With the goal of discovering the next generation of Filipino YouTube content creators, Smart introduced Launchpad to encourage the youth to showcase what they do best--- whether it’s singing or dancing, doing make-up tutorials, sharing travel tips or making people laugh.
Out of 1,537 video entries submitted from all over the Philippines, three were chosen as the winners - MJ Labenia, Lesha Litonjua and Tops Unay. These content creators will fly to Los Angeles, California and team up with one of the most successful Filipino-American, YouTube acts – The Filharmonic.
The a capella group competed in NBC’s hit musical competition, made the semi-finals and joined The Sing-Off national tour. The Filharmonic, consisting of VJ Rosales, Joe Caigoy, Trace Gaynor, Barry Fortgang, Jules Cruz and Niko Del Rey, was featured in the Universal Pictures hit movie, “Pitch Perfect 2.” The group expressed its excitement over the collaboration with Labenia, Litonjua and Unay. The chance to work with their countrymen is something The Filharmonic is looking forward to since they are very proud of their Filipino ancestry. Watch their video greeting below.