SEVENTEEN & Carats “very very” missed each other at #OdeToYouInMNL

Photos by Andy Flores

It’s been more than a year since SEVENTEEN visited the Philippines for a concert. I remember being part of the crowd during their Ideal Cut tour, just 10 months into slipping into the diamond life.

Since then, I haven’t become a full-blown, Carat, but one that tries to keep up with them every now and then. Even when I was just a casual fan, I knew I wanted to watch them the next time they came to Manila for a concert.

Enter Ode to You in Manila.

You can’t deny the fan’s energy throughout the concert

📷: Andy Flores

The energy at the Mall of Asia Arena was already high when I arrived. A series of SEVENTEEN’s MVs were being played at the projectors, yet the fans were already cheering and doing their fan chants as if it’s the actual concert already.

Everyone was excited—it’s been two years since we’ve last seen SEVENTEEN in Manila, after all.

Even as the lights dimmed and the concert proceeded, Carats never lost their energy. Aside from the fan chants, they sang along to the songs. The most poignant one was during “Smile Flower,” when SEVENTEEN stopped singing, leaving fans to fill in what would have been silence.

SEVENTEEN were amazed by the crowd’s energy that they asked the crowd to sing to some songs that weren’t part of the setlist. Filipino Carats definitely delivered, which was why Dino dubbed them as “the real Carats.” What validation!

Let’s talk about the concert production

📷: Andy Flores

Of course, SEVENTEEN did not disappoint. While Ideal Cut was memorable for the high-quality performances and the boys’ energy, Ode to You leveled up in terms of concert production.

From the VTRs that you would mistake for a short film to the sets themselves, Ode to You is probably the best SEVENTEEN concert to date. My personal favorite was the “SVT Museum” set, which presented the boys in a museum-like backdrop to symbolize their early songs. (More on that later.)

The most fun three hours you ever had

📷: Andy Flores

SEVENTEEN’s energy was just as contagious, never waning during the three hours. They performed their recent songs “Getting Closer,” “Fear,” and “HIT,” as well as hits like “CLAP” and “Thanks.” SEVENTEEN impressed Carats with their sharp choreography, as always.

A personal highlight for me was finally seeing “Don’t Wanna Cry” performed live. It was the first SEVENTEEN song I listened to, and I was bummed when it wasn’t performed at Ideal Cut.

Another noteworthy moment was when Mingyu, DK, Wonwoo, and Vernon performed “Space.” The unit was missing a member, leader S.Coups, but they decided to leave a recording of his voice during his performance.

SEVENTEEN also showcased the charms that probably drew most of the fans to the group. They bantered and played around with each other, acting goofy and drawing laughs from Carats. Shoutout to Hoshi, who kept hyping up the crowd every chance he got!

An ode to the beginning

A personal favorite from the concert was the SVT Museum, a segment in which SEVENTEEN performed “Adore U” and “Pretty U,” their first two songs. And while “Oh My!” was added to mix, I saw it as a tribute to their beginnings.

Even though SEVENTEEN is pursuing a more mature concept, they didn’t fail to acknowledge the concept that made them so endearing to many fans. And Carats certainly appreciated it.

An ode to Carats

At the beginning ment, DK mentioned that they came up with “Ode to You” as a way to show how much they love Carats.

They certainly showed that love during those three hours, and Filipino Carats were able to reciprocate that love.

The concert was enjoyable for both the group and the fans, and SEVENTEEN promised that they will be back soon. We’re looking forward to it!


SEVENTEEN Ode to You in Manila was presented by PULP Live World. Thank you for inviting us to cover the concert!

Check out our photo gallery of the concert here!

Bea Mandac
Bea was introduced to the world of Korean culture through Full House, Jewel in the Palace, BoA, and TVXQ. She is also a fan of J-Pop, figure skating, and tennis. When not in her day job, she likes to be alone in her room or in a café with her pen and paper, or a laptop. She co-runs a figure skating blog with fellow KStreet contributor Clara. You can reach her on Twitter.

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