Filipino K-Pop fans flocked SM Mall of Asia Arena to watch their favorite artists at Super Pop Con 2017 on July 7.
While the artist line-up does not boast of any group from South Korea’s top three agencies, the six groups and one solo artist held on their own and brought the house down, nevertheless. These artists certainly felt the love from their Filipino fans and reciprocated that love from the press conference to the concert itself.
Most of the groups in the line-up are no strangers to the Philippines. VIXX was part of MBC Music Show Champion in Manila last year, while PENTAGON was part of TV5’s 2017 New Year countdown at the Quezon City Memorial Circle. B1A4, BAP, and BTOB were in the country for the One K Global Peace Concert last March. Meanwhile, this is B.I.G.’s first time in the Philippines, and this is Kriesha Chu’s first concert after her runner-up finish on KPop Star 6.
These artists continue to rave of the Philippines and its crowd. BTOB’s Eunkwang said they enjoyed their previous concert, and they were excited to be back again. B.I.G.’s J-Hoon said their group loved the energy of Filipino fans, which they initially felt when they went on ABS-CBN’s Showtime the day before.
Whether they are first-timers in the Philippines or have been to the Philippines more than once, the artists expressed their love for the country and its fans by putting on their best performances and showering fans with fan service.
The boys of PENTAGON opened the show. Although Yanan was absent due to injury, the group still managed to get the crowd hyped up with their songs “Can You Feel It” and “Pretty Pretty.” They serenaded the audience next through their ballad “Beautiful,” then closed off their performance with their latest song “Critical Beauty.”
BTOB’s Sungjae promised Filipino Melodies a “hot” performance, and they did not disappoint. They started off with their intense performance of “Pray (I’ll Be Your Man).” Then swooned the audience with their ballads “2nd Confession,” “It’s Okay,” and “Someday,” the second ballad dedicated to the victims of the earthquake in Leyte. Peniel then excited their fans with the hint of a possible solo concert before they performed their final song, “MOVIE.”
VIXX came next, first performing their latest song “Shangri-La,” complete with their amazing fan choreography. Each member tried their hand at speaking Tagalog, each saying “Mabuhay” to all Starlights in attendance. They next performed fan favorite songs such as “Fantasy,” “Black Out,” “On and On,” and “Love Equation.” They bid their fans goodbye by saying “Hanggang sa muli!”
The next group to perform is B1A4, energizing the crowd with their first song “What’s Happening.” They then gave the crowd lots of feelings with “A Lie” and “Lonely” before moving to livelier songs “Baby Goodnight” and “Good Timing.” The group showered fans with fan service, wearing bean sprout headbands and picking up gifts. They asked Filipino BANAs to support their upcoming album before leaving the stage.
B.I.G. promised a showstopping performance, and they certainly delivered, charming their way to the hearts of the audience that night. Vocalist Benji talked about their appearance in Showtime and even shouted out to Vice Ganda and invited him for coffee. Meanwhile, leader and lead dancer J-Hoon imitated boxer Manny Pacquiao. They performed “Aphrodite,” “Hello,” “1,2,3.” and their latest song “Hello, Hello.” The group promised more fun for their solo concert in Manila this September.
Kriesha Chu showed that she was still adjusting to her fame, but nevertheless she charmed the thousands of fans present. She performed the songs from her debut EP, “Trouble” and “I Want You,” showing off her sweet vocals and dance moves. She then surprised the crowd by Bituin Escalante’s “Kung Ako Na Lang Sana.” We can’t wait for her to cover more Filipino songs in the future!
Last but not the least was BAP. Their appearance was highly anticipated by BABYs and K-Pop fans alike, as their leader Yongguk was finally present this time. The group performed five songs—from the powerful “One Shot” and “No Mercy,” to their more fun “That’s My Jam” and “Carnival,” and their latest song “Wake Me Up.”
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Written by Bea Mandac / Photos by Trisha Yalung