Early formation[ edit ] In the s, Viva Films had successfully molded screen favorites like Joyce Jimenez and Rica Peralejo , whose softcore movies raked in millions for the production company. Former teen star Maui Taylor and Kristine Jaca were among the first to join the group, after their breakthrough stint in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry, Tatarin. They were officially introduced to the public upon the release of the much-publicized Hotstuff magazine, with the inclusion of actress Andrea del Rosario.
Hotstuff magazine sold extremely well during the first month it was issued, having , copies of the magazine sold in just four weeks, which forced Viva Entertainment to print 4,, copies for the rest of the year. After a dispute between the publishers regarding the photos used for the magazine, Taylor left the group to concentrate on a solo career.
She remained being managed under Viva Entertainment despite her fall-out with the Hotstuff publishers, and continued to co-star in movies with other existing members like Santos and del Rosario. The girls were initially marketed as a pool of upcoming sexy screen sirens, two of which were launched before the actual formation of the group.
Maui Taylor was formally introduced in 's Gamitan, as well as Katya Santos in Sukdulan early in just before official line-up was finalized. Throughout each of the member's individual activity in the movies, only three managed to obtain leading status: A Seaman's Wife, and Bugbog Sarado. A special Hot Babes-starred film entitled 1st Time was also released in with Rosendahl, Garci, and Hernandez being the main characters, and Jaca, Cabrera and newcomer Anna Leah Javier getting supporting roles.
Other than the theatrical releases of movies featuring many of the girls, the Hot Babes also released softcore home videos. The highly buzzed Viva Hot Babes: Videoke three-volume karaoke home video was released to huge commercial reception. The video version of the Hotstuff magazine was also released as Hotstuff: Other home video releases under Hot Babes catalog were Agcaoili's Erotica: During that same year, multi-award-winning director Peque Gallaga was also set to direct Scorpio Nights 3 the previous installment catapulted Viva contract star Joyce Jimenez to superstardom with Sheree in the lead role, but the film failed to materialize.
Crossover to the music scene[ edit ] It was during the height of the novelty songs from the likes of the Sexbomb Girls , Masculados, Bayani Agbayani , Joey de Leon and Willie Revillame that the girls decided to embark on their singing career. In , after the success of their karaoke home videos, the group finally released their debut single "Bulaklak" and EP of the same name.
During that same year, the Hot Babes released the controversial "Bulaklak" music video, which was almost banned due to the song's underlying message.
The group later released the second EP "Kikay" which featured the song of the same title, before releasing a full-length studio album, Basketbol a year later. The Viva Hot Babes scored four hit singles in the Philippines. Line-up changes, comebacks and member replacements[ edit ] All in all, there were thirty-seven members of the Viva Hot Babes.
When Sheree left in , she was temporarily replaced by Pam Sarmiento. Sheree returned in late during the release of their first EP, "Bulaklak" and remained with the group until Both batches of Hot Babes excluding Taylor who left after the release of the Hotstuff magazine were included in the release of Hotstuff: Towards the end of , Javier left and was replaced by Katrina Gonzales, just in time before the release of their first full-length album, Basketbol.
Despite winning the search, Miranda's career as a Hot Babe was short-lived as she was never officially signed to Viva Entertainment. It was in that year that Alyssa Alano joined the group, but after becoming a viral sensation with her performance and diction mishap of the song " Kiss Me " , she pursued a solo career as a comedian outside the management of Viva Entertainment.
The last two girls who were included in the second batch were Vanessa Khain and Maia Majendra, who were late additions in Lessons of the Flesh.
During their official return to the scene, they were joined by newly added recruits Briana Blanco, Rachel Villanueva, Sofie Garrucho, Lailanie Vergara, Shanella Strauss, Anna Scott, and Scarlet Garcia, all of which were also part of the third line-up. Adona gained a supporting role in Taylor's comeback Viva movie film, Torotot, which was released in