Window of Pain and Glory; DMZ Docs Film Fest

“How humane can we be as a human?”

Not your traditional Korean and mainstream storyline, variety of characters from the seven internationally-acclaimed documentary films opened our eyes on the sensitive issues brought by the divided peninsula of Korea. These films were screened last May 11 to 13 during the Manila leg of DMZ Docs Korean Film Festival held at the Cine Adarna UPFI Film Center Diliman.

Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman

The film ‘Mrs. B a North Korean Woman’ by director Jero Yun, who graced the opening day, rejuvenated the atmosphere of the theater as it officially kicked off the series of documentaries for the festival. Yun’s film revolved around a North Korean who escaped from her motherland, became a human trafficker in China and eventually tried to see asylum in South Korea. The film gained loads of applause as the story ended with a melodramatic tune coming from Mrs. B.

“To inform the public about Korea’s other side through film and visual arts”

After the screening, Korean Cultural Center Director Lee Jin Cheol informed the audience that the Philippine leg of DMZ International Documentary Film festival aims to display the enormous desire of Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to be remembered as a landmark of peace for the two Koreas who are currently facing political issues.

Following are remarks from UP Film Institute Director Sari Raissa Dalena who noted that the selection of films will make known how the country deals with contemporary issues governing Korea and how such films contribute in cultural exchange.

A rundown of commentaries made by Patrick Campos, Director of the Office of Research and Publication of the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines (UP), remind everyone the importance of human subjects as the base of national interest.

Wrapping up the opening ceremony was a talk made by Director Yun himself who gave his best, to answer all the points of interest by the viewers. He also admitted that the story of Mrs. B whom they refer as Madame B during the shoot made a huge impact in his view as a filmmaker and encouraged him to produce a ‘better’ film and at some point made him feel more humane.

Categorically, we may answer the question “How humane can we be as a human?” by simply explaining science theories or stating the good deeds we do for others. However, films like the ones featured in DMZ International Film Festival might also prove that your thinking might be the other way around. See how suffering and survival can make one humane and how perspective could build a strong character inside as a human.

Written by Krew Member Mikai Javier

6 Korean Travel Variety Shows to Binge-Watch This Summer

It’s summer!

For almost everyone, summer is pretty much synonymous to hitting the beach, throwing pool parties for the fam or the entire barkada, or traveling overseas to catch a cool breeze or bask under the heat of the sun even more.

But for me, a total homebody who prefers staying in the comforts of her home over posing for Insta-worthy sunny season pics, summer is all about binge-watching and catching up on TV shows I missed – that is, of course, whenever I’m not dragged to a trip by relatives or friends.

My guilty pleasure? Korean travel variety shows.

Unlike typical travel programs you see on TV that will simply sweep you across a certain city or country – throwing in facts and tips here and there as the host samples local fare or joins in some loud festival – Korean travel variety shows are not just informative but also extremely entertaining. I’m talking about wacky missions and tons of excitement topped with lots and lots of laughter here!

Indeed, watching K-Celebs exploring a new place abroad or featuring Korea’s lesser-known destinations in these incredibly addictive shows is an experience in its own, and if you’re curious enough to check out one for yourself during your free time, here are six Korean travel variety shows that will give you some good laughs and serious #TravelGoals:

One Fine Day

 photo ofd13cb_zpsyoeifoxw.pngThe survival skills of SEVENTEEN are put to a test on “One Fine Day: 13 Castaway Boys”

MBC Music’s “One Fine Day” (OFD) goes all out in treating your favorite idols to themed trips. In the earlier seasons, OFD is mainly about giving overworked idols a vacation they deserve, but now, each trip almost always comes with a catch.

Among my favorite guests of this show are the boys of SEVENTEEN. In One Fine Day, which was renamed as “13 Castaway Boys” just for them, the group’s survival skills were put to a test as they were marooned on the island of Yeoseo in the southern tip of South Korea, with nothing but a plastic bag packed with items they deemed as their “needs.” Their teamwork, funny antics, and charm in variety probably helped them score another OFD season, the currently-running SEVENTEEN’s One Fine Day in Japan.

Also check out: SHINee Surprise Vacation (Onew in Thailand, Jonghyun in Japan, Key and Minho in England, and Taemin in Switzerland), AOA’s Hainan Getaway, VIXX’s One Fine Day in Jeju, Super Junior’s One Fine Day in Switzerland, and G-Friend’s Variety Training in Cebu

Battle Trip

 photo battletrip_zpsimux3sa8.jpgSandara Park and Hyoni exploring the Philippine islands for “Battle Trip”

Some time last year, there was a fuss around my workplace in Bonifacio Global City. Apparently, Sandara Park was shooting a segment at a restaurant nearby for KBS travel show called “Battle Trip.”

Curious, I checked the show after it aired, and got hooked by its simple yet fresh concept: MCs divide into teams and go on an adventure in exciting destinations. Upon returning to Korea, they will then come together in the studio to talk about their experiences and decide on which team has had the better trip.

While Sandara and her travel buddy Kang Hyoni’s course called “Dara Tour” initially lost to actor-director Kim Min Gyo’s Pattaya, Thailand escapade, she didn’t fail in showcasing the beauty of the Philippines, even defending the country as a safe place to travel for foreigners.

1 Night 2 Days

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This 10-year-old show is one of the longest-running travel-themed programs on air.

Staying true to its motto “real wild road variety”, the 1 Night 2 Days or 1N2D cast members Kim Jong-min, Cha Tae-hyun, Kim Joon-ho, Defconn, Yoon Shi-yoon, and Jung Joon-young embark on different trips throughout South Korea per episode all the while performing a slew of obscure missions to earn rewards (that will make their trip more comfortable)and avoid punishments.

Idol groups like Infinite, APink, and Twice, as well as celebrities like Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Jun, and Han Hyo Joo have graced 1N2D.

New Journey to the West

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Inspired by the classic Chinese novel “Journey to the West”, this rollicking travel-reality program follows personalities like Lee Seung-gi, Kang Ho-dong, Eun Ji-won, Lee Su-geun, Ahn Jae-hyun, Kyuhyun, and Mino on a backpacking trip across Xi’an, China.

To make things interesting, the cast portrays characters drawn from the original novel, and together, on their trip of 5 days and 4 nights, they take on a string of games that will send you into fits and fits of laughter.

Youth Over Flowers

 photo youthoverflowers_zpslxjt18te.jpgJung Sang-hoon, Jung Woo, Jo Jung Suk, and Kang ha Neul *chilling* in Iceland

Getting kidnapped has never been this fun.

In “Youth Over Flowers”, celebrities are taken to a far-flung country without prior notice, rendering them completely unprepared for the trip. Every season, the cast spends about a week or so in their destination, filling their time with a number of activities that they planned on their own or have to do for the show.

Among this program’s most notable guests are actors Park Bo Gum, Kang Ha Neul, Jo Jung Suk, and idol group B1A4’s Baro.

Exciting India

 photo flutteringindia_zpsjfgmun1u.jpgClad in traditional Indian kurtas SHINee’s Minho, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, EXO’s Suho, Infinite’s Sunggyu, and CNBLUE’s Jonghyun pose for a photo in front of the historic Gateway of India

So, what happens when you send five of K-Pop’s biggest stars to a country where very few people know who they are? “Exciting India” has the answer.

In this 4-episode KBS World special, Super Junior’s evil maknae Kyuhyun, Infinite’s leader Sunggyu, CNBLUE’s lead guitarist Jonghyun, EXO’s leader Suho, and SHINee’s main rapper Minho are flown to India as KBS’s newsroom correspondents to create a full-length report on how K-Pop is perceived in the South Asian sub-continent.

Setting forth as men with a mission (well, they look more like university students doing a group project), they scour the city of Mumbai – from the historic Gateway of India, to the cosmopolitan shopping district, to the slums of Dharavi – immersing themselves in the rich Indian culture as they gathered facts, overcame language barrier, and learned the ups and downs of journalism.

Written by The Krew member Andy Flores

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.

EXOPlanet #3: The EXO’rDIUM

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!) 

EXO PARTY

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

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