The Kings of KPop return to Manila

posted October 30, 2013 at 12:00 am
by  Charmaine Cunanan
October 24 was a date to remember as the kings of hallyu, Super Junior, came back to Manila for their fifth Super Show. Thousands of fans who waited for the group for two years to return to the Philippines flocked to the SM MOA Arena for the biggest KPop event of the year.

Super Junior members (from left) Donghae, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Henry, Siwon, Heechul, Sungmin, Zhou Mi, Kangin, and Shindong
There were already long lines early in the morning as fans wanted to assure themselves of good seats and spots. Even if the event was held on a weekday, fans from the provinces still went just to see their favorite idols. Some employees who came straight from work and students who still had classes rushed to the venue.
Super Junior opened the show with the group’s 2010 hit song “Bonamana.” Fans screamed their lungs out when the boys emerged on the stage wearing black pants and black embellished blazes. They followed up with “Mr. Simple” and “Super Girl” that made the fans grow wilder.
After three songs, they lined up on stage to start greeting the fans and introducing themselves one by one. The Super Junior members who were in the Manila concert were Eunhyuk, Donghae, Kangin, Siwon, Sungmin, Kyuhyun, Shindong, Ryeowook, Henry and Zhou Mi. The last two are members of the Chinese sub unit Super Junior M. The crowd screamed louder as their way of welcoming Kangin and Heechul who were freshly discharged from their military enlistment. It was Kangin’s first time in the Philippines since he was in the military during SS2 and SS3 while SS5 Manila was the first tour stop that Heechul participated after his discharge. Heechul teared up because of the warm welcome by his Filipino fans.

The show continued with each member having his own solo and sub unit performances. Super Junior M delighted the jampacked arena with “Breakdown,” “A-Oh,” and “Go.” Henry performed his latest solo single “Trap” featuring Kyuhyun. The song was released last June in South Korea. Considered as the group’s main dancers, Shindong, Donghae and Eunhyuk, performed a lively dance number that showed off their skills. The vocal line--composed of Ryeowook, Kyuhyun, Sungmin and Zhoumi--sang their own rendition of the song popularized by Michael Bolton “How am I supposed to live without you?” With only Kyuhyun and Ryeowook present as part of the ballad sub unit, Super Junior KRY still performed “Gray Paper,” which was a sort of a tribute to the other KRY member, Yesung, who was in military training together with Leeteuk, the group’s leader.
The show was not just about plain singing and dancing. In between gaps, the group showed videos that showcased the members acting skills. It is a common knowledge that some of them, like Siwon and Donghae, had appeared or starred in dramas but it was enjoyable to see the others acting as well. Most of the clips were serious and action-themed, members were wearing suits and accesorized by guns. Then the plot will turn comical toward the end.

Heechul who was fresh from his military stint
What excited the already hyped up fans was when Sungmin, Siwon, Kangin and Heechul crossed dressed as sexy females. The screams got louder that it almost brought the house down when they started dancing suggestively.
Another enjoyable part in the concert was when all 10 members came out wearing superhero costumes and portrayed each of their assigned characters. The fans had fun seeing Eunhyuk as Wolverine, Kyuhyun trying to be Loki, Kangin looking good as Thor, Ryeowook being Spiderman, Henry as Son Goku, Donghae in an Iron Man suit, Siwon as Captain America, Zhou Mi perfectly playing as Woody, Shindong as Hulk, Sungmin dressed like Karate Kid and Heechul wearing a bear mascot suit.
Near the end of the concert, the boys made their fans, who are collectively known as ELF (everlasting friends), doubly happy as they roamed around the arena to get closer as much as they were allowed to. They grabbed fan cameras and took photos with them, shook the hands of their supporters and even took some of the items thrown on stage. Some fans cried tears of joy because of what the group members did.
When white confetti started filling up the whole area like snow, signaling the show was about to end, most fans were teary eyed. It was something that does not happen regularly so the simple English words that each member could articulate like “I love you Philippines!” and “We will come back!” were enough for them to keep until the next time.

During the ending messages, Super Junior members said they were glad that they had a chance to perform for the Filipino fans and be back in Manila once again. The whole venue sang happy birthday to Donghae, who celebrated his birthday a few days earlier. The members then poured water all over Donghae just for fun and additional fan service. Henry said he loves Philippine mangoes and that the Filipino ELF are the “loudest.” Eunhyuk, the acting leader, promised they would come back next year for SS6.
Other songs performed during the show, which lasted nearly four hours, included “Neorago,” “Shake it up,”  “Marry You,” “Sexy, Free & Single,” “Spy,” and “Sorry Sorry.”
More to come
After SS5, another popular group is scheduled to fly in the country for a one-night only concert. Infinite, the seven member group, is coming back for the second time this year for their first world tour titled “One Great Step.” Sunggyu, Dongwoo, Hoya, L, Woohyun, Sungyeol and Sungjong will perform for Filipino Inspirits (the official name of the group’s fan club) on November 4, 7pm, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Some of the songs that the group popularized are “Destiny, “Man in Love” and “Be Mine.”
The group first came to Manila last January for Dream KPOP Fantasy Concert together with other idol groups such as Tasty Twins, U-Kiss, Tahiti, EXO and Girls Generation.
Fans of Korean drama might recognize L and Hoya. L was in the high school band drama Shut Up Flower Boyband while Hoya was one of the characters in a popular TV series Reply 1997 and Reply 1994.
Likewise, JYJ will visit the Philippines at the end of November to promote the 17th Asian Games which will be held in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu are appointed honorary ambassadors of the Asian Games last February. The group will attend a media event in connection with the Asian Games in Boracay.
Aside from being known as a singer, Yoochun is also widely popular in the country as an actor for he appeared in various primetime dramas like Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Rooftop Prince and Missing You.

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