CEBUANOS and visitors alike are in for a treat as JAGMAC, a Filipino-American singing group, has been performing their original songs, including their debut single Existence, at several Sinulog events.

JAGMAC, composed of Patalinghug siblings Jared (aged 14), Angelique (16), Gabriel (17), Manjo (19), Alyssa (22), and CJ (23), are not just like any other singing group for several reasons.

Aside from singing, the Patalinghug siblings also have talents in dancing, choreography, song writing, rapping, sign language and playing piano, guitar and drums. They excel in martial arts. All six hold a Black Belt in Taekwondo and are also world champions in the Philippine martial art of Eskrima (stick fighting). The siblings’ martial arts background has influenced their dance moves.

Alyssa and CJ were first runner-up and first place winners, respectively, in the Baltimore Pop Star contest. Two-time world champion stick fighter Alyssa also sang the Star Spangled Banner for the Senatorial Banquet in Washington D.C. at the age of five.

The siblings’ singing talent comes from their mother Alicia, an American who has a beautiful singing voice, and from their paternal grandmother, Fe Esplana Patalinghug, who is a native of Cataingan, Masbate. An accomplished singer, Fe has performed at the Warner Theater in Washington D.C., the Lincoln Center in New York, and the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore.

In 2013, the group co-wrote with various song writers in Baltimore. Three of the songs they wrote, including Existence and Fly, were produced by multi-platinum writer and producer Bryan Todd. Bryan, who began his career as a recording artist, has written and produced numerous artists such as Jordin Sparks, Miley Cyrus, Ruben Studdard, Ashley Tisdale, Josh Kelley, Berlin, Jordan Pruitt, Big Time Rush and Honor Society, to name a few. Bryan is currently developing a TV show called The Climb with Howard Meltzer and Rita Wilson.

They did some further writing with Lauren Christy, an award-winning songwriter whose credits include Avril Lavigne, Jason Mraz, Shakira, Liz Phair, Korn, Twisted Transition, David Bowie, Christina Aguilera, Rickey Martin, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Ferra, Busted Three AM, Tokyo Hotel, Rihanna and Grayson Chance.

JAGMAC is on a tour of the Philippines this month, where they are scheduled to perform in concerts and national TV appearances. Since their paternal grandfather, Carlos E. Patalinghug, hails from Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, the group has scheduled performances in Cebu.

The group will be performing at the Sinulog Opening Program Best of Cebu on Jan. 18, 12 noon; and the Sinulog awarding ceremony on Jan. 19, 1 p.m., to be held at the Cebu City Sports Center Sinulog Grandstand.

JAGMAC has signed with De Angelis Entertainment, an international music company based in the U.K. De Angelis Entertainment managed Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia for her first eight years.

The group’s first single, Existence, will be released in the first quarter of 2015 in the U.K. This debut single is now available on iTunes only in the Philippines as a form of tribute to their Filipino roots. The group will be introduced in the UK in April.

For more details, visit their website (PR)