Manila Korean Times

U-KISS Returns to Manila with LABOUM and Seo Young Hee for KISPinoy Grand Launch


Pinoy Kpop hopefuls rejoice! The biggest K-Pop Icon search is now in the Philippines! Sizzling hot as the summer in the Philippines, KISPinoy kicks off with a free concert last April 22 at The Mall of Asia Music Hall with performances from South Korean groups U-Kiss and Laboum. Korean Actress Seo Young Hee also graced the event.

The concert started with a K-Pop performance from the Philippine All Stars followed by the introduction of actor-host Richard Gutierrez and Korean Model and Disc Jockey Jinri Park as the hosts of the said reality show. The hosts stated that as the show goes along, the biggest names in K-Pop will come to be the guest judges and mentors while singer-songwriter-record producer Rico Blanco and budding host and singer Nicole Laurel Asensio will be the resident judges. Performances from Laboum started thereafter. They charmed the audience as they perform their latest single “Sugar Sugar”. Laboum is a girl group that debuted in 2014 under NH Media and Nega Network. Their name means “the party” in French. Members are Kim Yu-jeong, Jung So-yeon, ZN (born Bae Jin-yea), An Sol-bin, Kim Yul-hee, and Yeom Hae In. During the concert, the girls mentioned that It’s their first time in the Philippines and they were so happy to meet the Filipino Lattes (Laboum fans), and that if given a chance, they would like to come back. Labuom also performed their hit songs “What about you?”, “Lalilala” and their debut song “Pit-a-pat”. Moving along, U-Kiss set the stage on fire and deafening screams filled the venue as they perform their hits “Playground”, “Stop Girl”, “Someday”, “Smart love”, “Neverland”, and “Man Man Ha Ni”. U-KISS, or Ubiquitous Korean International Idol Super Star, was formed by NH Media in 2008. The members are Shin Soohyun, Yeo Hoonmin, Lee Kiseop, Kevin Woo (Woo Sunghyun), and Jun (Lee Jun Young). Kevin also mentioned that they have a lot of memories in the Philippines, they had their first concert in Manila and they hope to come back to the country for a full concert. (more…)

April 27, 2015 |

One “Epik” Night


“Epik High is a very different kind of group from other Kpop groups. We’re very silly, we like having this crazy fun on stage and hopefully, that will be something that the audience and the people from the Philippines need. We’re very energetic, we’re good at giving energy to the crowd. So whenever you guys need energy or a smile, hopefully we can be here to give that to you.” These are the exact words that Tablo of Epik High told us during our interview with them. True enough, they exceeded our expectations! Intense performances combined with wild and crazy crowd equals one great concert!

The party started as soon as the group stepped up on stage. They hyped up the audience when they perform their hits such as “Encore”, “Up”, “Burj Khalifa”, “It’s so cold”, “Umbrella”, “Map the soul”, “Happen Ending”, “love, love, love” and “eyes, nose, lips”. The SM Skydome is literally bouncing when the audience jumped and screams their hearts out while Epik High is performing the songs “Kill this love”, “Hot technology”, “New Beautiful” and “Born Hater”. They also interacted with Filipino High skools by signing some fan goods and throwing it to the audience. They also went down the stage to be able to reach their fans. Epik high also thanked the fans for going to their concert. (more…)

April 20, 2015 |

VIXX Fantasia Live in Manila


Voice, Visual, Value in Excelsis or simply VIXX is going to Rock your summer with their Concert here in Manila. Catch N, Hyuk, Leo, Ravi, Ken, and Hongbinas they take us on their live Fantasia in Manila UTOPIA tour.Witness these boys as they perform their hit singles such as “Rock Ur Body,” “Don’t Want to Be an Idol,” “On and On,” “Hyde,” “G.R.8.U,” “Only U,” “Voodoo Doll,” and “Eternity”.

VIXX is a six – member South Korean Boy Group, signed under Jellyfish Entertainment. These boys were on Mnet’s reality show MyDOL . The members are chosen in elimination thru viewers’ votes to be part of VIXX. The boys debuted last May 24, 2012 with their single “Super Hero” on M! Countdown and their first out of the country performance was last July 27, 2012 at Otakon Convention in Baltimore Maryland. (more…)

April 14, 2015 |

EPIK HIGH Concert Parade in Manila


Your summer will surely be ‘Epik’ as the alternative Hip Hop group ‘Epik High’ is coming to Manila this April 18, 2015. Epik High, formed by three versatile singer-songwriters, namely Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz released their latest chart topping 8th album “SHOEBOX” last October 2014 with their 19+ rated pre-release track ‘Born Hater’ featuring Beenzino, Verbal Jint, Mino (of Winner) and Bobby & BI (of iKon) . Their album ‘SHOEBOX’ ranked no.1 on iTunes in 7 countries Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Taiwan, and dominated some Korean music charts. Epik High also won awards at Mnet Asia Music Awards (MAMA 2014) as ‘Best Rap Performance’ and at 29th Golden Disk Awards as ‘Best Hip Hop Award’. (more…)

February 26, 2015 |

Boys Republic’s first meeting with Filipino Royal Family

Boys Republic Presscon

Universal Music’s first Kpop boy group “Boys Republic” held a successful fan meeting in the Philippines last January 10-11, 2015. Boys Republic namely Onejunn (Wonjun), Dabin (Sunwoo), Sungjun, Minsu and Suwoong met their Philippine Royal Family for the first time (fan club) last weekend during their mall shows.

Prior to their mall shows, Boys Republic had a press conference last January 9, 2015 few hours after their arrival in Manila. It was held at at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, where the media was able to ask them random questions. Read on…

Q: What can the fans expect from your latest EP ‘Real Talk’?

Onejunn: ‘Real Talk’ shows the “Manly” side of the group.

Q: What do you like to do here in the Philippines?

Suwoong: I wanted to meet people and eat Filipino food.

Minsu and Sungjun: We want to visit Cebu.

Q: What is the difference of Boys Republic to the other Kpop Groups?

Onejunn: Our group is focusing on Pop music in general only in Kpop. (more…)

January 13, 2015 |

The 6th Annual Philippine Kpop Convention, a year ender for every Filipino Kpop Fan


A fund raising event for the Fans by the fans, now on its 6th year and just keeps getting bigger and better! It’s the 6th Annual Kpop Convention that took place last December 28, 2014 at SMX Convention Center Halls 3 & 4 with performances by Bernard Park, GOT7 and Sistar and hosted by the ABS-CBN’s reality show I Do grand couple Kring Elenzano-Kim and Jimmy Kim better known as the Krimmy Couple. Brought to us by The Philippine Kpop Committee Inc. and Pulp Live World.

Bernard Park was the first one to perform and he serenaded the Filipino kpop fans with his latest single “Before the Rain”. Park Nak Jun also known as Bernard Park is the winner of Kpop Star Season 3 and currently signed up under JYP Entertainment. He also performed his own version of Eric Benet’s “Still with you” and Richard Marx classic hit song “Right Here Waiting” which was one of his favorites during Kpop Star 3. Bernard also sings his own acapella version of Daniel Padilla’s hit single “Na sa’yo na ang Lahat”. (more…)

January 6, 2015 |

Boys Republic Live in Manila


Jumpstart your 2015 the Kpop way with Boys Republic! They will be in Manila on January 10-11, 2015 to party rock with their Royal Family (Fan club name) Don’t miss their mall tour on January 10, 2PM at Lucky China Town, 7PM at Venice Piazza. January 11, 3PM at Eastwood Mall.

Boys Republic namely, Onejunn, Sunwoo, Sungjun, Minsu, and Suwoong, is the first Kpop Idol Boy Group under Universal Music and also managed by Happy Tribe Entertainment.

The boys debuted last June 2013 with their first single ‘Party Rock’, and after its first release, the song reached No.1 at iTunes single charts in Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. After their successful debut, the group made a comeback with their 1st EP, ‘Identity’ on October with their single ‘You Are Special’. (more…)

December 31, 2014 |
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