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In ‘Be The Sun’ Manila, SEVENTEEN and Filipino CARATs radiate boundless energy

Ysa Abad

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In ‘Be The Sun’ Manila, SEVENTEEN and Filipino CARATs radiate boundless energy

PLEDIS Entertainment

SEVENTEEN gave Filipino CARATs a show to remember

Ask any Filipino CARAT about the months, weeks, and days leading to the Be The Sun in Manila concerts, and they’d say it was exhilarating – to say the least. 

The wait was more than worth it when K-pop group SEVENTEEN made their highly-anticipated return to the Philippine concert scene through back-to-back sold-out shows on October 8 and 9. 

“What we wanna do for our concert is to be the light to your inner shadows. The troubles and hard times that you guys have gone through over the past few years, we’re gonna shine the light on that. We’re gonna wash that all away,” member Joshua said. 

On both nights, Filipino CARATs sang along to the group’s hits even before the actual show began. And to say the crowd was hyped when the members appeared onstage was an understatement. 

Right off the bat, SEVENTEEN kicked off the Be The Sun in Manila concerts with an intense performance of “HOT,” with the members emerging from literal flames. The opening sequence continued with high-energy songs “March,” “HIT,” and “Rock With You” – setting a promising start for an electrifying show. 

The shift from group performances to unit stages started with Joshua and Vernon’s “2 MINUS 1” act, and Filipino CARATs couldn’t help but yell the lyrics to the all-English punk pop-inspired banger. 

The 13-piece K-pop group is known for their fixed three units – vocal, hip-hop, and performance. And these units each took center stage to show off their members’ strengths.

The performance unit showcased their graceful moves and breathy vocals in tracks “Moonwalker” and “Wave;” the vocal unit serenaded the crowd with sentimental ballads “Come to Me” and “Imperfect Love,” and even asked CARATs to sing along; while the hip-hop unit dominated the stage with their vigorous performances of “GAM3 BO1” and “Back It Up.” 

Be The Sun in Manila marked SEVENTEEN’s return to the Philippines in more than two years – their Ode To You in Manila concert in February 2020 was the group’s last show before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. In their ments throughout the latest concert, the members expressed their delight in seeing Filipino CARATs once again. Leader S.Coups, who was absent from the last tour due to health reasons, said: “Na-miss ko kayo (I missed you so much).”

Meanwhile, member Jun said: “It’s been a long time since we came here but the hotel is the same, the restaurant is the same, the amusement [park] is also the same. And more importantly, our love is the same. That’s the best thing.” 

The concert had a setlist that we have to commend as it was divided into sections that highlighted SEVENTEEN’s diverse discography. Returning to the stage as a complete team, SEVENTEEN put their playful side on display with throwback hits that never get old: “Mansae,” “Left & Right,” and the ever-iconic “Aju Nice.” 

SEVENTEEN – living up to their moniker as the “theater kids of K-pop” –  also treated CARATs to a chaotic (but comedic!) English skit, Vernon’s “Attention” cover, and dance moves that got everyone jumping up and down. 

In between performances, the crowd was also treated to more of the members’ antics. On the first night, some members sang snippets from their solo tracks and covers – The8’s “Side by Side,” Woozi’s “Ruby,” Jun’s “Limbo,” and Seungkwan’s “As It Was.” On the second night, the members had fun playing with an autotune mic – Mingyu with “Don Quixote,” Hoshi with G-Dragon’s “Heartbreaker,” Joshua with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Wonwoo with Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry.” 

After the playful stages, the group unleashed their charismatic sides with performances of “Shadow” and “Crush,” before ending the set with their latest track “_WORLD.” 

And even with their encore set, the members showed no signs of winding down. They serenaded the crowd with “Darl+ing” and “Our Dawn Is Hotter Than Day” before amping the energy with “Snap Shoot.” The members took turns flaunting their dancing skills in “Snap Shoot”’s freestyle dance break – with S.coups’ part particularly going viral.

On the first night, Dino’s father and grandmother took the spotlight, while a CARAT dressed in a pizza costume was the scene-stealer for the second night.

No SEVENTEEN concert would be complete without the iconic “Aju Nice.” On the second night of the show, the members told the crowd that they would continue with “Aju Nice” depending on the crowd’s energy – singling out fans who could sing the song’s trademark high note and calling out fans who were not up on their feet. 

Throughout the concert, the members commended the energy of Filipino CARATs – especially when the crowd was able to sing along to “Imperfect Love” and Dino’s rap part in “Snap Shoot.” “We’re really touched that you guys know the lyrics to our songs,” Joshua said. 

“I like the energy of Manila so much,” Hoshi added, after DK described the Filipino crowd’s energy as “crazy.” 

The performances alone were enough to leave Filipino CARATs delighted, but the members’ promise of coming back to the Philippines soon was an added treat.

“Because of your energy, I was able to do well. Every time we come here, we get good energy from you. I want to come here as soon as possible again,” Jeonghan said. 

Woozi also said, “Masaya ba kayo? Kita tayo ulit. Babalik ako ulit. Mahal ko kayo.

(Are you happy? See you soon. I’ll come back soon. I love you.)

S.coups also echoed the sentiment: “We will come back really fast, you know. If I say it like this, you know there’s something, right?” 

And we know that SEVENTEEN’s not the type to break a promise, so as early as now, we’re already looking forward to seeing and cheering for them again. – Rappler.com 

The SEVENTEEN ‘Be the Sun World Tour’ MANILA event was made possible by Pledis Entertainment, Hybe, and Live Nation PH, in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. and Viu Philippines.

Aside from excelling in the music industry, SEVENTEEN has also appeared in variety shows which Filipino Carats all enjoy on Viu: ‘Amazing Saturday,’ ‘Mom’s Diary,’ ‘Stars’ Top Recipe at Fun-Staurant,’ ‘Dogs are Incredible,’ and ‘Men on a Mission.’

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