Category: Events

K-POP COALESCE 4

K-POP COALESCE 4 – Link-Up Production’s 5th anniversary celebration happened last 23rd of February, 2020 at Tiu Theater, located at 2F Makati Square, Chino Roces Ave, Legazpi Village, Makati City. The event was scheduled to start at 1PM and end 9PM; a total of 8 hours filled with K-POP fangirling and fanboying. 😊

“K-POP COALESCE 4 is Link-Up Productions’ anniversary celebration of Link-Up’s first official event- K-pop Coalesce which took place back in 2014. By now, a close-knit community of dancers, cosplayers and fans of everything about Korea are its attendees! Celebrate with us to find out why Link-Up Productions is well-loved by many. Make new friends who share the same hobbies as you do, meet interesting people and enjoy high-quality performances by our talents!”

– Link-Up Productions

Link-Up Production has been organizing the event ever since their very first K-pop cover dance event held last November 30, 2014 titled #K-POPCOALESCE. The word itself caught the attention of many, with most fans thinking what ‘Coalesce’ meant. In Layman’s term, it simply means to “bring together for a common purpose.

“This event is widely known for being the first ever K-pop cover group concert in the country that changed the local K-pop event scene in Metro Manila.”

Prior to the event, the Team Ulzzang Contest segment was cancelled, leaving K-pop Cosplay and K-pop Cover Dance Competition as the contests left to be presented.

We arrived the site and queued by 12:30PM after reading their announcement that registration and ticket-selling will commence at 1:00PM. But with quite the disappointment, the line wasn’t moving for a period of time. ☹

We were able to enter the theater at past 2 in the afternoon and was welcomed by the Dance Camp students rehearsing for their recital. The theater was filled with both fans and supporters, and to my surprise, there were adults – probably parents of the students. It was heartwarming to see them supporting their kids’ passion not only for K-pop, but also for dancing. It was a different sight to see, after all the events I’ve attended before.

The event started at past 3, with the host Song Dong In asking the audience to rise for a short prayer led by the head of Link-Up Productions himself, Mr. Vincent Igno. 🙂

Without further ado, the host proceeded with the event proper, having the first contest, K-POP Cosplay, which was first in line. By the word cosplay itself, meaning costume play, contestants were encouraged not only to represent a specific K-pop Idol / group, but also to showcase their talents in dancing – a complete package, I must say. There was a total of 17 contestants equipped with the proper outfit to match the idol they were representing, also bringing with them their talents to complete the stage performance they wanted to present.

We were both stoked and entertained, watching the contestants dance and cover their idols. They were indeed very talented and creative, as always. Kudos! The winner for this contest was Karlo Angeles, covering Chungha. Congratulations! 😊

For the K-pop Cover Dance Competition, the participants were divided into sub-categories but would still be competing against one another. We were able to learn new songs by watching them, since we already pass as ahjummas of K-pop and are not really updated with the new groups. 😅

Commending not only their talents, but also their costumes, props and outfits. We were blown away and were in awe seeing their beautiful attires. I mean, you really get to see and feel their love for K-pop, as well as performing. Some people might think that they just borrowed their clothes somewhere but as a matter of fact, most of them had their clothes tailored and customized well. 👍🏻

Congratulations to the winners for this segment! 😊

Champion (Winner of Php7000) – Frolicsome (Twice cover group)

1st Runner-up (Winner of Php4000) – Oxygen (Weki Meki cover group)

2nd Runner-up (Winner of Php3000) – Cherrybomb (Astro cover group)

After the battle of the cover groups, students from the Dance Camp with group name K-pop Express, had their recital, showing the audience the dance steps and grooves they have learned from their dance instructor Keefe Millan. They had a total of 7 sessions, and within that span of time, the students got to know and befriend one another, creating a bond that brought more life and meaning to their medley performance. 😊

Intermission numbers from special guests Raven Rouge, Teenage, Neverglow, Niz.One, Y.O.U., brought energy and color to the stage as they performed a variety of songs covering K-pop groups such as BTS, Everglow, IZ*ONE and etc. Teenage was well-known and welcomed by the crowd, and I must say, they were indeed talented and good-looking. 😊

Teenage

We were not able to watch the event until the end because my friend had to leave early. 😓

It was kind of nostalgic attending this K-pop event. I used to attend events like this way back 2013 with my group of college friends. It was still exciting and fun, because I, myself, feel entertained and stoked watching fellow fans perform on stage. I like watching them dancing, because I’m not really a dance type of person. 😅 The only difference now is I’m not familiar with most of the new songs being performed. But overall it was a good experience, being able to witness performers whose passion took over the stage and the crowd.

I honestly think that these kids, these contestants, are not after the monetary prizes. It’s actually about the happiness it brings them when they perform on stage. It’s the togetherness and time they spend with their groupmates practicing and bonding, the memories they create not only for themselves but with other groups as well as the crowd, the joy they bring to fellow fans, the smiles and applauses they get… it’s all priceless. Acceptance, freedom of expressing themselves and being who they can be – because in events like this, no one judges you. The crowd does not judge the performers, we embrace and clap for them.

Because honestly speaking, performing and attending events, they’re a breathing hole for most fans. 😊

Thank you Link-Up Productions for the amazing event! Hopefully next time, the event starts on time. 💛

Journey to Nature Republic with EXO in Manila

Last January 6, Nature Republic Philippines Facebook page posted a short video clip that caught the attention of many; most especially, PH EXO-Ls. Alongside this were rumored flight schedules of (4) EXO members circulating on Twitter a few days after this so-called teaser was posted. These got fans thinking and stoked, wondering if the boys were really coming to PH for a possible fan meeting on February 22, 2020.

Nature Republic, a Korean brand of cosmetics and skin care products made its debut in the Philippines in 2011. With its very first branch opened at Festival Supermall in Alabang, the flagship outlet was quickly followed by branches in SM North Edsa, SM City Fairview and so on.

EXO became Nature Republic’s brand ambassadors in 2012. They successfully endorsed the prestigious brand and with no doubt, contributed a lot to its publicity. It was also a time when K-pop was being welcomed well in the Philippines, so fans couldn’t help but instinctively associate EXO with Nature Republic. Some fans even went to branches to check their products and have their photos taken with EXO members’ standees and posters, and I was one of those fans. 😊

With its slogan “Journey to Nature,” Nature Republic is well-known for using natural ingredients and herbs in processing their products.

“Consider some of its precious ingredients, as stated in its tagline, from earth: medicinal plants and healing flowers, seawater from around the world, used as prescriptions from ancient times based on natural concepts and as Mother Nature intended, processed and formulated through modern technology. Ingredients such as: blue lagoon water from Polynesia; glacial water from the Alps; deep sea water from Greenland; ocean area pine tree from France; Hawaiian hibiscus; Madagascar butdelria; Morocco monoi; gold caviar; North American kawai; and other similarly exotic and efficacious extracts and substances.”

– Philstar Global, Nature Republic is in the Philippines!

January 10, Nature Republic Philippines announced on their Facebook page the “chance to see your faves up-close. They even stated to save the date February 22, 2020, finally confirming that some of the EXO members were coming for an event.

With the hype of possibly seeing the EXO members up-close, Nature Republic successfully opened its 23rd branch at the Ayala Malls Manila Bay, located at Parañaque last 24th of January. A lot were in store for fans who would come to the opening day, with freebies varying from posters, postcards and photocards, waiting to be given away when you buy products from the store. A chance to win free tickets for the event was also up for grabs through a raffle draw at the said branch when your purchase products for a minimum amount of Php500.

Photo not mine

A real pain in the heart, with all the happiness and expectations fans were feeling, a virus outbreak occured in Wuhan, China, causing a lot of its people to fall sick and dead with NCoV (novel coronavirus). Travelling around was inevitable, most especially with the news being kept and not made public to the world at first, it was possible for the virus to spread even outside of the country. The virus had quickly spread to Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Korea and sadly, even the Philippines.

Causing quite an uproar and panic to Filipinos, fans started to request the cancellation of the fan party, in fear of getting infected by both PH and international fans who would be attending the said event and also for everyone’s safety. Fans kept posting on Nature Republic’s Facebook page and comments section, asking them to consider cancelling the fan party.

Nature Republic heard the fans and acted at once. At first, they posted their stance with regards to the issue, saying that the fan meeting would still push through, and that they would be posting the ticketing mechanics in the next few days. But after 2 days, they posted an update stating that they were carefully monitoring the situation, thus delaying the mechanics.

Some fans were enraged, while some were still hoping. It was like a battle, voicing out one’s opinions, with both sides being criticized. But a lot wasn’t known about the virus just yet, doctors and frontline health workers were carefully observing and monitoring progress to ensure that PUIs (patient under investigation) were being well taken care of.

After much deliberation and waiting, Nature Republic eventually announced the cancellation of the fan party, considering the increasing number of PUIs in the Philippines and 2 confirmed cases in NCR.

Fans were rejoicing having heard the cancellation. They didn’t want to risk the health of the artists, as well as theirs. But some fans were also sad, it was a chance to see the boys, but what choice did they have, given these circumstances?

Journey to the Nature Republic in Manila with EXO, scheduled to happen this February 22, 2020 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds was supposedly today. Some fans may have already forgotten about the event, some may have already moved on, but I’m sure somewhere out there, some fans are silently wishing for the event to have just pushed through.

As an EXO-L, and to mend this broken heart, I decided to visit Nature Republic Ayala Malls Manila Bay branch to see the standees. Yes, I sometimes visit branches not only to buy products, but also to see them standees. 🙈 I even sent a message to the page yesterday, to confirm if the standees were still there. I was given YES as an answer, so I was really EXPECTING to see the complete standees but…

The standees were nowhere to be found 😦

The disappointment somehow doubled, I guess. I admit that my main intention was to see the standees, because 6 members were supposedly displayed at this branch, but according to the ates / staffs, they were already given away to the raffle winners. So… I just bought my serum and facial wash. 😦

It was supposed to happen today, but it didn’t. What’s important is that we’re all safe and healthy, hopefully. 🙂 Don’t forget to wash your hands thoroughly and take vitamins to boost your immune system, the best way to conquer any kind of virus! 😉

As of this writing, sharing with you an update from DOH Philippines! 😊