No Thanks, Honey: R Rules Is Starting a New Chapter for Themselves
When R Rules debuted with DNY (or Don’t Need Ya), they showed us two sides of themselves: A soft, girly side in touch with their femininity and a kickass, femme fatale that takes no shit. But all together, as a unit, they radiate empowerment. This reflects in their personality through their YouTube vlogs and House Rules series. Though if you look at it from a bigger picture, they’ve always been a dual-representative group with their fusion of Filipino and Japanese culture into one P-Pop group—a different influence from the usual K-Pop counterparts.
Currently composed of Riyo, Ruri, Reina, and Risa, the girls previously came together through a different label and name (formerly known as Japh Dolls) but fully formed and debuted as R Rules under MCA Music. It has been a while since their DNY debut last year, so we caught up with the girls on their next chapter. Risa says, “We’re preparing for our next [comeback]. So, we want people to stay tuned for our next. We’re preparing for everyone.”
But, what can we expect for the next singles? R Rules says to expect more empowerment anthems. Risa goes on to explain, “Our first single was that—that kind of energy. And our next single will be something like that also but very new.”
Comebacks take time. We know that from all the times we’ve had to frustratingly wait for content from our favorite P-Pop groups. Patience is key for great music, after all. So, for now, what fans can anticipate from the girl group is live performances. Previously performing in the P-Pop Convention, expect all kinds of collabs, surprises, and fierce energy for their Tugatog stage. “This is the second time na mag-perform kami na sobrang big stage and sobrang big crowd, so we are so excited and we are so prepared to perform our debut single, DNY, na sobrang angas!“ said Riyo.
[“This is the second time that we’ll be performing on a big stage and in front of a big crowd, so we are so excited and we are so prepared to perform our debut single, DNY, that’s so fierce!”]
When talking about preparations, the R Rules members were quick to mention how it’s been a stressful and tiring ride, but regardless of the blood, sweat, and tears, it keeps them dedicated more than anything to finally be in the spotlight. Riyo shares, “We are so motivated everytime we perform, and ‘yun ‘yung talagang power namin na pwede namin ilalabas. Kahit stressful, mawawala lahat pag nagpperform na.”
[“We are so motivated every time we perform, and that’s really the power we get to pour out. Even if it’s stressful, everything disappears when we get to perform.”]
Ultimately, R Rules wants to forge a path of their own—unseen, unheard of, and different from what you’d expect. And most importantly, they want to share their message of empowerment while bringing it back to their roots. As told by Risa, “We hope for people to get to know us better. And we are also like, part of us are Japanese, so we want to bring the culture here, and we want to bring the culture in Japan. So, vice versa. We wanna be the bridge to the different cultures.” While Ruri says, “And actually, it’s not just the four of us. This is like the ladder for everyone to know that Filipinos have their own talents also.”
What are you waiting for? Catch the badass females, R Rules, alongside other P-pop groups on July 15, 2022 at the Tugatog Musical Festival in the Mall of Asia Arena! You can buy your tickets now at SM Tickets.
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Produced Exclusively by Ant Savvy Creatives and Entertainment, Inc. and Parcinq Magazine Team for Tugatog PH
Photography by Rxandy Capinpin
Art Direction by Joe Andy
Words by Marielle Filoteo
Interview by Anna Fregillana and LA Bendana
Styling by Mac Bersalona and Mai Chua for @mesmyrrhized
Videography by Sean Amador
Assisted by Juan Miguel Lapidez & Joshua Navarro
Set Design by Rooster Production Design