Calista gears for 'Vax to Normal' concert


AFTER the successful media launch last March 8, and performance at the Philippines' first-ever P Pop Convention on April 9-10, Calista, the country’s hottest girl group, is breezing through a hectic but joyful schedule.

For now, Calista works hard, trains, and prepares for its upcoming “Vax To Normal” concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on April 26.

“They train for 12 hours, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., workshops, voice lessons, dance training. They’re training double time for the concert,” said TEAM manager Tyronne Escalante.

Special guests in the concert are: Yeng Constantino, Elmo Magalona, AC Bonifacio, Darren Espanto, Andrea Brillantes and Ken San Jose.

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During the first Pinoy Pop (P-Pop) Convention held at the New Frontier Theater in Quezon City, Calista performed their latest single, “Race Car,” and Little Mix’s “Woman Like Me.”

With their high energy, dynamic choreography and vocals, the group surprised the crowd and excited fans.

Many who watched the live event and saw recorded videos on YouTube praised their major improvement since their last performance.

According to Calista’s Manager Tyronne Escalante, the progress of the girls could be credited to their hard work and dedication.

“Olive, Anne, Laize, Dain, Denize, and Elle poured their heart into their performance. The girls also appreciate the concern and constructive criticism from their fans and P-Pop fans. They remain humble and work hard to earn the admiration of the P-Pop industry and its fans,” he shared.

Escalante added that the management, with the producer Merlion Events Production, Inc., made significant changes in the coaching line-up that also contributed to the girl’s growth.

“We are now partnering with Douglas Nierras, of Power Dance to fast track the improvement of their dance performance.”

Nierras is one of the best choreographers in the Philippines, a dance legend in his own right who has over 40 years of experience in the industry. He is an award-winning choreographer whose experience with various dance styles has earned him widespread recognition.

TEAM also decided to add another choreographer to form Calista’s powerhouse coaching team, Vimi Rivera. Rivera is a World of Dance Manila Director, owner of Groove Central Dance Studio, head choreographer of Legit Status, and ABS-CBN choreographer.

Escalante further said that Calista is still trained by vocal instructor Imelda Marie ‘Marnie’ Jereza.

Apart from honing their talent, TEAM and Merlion also expressed their gratitude to the rest of Calista’s team that continue to help the girl group shine, including celebrity stylist Myrrh Lao To.