities and not just for being the youngest brother of James Reid. In 2016, he was cast in the TV series Ang Panday and the game show Happy Truck Happinas. Last year, he starred in the horror flick Darkroom. His good looks and fashion sense have scored him a clothing endorsement contract.
The other two have danced and sung their way into the limelight since they can remember.
Julian Trono broke into showbiz in 2009 as a host in the values-oriented children’s show Tropang Potchi. In 2010, he joined Party Pilipinas where he wowed audiences with his dance moves, earning him the title “Prince of the Dance Floor”. Not one to limit himself, he tried out acting and appeared in several TV shows, such as Amaya (2011), Anna Karenina (2013), Niño (2014), Buena Familia (2015), and Dear Uge (2016). In 2017, Julian played a significant role in Viva Films’ horror movie Ang Pagsanib Kay Leah Dela Cruz. Not long after, he finally got his first leading role in the romantic comedy Fangirl, Fanboy, opposite Ella Cruz. And while honing his craft as an actor, Julian was also enjoying being a recording artist under Viva Records. His original songs include Balang Araw, Isang Tingin, and Tumalon.
Dan Huschka was first known as a member of a boy group “Sugar High” in 2013. Singing was his reason for entering showbiz and his 14-year-old self once said that it’s what he’d want to do for the rest of his life. The boy turned into a young man, and now this Filipino-German is also into acting. In 2017, he was cast in Taddy Taddy Po, a family comedy on Sari Sari channel.

The mad squad
SQUAD GOALS took two years to develop, and was one of the late director Jake Tordesillas’ last projects. Putting together the perfect cast was the primary goal as the story took on a life of its own when the five boys were finaly cast. The roles they play here are said to be very close to who they are in real life.
In the movie, Julian Trono (#FLYBOI ) has the pleasure of showing both his dancing and acting chops. He plays Benj, an Engineering student who is a secret dance guru called “Young D”. He wears a mask in his dance videos on YouTube to hide from his father who frowns upon this passion of his. He took up Engineering to be able to help out in their family’s failing business. As if juggling his studies and interest is not hard enough, Benj finds himself in some misadventures with his friends. Can he dance his way out of trouble?
Vitto Marquez (#FITBOI) Vitto gets his first break in the big screen with SQUAD GOALS. He plays Tom, son of a retired basketball player and a model/actress. He is an HRM student and a varsity team captain who also happens to be a three-time MVP. It is not surprising that he is hailed as the “It Guy” in the university. But like a typical teen, he gets into various mischiefs with his friends. Will he stay popular for the right reasons or the wrong ones?
Andrew Muhlach (#FUNNYBOI) aptly plays the role of a class clown by the name of Nat in SQUAD GOALS. He is the best friend of Tom (Vitto Marquez). He comes from a middle class family, with his father earning a living by driving for Uber while his mother is affiliated with a networking company. Quick though he is in coming up with pranks, he is very slow when it comes to expressing his feelings for the girl he likes. As he tries to figure out these matters of the heart, he engages in crazy antics with his friends. But the consequences will prove to be no laughing matter.
Jack Reid (#FASTBOI) plays Pads, a Mass Communication student who works part time as a bartender. This makes him drowse off during class. Born and raised in Australia, he is yet to speak Tagalog fluently. He is tutored by a girl who seems to be the only one not affected by his charisma. Pads lives with his older brother, but he has also found some cool “bruhs” in the university. In times of adversity, to what extent can their brotherhood help him?
Dan Hushcka (#FUNKYBOI) plays Hans, a shy type music genius who keeps getting gigs as a DJ. In the process, his studies are taken for granted. He has a set of friends, but he tries not to be attached to them as he knows he and his mom will go back to Germany anytime to see his father. This became exceptionally difficult to do when he met a girl who shares his musical interest. In the midst of his personal issues and academic struggles, will Hans open up to his friends after all?
“I hope this movie brings back the ‘tropa’ era,” says Vitto.
“There hasn;t been a movie like this in quite awhile,” affirms Jack.
“It’s hard to tell if we can set trends like Bagets did then, but it’s a different generation. I really think millennials will like the soundtrack, however,” opines Julian.
Produced by VIVA Films, SQUAD GOALS opens nationwide this summer. –
With reports by DSV

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