“I think after debuting, Manila is a place where we constantly come and every time we’re here, we’re always touched by you guys. I think tonight was the biggest touching moment of all.”
This was how Seungkwan described their fourth show in the Philippines, and probably their most FEARless concert (see what I did there?), as they spent an incredible night with Filipino fans during the Manila leg of their “Ode To You” tour.
Despite the virus scare and the sudden downpour on the concert day, the boys did not let the fun be dampened as they delivered hit performances for the love of their Filipino Carats – the group’s official name for their fans. The concert pushed through despite the absence of leader S.Coups who is currently on hiatus due to health reasons. This did not bother the fans and still supported him with loud cheers each time he appeared on VTRs played in the between sets.
Filipino Carats went wild as SEVENTEEN kicked off the three-hour concert with a powerful performance of “Getting Closer,” followed by “Rock” and “Clap.” The crowd waved their light sticks to the beat of the songs and loudly chanted along the names of the members as if they were running out of breath.
In the opening ment, they introduced themselves one by one and gladly expressed how they missed their fans in the Philippines. DK said he felt nostalgic as it was also raining when they last came to Manila and thanked the fans for braving the bad weather to be with them on that night.
The boys then showcased their alluring charm and impressive synchronization as they performed “Thanks” and “Don’t Wanna Cry.”
Each of Seventeen’s three sub-units also got the chance to show off their talents. The hip-hop unit turned up the intensity with “Trauma” and “Chili,” while the performance unit made fans gush over with “Lilili Yabbay” and “Shhh.” With their angelic voices, the vocal unit then serenaded the crowd with “Hug” and “Don’t Listen in Secret.”
The hip-hop unit returned onstage with vocalist DK for “Space” before the rest of the boys joined them to perform “Smile Flower,” to which fans sang along with. It became a very sentimental moment when S.Coups’ recording for his part of the ballad song was played.
The group then broke the emotional atmosphere as they went on with their funky hits “Adore U,” “Pretty U,” “Oh My!” and “Just Do It.” The crazy and playful vibe continued as they sang “Good to Me” and “Happy Ending” followed by their latest single, “Fear.”
After a soul-stirring ment, SEVENTEEN kept the fire burning with their rocking “9-Teen” and “Hit” stages. For the encore, DK, Seungkwan, and Woozi effortlessly belted out their ad-libs while The8, Hoshi, and Dino flaunted their sharp moves and swag in a dance off during their seeming endless performance of “Very Nice.”
In some ways, SEVENTEEN proved that they have come a long way since their youthful debut days and have become one of the strongest K-pop acts today, giving more reasons for Filipino Carats to fall deeper in love with them.
As a frequent concert goer myself, I could totally approve that the “Ode To You” Manila leg has set the bar on another level. The creative stage designs, the undying energy of the members, their oozing charisma (and cuteness), and the resounding passion of the crowd made the show more like of a festival. – @juneolivar on Twitter
Krew member Hannah said getting held in security check and enduring sore feet from wearing platform boots was all worth it after watching SEVENTEEN’s sound check. “They sang three songs, “Clap,” “Oh My!” and “Hit.” The whole 15 minutes was an intimate experience! You can never go wrong with SVT’s energy on stage.” – @hannavry on Instagram
It was also a different experience for Kaye as she went to the concert with his husband whom she influenced to love SEVENTEEN as much as she does. “I (also) came to know three girls who happened to be 10 years young (even more!) than me. Every time I hear them chant and sing and shout their hearts out, I get chills!” – @ajuma_s on Twitter
Krew member Andressa, who attended “Ode To You” in Seoul last year, says Filipino Carats gave SEVENTEEN a different concert experience. “The energy and the passion of the Filipino audience are just expressed differently. In Seoul, I couldn’t let loose and go crazy – gotta behave and (attempt to) follow the fan chants, which is probably the highlight of audience participation there, besides the fan projects. But in Manila, we could sing along, hold a mini dance party, and just scream at the top of our lungs. I may be biased saying this, but Manila K-Pop concerts just put you on a different kind of high.”- @andybidibidis_ on Twitter
The night was indeed an unforgettable beautiful memory for Filipino Carats! Hoshi promised that they will come back with more stellar performances and reminded their Filipino fans, “Even if we’re far from each other, our hearts are still together.”
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Written by Krew Junelyn Olivar