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2019 marks the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the Philippines. What started with military assistance has now flourished into a deeper connection, not to mention the growing popularity of Korean dramas and Korean music in the Philippines.
With 70 years of friendship, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism presents ‘2019 K-POP FRIENDSHIP CONCERT IN MANILA’ – a cultural celebration through music shared by the two nations.
Happening on March 7, 2019, 6 PM, at the Mall of Asia Arena, Filipino and Korean artists will showcase each culture and music on one stage. This commemoration will be hosted by Kring Kim & Ryan Bang, and the concert will feature a wide range of acts, not focusing on Korean Pop alone. The line-up includes famous Korean Idols and a homegrown Filipino artist.
The up-and-coming K-pop boy group NOIR is coming back to the Philippines for this special event. The band which consists of members from the second season of Mnet’s Produce 101, visited Manila in 2018. Having debuted on April 9, 2018, with the song “Gangsta” from their EP “Twenty’s Noir,” NOIR is hitting the Manila stage for the second time.
The event will also be graced by the charming KPop girl group APRIL. Started in 2015, members, Chaekyung, Chaewon, Naeun, Yena, Rachel, and Jinsol, took home the 2016 Korean Entertainment Arts Award for Female Rookie of the Year. These talented girls also won in the Korean Culture & Entertainment Awards for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) for the K-pop Artist Award.
Explosive acts will keep pouring in at this event as NCT DREAM, the young and multi-talented sub-unit of NCT, will also perform for the first time in Manila. They are the first NCT unit to ever win on “The Show,” with their comeback song “My First and Last.” This group boasts international recognition, being featured on Billboard’s “21 Under 21 2018: Music’s Next Generation” list and TIME Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Teens of 2018. These cute teens are ready to “Trigger the Fever.”
To represent world-class Filipino talent, Philippines’ homegrown artist, Silent Sanctuary will also serenade the crowd. This five-piece Filipino rock band was formed in Metro Manila, Philippines in 2001. Despite the evolution of their music through the change in their lineup of members, they are still able to maintain their perfect mix of rock music injected with classical instruments, a certain sound that is distinctly Silent Sanctuary. Armed with catchy guitar riffs and heart-pounding melodies from the violins, the band has invaded numerous bars, schools, and other performance venues with the passion to share their music.
With music comes dancing. The popular dance trio, VinSuriChan, will surely get the audience up on their feet. Vince Igno, Dasuri Choi, and Phoi Chan are known for their thrilling videos online with their dance covers of powerhouse groups in the KPop industry such as BIGBANG and INFINITE.
Witness as the Philippines and South Korea stand side-by-side in this one-of-a-kind concert that celebrates culture, music, and friendship – an exchange of talents that highlights the diversity of the two countries. The ‘2019 K-POP FRIENDSHIP CONCERT IN MANILA’ takes place on March 7, 2019, Thursday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Show starts promptly at 6PM. This show can be enjoyed by the public for tickets are free of charge.
To know more details about this event and how to get your tickets, visit ‘2019 K-POP Friendship Concert in Manila’ Facebook page: facebook.com/2019kpopfcm.