HIGHLIGHTS: WINNER charms Filipino fans during Manila concert

Jee Y. Geronimo
'City of love, city of music, city of pleasure. You're awesome,' member Mino tells Filipino fans during 'WINNER 2018 Everywhere Tour in Manila'

WINNER IN MANILA. Korean pop group WINNER serenades fans on November 10, 2018 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena turned nebula blue on Saturday, November 10, as Korean pop group WINNER held their very first concert in Manila.

For more than two hours, Yoon (Kang Seung-yoon), Mino (Song Min-ho), Hoony (Lee Seung-hoon), and Jinu (Kim Jin-woo) serenaded their Filipino fans (collectively known as Inner Circle) with their songs, most of which came from their latest album Everyd4y.

They opened the show with “Empty,” a track from their debut album 2014 S/S, and followed that up with “Air.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>WINNER opened their concert with their debut song, “Empty.” <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/nt5SQ5B2gQ”>pic.twitter.com/nt5SQ5B2gQ</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061841366861275137?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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After the first two songs, it was time for the introductions. As they greeted the fans, the group made sure to show off their newly-learned Filipino words:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>During their intros:<br><br>Yoon: Manila, mabuhay!<br>Jinu: Pogi ba ako? Maganda kayo!<br>Mino: Manila, what’s up! <br>Hoony: Mahal kita!<br><br><a href=”https://twitter.com/mayzeeacala?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@mayzeeacala</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Rl4V46ExVW”>pic.twitter.com/Rl4V46ExVW</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061843812975177728?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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WINNER then went on to sing two songs from their latest album: “Hello,” and the title track, “Everyday.”

Mino left the stage after “Everyday” to prepare for his solo stage. During the intermission, Yoon, who has been practicing his English, played host and interviewed Hoony and Jinu about the Philippines.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>While Mino prepared for his solo stage, Yoon, Hoony, and Jinu entertained the crowd. They talked about Jollibee, their recent El Nido trip, and the ads they saw around MOA. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/PF7UGwI360″>pic.twitter.com/PF7UGwI360</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061849529018834944?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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“Jollibee was good as always,” Yoon said after explaining that it was Hoony who bought them food from the popular fast-food chain.

SOLO. WINNER members perform solo stages during their concert. Photos by Paolo Abad/Rappler

Solo stages

Each WINNER member prepared a solo stage for the concert, starting with Mino who sang his songs “Body” (from the album The MOBB) and “Turn Off the Light.”

Meanwhile, Jinu, who is a self-confessed G-Dragon fan, sang his own rendition of
“Untitled, 2014,” off the Big Bang member’s solo album, Kwon Ji Yong

Yoon showed his vocal prowess with his own song “It Rains,” and a quick cover of Lauv’s “I Like Me Better.” He also played the guitar as he sang his popular rendition of “Instinctively.”

The last solo stage featured Hoony’s “Serenade,” and his own version of Taeyang’s “Ringa Linga,” which had the resident WINNER dancer hitting the floor with his amazing dance moves. 

After the solo stages, the group belted out their Everyd4y ballads “We Were,” “For,” and “Raining” before proceeding to sing their song for the fans, “Movie Star.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Don’t think I’ll get over this concert anytime soon. The boys were amazing as I imagined them to be, and more. So much love for <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNER?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNER</a><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Mjam0sH1mw”>pic.twitter.com/Mjam0sH1mw</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061283784442540032?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 10, 2018</a></blockquote>
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As in their past concerts, the group also recorded a funny skit for the fans which was shown during the concert.

After the video, all 4 members returned onstage to sing “Immature” (from their EXIT:E album), “Love Me Love Me” and “Island” (from Our Twenty For), and “Special Night,” before ending with their hits “Really Really” and “La La.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>WINNER&#39;s &quot;Immature&quot; performances are always the best because you never know what to expect – like Hoony giving Jinu a piggyback at the start, or all members doing the dance break instead of just one member!!! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/x3rVuCp6lU”>pic.twitter.com/x3rVuCp6lU</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061857360761638912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Finally watched ”Really Really” live!!! So. Good. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/WINNERinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#WINNERinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/VuScs793yD”>pic.twitter.com/VuScs793yD</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061870226533363712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 12, 2018</a></blockquote>
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When the group left the stage, all the fans at MOA Arena turned off their WINNER light sticks, opened their cellphone flashlights, and sang the chorus of “Movie Star” together until the boys returned to the stage for their encore.

During encore, they went up close and personal with the fans near the stage as they sang “Don’t Flirt,” “Luxury,” “Really Really,” and “Everyday.”

Each member’s parting words were just as personal:

Hoony: “See you again. Salamat po. Mahal kita! (Thank you. I love you!)” 

Mino:
“Thank you for the great memories tonight. City of love, city of music, city of pleasure. You’re awesome. Manila, one more time, sigaw kayong lahat (Everybody, shout)!”

Yoon:
“The singer cannot exist if no listeners. If we didn’t have all of you waiting for our music, we would have never made it this far. As much as you have been waiting for us, I hope today will be your happiest day. It was my happiest day. Thank you. And we’ll be back soon with our new album. Thank you, I love you guys. I’ll never forget this [banner] ’til I die.”

Jinu:
 “Maraming salamat sa inyo! Masaya ako dahil magkasama tayo dito. Sana suportahan ‘nyo kaming Winner. Abangan ‘nyo kami lagi. Mahal ko kayo. Kita tayo ulit! Thank you, always, I love you! Hanggang sa muli!” (Thank you very much to all of you! I’m happy because you were with us here. We hope you’ll keep supporting us. Watch out for us always. I love you. Let’s see each other again! Until next time!)

After the concert, Yoon posted on Instagram:

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Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.