Filipino Inner Circles and iKONICs were given a double treat as YG Entertainment’s next generation of boy groups wrapped up their first back-to-back solo concerts at the SM Mall of Asia Arena last November 11 and 12.
Winner and iKON brought the house down with their performances at the Manila leg of their “Everywhere” and “Continue” tour, respectively.
It’s been more than a month since their unforgettable stages, but many are surely not yet getting over with their PCDs. Below are the exciting details and concert experiences from our Krew members Jean and June.
Jean: The only thing that came to my mind was the fact that I needed to be at the concert, no matter what! I rushed all my work before the concert but I still wasn’t able to finish them all. Still, I pushed through because I don’t know when they are going back to PH.
I just like how versatile they are because aside from music, the members are also talented in arts, modeling, acting, and more. If loving them means sacrificing, then I guess the 2 AM bus ride from Pampanga to Manila was not so bad after all.
June: When I first heard that they will have a concert here in Manila, I felt overly excited and a bit anxious for I know I will have to master the Kpop fans’ golden rule of #iponing. Come the ticketing day, I wasn’t able to buy one for me, as in nothing from any of the seat sections. However, days passed and a co-iKONIC sold her ticket to me (hallelujah!), and my almost a month of ticket hunting come to fruition.
Honestly, I am not the biggest iKONIC there is (multifandom alert!) But I can proudly say that I have been “stanning” the group even before their debut. For K-variety show junkies, you’ll understand if I say I have been rooting for Team B since the “WIN: Who Is Next” and the “Mix and Match” eras.
SEAT SECTION EXPERIENCE
Jean: It was my first time to purchase Gen Ad (because I’m poor huhu) and contrary to the popular belief, the said section has some nice view. Moreover, I really like the spirit of the people who were there because I felt such amazing connection when we screamed and joined other fans in singing with the band.
Everything was magical except for the people who ended up not following the seating arrangement and blocked the view of other fans by standing in front while taking videos. I really hope those few will learn discipline and respect on their next concert experience.
June: Lowerbox B was not my first choice but I am still thankful that I caught the “Continue” tour, and experienced the hype during the concert. I had a good view of the main and extended stages, and I was also near a screen. Actually, I entered the arena 15 minutes before the show started. Way before showtime, almost all seats are occupied already and the fan chants of iKONICs every time a music video is being played was just giving me goosebumps.
Jean: I loved that they started the show with “Empty”. After the whole setlist was done, all I wanted to have was to hear more of them!!! I wish we could’ve had more time to process everything. They performed their hit singles such as “Everyday”, “Really Really”, “Island”, “Love Me Love Me”, and “Don’t Flirt”. I also liked their solo stages and to be honest, I don’t know who my bias is anymore after the concert. But definitely, Hoony’s solo stage really caught my eye (if you know what I mean).
Indeed, it was a feel-good concert and at the same time explosive. I just went out of the arena feeling so happy and proud that I made the right decision. I really hope they will come back! YG better take care of them because they are all so precious.
June: In terms of the set list, I would say the concert was satisfying. Not too short, not too long, but of course, I wish we had more time with them. The boys opened the show with “Bling Bling,” “Sinosijak,” and “Rhythm Ta.” The vocal line including Jay, Song, DK, Ju-ne, and Chan sang “Perfect.” Rappers B.I and Bobby also had their solo stages. iKON sang most of their most-favorite songs like the iconic “iKON is coming to town!,” “B-Day,” “Goodbye Road,” “Killing Me,” and the much awaited “Love Scenario.” We were hoping for them to sing “Climax” but I guess we have to wait for their next concert here.
Jean: I love that they were like little kids when they talked about Jollibee and how good it was. But what made me laugh every now and then was Mino’s version of “sigaw” which he pronounced as “shigaw”. He did it repeatedly, it was so funny!!! On a more serious note, I felt indescribable kilig when they said, “Namiss namin kayo”.
I appreciated Jinu so much because he had the most practiced lines in saying Filipino sentences as opposed to others who memorized or read some phrases. But don’t get me wrong, I felt electrified by all of their messages.
I also absolutely fell in love with their funny video skit where all of them imagined what their futures would be like after they find the treasure. It was silly but it had the WINNER trademark on it. But what made the night more heartwarming was their appreciation of the fan project (btw, good job fellow ICs) and how everyone in the arena sang to the chorus of “Movie Star” while all the cellphone lights became like twinkling stars in the night. All of them took their time to hold the banners and really gave those who were at the concert an awesome fan service.
June: First of all, Jay was so EXTRA that night. It’s not a secret that he stayed in Davao for some time before, but coming from his own words, that he has a special tie with the Philippines, ugh surreal! Double B prepared a “Love Scenario” battle and when Bobby lost, he shouted “Saranghae!” without his microphone. I bet people in the GA heard that clearly. I love Jay, he is my bias ever since Day-0, but Bobby, the way he interacts with the fans, and his “Tendae” performance, I am calling it, he captured half my heart.
The boys also mastered some Filipino phrases to make us kilig. Jay adorably told us “Sakin ka na lang!” during their “My Type.” Ju-ne showed his abs! Song boasted “Pinaghirapan ko pagkagwapo ko!” iKONICs showed their love to the boys by filling the arena with rainbow lights. The bright red color of Konbats and flashing yellow fabrics mimic a burning fire as iKONICs jumped and sang to “B-Day.” The boys also asked the fans to put their phones down so they could see their faces. It was a moment worthy of being treasured forever for both iKON and Filipino iKONICs. Everything about the concert was the highlight for me!
Jean: More blessings. Next album. Next concert. Basta, wherever they go, I will always be there for them and I just hope that their direction in the near future will always include the four (4) of them together!!! Everywhere Tour was astonishing and I know the next will exceed expectations.
June: iKON did not disappoint and made their first Manila concert really worth the wait. Their passion and hard work transcend to their fans, and I definitely felt that. The boys obviously had fun as much as we do. I’m sure their next tour and concert in the Philippines will be another sold out.
Written By KREW MEMBERS: Jean Singian and June Olivar