Seventeen Said It: 'Manila's Energy Is the Best'
K-Pop sensation Seventeen performed in two shows on successive nights at the Mall of Asia Arena in early October. The 13-member group returned to Manila as part of the ongoing Be the Sun world tour, with 20 confirmed city stops to date. Tickets for both nights sold out within 48 hours after the show dates were announced back in July, and additional tickets were made available by concert producer Live Nation Philippines a few days before the event.
Seventeen's Performance Unit showcased impressive dance moves and vocals
“It’s been a long time coming, right?” member Hoshi addressed screaming Carats (Seventeen’s fanbase) through an interpreter during the October 9 show. “It’s so nice to meet you again.” The group’s last concert in Manila was in February 2020 for its Ode to You world tour.
The Korean act debuted in 2015 and has since sold 10 million albums worldwide. Three of the group’s albums have topped the Billboard Top Albums Sales charts: Attacca (October 2021), Face the Sun (May 2022), and Sector 17 (July 2022).
Be the Sun’s second night kicked off with “Hot,” the lead single from Seventeen’s fourth studio album, Face the Sun. The almost three-hour concert featured hits like “Rock with You,” “_World,” “Cheers,” “Mansae,” “Left & Right,” and “Aju (Very) Nice.” The group’s trademark dance moves and energy were displayed onstage, and a set of large LED screens behind and above them served to enhance and magnify the experience.
Seventeen's Vocal Unit serenaded fans with two songs, "Come to Me" and "Imperfect Love"
Seventeen is known for being closely involved in its own choreography and musical direction. Its moniker is the result of adding 13 (its members), three (subunits), and one (representing the collective effort). Seventeen made K-Pop history for being one of only two artists to surpass the two-million mark for first-week album sales (the other being BTS).
The first part of the concert was followed by subunit performances. Seventeen’s so-called Performance Unit—composed of Hoshi, Jun, The 8, and Dino—performed “Moonwalker” and “Wave.” The audience was then serenaded by the Vocal Unit. Woozi, Jeonghan, Joshua, DK, and Seungkwan sang
“Come to Me” and “Imperfect Love.” The Hip-Hop Unit made of S.Coups, Wonwoo, Mingyu, and Vernon performed “Gam3 Boi” and “Back it Up.”
“Let’s all relieve the stress of ours and yours,” group leader S.Coups declared, alluding to the message of hope and encouragement the troupe wants to share with its fans on this, its first post-pandemic world tour.
“Any troubles you have gone through these past few years, we’re going to shine the light (on them),” Joshua added. During one of the concert breaks, messages about the band’s vision were shared, including one that read, “We who are united will lighten the darkest paths and share the moments with everyone.”
The Hip-Hop Unit of K-pop act Seventeen performed hits "Gam3 BO1" and "Back it Up"
Many Seventeen members also delighted the home crowd by speaking in Filipino during ments, the term in the K-Pop industry for breaks artists take in between songs to speak with the crowd. From DK’s “Magandang gabi po. Na miss ko kayo. (Good evening. I missed you all),” greeting to Jeonghan asking the crowd, “Masaya ba kayo (Are you happy)?” to Woozi telling fans “Kita tayo ulit. (Let’s see each other again),” Filipino Carats had a lot to scream about.
In one ment, members of the seven-year old group showcased their vocal talents while using an autotune microphone. Wonwoo performed a portion of Super Junior’s iconic “Sorry, Sorry,” with some members and fans dancing along the K-pop group’s hit song.
Seventeen wowed the sold-out crowd with a final song, “Crush,” before returning onstage for an encore. It then performed “Darl+ing,” “Our Dawn is Hotter than the Day,” and “Snap Shoot” before capping the night with what fans wished for: a protracted performance of “Aju Nice.”
“You guys are crazy!” Hoshi gleefully shouted, as he saw fans dance, cheer, and sing all night long with the group. “Manila’s energy is the best!”
Seventeen members bid Manila fans farewell after an almost three-hour show last October 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena
“I really had fun because you guys are so energetic,” DK said to the crowd before the night ended. “It seems I am getting all those energies, too.” For his part, Jun thanked the audience and expressed that he felt “lucky (to) be loved even here in Manila.”
“From the beginning to until now, you guys have not stopped cheering us on,” Joshua added. “Having fun with us, just like the overall connection and chemistry we had today was really, really amazing. I just felt your genuine love and I just want to thank you so much for that. We’ll definitely be back.”