Written by Alexa Villano
Photography by Kris Rocha for Manila Concert Scene.
The Smart Araneta Coliseum was filled with the color blue last June 15, when Korean boy band CNBLUE performed before thousands of screaming Kpop fans.
The concert dubbed as the “Blue Moon Tour,” saw fans lined-up as early as 6pm outside of the coliseum. BOICEs (official name of the group’s fan club) were present wearing t-shirts, holding blue glow sticks, posters and all kinds of paraphernalia to show their support for their favorite idols.
As the arena started to fill in with fans, many of them screamed when the faces of the four members composed of Lee Jung-shin, Lee Jong-hyun, Jung Yong-hwa and Kang Min-hyuk appeared on screen. As the fans patiently wait for the boys to appear on stage, a short presentation of the group’s advocacy work was splashed on the screen monitors. Since their formation in 2009, the boys have been active in raising funds for a school named after them in Africa, where the school known as the CNBLUE School provides meals and daycare services to the enrolled students.
After twenty minutes past eight, the show began with the introduction of the group through its special light and screen effects. All of the boys were shown going up a staircase and holding their instruments before finally coming out to the deafening and ear bleeding screams of the fans. Glowsticks lit up and the whole area was in a splash of blue light.
Unlike other Korean boybands, CNBLUE is not the sing and dance type of group who would just belt out to pre-recorded songs. These guys can play instruments with its leader Yong-hwa showcasing not only his guitar skills but also playing the keyboard.
The group sang many of its popular songs which includes “I’m Sorry,” “In My Head,” “Where You Are,” and “I’m a Loner.”
During in between numbers, the boys greeted their fans with tagalog words such as Magandang gabi po, kamusta na kayo, and mahal ko kayo. The audience even cheered when the three other members Jung-shin, Jong-hyun and Min-hyuk with the help of a “cheat sheet,” read in tagalog that it was Yong-wha’s birthday on June 22. The fans greeted him and Yong-hwa, who was given a birthday hat, said that it was by far the best birthday he had. A day before the concert, fans gave him a birthday cake during the press conference in SM Megamall.
It was quite obvious that Yong-wha, who appeared in Koreanovelas such as Heartstrings and You’re Beautiful was overwhelm with the screams and greetings that he almost forgot to sing a part of a song but laughed it out. He kept on telling the audience to “make some noise,” all the time during the two and a half hour concert.
Like any other concert, the boys also had an encore before the audience. After the final song, the boys took the opportunity to have a photo taken with many of the fans behind them.
All in all, the CNBLUE concert was a showstopper. While many have gotten use to the pop sound of Korean groups, the boys have definitely proven that K-Pop is not just about bubble gum songs but also other genres. Indeed, the Philippines was rocked by the color blue.
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