For most of us who love almost everything about Korea, the extent of influence it has on us extended way beyond Korean food, language, culture, television dramas and K-Pop…it has delved deeper within us to the point that it has also become a part of our daily lives. Together with their citizens, we also hope for a peaceful reunification of North Korea and South Korea…for a One Korea.
Last April 12, 2015, a few days after I came back from Seoul, I was fortunate enough to be given free tickets to watch Best of Best in the Philippines at the Philippine Arena. This K-Pop concert featured Red Velvet, BTOB (Born to Beat), Girls’ Generation or SNSD and Super Junior. I have watched the latter three groups before so I know it will surely be an awesome concert.
There were round trip shuttle service for only P50 with pickup locations at Alabang Town Center, Intercontinental Manila Open Car Park, and Trinoma Mall.
Since the shuttle schedule in Makati at Intercontinental Manila was from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. only, we arrived quite early at the Philippine Arena.
There were lots of activities prepared for the concert attendees. At KPoparazzi booth, they provided costumes so you can dress up like a K-Pop artist and have your picture taken.
At Style booth, they provided free makeover so it is better to have your makeup and hair done here first before going to KPoparazzi booth to complete your K-Pop look.
We started lining up at 6 p.m. and as the night progressed, Philippine Arena was beautifully illuminated. This made us more excited as this was also our first time to watch a concert at such a very big venue.
The facilities are well maintained at the Philippine Arena. The LED board and sound system were of high quality to ensure satisfaction of the audience even if it is in the general admission area. The concert did not start until most of the audience got settled into their assigned seats. Different light sticks for different fandoms were lit up as the audience anticipated for the start of the concert.
Red Velvet (consisting of Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, Joy and Yeri) was the first group to perform. This is the first girl group by SM Entertainment in five years after f(x).
I am only familiar with their first digital single, Happiness, and though I have seen them perform their other songs, I would still pick this song as their best song that night.
BTOB (Born to Beat) consisting of Eunkwang, Minhyuk, Changsub, Hyun-sik, Peniel, Il-hoon, and Sungjae performed next.
I have watched them last year at Dream KPop Fantasy Concert 2 in Araneta Coliseum and I have enjoyed their songs which are combination of rap, R&B, and dance pop. Sungjae, the youngest, has been my favorite member since then and now that he has quite grown up, I still find him adorable. He made me so happy every time he threw hearts and flying kisses at the fans. From time to time, he would even say a couple phrases in Filipino like Mahal Kita (I love you) and Mahal Kita Pilipin (I love you Philippines).
For this concert, BTOB performed Beep Beep, Thriller, Wow, I Only Know Love, The Winter’s Tale and 2nd Confession.
The very popular Girls’ Generation or SNSD consisting of Taeyeon, Sunny, Tiffany, Hyoyeon, Yuri,Sooyoung, Yoona and Seohyun, performed next.
Clad in above-the-knee baby pink dress, they really look pretty and graceful. They sang and danced their hit songs Gee, Genie, Hoot, Mr. Mr. The fans, specifically the fan boy beside me, knows all their songs by heart! Amazing! ^_^
Finally, saving the best for last, is the highly awaited performance of Super Junior consisting of Leeteuk, Heechul, Kangin, Eunhyuk, Donghae,Siwon, Ryeowook and Kyuhyun. The crowd went wild including us! ^_^
They started with Shirt, followed by This is Love.
They also greeted the fans with Mabuhay!
EunHyuk and DongHae performed Oppa, Oppa and Siwon and the other members playfully joined them at the end of the song.
KyuHyun also performed his song, At Gwanghwamun.
Then they performed Mr. Simple.
The members also showed off their break dance skills while HeeChul playfully pumped Kangin’s chest and gave him what looked like a mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
For their finale, they performed their latest hit, Mamacita.
It was tiring going to the concert venue so the shuttle service was a good idea though there were some confusion regarding where to line up and where to ride the shuttle. On our way home, we were surprised by the thoughtfulness of the organizers who even provided free meals during the bus ride. I was able to go home almost 1 am, so I suggest starting the event earlier if the venue would be as far as Philippine Arena to ensure the safety of those who will watch the concert.
The sweltering weather during that day while we waited in line added to our discomfort but we ended up fulfilled and flushed from the excitement after watching these K-Pop idols perform. Since I am a fan girl, I mostly cheered on BTOB and Super Junior and up to know, I still watch my fan videos repeatedly with a smile on my face. I hope with the success of this concert, more organizers will bring other K-Pop groups in the Philippines :-)