“We Promise Forever.”EXO-L
Ifyou were at the SM Mall of Asia on January 23-14, 2016 perhaps you have seen a bunch of banners that were being handed by amazingly enthusiastic EXO-Ls. Yes, that’s how much they love EXO that they’re willing to walk around the biggest mall in Asia just to help spread their message for their dearest boy-band with all their EXO-flashing headbands, EXO shirts, and of course lovely smiles.
EXO is considered to be the hottest Korean boy group today – the pride of Korea and SM Entertainment. Their local fan club called EXO-Ls waited for almost three years to see their beloved idols again in the Philippines. Their wish has finally been granted.
On January 23-24, EXO became the first K-pop act ever in the Philippines to hold a grand concert at the Mall of Asia Arena for two consecutive days. EXO’luXion Live in Manila was originally a one-day concert, but the demand was too high so the organizer, Pulp Live World Productions finally added another day for the concert. Their fans never missed any possible preparations on welcoming their EXO. They were even divided into three teams known as #TeamAirport, #TeamConcert, and #TeamBahay. The official hashtag was #EXOluXioninManila. You can’t blame their anticipation. They have waited for so long.
EXO finally had their first solo concert in the country. The arena was filled with thousands of fans during the two-day concert. EXO members Chanyeol, Kai, D.O., Suho, Sehun, Baekhyun, Xiumin and Chen definitely gave their best as they performed their hit songs to the ever-lively crowd.
“Mabuhay, Philippines!” was a greeting that brought tears to most of the fans as they were finally greeted by their idols after opening the show with the song “Overdose”, followed by “History”, and “El Dorado”.
The next set included “Don’t Go” and “Playboy”, which was then followed by the ballad song, “Baby Don’t Cry”. Baekhyun majestically played the piano for “My Answer” and sang together with D.O. and Suho. A total of 27 songs were performed during the concert, which lasted for two and a half hours. The other songs were:
Miracles in December
Let Out the Beast
Call Me Baby
Love Me Right
The group finally performed “Sing For You” and “Unfair” for the encore. The stage became a wonderland for both EXO and their energetic fans. The injured Kai and Xiumin weren’t able to dance but they definitely sang their hearts out while singing along with their members throughout the concert. Xiumin was specifically amused by the group of fans who danced to “Love Me Right” and “Growl”. Kai made the fans a promise to make it up next time.
“We’ll come back for our next concert! Baekhyun exclaimed. Chen also thanked the fans for their unwavering support and energy during the two-day concert.
PhiXo or Philippine EXO is now the new nickname for Filipino EXO fans. “I’ve never seen fans dance our dance, Philippines is the best, really!”, said Baekhyeon.
Sehun also told the fans, “I can’t wait to be back, please wait for our next concert. Salamat po.” And the crowd went wilder.
The leader Suho, expressed his gratitude by saying, “I am very happy because I think we have really become one through this concert. Today, we received a big gift from you”, and then held up a fan-made banner that read, “We always want to stay with you. Don’t go.”
The famous silver ocean by the fans looked magical and inspiring. EXO will definitely come back with a bigger blast of love to their fans. EXO’luXion Live in Manila was brought to the Philippines by SM Entertainment, Dream Maker Entertainment, Globe Telecom and Pulp Live World Productions. We hope they will bring EXO again to the country with an even bigger EXO Planet concert. May the force be with them!