‘They’re trying their best’: Dawn Chang gets ‘brutally honest’ on leaving GirlTrends


Posted at Aug 28 2019 06:09 PM

‘They’re trying their best’: Dawn Chang gets ‘brutally honest’ on leaving GirlTrends 1
Dawn Chang (bottom, second from left) was one of the original members of GirlTrends, which was relaunched as GT (seen in photo) in May 2019. ABS-CBN

MANILA — Former “Pinoy Big Brother” housemate Dawn Chang has confirmed she is no longer part of GT, the pop girl group formerly known as GirlTrends.

Chang revealed she has left the group in her latest vlog, titled “Brutally Honest,” released early this week. In the video, Chang answers questions from followers, ranging from sex to her parent’s separation, and lastly, her status in GT.

“I’m no longer part of GT,” she said.

Chang was one of the original members of GirlTrends when it debuted on the noontime program “It’s Showtime” in 2016. It has seen members come and go, with the current slate consisting of Chienna Filomeno, Joana Hipolito, Krissha Viaje, Mica Javier, Mikee Agustin, Jessica Marasigan, and Sammie Rimando.

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“I’ve been dancing for 17 years now and being a performer is a huge, huge responsibility. I am supposed to share my talent and entertain. I am supposed to give an enjoyable and memorable experience to the audience. And I feel that I am not able to able to fulfill those treaties and responsibilities as a performer when I am with GT,” she said.

When Chang entered “Pinoy Big Brother” in 2015, she was already a professional dancer. Notably, she was a former member of Hotlegs.

Chang, in her vlog, went on: “Mastering an art takes a lifetime. You need consistent training, you need consistent practice, you need a very strong foundation, and a very strong discipline para mag succeed o para gumaling ka.”

GT, which was relaunched as its current iteration in May 2019, regularly performs on “It’s Showtime,” usually during the opening segment. Aside from dancing, members now also sing.

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“In all fairness, we have to give credit to these girls because they are trying their best. But I feel that we are not on the same page,” Chang said.

Noting she is now 30 years old, Chang explained that she feels “it’s about time for me to relieve myself from the group and start doing things on my own.”

“I am very excited because I am teachable, I am trainable and I am ‘tweakable’ if there’s a term. Because, you know, everytime somebody’s correcting me or somebody’s criticizing me constructively, I love it because I know that that’s for me. They want me to be better and I want to be better than yesterday.

“For me, it’s not about the fame, it’s not about the fortune. It’s about the principle. If one day I become a very, very good performer, fame and fortune will come next. But for now, I want growth,” she said.