4th Impact Biography: Chasing the Dreams

4th Impact

4th Impact : Overview

4th Impact is a Filipino singing girl group comprised of Almira, Irene, Mylene and Celina Gollayan Cercado. They were formerly known as the Cercado Sisters, Gollayan Sisters, M.I.C.A. and 4th Power. They were born in Santiago City, Isabela  (Cagayan Valley) province in the Northeastern Luzon island of the Philippines. The group has been singing and dancing together since they were children – with their harmonized vocals and choreographed dance routines. They have been competing in several competitions and garnering fans from all over the world.


4th Impact Members

Fans of 4th Impact are called Dreamers.

4th Impact - Almira

Name : Almira Gollayan Cercado
A.K.A. : Belter of the Group
Fans : Almirables
Age : 28 years old
Birthday : October 18, 1987
Relationship Status : In a relationship
Education : Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Graduate
Schools Attended : Technological Institute of the Philippines
Religion : Catholic

4th Impact - Irene

Name : Irene Gollayan Cercado
A.K.A. : The Swagger of the group
Fans : Ireneans
Age : 26 years old
Birthday : January 18, 1990
Relationship Status : In a relationship
Education : Bachelor of Secondary Education Graduate (Major in English) Schools Attended : Technological Institute of the Philippines
Religion : Catholic

4th Impact - Mylene

Name : Mylene Gollayan Cercado
A.K.A. : Arranger of the Group
Fans : Mylenizers
Age : 23 years old
Birthday : April 1, 1992
Relationship Status : Single
Education : Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Schools Attended : Technological Institute of the Philippines
Religion : Catholic

4th Impact - Celina

Name : Celina Gollayan Cercado
A.K.A. : The Rapper of the Group
Fans : Celinatics
Age : 20 years old
Birthday : December 15, 1995
Relationship Status : Single
Education : ______

Schools Attended : Bethel Christian School

Religion : Catholic


Family Background

They are four of six children, mother Erlinda Gollayan Cercado and father Dominador Cercado. Of the group, Almira is the eldest, Irene, Mylene then Celina being the youngest.

Their father was a junk dealer who would push around a cart, buying and selling bottles and newspapers. One of the girl’s main motivations to joining X-Factor 2015 was that their father needed an operation for a growing brain tumor and they feared he would go blind. They were quoted in saying, “He was diagnosed last year and he has been hospitalized, but we need money for the operation. We need to raise £10,000 to pay for it.”

Their mother, Erlinda, sold tupperware and beauty products to neighbors and friends but is currently the group’s costume designer, teacher and advisor. The group’s eldest sister, Elvira Cercado, graduated as a registered nurse and is currently employed at the Philippine Heart Center, East Avenue, Quezon City as a Nursing Attendant. The youngest of the family is their little brother, Rogelio, who the group calls “Bonchong.”

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4th Impact: Gollayan-Cercado Family       Source: dailyrecord.co.uk

Music Career

Almira, the eldest sister of the group began her singing career by joining competitions such as Star for a Night (IBC 13) and Batang Kampeon (RPN9). The other three sisters would join in dancing competitions during this time. She was sent to formal training, through the help of her sister Gina Koyama and the Cecilian Voice Training Center.

2001 - 2003

They started singing as a group in 2001, first performing in a wedding in 2002 – invited by their Aunt Sally Lazario. From that time, the four would continue to perform in weddings, birthdays, funerals, town fiestas and other concerts in order to pay for tuition and other allowances.



Their mother learned of a family singing competition called FamJam (QTC-11). According to Erlinda, she was watching television and a bird flew on top of the television. She then picked it up and took it as a new hope, a sign in which the girls should compete. The competition was in Manila, a trip that would cost the group around ₱ 3,000 – 4,000 PHP ($100 USD) – money that they did not have at the time. The girls performed in cockfights and Erlinda borrowed money from a neighbor in order to make the trip. They completed the competition as the 3rd runner up in the grand finals.



FamJam’s producer, Kitchie Benedicto, approached the sisters and invited them to compete and to represent the Philippines at the 10th annual World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in 2006. The event held in Hollywood California had about 4,000 participants.

For the competition, the group was trained by Amy Quintos of the Company and Montet Acoyomo. They competed in the Vocal Group Junior Division, singing a mix of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and Beat It. The girls won 16 gold medals and 4 outstanding plaques in the junior division’s four categories (Pop/R&B, Gospel, original works, Broadway). In the finals, they took home the Grand Star Trophy and the title, 2006 Junior Grand Champions of the World.



The group was invited to perform at the 2nd Manaco Film Festival held at the Hotel de Paris, Manaco. All proceeds of this event went to street children all over the world.


Under Viva records, the group released a self-titled album, The Cercados, on September 1st, 2008. The album included 6 tracks, Alam Ko Alam Mo, Dyan Ka Na, He Loves Me, I’ll Love You Forever, Paraiso and Pangarap Na Bituin - Paraiso being their popular track.

2010 - 2011

The girls continued competing in shows such as Talentadong Pinoy (TV5) in 2010-2011.

The group competed in Protégé: Battle for the Big Break (GMA) in 2011. They were mentored by Jay-R, another Filipino talent known as the R&B King in the Philippines. They were eventually eliminated before reaching the final 10.


Known as M.I.C.A. by that time, competed in Bida Kapamilya It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) on October 20th, 2012. They were joined by their relatives in the competition, and entered as the Gollayan Family. The group made it to the grand finals, won a car and were able to pay off their debts with the ₱1,000,000 PHP prize.

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Gollayan Family - Bida Kapamilya (It's Showtime)      Source: Facebook



They competed again in the 17th World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in 2013, this time taking home the Vocal Group of the World title under the Senior Grand Champions.

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2013 Senior Grand Champion Vocal Group of the World        Source: Facebook



The sisters flew to South Korea to compete in SuperStar K6 (MNET) in 2014. They ended the competition at the top 8th place where the contestants were asked to perform their own rendition of a Korean pop song. Though they performed energetically, they did not meet the required score to move them on to the next round.



The girls auditioned for X Factor UK in August 2015 under the moniker 4th Power, which they later changed to 4th Impact due to copyright issues. They instantly impressed the audience and the judges in their first performance, amassing millions of views for the YouTube video "bang bang". The group garnered worldwide recognition and a huge following all over the UK and the rest of the world. They were eventually eliminated on Nov. 29, 2015 making it to the top 5, after a sing off with a fellow contestant. The judges' votes were tied and the group's fate was left to the voting public.

Awards - Accolades- Competitions

2004 FamJam (QTC-11) – 3rd Runner Up

2006 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) – Won 16 gold medals and 4 outstanding plaques in Pop/R&B, Gospel, Original Works and Broadway. Awarded the title of 2006 Junior Grand Champions Vocal Group of the World.

2011 A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival – ₱100,000 PHP and best Interpreter Award.

2012 It’s Showtime (ABS-CBN) – Title of Grand Champion, a car and a ₱1,000,000 PHP Grand Prize.

2013 World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) – Won 20 gold medals, 4 silver medals, 4 overall champion plaques and awarded the title of 2013 Senior Grand Champions Vocal Group of the World .

2014 SuperStar K6 (MNET) – Top 8th place finalist.

2015 X-Factor – Top 5th place finalist.


Social Media

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        Further informationExternal Link

You may also like: The Dreamers Page


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