With our favorite K-Pop idols holding digital concerts online, it was only a matter of time before P-Pop idols followed suit. On November 21, SB19 held their first digital concert, which was made possible by Global Live.
Despite having been a fan of the group for so long, this is my first time actually getting to see Sejun, Josh, Stell, Ken, and Justin in a concert setting, so I honestly had no idea what to expect.
Familiar Hits and Pleasant Surprises
The show opened with “Love Goes” as they were dressed in dark clothes and everyone (but Josh) wore black cloaks. The performance’s vampire vibe reminded me of their performance at YouTube FanFest. Of course, they also performed hit songs “Go Up” and “Alab” along with ballads “Tilaluha” and “Hanggang Sa Huli”.
The boys also thrilled fans with unexpected special unit performances to show a different side to each of them to their fans. Sejun and Ken performed the song “Akala”, an unreleased hip-hop track produced and composed by Sejun (using the name “Pablo”) and his brother Josue. Meanwhile, Josh, Justin, and Stell performed “Hallelujah” by Bamboo. Fans were in for a treat because Josh was the main vocalist for this performance while both Stell and Justin rapped in a performance for the first time.
Other notable performances included their rendition of Bruno Mars’ hit song “Finesse”, with an original Tagalog rap part added to it. Then there was also their skit and song “Sundin ang Puso” for Pepsi.
Staying Strong through Tough Times
SB19 also performed their song “ikako” which they dedicated to all the frontliners. They also reminded everyone that a portion of the ticket sales went to the victims of super typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.
They then performed their last song, the encouraging “Huwag Mong Ikunot ang Iyong Noo”, which is fitting considering all the things everyone has been through for the past year.
SB19 x A’TIN forever
I can’t help but be proud to see how far SB19 has come. From no one knowing who they are to having fans all over the world, it was heartwarming to see the boys give shoutouts to their fans from countries such as USA, UAE, and Japan, and of course, the Philippines.
Toward the end of the concert, things took an emotional turn as the boys individually gave their messages for A’TIN. After that messages from A’TIN both here and abroad started pouring in, making the boys even more emotional than they already were. Fans also took to sending their messages of love and support on their social media accounts.
Sejun: “Honestly po, naiiyak po kaming lahat kasi nabalik po yung feeling nung nag-pperform kami. Naala namin yung…diba wala po nag nanonood sa amin [na live], ganito po kami nagsimula pero ngayon kasama na namin ang A’TIN. Unstoppable force kami pag kasama namin ang A’TIN.”
(Honestly, we’re all emotional because the feeling of performing has come back. We remembered the times that there was no one watching us [live]. This is how we started, but now we have A’TIN. We are an unstoppable force when we have A’TIN by our side.)
Stell: “After yung ilang weeks na naghirap tayo, kahit hindi tayo sure sa kakalabasan nang concert na to, ngayon nararamdaman ko na worth it lahat nag pinahihirap natin. [A’TIN] ang lakas namin at sila din yung kahinaan namin kaya maraming maraming salamat sa lahat ng tulong nyo…hindi nyo alam kung gaano ninyo kami pinasaya ngayong araw.”
(After how many weeks of struggle, even if we weren’t sure how this concert would turn out, now I feel like all our difficulties were worth it. [A’TIN] is both our strength and our weakness, so we are thankful for all your help. You have no idea how happy you have made us today.)
They then wrapped up their concert with an encore performance of the song that started it all for them, “Go Up”.
Good news, A’TIN! In case you missed the concert, you will be able to watch it again on November 28 at 2PM. Dubbed as “SB19 Monsoon Relief,” profits from this rerun will be donated to charity. Tickets are available via TicketNet and Global Live.
We would like to thank ShowBT Philippines for inviting us to cover the event.