K-Pop boy group OFFROAD held their mini-concert “OFFROAD: HORIZON The First Mini-Concert 2016”on October 27 at Teatrino, Promenade. Composed of Daewon (leader), Rio (main vocal), Habin (main dancer), Harang (visual and vocal), and Kino (maknae and rapper), OFFROAD took this opportunity to thank Filipino Oasis for the welcome, love, and support they received during their month-long activities in the Philippines.
Prior to this, OFFROAD had several shows in Clark and in Manila, as well as an exclusive fan meeting at the Korean Cultural Center. Although a Thursday night was an odd choice for a concert date, the boys of OFFROAD made every second worth it. Here are some of the reasons why those two hours (and probably more, for those who got to have a quick meet and greet with them after the concert) were worth it:
1. OFFROAD’s opening performance
As the boys walked onstage to perform their opening song “Head Banging,” this energy-filled performance set the tone for the rest of the night.
2. OFFROAD covering other artists’ songs
With only two singles to their name, OFFROAD showcased their talents and charms as they performed other groups’ songs. Although songs like Beast’s “Beautiful Night” and Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby,” got the crowd pumped up, it was their performance of TVXQ’s “Love in the Ice” that had the members of the audience (including ourselves) screaming and crying in their seats.
3. Exclusive viewing of OFFROAD’s future single “Cry”
The boys will promote “Cry” when they make their Korean comeback early next year. They shot the music video in several spots in Metro Manila, and it was shown during the mini-concert. Check out the official teaser, and a sneak preview of the actual music video.
4. Performing James Reid’s “Huwag Ka Nang Humirit”
We have to admit that Kpop idols performing local songs (no matter how cheesy/tacky/cringe-worthy the song choice is), is a guaranteed way of winning us over. (Rio won brownie points from us when he said that he’s a James Reid fan.) Admit it. You now have an appreciation for “Huwag Ka Nang Humirit” after OFFROAD performed it. Kudos to them for pulling it off!
5. Getting to know OFFROAD through the image game
Earlier in concert, OFFORAD’s baby photos were flashed onscreen as a way of introducing them to the members of the audience. Later on, the boys played the Image Game, for the fans to get to know them better. Questions included who they thought had the most number of girlfriends, (the members all pointed to Daewon, while Daewon himself pointed to the empty space next to him), who had the “bad boy style,” (they all answered Harang, “because he nags a lot”), and the most romantic member, (everyone pointed to Habin, except Harang, who chose no one because “none of them were romantic.” Kino then said that Habin learned about girls through the Internet.)
6. The sub-units and the solo stages
The boys of OFFROAD showed off their individual charms and talents through their sub-unit stages and solo performances. Ohnobro, consisting of Rio and Kino, performed Magic Wand, while OFFROAD-B, composed of Daewon, Harang, and Habin performed Rainy Blue. As for solo stages, Habin performed Justin Bieber’s “As Long as You Love Me,” while Kino opened his solo “Trash,” standing right in the middle of the audience—right next to us! Daewon performed Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk,” with the rest of the boys joining him onstage at the end of his performance.
7. Rio playing Bato-Bato-Pick with the audience
In order to win one of the five shirts OFFROAD signed, the audience had to play bato-bato-pick (rock-paper-scissors) with Rio, who was chosen to represent the group. Rio kept throwing paper, until the last round, where he threw scissors. In the end, only two members of the audience claimed their shirts from their favorite OFFROAD members, while the remaining three were thrown to the audience.
8. Habin’s birthday surprise
Habin, who celebrates his birthday on November 7, received an early birthday surprise from Filipino Oasis. The members brought birthday cake for him onstage, while fans sang the birthday song in both Filipino and Korean. After that, they also played several video greetings from their Filipino fans. Habin then thanked all the fans and said, “I hope you’ll be there on my actual birthday and that you’ll still be here when we come back.”
9. OFFROAD’s encore performances
Just when the audience thought there were no more surprises, OFFROAD came back onstage wearing colorful wigs (and in Daewon’s case, cat-ears), and danced to A-Pink’s “No No No,” to the fans’ amusement. They followed it up with an energetic rendition of Psy’s hit “Gangnam Style,” and the encouraged the audience to sing and dance along. They wrapped up the night with another performance of “Head Banging,” this time with the audience singing along.
10. OFFROAD’s messages for the Filipino Oasis
Wrapping up the show, the boys of OFFROAD thanked their Filipino fans called Oasis for all the love and support they received not just that night, but throughout their month-long stay in the Philippines. They (save for Harang) showed off the Tagalog they learned through their cheesy goodbye messages.
Harang: Filipino fans are very sweet.
Rio: Simula ngayon, akin ka na! (Starting today, you’re mine.)
Habin: Puwede ba tayong maging magkasintahan? (Can we be together?)
Kino: Sa umaga, pagbukas ng aking mata, sana katabi kita (When I open my eyes in the morning, I wish you’d be right next to me.)
Daewon: Gusto kita. Mahal kita, hanggang mamatay. (I like you. I love you, until the day I die.) We were touched by how sweet your reception to us was. We will miss you when we go back to Korea.
Special mention: As an intermission for the concert, ShowBT Philippines prepared a special surprise. While the boys were taking a much needed break, the ShowBT Musical Gala Team serenaded the audience with several Broadway hits, such as “Seasons of Love” from the award-winning musical Rent.
As we anticipate OFFROAD’s comeback, check out the photos taken from the mini-concert, press conference, and the fan meeting, as well as our exclusive interview with them here. Also, to get more updates about OFFROAD’s schedules and whereabouts, you may like their official Facebook page and follow their Twitter and Instagram accounts. We would like to thank ShowBT Philippines for giving us the opportunity to meet OFFROAD.
Written by Clara Palma / Photos by Jahleel Micah Agramon