Eight Hits that Made #KPOPCON8 Great

First of all, we would like to congratulate The Philippine KPop Convention, Inc. for another successful year of Philippine KPop Convention. It was on December 18 (Sunday), from 10am-6pm at the Philippine Trade and Training Center, Pasay City. Not even the crazy Christmas rush and traffic dampened people’s fandom spirit. Still suffering post-convention depression? Join us as we reminisce what made that this convention unforgettable and why we’re already looking forward to next year’s event.

1. Confidently Fangirling (or Fanboying) for a Cause

Same with the previous years, The 8th Philippine KPop Convention allowed the fans to enjoy while being generous citizens to society. The proceeds from the event will go to the causes PKCI supports such as Gawad Kalinga, Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) and PKCI’s Student scholars.

2. Games and Prizes Galore

A convention isn’t complete without playing games and winning lots of prizes, and KCon8 definitely did not disappoint in that aspect. Admittedly, the more noteworthy and enviable prizes included a trip for two to Jeju Island, and life-size Song Joongki and Lee Minho standees, all from one of the sponsors, Viu Philippines.

3. Bringing Korea Closer to You

The Korean Cultural Center’s booth had long lines, as it hosted two activities almost everyone was dying to try. The more competitive souls tried their luck at tuho, wherein players attempt to throw arrows into the top of a narrow-necked wooden jar. The score is determined by the number of arrows in the jar. Meanwhile, the more fashion-inclined set queued for hours to get photos of themselves wearing hanboks.

4. Philippines Got Talent

There is no shortage of talent in the Philippines, as some of the best vocal and dance cover groups in the country battled it out with all they’ve got. Dance group DMC ended up winning the Philippine KPop Dance Battle Year 8, with The Movement as first runner-up. The KPop Singing Star 2016 was done King of Mask Singer style, as all the singers were required to wear masks. For the group division, LyKan was crowned the winner, with Supreme Serenade as the first runner-up. Congratulations!

5. Seeing Double

One of the most hyped-up parts of KCon 8 is the KPop Idol Look-Alike Contest. This year’s winners were Lewi Vidad (Rain), Christian Bugaoan (Super Junior’s Heechul), Haruka Shiratani (2NE1’s Park Bom), and Euniess Dacara (f(x)’s Krystal). Meanwhile, cosplayers also took it up a notch with a girl dressed as GFriend’s Eunha, Louise Garcia as Blackpink’s Lisa, and a group of boys dressed as the members of NCT were crowned winners of this year’s edition of KPop Kosplay.

6. Working the Hallway like a Runway

Convention attendees definitely worked it in terms of fashion, as almost everyone was dressed to impress. While some looks were obviously meant for convention purposes (meaning, we would not recommend that you wear them on a daily basis), other outfits were practical yet eye-catching. Besides outfits, we also spotted several eye-candy this year, and we won’t be surprised if fans snapped a few selcas with them. (wink wink)

7. Fanclub Battle Royale

Local fanclubs always go the extra mile to support their favorites, and this year was no exception. After all, migme Philippines will be sponsoring the winning fanclub’s next gathering. Girls’ Generation Philippines won the migme Fanclub of the Year. Congratulations!

In the spirit of year-end award shows, here are the winners of the 8th Philippine KPop Awards:

  • Female Rookie of the Year: I.O.I.
  • Male Rookie of the Year: Astro
  • Best Female Solo Artist: Taeyeon (Girls Generation)
  • Best Male Solo Artist: Nam Woohyun (Infinite)
  • Best Female Group: Twice
  • Best Male Group: BTS
  • Best Collaboration of the Year: Dream by Baekhyun (EXO) and Suzy (Miss A)
  • Song of the Year: Cheer Up by Twice
  • Album of the Year: Ex’act (EXO)

Congratulations to all the winners!

8. Celebrity Performances

Filipino fans got a special treat as Dasuri Choi and Offroad took to the stage in separate performances. We don’t know about you, but we are not over Dasuri’s version of Blackpink’s “Boombayah,” which she danced in 2x speed, just like how our favorite idols do it on Weekly Idol.

Meanwhile, KPop boy group Offroad performed their two singles “Bebop” and “Headbanging” as well as “Love in the Ice” by TVXQ and the Korean version of “Hanabi,” an original composition by OHNOBRO. They also had a quick meet-and-greet at the ShowBT booth, played games with the fans, and answered questions (with You’re My Foreignay Grand Winner Shine Kuk as interpreter and host for this segment), for local fans to get to know them better.

We can list other things and may have missed a few, but in the end, it’s always you, the fans, who make these events worth visiting every year. After all, KPop Con is a gathering of all the fans from all over the country to bond over KPop, right?

Talk to us! What were your favorite moments at the 8th Philippine KPop Convention?

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Written by Clara Palma / Photos by Elaine Lim

Clara Palma
A frustrated supermodel/ballerina/novelist who lists Super Junior, EXO, and Infinite as some of her favorite groups, Clara’s first exposure to all things Korean was through K-dramas Lovers in Paris and Goong. She is willing to talk about fashion, beauty, dance, books, all things baduy, and figure skating over a cup of tea. She co-runs a figure skating blog You Only Lutz Once with fellow KStreet contributor Bea. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

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