HIGHLIGHTS: Twice cheers up Filipino fans during Manila concert

MANILA, Philippines – Korean group Twice showed Filipino Onces that they were really worth waiting for as they rocked the Manila stage on Saturday, June 29, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Despite the heavy downpour that day, both concertgoers and #TeamLabas fans alike trooped to Pasay for the much-anticipated concert. There were experiential booths inside MOA Arena for the fans to try out before the event. 

The show started past 5 pm Saturday, and loud cheers greeted Twice members Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, and Tzuyu, as they opened the 3-hour concert with their first 3 songs, "Stuck In My Head," "Cheer Up," and "Touchdown."

TWICE is here with their first song, Stuck In My Head! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/tkiVaxstdj — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 Here’s Twice with Cheer Up! Listen to that crowd! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/g6oHdVo9DW — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


The girls then greeted their Filipino fans for the first time with the classic "Mabuhay!" But Dahyun said her hello differently: "Magandag gabi! Ako si Dahyun. Kumain ka na? Ang galing!" (Good evening! I’m Dahyun. Have you eaten already? That's great!)

Manila was the third stop of the Twice World Tour 2019. The girls wore black at the start of the concert and said they prepared a lot of colors for the rest of the night.

After singing Touchdown, the girls say their first greetings! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/bGL3QqQRm9 — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


After greeting their fans, Twice went on to sing "BDZ," "Yes or Yes," "I Want You Back," and a different version of their summer hit "Dance the Night Away."

After singing BDZ, Twice performs their hit song Yes or Yes! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/pcnObgBVWu — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 How do you like this version of Dance The Night Away? :) They sing this after I Want You Back! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/0thA8sbn9B — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


Clad in long white dresses, the girls went back onstage to sing "After Moon," "You In My Heart," "Sunset," and a few parts of "Heart Shaker."

During a short ment in between songs, the girls talked about seeing Filipinos' candy bongs (light sticks) for the first time, and how they couldn't even hear their own MR (music recorded) because of how loud the audience was.

Twice sings their first ballad for the night, After Moon. #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/hQIgvwV9B9 — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


The girls, now in red dresses, returned to the stage to perform the rest of "Heart Shaker," plus "Strawberry," and "Woohoo."

Here’s Twice with Heart Shaker! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/EbwHBI4oYQ — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


Then it was time for the unit performances. The first unit was Sana, Dahyun, and Tzuyu, with a cover of Beyoncé's "Dance For You." Here's what they had to say about their performance:

Here are other things that happened at #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA : The units talked about their performances! ”You know? [These are] the sexiest members of Twice.” pic.twitter.com/6XW19txZsF — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 30, 2019


Momo and Jihyo, meanwhile, performed a cover of Taemin's "Goodbye."

Here’s what Jihyo and Momo had to say about their unit performance. #TWICELIGHTSinManila pic.twitter.com/i8XnAhK7VD — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 30, 2019


The last unit, composed of Nayeon, Mina, Jeongyeon, and Chaeyoung, performed Lady Gaga's "Born This Way."

Watch Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Mina, and Chaeyoung perform this Born This Way cover! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/gdvda33OCZ — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 The 3rd unit strikes a pose: “We were really awesome. Our teamwork was really good.” #TWICELIGHTSinManila pic.twitter.com/p1QwrZ7zYi — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 30, 2019


All the members returned together onstage to sing the last songs from their setlist (and also some of their biggest hits), "Likey," "What Is Love," "Like Ooh-Aah," "TT," and "Fancy."

Twice performs What Is Love!!! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/Z7MEa0UJcl — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 Here’s Twice with Ooh-Aah! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/RmRXrXmJ2u — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 After Ooh-Aah, here’s Twice with TT!! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/LJ0aFcjME6 — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 And now for Twice’s performance of Fancy!!! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/IXtEmZdfFx — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


During the encore, the girls first performed "Knock Knock" before pausing to watch Filipino Onces' fan project – a video that showed how long the fans have waited for Twice to come to the Philippines.

After a quick intermission, Twice returns to the stage with Knock Knock. #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/psWa6aQbk2 — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019 Twice members watch the Filipino ONCEs’ fan project! #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/bmTUhwVYLy — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019


The girls went on to meet their fans up close before singing their last song, "Stuck."

For their last song, Twice sings Stuck. #TWICELIGHTSinMANILA #GlobeKPOP pic.twitter.com/dT8xuqYdqv — Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) June 29, 2019

The members each said their goodbyes and promised to come back soon for their Filipino fans.

Mina: Salamat sa pagpunta n’yo!
Sana: Magkikita tayong muli!
Jihyo: Ingat!
Jeongyeon: Once, the best kayo!
Chaeyoung: Masaya kami ngayong gabi!
Momo:  Masaya akong makita kayo, mga Once!
Nayeon: Babalik kami!
Dahyun: Mahal ko kayo!
Tzuyu: Mamimiss ko kayo!

with reports from Pia Inserto/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.