Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MBLAQ To Hold Showcase In The Philippines

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Korean boy band MBLAQ will visit the Philippines and hold a show this month.

MBLAQ will headline the event "MBLAQ: First Contact: The Invasion Continues" that will be held on March 31 at the Aliw Theater.

MBLAQ (Photo by www.newsen.com)
The event is a showcase and fan meeting that will also feature K-pop groups EXITE and Two X.

MBLAQ is a Korean boy band under pop star Rain's agency, J.Tune Camp.
It is composed of Seungho, Lee Joon, G.O, Mir and Cheondung, the brother of 2NE1 member Sandara Park. MBLAQ debuted in the Korean music scene in 2009.

Cheondung and Sandara were born in South Korea but grew up in the Philippines.
Cheondung studied at the Philippine Pasay Chung Hua Academy.

In his video message for the event, Cheondung spoke in English and Filipino.

"Hi, guys. Sobrang excited na akong makita ulit kayo (I'm very excited to see you again)," he said in the message posted on YouTube.

Since moving to Korea in 2007, Cheondung has not visited the Philippines and the Manila event will provide him the opportunity to reconnect with his friends.

In an interview with a Korean media outlet last year, Cheondung expressed his desire to promote in the Philippines, hold a show and see his friends.

MBLAQ member Mir also sent a video message to Filipino fans.

"Because we are preparing for the concert for you, I hope that the concert, with your enthusiasm, will really be enjoyable. Let us meet in Manila, Philippines!" he said in a YouTube video posted by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.

MBLAQ's first album was "Just BLAQ," released in 2009. The members have also ventured into acting and debuted in Japan.

The boy band will release their third Japanese single, "Mona Lisa," on March 27.
On the other hand, Two X is a new five-member girl group also under J.Tune Camp. The group debuted last year and is composed of Jiyou, Eun, Minjoo, Eunyoung and Surin.

They have released two singles: "Double Up" and "Ring Ma Bell."
EXITE is a five-member boy band under Penta Entertainment that debuted last year. It is composed of Tae.G, Seungwook, Beat, Minhoo and Sihyuk. Their debut single was "Try Again."

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