Top One Project

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Top One Project (T.O.P.)
Origin Philippines
Genres Pop, OPM
Years active2015 (2015)–2018 (2018)
Labels GMA Records
Website Top One Project
Members
  • Mico Cruz
  • Joshua Jacobe
  • Adrian Pascual
  • Louie Pedroso
Past members

Top One Project (abbreviated as T.O.P.) was a Filipino boy band based in the Philippines, originally composed of the grand winners of GMA Network's reality show To the Top — Adrian Pascual, Joshua Jacobe, Louie Pedroso, Mico Cruz, and Miko Manguba. [1] The group signed under GMA's Artist Center and its label GMA Records after winning the competition in 2015. The group released their debut album digitally on April 28, 2016 with their carrier single, "Pag-gising". [2]

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History

2015: To the Top

In 2015, GMA Network created To the Top , the Philippines' first multi-platform boy band competition. The competition invited talented male singers from different school organizations nationwide to form the newest boy band sensation. Eighteen contestants went through rigorous training in singing and dancing under The CompanY's Moy Ortiz, Sweet Plantado and OJ Mariano; Sonic State Audio writers and producers Chino David, Brian Lotho, Tony V and Jon Ong; Madelle and Prince Paltu-ob, and Jesse "Reflex" Gotangco of Philippine All Stars; and the Maestro Ryan Cayabyab. [3]

In the series' finale, Adrian Pascual, Joshua Jacobe, Louie Pedroso, Mico Cruz, and Miko Manguba were named the grand winners and formed Top One Project. [4] Prior to joining the contest, Manguba, Pedroso and Cruz, are veteran performers in their school glee clubs. [5] Magbanua serves as the leader of the group. [6]

2016: Debut album and concert

Top One Project's debut album, T.O.P., was released digitally on April 28, 2016, available on Spotify and iTunes. [7] Under GMA Records, T.O.P. had the chance to re-record five of the most popular songs from To the Top and an original song for the album. It features six tracks: "Bakit Ganon", "Somebody", "Kaya Ko, Kaya Mo", "Alaala", their original composition, "San Na", and carrier single, "Paggising". Most of these songs are written by known musicians in the OPM industry such as Chino David from Silent Sanctuary and Brian Lotho who are both under Sonic State Audio. "San Na" was an experimental track as the group challenges their skills in writing and music production. Louie Pedroso and Mico Cruz wrote most of the lyrics while Miko Manguba, Joshua Jacobe, and Adrian Pascual focused on the overall sound and arrangement of the song. Physical copies of the album were released on May 14, 2016 and reached the third spot on the Astro Charts for the top-selling OPM albums for the month of May. [8] Top One Project performed for almost 40,000 people on June 12, 2016 at the Philippine Arena to promote their debut album. [9]

Top One Project had their first major concert, titled T.O.P. in Concet, on October 28, 2016 at the Music Museum. [10]

In 2018, Miko Manguba transferred to GMA Records' rival record label, Star Music, [11] officially announcing the end of the group.

After months on inactivity, the band held their last concert in March.

Members

Mico C. was born Michaelangelo Ramos Cruz on January 11, 1995 (age 26)
Joshua was born Mark Joshua Marcelo Jacobe on July 3, 1994 (age 26)
Adrian was born Adrian Francisco Pascual on August 21, 1998 (age 22)
Louie was born Leonard Louie Pedroso on November 21, 1995 (age 25)
Miko M. was born Jamiko Allan Sabbun Manguba on April 24, 1994 (age 26) [12] [13]

Discography

Album

Singles

Other works

Filmography

Television series

YearTitleMember(s) and role(s)NotesNetwork
2016 Juan Tamad Wedding singers"Juan Gets Married?" episode [15] GMA Network
2017 My Love from the Star Adrian Pascual as Young WinstonUncredited role
2017 Wish Ko Lang Adrian Pascual as –"Nang Matupok ang mga Pangarap" episode [16]
2017 Magpakailanman Adrian Pascual as Teban"Mga Sikreto ng Aking Pamilya" episode [17]
2017MagpakailanmanJoshua Jacobe as Mahjie"Ang Pagmamahal ng Isang Amang Beki: The Jeremy Sabido Story" episode [18]
2017 Imbestigador Adrian Pascual as Michael Angelo Remecio"Sako" episode
2017 Super Ma'am Joshua Jacobe as −
2017Wish Ko LangAdrian Pascual as –"Ang Pagbabago ni Avatar" episode
2018 Ang Forever Ko'y Ikaw Adrian Pascual as Dax and Joshua Jacobe as JigsSupporting roles

Other appearances

Members of Top One Project also appeared as guests on various programs produced by GMA Entertainment TV and GMA News and Public Affairs. These programs include GMA Network's Unang Hirit , CelebriTV , Walang Tulugan with the Master Showman , Eat Bulaga! , Power House , AHA! , Sarap Diva , MARS , Sunday PinaSaya , and Wowowin and GMA News TV's Good News . Top One Project also appeared in NET25's Music and Letters in 2016. [19] Top One Project also appeared as performers of GMA Network's new year countdown specials for 2017 [20]

Top One Project also appeared as musical guests in GMA Network's online series Playlist [21] and GMA Records' Spotlight Music Sessions. [22]

Accolades

YearAward Giving BodyCategoryNominee/Nominated workResultSource
2016 8th PMPC Star Awards for Music Duo/Group of the YearT.O.P.Won [23]
Dance Album of the YearTop One ProjectNominated

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