HIGHLIGHTS: K-pop group iKON heats up Philippine stage

Jee Y. Geronimo
'Sakin ka na lang!' member Jay tells Filipino iKONICs during 'iKON 2018 Continue Tour in Manila'

SHOWTIME. Korean pop group iKON hypes up the crowd with their songs during their Manila concert. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino iKONICs packed the Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday, November 11 to see Korean pop group iKON perform their hits for the very first time on Philippine soil.

Way before showtime, the crowd was so excited for the concert that they started singing along to the iKON songs being played in the background – with fan chants to boot.

Members B.I (Kim Han-bin), Jay (Kim Jin-hwan), Song (Song Yun-hyeong), Bobby (Kim Ji-won), DK (Kim Dong-hyuk), Ju-ne (Koo Jun-hoe), and Chan (Jung Chan-woo) opened their show with “Bling Bling,” “Sinosijak” (a pre-debut song which the group also released in 2018), and “Rhythm Ta.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Showtime! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONCONTINUETOURinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONCONTINUETOURinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/8fW5AYgmTC”>pic.twitter.com/8fW5AYgmTC</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1061583680777273345?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 11, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>&quot;Sinosijak&quot; never fails to hype up the crowd. Look at that audience! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/8ZbmH4tR9O”>pic.twitter.com/8ZbmH4tR9O</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062505035244888064?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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During their introductions, member Jay said he has a special tie with the Philippines since he stayed in Davao before. He and the rest of the members went on to greet the fans with a few Filipino words before resuming the show with “Cocktail” and “Only You.”

After the group performance, iKON’s vocal line left the stage while rappers B.I and Bobby stayed to play a quick game with the audience. They divided the crowd into two teams and did a little competition on which team can sing “Love Scenario” the loudest.

When it sounded like a draw, B.I and Bobby played rock-paper-scissors instead to determine the winner. Bobby lost and shouted “Saranghae” (I love you) without his microphone, much to the delight of the fans.

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Remember this &quot;Love Scenario&quot; battle? Watch how B.I won and what Bobby had to do after he lost <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/hCrbctQQa7″>pic.twitter.com/hCrbctQQa7</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062527701343293440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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The two left the stage after the game and vocals Jay, Song, DK, Ju-ne, and Chan returned to sing “Perfect.”

Then it was time for the rappers’ solo stages. First up was Bobby, with “Tendae” from his solo album Love and Fall. B.I then sang his solo song from the Return album, “One and Only,” before Bobby joined him onstage for “Anthem.”

By the end of “Anthem,” the rest of the group joined the two to sing their iconic line: “iKON is coming to town!” The group later performed “B-DAY,” “My Type” (where Jay adorably told the fans “Sakin ka na lang!”), and “Rubber Band.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”tl” dir=”ltr”>Jay&#39;s &quot;Sakin ka na lang!&quot; during &quot;My Type&quot;!!! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/6hYN2BehI9″>pic.twitter.com/6hYN2BehI9</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062550980238094336?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What did you do this year to improve?<br><br>Jay said he worked on his vocals.<br>Ju-ne said he worked out *shows abs*<br>Song: Pinaghirapan ko pagkagwapo ko. <br><br><a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/SSa8B7575Y”>pic.twitter.com/SSa8B7575Y</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062571014134018048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Before &quot;Best Friend,&quot; the boys chose their best friend for the day. The pairings?<br><br>Bobby-Ju-ne<br>DK-Song<br>Chan chose B.I over Jay &quot;since the Philippines is Jay&#39;s second home.&quot; <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/aJw6JQEXzK”>pic.twitter.com/aJw6JQEXzK</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062578055472799744?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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They then sang “Best Friend,” “Everything” and the much awaited song “Love Scenario” before ending with “Goodbye Road,” “Killing Me,” and “Freedom.”

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>“Best Friend” feat unicorn Jay<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/krZsSma5PF”>pic.twitter.com/krZsSma5PF</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062591106607501312?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Here’s iKON’s hit song, “Love Scenario”! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/GxDNwW7ikI”>pic.twitter.com/GxDNwW7ikI</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062610207698763776?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Listen to the loud fanchants during “Killing Me”! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/H3X81gcH5W”>pic.twitter.com/H3X81gcH5W</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062623572684812288?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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When iKON left the stage, the fans turned off their Konbats (iKON’s light stick), turned their cellphone lights on, and filled the arena with rainbow lights. They also sang the chorus of “Don’t Forget” together while waiting for the boys to return for the encore.

RAINBOW. Fans await iKON's encore performance. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler

For their encore, iKON met their fans up close as they sang “Just For You,” “Love Scenario,” “Don’t Let Me Know,” “Dumb & Dumber,” and “B-DAY.” During one of the songs, the boys asked the fans to put their phones down so they can see their fans’ faces.

Jay, who called the Philippines his second home, said he fell deeper and deeper in love with the country throughout the show. 

“You guys are the best!” the boys said before taking their final bow. 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>What a night, iKON! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/iKONinManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#iKONinManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/0Gw8PgZ1ks”>pic.twitter.com/0Gw8PgZ1ks</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1062644342219665410?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 14, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Were you part of the rainbow ocean during the “iKON 2018 Continue Tour in Manila“? What was your favorite part of the show? Let us know in the comments section below! – Rappler.com

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.