Reasons why B.I.G. is the next big thing

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We bump into B.I.G. (Boys In Groove) members J-hoon (leader, dancer, vocalist), Benji (vocal) Gun Min (dancer, vocalist), Min Pyo (rapper) and Heedo (maknae, rapper) during their press conference and we’ve jot down the reasons why the media instantly fell in love with these boys! See it for yourself why you must not miss their upcoming ‘The B.I.Ginning, The Asia tour’ in Manila!

1. Spontaneous energy
No one else could beat B.I.G.’s out-bursting charms and energy as they share their love for their fans and their music. During the press conference, a day prior to their third year anniversary, B.I.G members gave us a clue on how they will celebrate their special day by probably having a ‘samgyupsal party’ and a cake. Their unending charms and ‘happy virus’ type of personalities never fail to amaze the fans as they conquer a new milestone in their career.

2. Passion for music
“Gotta get your love oh, I’ll make it over tonight.”

A short serenade from their recent track ‘Hello Hello’ proved they’ve got the charisma and the talent to compete in the K-pop industry. Aside from that, the members got individual contributions in their recent album. In the coming months, they are about to conquer Taiwan, Japan and Philippines through their Asia tour so watch out for the dates!

3. Unique Style
If you want to see a realistic and talented type of performers, then this five-member team is for you. They are total performers and all of them could sing and dance. Aside from that, they can also go solo on stage and you’ll be seeing that on their concert! (Let’s not spill the beans yet! Watch it to feed your curiosity!)

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4. Fan Service
More than throwing finger hearts and doing eye contacts, B.I.G. would make their events memorable as they love to talk with their fans, share their stories, ask questions and suddenly crack jokes in the middle of interviews.

5. Funny stunts
From ‘I want to go to Mall of Asia’ to mishearing the word father to farmer, B.I.G. got lots of humor under their sleeves. There is no way you won’t laugh even for a minute. Following their contagious laughter, you’ll see yourself extremely ‘stan’-ing over these boys!

Bonus: Member’s cute accents! There’s no way you wouldn’t notice Benji’s US accent while the other members try to copy his style!

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Right after the press conference, a quick meet and greet with the fans followed! They’ve got to celebrate Jhoon’s birthday and the third anniversary of B.I.G. together!

PS: The members really loved a Filipino food chain’s chicken and one of the members wishes to visit all the branches they have in the Philippines!

Do not miss the chance to see B.I.G up close and personal on their upcoming fanmeet happening on September 2 at the Music Museum. See you all there!

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier
Photos by Krew Member Martin Arada

5 BTS: The Wings Tour Moments We Can’t Wait To Experience In Manila

We’re just a few days away from the 2017 BTS Live Trilogy Episode III: The Wings Tour in Manila, and we could hardly contain our excitement!

Arguably the most-anticipated K-Pop concert of the year, The Wings Tour in Manila (6-7 May) sold out some 20,000 tickets in just a few hours on the first day of ticket selling alone – a true battle of blood, sweat, and tears among the ever-so-passionate ARMYs.

As we count down the days till we witness Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, and Jungkook set the SM Mall of Asia Arena stage on fire for their third solo concert in the country, let’s run through five The Wings Tour moments we couldn’t wait to experience on both days of BTS’ stop in Manila:

The super lit set list

 

The Wings Tour is divided into four glorious parts on top of VCRs and talking segments. Kicking off with the kinetic “Not Today” numbers and a slew of intro songs, BTS will then treat the audience to solo stages, to be followed by a medley featuring their title songs before they ease down to the encore, capping off the show with “Spring Day.” Crowd favorites like “Fire”, “Dope”, and “Baepsae” are also part of the concert’s set list.

The seven solo stages

We’ve seen BTS hold unit stages at their past concerts, but they’ve never really dedicated an entire segment to solo performances, so we sure are looking forward to the the seven stages of each member this time around. From Taehyung and Jin nailing the high notes in “Stigma” and “Awake” to Hobi’s à la worship “Mama” stage to Jungkook showcasing some impressive footwork during “Begin”, we’ll get to watch the Bangtan Boys bare their souls through powerful, uplifting, sometimes sensual, sometimes heart-wrenching numbers that we certainly won’t forget any time soon.

Watching the live performances of “Spring Day” and “Not Today” for the first time (in the flesh!)

This would be the first time we will be seeing the choreography of “Spring Day” and “Not Today”, as well as the other songs in the Wings and You Never Walk Alone albums including “Blood, Sweat & Tears”, performed live right before our very eyes – of course, we are pumped!

Taking part in the fan projects

From creating a rainbow ARMY Bomb ocean in the US, to forming encouraging messages that illuminated an entire arena in Thailand, ARMYS have always believed in “go big or go home” when it comes to packing a surprise for the boys. And since we PH ARMYs don’t want to get left behind, we have something in store for BTS, too! So if you’re attending the show, it would be best for you to familiarize yourself with all the fan projects and share the word to your fellow concert buddies!

Singing along to “2!3! (Hoping For More Good Days)”

What better way to make your fans feel loved than by writing a song especially for them? That’s exactly what BTS did. “2! 3! (Hoping For More Good Days)” is the ARMYs’ official fan song that says so much about the ups and downs that the band and the entire fandom endured together, and getting the opportunity to sing along to it is a chance we definitely wouldn’t miss. After all, it’s not everyday we get to express our love and gratitude to our ultimate bias group by singing back to them with all our heart.

Written by The Krew member Andy Flores

EXO’rDIUM IN MANILA: DERP YEOL ON THE RUN!

So you all might be wondering, who the hell is Derp Yeol? You might saw him roaming around Araneta a few hours before the second day of EXO’rDIUM in MANILA started. Some fans went cray cray when they saw him but have you spotted him with your very own eyes? 

For extra fun, my friend and I decided to host our very first giveaway in celebration of EXO’s return here in Manila. We want to make the most of our experience since it’s going to be our second time attending EXO’s concert here in the Philippines! But hosting your first giveaway needs to be memorable right? That’s why we added a twist to it and created our very iconic “Derp Yeol” tarpaulin.

The idea is to give out our EXO merchandise for free to those who will be attending the DAY 2 concert. But my friend and I thought that it will be really exhausting to choose among the pool of Filipino EXO-Ls present in the area.

While I was thinking on how are we going to execute our giveaway, my eyes landed on a very particular item at the corner of my room. Rolled and placed in one of my shelves is the Derp Yeol tarpaulin that I used and raised during EXO’luXion in Manila last year. I instantly remembered how people look onto my tarpaulin and saying that it’s one of the best banners that they saw! It even made a commotion last year when I did the rounds in MOA Arena holding the tarpaulin on my back while EXO-Ls chased me for a picture with Derp Yeol. So I said to myself, why not use Derp Yeol again this time for a better reason? LOL!

I immediately told my friend about my plan to use Derp Yeol for our giveaway and together, we formulated our execution plan and the mechanics.

EXO-Ls who spotted Derp Yeol around Araneta are entitled to win a free EXO merchandise. We pin post the mechanics on our twitter accounts and a Philippine-based fan club of Chanyeol helped us spread out our giveaway event by re-tweeting our post~ so sweet! We garnered a lot of positive response and PH EXO-Ls from twitter keep on mentioning that they are excited to meet and greet Derp Yeol on Day 2 and not just get the prizes.

Another twist in the rules is that fans need to find us wearing our baseball caps for a chance to win a free EXO Merchandise, if they spotted us not wearing our caps then it means that they will only get a selfie with Derp Yeol.

We started the game right when we arrived at Araneta Coliseum last February 26, 2017. Derp Yeol was on the run as early as 10:30 am and a lot of EXO-Ls spotted us already. Some were hesitant to approach us but as we walked around the Yellow Gate (Gen Ad entrance) someone said “Uy si Derp Yeol!” She and her friend spotted us and jumped in excitement as she showed us the mechanics which we posted on Twitter.

We congratulated them for finding us and we let them pick their free EXO merchandise via draw lots and before we part ways, we let the winners have the opportunity to take a selfie with Derp Yeol!

An overwhelming response flooded our mentions on Twitter when we posted the picture of our first winners. Some of the fans cannot find us so we tweeted the clues of the different locations where they can find Derp Yeol. Funny thing was that, the fans went to us so fast even if we just tweeted our recent location minutes ago.

The last location of Derp Yeol was in a Coffee Shop nearby and since we’re down with 4 remaining EXO merchandise left, we decided to finish it off so we can finally rest and prepare ourselves (and feels) for the concert. After we tweeted our last location, EXO-Ls flocked around Derp Yeol’s last location hoping to get a free merchandise. Of course we gave the remaining prizes to those who arrived first.

The EXO items that we gave was part of our collection and some are merchandise from different official fan bases. This simple act of giving is not to show-off anything, our goal here is to make everyone have a memorable EXO’rDIUM in MANILA experience. A simple act of generosity is what makes us happy and we also want to spread the love to our fellow EXO-Ls. Our banners may say “Iniirog Kita Bes” to EXO but those deep words are not only meant to them but also for us EXO-Ls — that in this moment, we are a family and WE ARE ONE!

Memorable enough, find us again on the next run of Derp Yeol!~

Written by Alumni Krew Member: Alexine Jimenez

EXOPlanet #3: The EXO’rDIUM in Manila

They say, “Good things come to those who wait.”

The long wait of Filipino EXO-Ls is over when the nine-member Korean-Chinese boy group from SM Entertainment fulfilled their promise as they returned in Manila for – again – a two-night concert at the Araneta Coliseum last February 25 and 26, 2017.

According to Pulp Live World their previous concert in 2015, “EXO PLANET #2: The EXO’luXion,” was sold out just a few hours after they went on sale. Because of the high demand, a second night was organized.

EXO is known for their remarkable dance routines, iconic concepts and out-of-this-world vocals which made them won 26 awards from various music awards including the ‘Hotels Combined – Artist of the Year Award.’

Filipino EXO-Ls were thrilled to see Suho, Chanyeol, Baekhyun, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Lay, Chen and Xiumin again after 399 days (yes, we counted the days from January 23, 2016 to February 25, 2017!). This year, Philippines is the second stop of EXOPlanet #3: The EXO’rDIUM concert tour, with Hong Kong as their first stop in Asia.

EXO-Ls were up early in the morning to gather outside The Big Dome to meet their “virtual” friends and spazz with them. Fandoms of each EXO members distributed banners, food support and other merchandise to #TeamConcert and #TeamLabas. The presence of International fans around the venue made it evident that EXO is a global idol.

When the gates opened, EXO-Ls screamed as a sign of their excitement to see the boys live in flesh again. The Big Dome was filled with fans carrying their banners and cosmic latte light sticks (eridi bong  as Baekhyun calls it) –and whether you are at the general admission section of Araneta Coliseum, the stage was so close to the audience making this concert more intimate.

Before the concert started, EXO-Ls began chanting E-X-O, the members’ names, “shipnames” (KaiSoo & Chanbaek – WUHOOO!) and the slogan “We are one” harmoniously while waiting for the boys to come out. Soon as the lights went dim, the screams became louder and the fans went crazy as if the boys already appeared in front of their eyes.

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The concert started with a video showing a story about the truth and lies that we see here on Earth – mysteries and unexplainable occurrences which are evident but cannot be explained. The video is executed in a comic-like frames came from sand artworks – giving you chills and nostalgic feels. Then, the EXO members started to appear:  Chanyeol lying at the middle of a volcano, Suho in his hood walking in the drought, Xiumin standing on an iceberg, Chen in the middle of the bridge with roaring thunders, Lay getting hurt, Baekhyun giving light to a kid, D.O. breaking the ground, Sehun protecting a kid from the hurricane and Kai disappearing from the Pyramid of Giza.

This theatrical video was followed by EXO’s powerful opening performance of their phenomenal remixed single ‘MAMA’, ‘Monster’ and ‘늑대와 미녀 = Neukdaewa Minyeo (Wolf)’.

After their opening performance, D.O. said that the Philippine fans are really passionate. Chen noticed that ever since the beginning of the concert the fans followed the lyrics. Xiumin also noticed the close proximity of the fans to EXO and for him it has been a while to have a concert like this. He added that he will try his best to have an eye contact with everybody. Sehun then presented his “ment” (speech) in English. Suho said that they have prepared a lot for the Filipino fans.

After their ment, they went to their positions and sung ‘White Noise.’ They continued with ‘Thunder’ and ‘Playboy,’ which was composed by Jonghyun of Shinee. One of the highlights of the concert was when the boys get their canes and danced to the song ‘Artificial Love.’

Suho introduced the “EXO House” and the acoustic session is a “gift” to the fans. Suho was surprised that the fans sang really well and he said that “It feels like Korea.” Chanyeol played his guitar while D.O. began singing ‘My lady.’ Following that sweet song is ‘My turn to cry’ and ‘Moonlight.’

Suho invited everyone to sing along with ‘Call me baby.’ ‘Love, love, love’ followed after. Kai and Sehun went at the back and danced ‘Lady Luck’ and ‘What if.’

The guys brought out their light sticks and interact with fans with ‘Tender Love,’ ‘Love me right’ and ‘One and only.’ CHEN, BAEKHYUN, D.O. and SUHO melt the hearts of the fans with their tear-jerking song ‘Stronger.’

After that silver-tongued serenade, a VCR was played in which the EXO members are dressed like dwarfs. The boys reappeared on stage, still wearing their dwarfish-like wardrobes and sang ‘Heaven,’ ‘Girl x Friend,’ and ‘3, 6, 5’.

Another video was played in which Chanyeol and Sehun rapped, followed by an exquisite dance from Kai, Sehun and Lay.  The members then came out to dance their record-breaking single ‘Overdose.’ Moreover, they performed their collaboration single ‘Lightsaber.’ The members amused the fans with their well-played routine using different vivid colors of lightsabers.

The members had their break and talked to the fans. Each member had the chance to express their thoughts about the Filipino EXO-Ls so far. EXO’s leader, Suho, said that he did not expect that they will receive the same warm welcome from the fans like the first time they went here. In addition, he also said that he is glad to see and hear the fans sing their songs, he hopes to enjoy the concert until the end.  He even asked if we had a Kpop Academy in the Philippines since the crowd where really great in following them. D.O. said he is not speaking English but he will study more and he will study Tagalog. During this ment, Kai revealed that he had a stomachache but it disappeared when he saw the enthusiasm of Filipino EXO-Ls.

EXO clearly remembered that they sang a Filipino song ‘Hawak Kamay’ at the Dream Kpop Fantasy Concert last 2013. They sang a few parts of its chorus along with their fans. Xiumin noticed that the fans were stomping their feet while cheering. He thought it was raining. He also thought that the dome will fall apart. (it’s just us EXO-Ls showing our undying love!) 

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And the highlight of the concert is this part – EXO PARTY!

The party begin with Chanyeol, Sehun and Xiumin singing an unreleased song ‘Let’s do it together’ (같이해 = Gatihae), followed by ‘Full Moon’, ‘Drop that’, ‘Lucky’ and ‘Run.’ During the performance, Chanyeol showcased his talent in playing electric guitar and a DJ set afterwards. The fans jumped and cheered their favorite EXO member while having the club-like atmosphere.

After that, the last VCR was played, showing the continuation of the first VCR. The video tells us that the presence of EXO within our hearts will feel you safe whenever you think of them. Also, the video gives us a message about us, EXO and EXO-Ls, being one, as a family – a one big, happy family!

The fans chanted “we are one”, “e-x-o” and “saranghae” before the encore stage. The remix version of their hit song ‘Growl’ followed by ‘Lucky One’ was played during the encore.

Before they had their last performance, every member thanked the fans for supporting them throughout their journey. EXO are so astonished and surprised by the energy of Filipino fans shown in the concert from the beginning until the end. Suho said that the energy of the Filipino fans is very unforgettable. Filipino fans had the best energy and love they have received since the tour began. In addition to that, Suho called the fans ‘My precious’ and the fans were touched.

Chanyeol shared that he had a great affection for the Philippines because this is the first country he went to when he was in middle school. He added that he is looking forward to come here more often. D.O. reminded everyone to be healthy and they will be more awesome when they return. Kai thought that they are performing in front of 70,000 people. They were surprised when they heard the fans stomped their feet. Kai added that he really forgot his stomachache because of the passionate fans. For Chen, Philippine fans are soft, warm, passionate and beautiful.  He said that he will never forget this moment. Xiumin was still amazed with the energy that the fans give and he hoped that they will get the same reaction next time. Baekhyun even made us stomp our feet to Queen’s ‘We will rock you’. Xiumin expressed his regret when he performed seated in a chair last concert. He reminded everyone to take care. As for Baekhyun’s ment, fans keep following his cute remarks. Baekhyun thinks that we became one.

Finally, they performed ‘Angel’ as their last song.

Though it was hard to say goodbye to them, EXO promised to comeback soon. They also said that they want to stay long here in the Philippines and explore our country, particularly Boracay and Cebu.

See you again EXO!

From your precious angels,

Filipino EXO-Ls

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Written by Krew Member Dawn Naval and KCC intern Raven Esperanza

Korea’s Divine Diva Sumi Jo live in Manila 

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Grammy Award-winning Korean lyric coloratura soprano, Sumi Jo conquered the stage of Meralco Theatre last February 7, 2017 for a charity concert.

Sumi Jo is known for her interpretation of the bel canto repertoire, and was also a recipient of  International Puccini Award, Korean Award for Culture and Arts, “Artist for Peace” of UNESCO, Best Vocal Album by French Cultural Critics, and the Order of Culture Merit of Korea.

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The concert started with Sumi Jo’s soothing and moving song titled ‘Music for a while’, ‘La postellera dell’ alpi’, ‘Eccomi in lieta vista’ with Najib Ismail on Piano and guest artist Antonio Maigue on flute. 

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The performance was followed by a special performance of Sumi Jo’s fan Paul Galvez whom she met on twitter. “I tweeted her a video of me copying her [singing voice] and she shared it on her account,” Galvez said. He was then invited to sing a song on Sumi Jo’s Concert where he performed ‘Quanto e bella’.

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Najib Ismail also showcased his skills by playing ‘Nocturne’ on Piano. 

At the end of the concert  ‘Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation’ thanked the Korean diva for donating her talent fee for her concert to the foundation. Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation is a non-profit organization that takes care of abandoned and abused children. Sumi Jo, broke down in tears when the foundation’s representative said, “Thank you for having a beautiful voice that is also made in heaven.” 

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Written by Krew Member Chiarra Mogol

2016 K-drama soundtrack: Play. Reminisce. Repeat.

The Korean wave brought us countless of memorable Korean dramas that made everyone binge watch to no end! Apart from gaining the love of International fans thru every story helmed by innovative Directors and excellent performance from actors & actresses, it offered amazing music! The diversity of artists, ranging from beloved K-pop idol groups to K-indie are enjoyed in every Korean drama OST (Original Soundtrack). I personally discovered talented singers like Ben, Hong Dae Kwang, Yoon Mi Rae and Jung Yup by simply watching K-dramas.

I have picked 10 soundtracks that will remind you of your favorite K-drama in 2016. The array of artists will be from well-known singers like Gummy to Korean Indie bands like Vanilla Acoustic. With this selection, you might find a new artist to love as well.

Descendants of the Sun: Gummy – You Are my Everything

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Let’s start with one of my favorite artist of all time. Gummy exudes every emotions through her voice that showcase warmth & love unlike any other.

“You are my Everything” ranked first on the charts among the DOTS soundtracks. It earned a well-deserved recognition from the 11th Seoul Drama Awards for Outstanding Korean Drama OST. This song is also recorded an English version. But as for me, I prefer to hear Gummy singing in Korean. Listen and be reminded of the love Kang Mo Yeon (Song Hye Kyo) and Yoo Si Jin (Song Joong Ki) shared in one of Korea’s phenomenal drama hit series of 2016.

Oh Hae Young Again (Another Miss Oh): Seo Hyun Jin & Yoo Seung Woo – What is love?

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Sarangi mwonde, mwonde..” This song brought the kind of LSS I don’t mind having any time of day.

Another Miss Oh is a drama you shouldn’t miss. For those who have watched it already, high-five! I can only say great things about this drama. It offered immense happiness through Oh Hae Young (Seo Hyun Jin) who loved Park Do Kyung (Eric Mun of Shinhwa), not 89% but 100%. She is the heroine who proved that she can love like she has never been hurt and dance crazily like nobody is watching. Oh Hae Young is a fierce character who is not afraid to share her thoughts honestly, even when the words hurt. She isn’t exactly a role model material. However, for those who have experienced love the way she did, Oh Hae Young is an epitome of a woman in love.

What is love, anyway? Oh Hae Young defined it in her own terms, with no limits.

Love in the Moonlight (Moonlight Drawn by Clouds): Ben – Misty Road

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I clearly remember the scene in Episode 6 where Prince Yeong rescued Ra On, just in time before she is whisk away in a foreign land. That moment was beautifully enhanced by this song! I’m happy that Ben has been gracing successful k-dramas lately with her mellifluous voice. This song is made even more special because it was produced by Jin Young of K-idol group B1A4.

Park Bo Gum is paired with Kim Yoo Jung who played as the Prince’ Eunuch. Together, they made falling in love so easy! Some of you might be discouraged to watch a Sageuk drama. But if there is a historic Korean drama that I would gladly recommend, THIS IS IT. You can immerse on watching the beauty of the Korean culture during the Joseon Era. The palace facade and gorgeous hanbok worn by the characters are just few of the things worth looking out for.

One Percent of Anything: Lee Hae In & Baek Seung Heon – I Want You bad

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Let’s have something fun through this song. The upbeat rhythm made me want to dance with it.

Lee Jae In and Kim Da Hyun are the adorable pairing of this series. They proved why chemistry is vital to make romance work. The show showered us with sweet stuff even amidst bitter separation and chaebol issues. Give this k-drama a try. Even if it’s underrated, it won’t hurt spending hours indulging on your sweet spot.

W: Ahn Hyun Jung – You and Me

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The world of Oh Yeon Joo (Han Hyo Joo) opened the mysterious door into Kang Cheol (Lee Jung Seok), who is drawn only to exist as a fictional character. I enjoyed the concept of this series and the visuals are to die for! What a great homage for the webtoon theme. Moreover, Lee Jung Seok displayed his acting prowess effortlessly. How can I resist?

Little is known of singer Ahn Hyun Jung. She is still a newbie who started singing just last year. She has released songs for other Korean dramas like Shine or Go Crazy and Love on a Rooftop, just to name a few.

Shopping King Louie: Umji (GFRIEND) – The Way

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The sweet voice of Umji from the K-Idol girl group GFRIEND can be enjoyed in this track. The song is melancholic but Umji’s angelic voice made the positive side of the song shine.

Shopping King Louie has Seo In Guk and Nam Ji Hyun to be grateful for. They showed a feel-good love story that captured the hearts of k-drama fans. There’s nothing too complicated about the plot either. If you want to have a good time during your spare break, give this one a shot. Fall in love with Louie and his quirks, with all your heart.

Doctors: Jung Ho (2MUCH) – You’re Pretty

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Jung Ho’s voice is the perfect accompaniment with the guitar strings. The combination formed a sweet serenade that I enjoyed listening to in repeat.

The drama title can speak for itself. It’s among the list of medical dramas that earned successful viewership rating. It served Kim Rae Won well, as this is his drama comeback project. He looked dashing and young here, right?! IMO, it might be due to his pairing with Park Shin Hye. Looking at them together, I didn’t even notice the age gap. Well, I choose to ignore it at least. That aside, Park Shin Hye’s character as Doctor Yoo Hye Jung made a good impression, compared to some timid heroine she has played before. This young lady is growing up to be one of Korean drama lead finest.

Cheese in the Trap: Vanilla Acoustic – My Time with You

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tvN has mastered the art to make a scene viral by choosing an amazing music to accompany it. This song was first featured in Episode 3 just when Hong Seol (Kim Go Eun) had a tough lesson to learn — not just in school but life in general. Every CITT fan waited arduously for its official release date that felt like forever. But finally listening to the song was worth the wait!

Actually the whole soundtrack of Cheese in the Trap is my kind of jam. You can listen to notable K-indie bands like Tearliner, Saltnpaper, Sweden Laundry & Cosmic Hippie. Saltnpaper in particular sang the title track “Go” that has an English version too. Check the bands I’ve mentioned and various artists like Taru & Yozoh, who were featured for the OST. They are all highly recommended. Even the instrumental tracks are love!

Reply 1988: SoJin (Girl’s Day) – Everyday with you

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This series is on a league of its own. Not only does it bring us back in time when having a beeper is a must have item, but it featured legendary Korean singers like Lee Moon Se.

“Everyday with you” has been played in numerous Korean Dramas before like Playful Kiss. Deulgukhwa (들국화) who sang the original version, is considered among the most influential K-pop artist who started their career in 1985. Their first album is revered as one of the greatest album in K-pop history. Deulgukhwa ignited the golden age of Korean rock. They deserve respect & all accolades, proving that in music, there is forever.

Jealousy Incarnate (Don’t Dare to Dream): Kwon Jin Ah – Love Me Do

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I like to end this post with something fun. Christmas is just around the corner and this song fit the season just right! If you watch this K-drama, you’ll have a Romantic Christmas too. Allow Jo Jung Seok and Gong Hyo Jin to fill it with their love.

Jealousy Incarnate is one of those K-drama that you watch for fun. It doesn’t require you to think about the mathematical statistics of love and happiness. You just have to sit back, relax, and let the story unfold. Some might find that petty arguments and jealousy are not worth your time. But no. Jo Jung Seok will show you why sometimes jealousy is needed to ignite the kind of love you didn’t know exists.

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All this time I thought that music is vital to enhance the mood and the emotions needed to complete a scene. As I become more familiar with Korean dramas, I realized the significance of music. It is used to bring meaning to the story, and it even helps in breaking the language barrier. Music gives a newer dimension that allows every viewer to see the story clearly with added beauty and depth.

I find myself always anticipating to discover new artists. It’s a delight to hear my favorite K-indie bands in every K-drama they participate in. Let the joy & the whirlwind of emotions that music brings change the way you watch Korean dramas too.

Happy listening!

Written by Sheimay Castro

ALL IN FOR MONSTA X: THE FIRST ASIAN FAN MEETING IN MANILA

Never feel so guilty for taking a breather from your busy work schedule by watching a K-POP SHOW over the weekend. Yes! You read it right! Despite the numerous amount of pending tasks that I need to finish for work, I say I didn’t regret rushing to SM Skydome last November 27 to watch Monsta X’s First Asian Meeting here in the Philippines! Even now, I can’t seem to move on as my teethrich smile still lingers on my face and gods help me, my heart still flutters with overwhelming feels every time I hear Monsta X!

To be honest, I think I just converted myself into a MONBEBE over the weekend. Well I didn’t expect this to happen because I’m really keen on choosing who to stan and what fandom should I join to. It changed my perspective that these handsome and ooh so sexy young lads could make me swoon off the floor with their electrifying dance moves and their hip hop and R&B songs! Swear! I’m not even kidding that it took me every ounce not to roll over on the floor during Monsta X’s fan meeting because my fangirl feels can’t contain the excitement anymore.

Even before, I was already keeping an eye on this 7-member rookie boy group from Starship Entertainment. I never paid too much attention back then but my twitter friends are really enthusiastic to talk about them so I know bits of fun facts about Monsta X. Being the winners of MNET’S KPOP SURVIVAL SHOW: “NO MERCY” and debuted with a song “Trespass” last 2015, members Shownu, Minhyuk, I.M., Jooheon, Kihyun, Wonho and Hyungwon have been proving their worthy talent in the industry that made their group skyrocket to fame. And they are still keeping their spot on top by not just releasing good music but also by having their MONBEBE fans (MON for Monsta X and BEBE as the Korean linggo for “baby”) on their side to support them fully.

The fan meeting was scheduled last November 27, Sunday at the SM North EDSA Skydome. Monbebes flocked the area as early as 10 in the morning in full gear fan girl outfit: fandom shirt, idol fan, oppa’s banner and fandom light stick on each hand.

Different fan unions gathered around the area to sell their merch and I was even tempted to buy one even if I don’t know who my bias is~LOL!

After killing time, I finally got my white strap for the fan meeting and went straight inside the Skydome. An outburst of screams greeted me as I entered the venue. Fans were singing their latest hit song Stuck and All In upon waiting for the show to start and they even cheered MONSTA X continuously to show their eagerness and excitement to meet the group.

The moment arrived when the lights finally dimmed. I was practically screaming when MONSTA X showed up on stage as they opened the fan meeting with an energetic performance and synchronized dance moves of Trespass and Steal Your Heart. After the opening, the atmosphere changed into a dreamy-like stage set-up with microphone stands covered in leaves and flowers as MONSTA X serenaded PH MONBEBES with Ex Girl and Honestly before moving forward to their introductions.

Considering the event as a fan meeting, MONSTA X did not just only performed their latest hits but they also played interactive games with their fans! How lucky! Yes! They even asked us to put down our cell phones and cameras and stop recording for a minute because they really want to look at us eye to eye and get well together.  (SCREECHES ULTIMATUM KILIG!!!!)

Dasuri Choi hosted the “Truth or Lie” game where each member were to ask questions that dwell more into their personality and they only have to answer through Yes or No. As part of the game, the production team provided a Lie Detector to see if the members are consistent with their answers.

The questions are easy to answer but kind of tricky for the members. Like for Jooheon, he was asked if he was threatened by other members for Aegyo role. With too much confidence, Jooheon answered Yes and the Lie Detector did not fail him as his answer is correct. Dasuri Choi probed him more by asking if who Jooheon thinks has the best Aegyo role in their group. Wanna know his answer? Play the video below~

After the mischievous Truth and Lie game, Dasuri was joined by Kring Elezano as they hosted together the next game which is called “Be Quiet”. Through draw lots of ticket numbers, Monsta X members picked their 7 lucky fans who will be their partner all throughout the game. Fans should be able to guess the word only by the body language that the members will enact in front of them. The fan who will get the most number of guessed words will the winner and will get a special prize from Monsta X.

By the end of the game, KiHyun’s partner named Stephie was declared as the winner! As for the special prize . . . guess what, she got a backhug from each member! Shocks so luckyyyyyyy!!!!

After the interactive games, MONSTA X showed their adorable and quirky side by singing and dancing into Me Gustas Tu, Dumb Dumb and Cheer Up while wearing their cutesy animal onesies!

The boys brought in again their electrifying performances through their latest hit songs: ALL IN, STUCK, HERO, FIGHTER AND RUSH. I was practically jumping and dancing to their songs during this time because I have to admit, their music have this effect of making you energized just by listening to them.

We’re close to wrapping up but it didn’t stop the PH MONBEBES to surprise the birthday boys KiHyun and MinHyuk with their own cakes! The whole dome sang HAPPY BIRTHDAY to these two and they were so touched how PH MONBEBES are so sincere and loyal to MONSTA X.

Thankful enough to be here and to meet the PH MONBEBES, they promised us that they will come back in Manila soon and they will bring in good new music once again. And since we asked for more, MONSTA X serenaded us once again with the song White Love that left us all in awestruck. (HUHUHU KAJIMA OPPA!)

It was a relief that I took this breather that I definitely need. It was my first fan meeting and to top it all, it was really a one of a kind experience for me. I know that these boys will continue to wow us with their all kill performances. Big thanks to PULP and Ms. Happee Sy for the amazing show and for the opportunity to meet them so close! Probably, I’ll list this as my most intimate KPOP event that I attended throughout my whole life! HA~!

MONSTA X has gathered a large fanbase all around the world and it will be enough to keep their place in the KPOP industry. I believe that the future is bright for them and together with the incessant flow of success they’ll be as big as any of the legendary KPOP groups out there. They made their promise that they’ll come back here in the Philippines, I will also make a promise that I’ll see them again in their next visit here as a certified MONBEBE fangirl! Hihihihi~

Just so you know, Shownu stole my heart and I think he’s challenging all my ultimate biases on my list!

Written by Krew Member Alexine Jimenez