Not even an orange nor a red storm signal warning from NDRRMC could stop K-pop fans from supporting their favorite performers and contestants as they poured inside the venue of this year’s Pinoy Kpop Star competition held at Samsung Hall, SM Aura last July 22, 2018.
Despite the chilly weather, the audience warmed up the event by filling every corner of the hall with loud cheers, supporting all the contestants and performers. Dance Choreographer and Artist Coach, Vincent Igno, hosted the event which started around five in the afternoon.
Several guests were present in the event including Korea Ambassador Han Dong-man, who started his Opening Remarks with few Filipino phrases in which he delivered in an almost fluent Filipino accent. He talked about the 20 years of diplomatic relationship between South Korea and the Philippines and how he witnessed the Korean Wave become widely accepted in the country, mentioning few worldwide favorite groups and personalities lately such as EXO, BTS, Momoland, and PSY.
Taguig Mayor Lani Cayetano was also present and gave her Honorary Speech, which talks about the friendly relationship between South Korea and the Philippines, the increasing number of Korean nationals in the country, as well as the massive interest of Filipinos towards Korean culture.
Special Guest and Hanbok Traveler Kwon Mi Ru was also spotted at the event, offering free on-the-spot chibi portraits of the attendees.
Kpop Dance Diva, Dasuri Choi; PULP Live World Vice President, Happee Sy-Go; PKCI Vice President, Jesmah Mananquil; Territory lead for Asia Pacific and Canada GMA International, Virna Canete; and KCC Director, Mr. Lee Jincheol were also present in the event as panel of judges.
Showcasing the talent which made them win last year, 2017 Pinoy Kpop Star Performance Category Grand Champion Volo Pro Veritas opened the stage for Performance Category competition as they performed their winning choreography of Blood, Sweat, Tears by BTS.
Trained under a Korean Entertainment Company, ShowBT Philippines’ first boy group SB19 delivered a special performance featuring two of their original songs Tilaluha and LG (Love Goes) from their yet to be released album. Much like in Kpop, fans of SB19 showed their support by singing fanchants and raising banners while the group performs on stage.
Event host, Vincent Igno, also claimed the spotlight for a while as he danced to Rainism by Rain and Lip n Hip by Hyuna.
2015 Pinoy Kpop Star Second Place winner in Vocal Category, Val John, also performed an original song titled Giliw and a dance performance with Lethal Dose and Marmalade.
Out of hundreds who sent their audition videos online, only ten groups and individuals on each category are lucky enough to compete against each other in the Grand Finals and only one from Performance Category and one from Vocal Category will be representing the Philippines in the online semi-finals of the 2018 K-POP World Festival in Changwon, South Korea.
MIX’IN’s dance performance on WJSN’s Dreams Come True, and Venisse Nicole’s vocal performance on Wind Song by Sohyang has led them into bagging the Grand Prize of 20,000 PHP and will be representing the Philippines in the online semi-finals of the 2018 K-POP World Festival.
Winners in Performance Category were (K)-Idle (2nd Place), Kaiju X (1st Place), and Mix’in (Grand Winner); and John Paul Manuel (2nd Place), Sandra Dela Cruz (1st Place), and Venisse Nicole-Siy (Grand Winner) for Vocal Category.
Acethetic who danced to Cactus by A.C.E., followed by Nonagon to What is love by Twice, CLASS B to Red Flavor by Red Velvet, KAIJU X to Jealousy by Monsta X, (K)-IDLE danced to Latata by G-Idle, GREAT to Bboom Bboom by Momoland, Fatal to Fake Love by BTS, ALPHA with the song Get In by Pristin V, MIX’IN to Dreams Come True by WJSN, and Magnitude 7.2 with Latata by G-Idle.
Christelle Tolisora sang Shine by Pentagon; Dennis Mangubat, Talk Love by K. Will); G.Na, Bad Boy by Red Velvet; John Paul Manuel, My Apology Letter by Kim Yeonwoo; Karyl Legrama, My Star by Lee Hi; Melosky, I Miss You by Mamamoo; Merry Mia Sinaguinan, Shut Up by Unnies; Racianne Castro Elorde, Midnight by Suzy; Sandra Dela Cruz, Breathe version by SoHyang; and Venisse Nicole Siy, Wind Song by Sohyang.
KCC Director Lee Jincheol delivered his Congratulatory Speech to all the contestants, performers as well as the audience and the staff in the whole event. Reminiscing back to 2011 when Korean Wave all started, he said he’s delighted to see fans gather in such events to promote Kpop in the country.
“Not perfect but very passionate and dedicated” — KCC Director, Lee Jincheol
Written by KREW member Yara De Guzman