“Do you guys remember our promise when we said we will be back? And then, GOT7 made it!” – BamBam
And indeed last November 14, the handsome and quirky boys of GOT7 were back in Philippine shores as promised for their first fan meeting at the SMART Araneta Coliseum.
Excitement was brewing inside the coliseum as fans flocked to their seats to watch JB, Jackson, Mark, Junior, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom perform some of their greatest hits. When the lights went out, deafening screams welcomed the boys as they opened the show with”하지하지마 (Stop Stop It)” from their first full-length album, Identify. This immediately followed with their debut hit, Girls Girls Girls.
As the boys were allowed to take a breather, popular radio DJ and veteran emcee, Sam Oh, kept the excitement going as she introduced the members one-by-one. (She even commented how tall and good-looking they really are.) It was difficult to determine who had the most number of fans among the members as all of the fans screamed on the top of their lungs for everyone. When the boys came back to have a little chat, Jackson made a funny remark on how his chair was too high for his short legs. Sam continued to welcome them and asked how they felt being in the Philippines. Despite experiencing technical problems with the microphones, all of the members individually expressed how it felt really good to be back. Sam also asked if the boys managed to try any Filipino delicacies, which Jackson enthusiastically expressed his love for mangoes. (He even made a small chant with the fans about mangoes.) Mark, who hails from the United States, added that he particularly liked dried mangoes. BamBam, who is of Thai decent, mentioned that he liked what he thinks is “Peanut Soup”, which Sam Oh clarified as Kare-Kare. Mark (who cutely let out a scream of frustration for his bad mic) jumped in to add that he also likes what is to him “Pig’s Feet”, which quite caused a confusion until Sam Oh figured it was Crispy Pata. Jackson excitedly volunteered to share a Filipino sentence he learned – “Gusto ko kumain [ng] mangga. (I want to eat mango.)”, which roused laughter from both the host and the fans.
When asked what they thought of having their first fan meeting in the Philippines, Youngjae brightly expressed how it feels good and randomly blurting out “Kamusta? (How are you?)” to the Filipino IGOT7s. And if they were to give a message to their fans for their first fan meeting here in the Philippines, leader JB (as translated by Sam Oh) shared, “Thank you, guys, for always cheering us on, and he hopes that we all have a great time tonight.” Junior added (as translated by Sam Oh) how he missed all of the Filipino IGOT7s, and Jackson wanted everyone to be in one big group hug with GOT7.
The boys resumed their performances with the confidence-boosting Just Right and their latest 180-degree transformation, “니가 하면 (If You Do”). In their latest release, the usual fun and bubbly boys of GOT7 transformed into dashing and charismatic men for “니가 하면 (If You Do)”. Host Sam Oh then asked what their initial thoughts was upon hearing the song. Yugyeom, who is the youngest of the bunch and one of the choreographers, said that he had mixed emotions for the song because it was about a man hurting. BamBam, who also happened to be one of the youngest, evoked squeals from fans when he said that he felt sexy upon hearing the song. It was hard to believe they were only 19! This followed by hilarious individual re-enactments of their iconic scenes from their music video.
After showing their serious acting chops, BamBam shyly treated the fans with a sweet serenade of chorus of Ronnie Liang’s “Ngiti”. His vocals were soothing and his pronunciation was perfect. Fans hope that all of GOT7 will get to serenade a Filipino song in another visit. But it wasn’t only the fans that were in for a surprise. Local fanclub, GOT7 Philippines, prepared a surprise video message for each of the members. The video also included clips from the countdown event and tear-jerking triple wins from a specific Korean music program. BamBam said he won’t cry but the fans chanted that they want him to, which he laughed off instead.
The boys brought in the fun again as they granted requests and answered questions from the Q&A fan board. LA-based member Mark was made to say “Mahal namin kayo. (We love you.)”, while JB answered that there are still no concrete plans of his acting comeback after Dream High 2 but will definitely let the fans know soon. The rest of the boys showcased their talents as Yugyeom and Youngjae danced along Jackson’s beatboxing, while BamBam performed a bit of “Ooh-Ahh” from the sister group, TWICE. The fan meeting was even made more memorable as the fans surprised Yugyeom (whose birthday is on November 17) with a birthday cake on stage and banners by the fans.
Series of performances from the boys continued as they serenaded the fans with “Playground” and hyped up the crowd with “Magnetic” and “Bounce”, which was originally the debut song of JB and Junior (JJ Project) prior forming GOT7. When the fans thought it was over, the boys returned on stage with a remix version of “A”.
JB, Jackson, Mark, Junior, Youngjae, BamBam, and Yugyeom proved that it was impossible not to fall for their charms as they live up to their names as “boyfriend-dols”. Fans were randomly selected to play games such as musical chairs (or more popularly known here in the Philippines as “Trip to Jerusalem”), Telepathy Game, and a Speedometer Game with GOT7. Although a few fans emerged as winners at the end of each game, everyone got to talk and hug the boys one way or another. They are extremely well-mannered and professional – definitely the type girls would want to introduce to their parents. And despite being tired, they were still all smiles for fans who had special privileges of a group photo and hi-touch. They knew how to have fun and be funny, which wasn’t far from their image in front of the cameras. The future truly is bright for GOT7 as they continue to bring their A-game whether in music, dance, and entertainment.
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