Thursday, February 6, 2014

K-pop boy bands send Pinoy fans into a frenzy

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Six K-pop boy bands in one concert proved to be an overwhelming experience for Filipino fans.
The Dream K-pop Fantasy Concert 2 held last February 2 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum showcased some of the best K-pop acts.

A-Jax with KARA Seungyeon (All photos by Jonathan Hicap)







Super Junior M, Block B, BTOB, BAP, A-Jax and A-Prince made sure that fans had a good time when they performed for three hours at the concert.
In addition, KARA’s Seungyeon was a special guest at DKFC 2, appearing briefly to greet the crowd.
Fans also came prepared. They had light sticks of different colors representing fan clubs, t-shirts, banners and placards.
Filipino singers and dancers, who are the winners of the Dream K-pop Filipino Champion contest, became the opening act at DKFC 2.
Then the party began. One by one, the six boy bands showed their singing and dancing skills before the fans in the coliseum. Each group sang five songs.
BTOB, composed of Eunkwang, Hyunsik, Minhyuk, Changsub, Ilhoon, Peniel and Sungjae, was the first to perform. The band sang “Insane,” “Wow,” “2nd Confession,” “I Only Know Love” and “Thriller.”
Next was A-Jax, composed of Hyeongkon, Hyojun, Sungmin, Yunyoung, Seungjin and Seungyub.
At the concert, A-Jax sang “Angels Brought Me Here,” an English song by Guy Sebastian. During the performance, Seungyeon appeared to greet the fans. They also performed SS501′s “Love Like This,” 2MYX,” “One 4 U” and “Insane.”
Block B was the third performer. Members Zico, B-Bomb, U-Kwon, Kyung, P.O, Taeil and Jaehyo performed their new song “Very Good” along with “Nalina,” “Nice Day” and “Be The Light.”
One fun moment at the concert was when A-Prince’s Sungwon, Minhyuk, Siyoon, Seungjun and Woobin surprised the crowd when they sang “Nasa Iyo Na Ang Lahat” by Daniel Padilla. The fans also cheered when the group performed “Otso-Otso.” A-Prince also performed their songs “Mambo,” “Hello,” and “My Lady.”
Six-member group B.A.P, composed of Himchan, Yongguk, Daehyun, Youngjae, Jong Up and Zelo, also wowed the crowd when they performed “Excuse Me,” “No Mercy,” “One Shot,” “Warrior” and “Bad Man.”
And as expected, Super Junior M closed the concert. The subunit of Super Junior came with seven members: Donghae, Kyuhyun, Eunhyuk, Ryeowook, Sungmin, Henry and Zhoumi. Siwon was unable to go to Manila.
They performed songs from their album “Break Down,’ which was released last year. The opened their set with “Go,” followed Donghae and Eunhyuk’s “Oppa Oppa” and Zhoumi’s “Distant Embrace,” “Goodbye My Love” and “Break Down.”
During the concert, Super Junior M members and the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” for Kyuhyun, who turned 26 last Feb. 3.
For the fans, seeing six boy bands in one night was a satisfying experience.
Michelle Bonilla, 18, a fan of Super Junior M, said she enjoyed every moment of the concert.
“I didn’t expect that they would wave at me. I kept calling their names and waving at them. They waved back. I felt so happy especially when I saw Super Junior M performing. It made me crazy and made my heart melt because they were in front of me,” she said.
Ghie Rivera, a fan of Super Junior, said her favorite moments were A-Prince singing a Filipino song and Super Junior M’s “Break Down” performance.
Tintin Chua, 19, said she watched the concert because of Block B.
“They were really fun to watch. My favorite is Jaehyo,” she said.
After the concert, Super Junior M’s Eunhyuk posted on Twitter, “Thank you Philippines!!! See u at ma house.”
“Maraming salamat po Philippines! We’ve made a lot of good memories. See you again!! I love you po,” tweeted A-Prince.

Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online

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