12 Questions with Agassi Dae

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(Some parts of this interview had been inaudible, thus some members would have cut to no available transcribed answers.)

Since the time they audition for Island City Mall's KPop Dance Revolution 2015, Boholana cover group Agassi Dae has already been tagged as the team to beat.  With their close to perfection performances, looking like it came straight from a music video, the nine-strong muses of Agassi Dae ended up being the leader of the pact after being declared as the contest winner.  And from then on out, things are bound to get better.

Agassi Dae’s triumph is somewhat a vindication for some of the girls, especially for Pearl Dianne Bungabong (you remember her as Miss Silka Bohol 2014 second runner up), Marle Jimenez, and Rapah Barbarona, the unnis of the group.

“Happy (on their win) samut namung tulo kay murag naniguwang nami’g sayaw-sayaw,” Marle, who covered SNSD’s Kid Leader Taeyeon, declares.

Agassi Dae during their encore performance

“We’ve been dancing for how many years…karun pa mi ningdaog,” explains Rapah who covered Aegyo Queen Sunny.  “Kalingaw ra runner up.”

“Kung wala pa me nang-graduate ug college, dili pa me kadaug,” Marle adds.

It was a well-deserved win, considering how these girls, majority of them in their 20s and are starting to pursue their individual careers, squeezed into their already busy schedules their regular dance practices.   It was pure dedication and a burning passion.  Even Rapah decided to chop her hair off to really imitate Sunny’s locks.  It was an indestructible teamwork with the right element of diligence and fun that earned the girls their much coveted victory.

They say that music has its way of bringing people together.  How Agassi Dae was formed is clear evidence to the claim.  They were once acquaintances, even strangers but their common love for Korean Pop music and dancing paved the way for these ladies to form a very strong bond. And while the music may stop playing or their bodies and commitments stop them from dancing, the friendship that they forged will be divine.

1. Describe yourself using the last letter of your first name and Agassi Dae using the last letter of your group’s name.
Pearl Bungabong (Seohyun): Lambing ako! Kani sila nga girls dugay naman gud me nangita ug mga Kpop people unya ning-abot sila, murag “Oh my God! I love you guys!” Mao to.  Agassi Dae.  Uhm. E? E…e…egat!?!  (laughs loudly) Egat kay…
Maria Leonor Jimenez (Taeyeon): Musayaw man gud kuno siya’g inigat. (laughs)
Pearl (Seo):  Ganahan man gud me…kanang mag-practice-practice kay mga AOA…Like a Cat.
deeJAY: Maayo kay wala mo nag-Marionette (Stellar song)?
Agassi Dae: Hoy! Oh my God!
deeJAY: Oh Hyoyeon!
Thia Lumanao (Hyoyeon): Letter E? Unsa man? Exotic!  (laughs)  Bitaw, elegante man gud ni sila.
Pearl (Seo): Asa dapit? In what part?
Thia (Hyo):  A…awesome.
Marle (Tae): Unsa man uy.
Pearl (Seo): A nalang uy para Attorney.
Marle (Tae): Sige uy. A nalang ko be kay Attorney man ko! (laughs) E kay echosera.  Kay daghan gud ni silang mga chika.
Pearl (Seo): Detective man gud ni sila.
Mykelle Soy (Sooyoung): E…kuan. Eager, kay naay eagerness.
deeJAY: Next E sa Agassi Dae.
Mykelle (Soo): Energetic!
Monique Sumeguin (Yuri): E for Agassi Dae is Extra Hardworking. Man E sa akoa kay effortful.
Rachelle Toston (Yoona): Kuan, pwede isa ra? E ra man gud pud akoa.
deeJAY: Sige, dawaton nalang.
Rachelle (Yoo): Naa nay enthusiastic?
deeJAY and Agassi Dae: Wala pa!
Rachelle (Yoo): Enthusiastic kay bisan pag mahal ang costume, bisan gamay ug prize, bisan ug mas dako pa ang gasto sa prize, effort lang gihapon.  Ang passion para marecognize, naa jud.
Rapah Barbarona (Sunny): H…kay humble.  Humble ko nga pagkataw.
Agassi Dae: Weh!?!
Rapah (Sun): Humble ko basta comment-comment. (Laughs)
deeJAY: Kanang E sa Agassi Dae?
Rapah (Sun): Extraordinary.  Kuyaw ug level sa mga utok ni sila.  Di ka kahibaw ug tarung ba ni siya.  Ibutang nato mga kachismisan sa world sa Kpop, nangunguna ni silang duha (Monique and Rachelle). Mga steps steps, kani sila (Marle and Pearl) ug si Honey.
Rachelle (Yoo): Ikaw Unni? Asa man ka Unni?
Rapah (Sun): Wala lang…
Rachelle (Yoo): Sa effort.
Marle (Tae): Kahibaw ko. Sa H, hair. (laughs)
Hyacinth Abueva (Tiffany): Humble or Hardworking? Unya kay 2 words man ako name. Hahaha. Enthusiastic sa 2nd word. Lol.
Jean Cuenco (Jessica):N for nice.  E...eternal. I found my soul sisters.

2.  What is the most embarrassing moment you had as a group?
Mykelle (Soo): Kanang mga obvious nga mistakes siguro…pero dili man siya embarrassing.
Marle (Tae): Wala man.

3. If you’re not covering SNSD, what group is you be covering?
Agassi Dae: (in chorus) AOA!!! Or 9Muses

4. Name one thing you like and one thing you don’t like about KPop.
Pearl (Seo):  One thing I like, kanang sauna, naexperience nako sa Cebu, for example, muperform.  Like isa ka song, man tanan bitawng tawo mo murag mu, “Oh My God!”, mag fangirl, mu-fan chant.  Kanang feels ba.  One thing I don’t like kay kanang fanwars.  Grabe jud! Wala gane nag-away ang tinuod nga artista, unya mag-away.  Kanang mag-bash-bash bitaw.
Thia (Hyo): Ganahan ko sa ilang genre.  Kanang sa Philippines, kay naa man puy kanta-kanta, sayaw-sayaw.  Pero kanang ilahang sexy concept kay dili laswa. Dislike kay…dili ko updated.
Marle (Tae): There is something about Kpop nga makasiga bitaw ug mata.  Mura siyag maka-enganyo ba.  Basta lami ang feeling. Mura kag ilupad-lupad.  Human, dislike.  Uhm…kanang naay murag discrimination.  Kay kung girl group, grabe kaayo makainsulto, kintahay masayop or naay gamay nga makit-an nga flaw.  Pero kung laki kay, “Ayy! So cute kaayo nila.” Maong luoy kaayo ang mga girl group kung makit-an ilang flaws.
Mykelle (Soo): Nakalike ko sa KPop kay akong first nga nakita adto kay Oh sa GG.  Pagtan-aw nako, “Hala! Lamia man na sila.  Mao nang na-inspire ko nga magsayaw-sayaw ug awaton nako sila.  Dislike nako kay daghan na kaayong rumors.
Monique (Yuri):  Like nako sa Kpop kay KPop fandom as a whole jud.  Like example, Justin Beiber versus Kpop, unified bitaw.  Makit-an nimu, bisan unsa ka nga fandom, basta Kpop na gani i-bash, ma-whole jud na dayun.  Ang hate nako kay, kung ang girl groups kay kung di na kaayo makita, mushift dayun ug sexy image.  Unya naa baya’y ubang members nga bata pa baya.  Ang sexy concept man gud panagsa kay sobraan parehas sa 4L.
Rachelle (Yoo): Ilang fashion bitaw.  Kung ang Pinoy bitaw musuot kay Jejemon kaayo.  Pareha bitaw ni GD nga bisan unsa ug suoton, angayan jud siya kaayo.  One of a Kind jud kaayo ang ilang fashion kay they can pull of anything.  Ang dili nako ganahan kay sa kadugay nako nga Kpop fan kay dali ra ko maaffected.  Katung pinakagrabe kay katung ninghawa si Kris ug si Luhan.  Gihilakan jud to nako.  Ma-attach na me kaayo.  Sensitive na me kaayo sa mga issues on departure parehas nilan Eunbi bitaw.
Rapah (Sun): Ang ganahan nako sa Kpop kay kanang ilang mga kanta nga love-love, kanang mu-focus sa love ba, nga kung i-compare nato sa mga other foreign songs nga naay mga bad words churva.  Ang dislike nako kay kanang surgery effect.  I think dili sila ing-ana kasikat kung dili sila mag ngana churvavels.
Honey (Tif): Like nako the music itself. Dislike...counted ang sasaeng fans? Hahaha
Jean (Jes): I like everything about KPOP except overprotective fangirls

5. What made you win the KPop Dance Revolution?
Agassi Dae fan: Pwede ako’y mutubag?
deeJAY: Dili man ka Agassi Dae.
Agassi Dae fan: Fan man ko beh!
deeJAY: Sige go!
Agassi Dae fan: Kuwan man gud sila, kung unsay sulti sa leader, tumanon.  Kung dili OK sa isa…
Marle (Tae): Nang-spy ka sa among practice no?
Agassi Dae fan:  Wa man gud! Over over uy! Makita man gud. Makita man pud sa resulta.  Makita nimu nga pursigido sila, kanang dili bitaw papugos.  Kanang ‘Practice ta!’, practice jud.  ‘Kani uniform,’ kani jud uniform. Dili bitaw kanang, “Nge, wala na koy kwarta.”  Makita nimu!  Audition palang, makita na nimu nga mudaog na sila.  Dugay na sila nga cover group (member), dugay na pud ko.  Dugay na pud tung uban.  Nagka-parang parang na sad me sauna bitaw.  Pero katung nagtapo sila, murag “Wow! Perfect sila nga grupo.’ Murag nabagay bitaw jud sila.  Murag kining Agassi Dae kay nahimo para nila.
Marle (Tae): Isa pud bitaw kay metikuluso.
Rapah (Sun): Ang passion bitaw pud namu.  Kanang audition palang, ang target jud namu is ma-champion.

6.  What is your favorite Kpop song of all time?
Rachelle (Yoo): Pwede karun nalang? Lisud man gud.
deeJAY:  Sige nalang. Current favorite song.  Sugod ta ni Rapah.
Rapah (Sun):  Red Velvet, Ice Cream Cake. (giggles) At first, nakaingun jud ko nga walay lami. Wa jud siyay lami. Pero sa ka way lami bitaw, na-LSS bitaw ko maong memorize nako iyang stepping and iyang lyrics. Mao to.
Rachelle (Yoo): What If sa EXO.
Monique (Yur): First Love sa EXO.
Mykelle (Soo): Only You sa Miss A.
Marle (Tae): Akoa kay karaan. Ayo sa Shinee.
Thia (Hyo): Ahw, katung bag-ong kanta sa SNSD. (Catch Me if You Can)
Pearl (Seo): Karaan ni siya pero bisan balik-balikon nako, di jud mawa akong feels.
deeJAY: Unsa?
Pearl (Seo): Mirotic sa DBSK.
Agassi Dae: (shrieks)
Honey (Tif): Catch Me If You Can.
Jean (Jes): El Dorado of EXO. My All time favorite. Since sauna pa kadtong instrumental pa siya.

7. Who is your favorite OPM singer?
Mykelle (Soo): OPM!?!
Agassi Dae Fan: Ganahan lagi ko sa imung ‘OPM!?!’ Mura bitawg, ‘Hala! Unsa na? Math!?! Math!?!’
Monique (Yur): Kana bitawng gakanta sa ‘You are just a dream…’
Pearl (Seo): Karaan naman siguro na.  Side A or A1?
Agassi Dae Fan: OPM ba diay ng A1? Adik man ka Unni uy!
deeJAY: Imuha? (to Thia)
Thia (Hyo): Yeng!
Pearl (Seo): Ako si Jirah something.
Rapah (Sun): Kinsay Jirah?
deeJAY: Basin si Jireh Lim.
Pearl (Seo): Kadtung nagkanta sa Buko.
Agassi Dae fan: Kinsa si Jirah?!?
Rapah (Sun): Sino-sino sila?
Marle (Tae): Ako kay si Juris.
deeJAY: Oh! Ilast nato si Mykelle kay “OPM!” Oh, Yoona, ikaw na?
Rachelle (Yoo): Cueshe.
deeJAY: Oh Mykelle, ikaw na.
Mykelle (Soo): Kyla!
deeJAY: Wow! Nakalusot.
Jean (Jes): MYMP, Juris. Really love her voice.
Honey (Tif): Yeng Constantino.

8.  From Dominic Valeroso: How long will you last as a group?
Pearl (Seo): As a group?
Marle (Tae): Naa diay fixed nga date?
Pearl (Seo): Wala man kay friendship is forever.
Agassi Dae fan: Walang forever unni. Infinity nalang.
Pearl (Seo): O, friendship is forever.  Dili siguro me mulast forever as a group nga sigeg perform, but as friends, we will be there.
Agassi Dae fan: Ingna nalang nga hangtud naay contest, naa me. (laughs)
Marle (Tae): Depende jud uy.

9.  I know you haven’t thought of it yet or I might be wrong.  But what is your fanclub name and fan color?
(voice unidentifiable): Kapretty!
Rest of Agassi: (with much enthusiasm) Oh, kapretty!
deeJAY: So kapretty na jud ang official fanclub name! Ang fancolor?
Agassi Dae: Army Green!

10. What’s the best thing about Agassi Dae?
Rapah (Sun): Bisan lain-lain meg religion no, grabe kaayo ang faith ni God. Grabe gyud kaayo gawork si Lord sa among life.  We always begin every performance with a prayer.
Jean (Jes): Instant crazy, lovable sisters since I only have one sibling unya nilangyaw pajud sa laing lugar

11. Why should people keep calm and love Agassi Dae?
Agassi Dae fan:  Hangtud sa musayaw sila, naa gihapon ang fans.  Ug muundang sila, naa gihapon ang kaPretty.  Kung muhawa siya, suportahan gihapon.

12. Describe your lovelife using a Kpop song?
Rapah (Sun): You Don’t Know ni Loco.  Ang meaning sa iyang song kay kani akong giwrite nga song, nga I love you, gisuwat niya sa girl, pero wala kahibaw ang girl.
Rachelle (Yoo): Miss A, I don’t Need A Man
Monique (Yuri): Crush life ra.  What If by EXO.
Mykelle (Soo): Goodbye Baby sa Miss A.
Marle (Tae): Basta kanang duet nilang Yoseob…
Agassi Dae fan: Ahh! Ni Gayoon. What will you do if you have a lover?
Marle (Tae): Murag mao na! (It’s actually What I Want to Do Once I Have a Lover)
Thia (hyo): Run Devil Run! (laughs)
Pearl (Seo): I Love You ni Erik Nam.  Feel nako nga “I’m so Pretty and I’m so Sexy” so feel nako nga ako ang gikatahan sa kanta.
Honey (Tif): You ni G-Soul
Jean (Jes): LOVELIFE??? Alone by Sistar .Yeah, Forever alone

Bonus Question:  Let’s say you’ll get married in three years time, who is that Korean celebrity (idol, solo artist, model, actor) to whom you will be married to?
Rapah (Sun): Loco. Loco jud! Kahibaw na silang mama ana!
Rachelle (Yoo): Bobby! Ganahan ko sa iyang closeness sa iyang family.
Monique (Yuri): Mark (Tuan, Got7)
Mykelle (Soo): Pwede si Sehun?
Marle (Tae): Si Taemin jud ako! Taemin forever and ever.
Thia (Hyo): Si Kai.
Pearl (Seo): I know dili jud ko maminyo ug Kpop idol. Dawat na nako ang realidad.  Pero sauna, si Lay jud to!
Honey (Tif): Can I answer my boyfie na lang? Yes fan ko kaayo but I wouldn't trade my bf for any of them. Loyal ni! (laughs)
Jean (Jes): I’ll be Mrs. Zhang (Yixing/ EXO’s Lay)  and I will be the Queen of Unicorns.

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  1. Awww! 💕 Overwhelmed jud ko kaayo gabasa ani. Thanks a bunch! 🙏 Thank you for your interest and time, for this interview to happen. Sakto ba ang grammar? Huehue. ☺️ Agassi Dae and deejay writes, fighting! 👊

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    1. Ayoo Yoona! Thanks for dropping by and thank you sad ninyo Agassi Dae! Hwaiting!!!

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