Just 23 days after the start of 2016, Filipino EXO-L’s were treated to a late new year’s gift from PULP Live World Manila as Korean-Chinese boy group EXO held their first-ever solo concert in the Philippines at SM Mall of Asia Arena.
The Manila leg of Exo’luxion was held for two days as the 2nd show was added after the 1st show was sold out three hours after ticket selling started last December. It’s also the first time for any KPOP boy group to hold a two-night concert in Manila and EXO-L’s were very thankful as they had another night to enjoy the concert with their favorite idols.
Since morning, fans camped out and waited in line patiently for the show to start. The heat and hunger were a no-match for the fans as they practiced their cheers and spazzed with their fellow fans.
Around 6PM, gates were opened and soon the arena was buzzing with energy that could light up the whole solar system, or better yet, EXO Planet! Screams filled the arena as the VTR of the boys flashed on the big LED screens and light sticks were fervently waved while waiting for the boys to come out.
At exactly 8PM, the show finally started with EXO’s hit single “Overdose”. Fans went wild when they saw EXO (in all their handsome glory!) emerge from the stage complete with shiny outfits and a galactic stage setup.
Fans sang and danced along while the boys performed their hits from their albums MAMA, XOXO, Overdose, Miracles in December and Exodus. During their MENT, EXO were a bit apologetic as Kai and Xiumin cannot dance along with the boys due to their injuries however, they compensated through singing along with the other members in every song that they performed.
EXO displayed a lot of fan service to the delight of the fans who returned the favor by giving the loudest fanchants that they can manage to encourage the boys. For the encore, EXO sang their newest song “Sing For You”. The fans were getting emotional already as they knew that the end of the show was nearing. As if to make the sad atmosphere evaporate, EXO gave their all during their last song “Unfair” with a promise to come back for another concert soon.
After 5 years since their debut, this is the first time that the group held a solo concert here in the Philippines and what a show that was. They put in those 5 years’ worth of performances in a two-and-a-half-hour concert filled with spectacular lights and sounds. It was truly an experience like no other as EXO became one with their Filipino fans.
The long wait for EXO-L’s was definitely worth it and we cannot wait to see them back here as they promised to give a bigger and better stage when they return. Until then, EXO-L’s will just have to re-live the concert through the photos and videos they took during the concert and await for their comeback stage which we hope will be sooner rather than later.
Written by KCC Staff, Donna Cu
Photos by KCC Staff, Paola Ebora