Friday, September 20, 2013

JYJ’s 2014 Incheon Asian Games song, music video unveiled + visit to the Philippines on Nov. 28

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

The song and music video of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games performed by K-pop boy band JYJ have been released.
JYJ (Photo by IAGOC)

The four Filipinos who are in the music video
JYJ’s “Only One” was released by the 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee (IAGOC) on music download sites including iTunes while the music video was unveiled on the Games’ official YouTube channel.
JYJ members Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu are the Goodwill Ambassadors of the 17th Asian Games, which will be held in Incheon, South Korea, from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 next year.
The popular boy band will visit the Philippines and perform at the Asian Games Centennial Festival in Boracay on Nov. 28, according to a press statement by the organizing committee.
“Only One,” produced to promote the 2014 Asian Games, is about overcoming challenges and hoping for a bright future as nations and races unite as one.
The song grabbed the No. 1 position on the iTunes Japan Top 10 Songs chart.
In the music video, JYJ showcases the major landmarks of Incheon City including the Incheon International Airport, Munhak Stadium and Incheon Bridge.
Four Filipinos in South Korea were cast to appear in the music video. They are Nash Ang, Francine Espana, Mario Rebosura Jr. and Annalee Nuque.
Ang, who is taking his Masters in Filmmaking at the Korea National University of Arts, told Bulletin Entertainment that they were contacted by a talent agency and asked them to send their photos.
Four Southeast Asians were needed for the music video and fortunately, Filipinos were chosen for the parts.
Espana is a graduate of Master of Engineering Major in Digital Media from the Catholic University of Korea. After finishing her studies, she came back to the Philippines.
Rebosura graduated with a Masters in Environmental Engineering from the Catholic University of Korea. He is now working as an engineer in South Korea.
Nuque is studying Theater and Dance at Soonchunhyang University.
This will be the third time that the Asian Games will be held in South Korea. Seoul hosted the Games in 1986 and Busan in 2002.
“We hope that all the visitors and participants at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games will unite in one as the song says, and to enjoy the Games together in one.  On behalf of IAGOC, I would like to thank JYJ, our Goodwill Ambassadors, who are extremely popular all over Asia, for their participation to promote the Asian Games,” said Kwon Kyung-sang, IAGOC secretary general.
A representative of JYJ said with the release of the song, JYJ will participate in special events as Goodwill Ambassadors of the 2014 Asian Games.
“We hope that our song ‘Only One’ will bring the interests of many people to the Incheon Asian Games and that people will enjoy this song.  We look forward to continued support and interests of fans in our endeavor,” the representative said.
JYJ will sing “Only One” at the IAGOC promotional road shows in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Oct. 24 and in Guangzhou, China, on Nov. 21.
The 2014 Incheon Asian Games will be participated in by 45 countries including the Philippines.
Link to my original article on Manila Bulletin online

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