Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story said that EXO used gold mics especially for the Manila concert. This has been corrected.
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Korean-Chinese boyband EXO powered up a packed SM Mall of Asia Arena for their EXO Planet #4: The ElyXiOn in Manila concert on Saturday, April 28.
Xiumin, Sehun, Suho, Kai, Chanyeol, Baekhyun, Chen, and D.O. hyped EXO-Ls by dancing and singing their chart-topping EDM and ballad hits non-stop for almost 3 hours on the multi-LED screen stage fitted with with holographic EXO embellishments and choreographed laser lighting. (READ: Beginner's guide: Why EXO is out of this world)
LOOK: Fans chant E-X-O with their light sticks inside MOA Arena! #ElyXiOnInManila @rapplerdotcom pic.twitter.com/T3dlXOayLI — Keb Cuevas (@kebcuevas) April 28, 2018
The SM Arena became a silver ocean of EXO lightsticks as fans chanted "E-X-O!" all throughout the show. Collective fan effort helped hashtags #TheElyXiOnInManila and #ElyXiOnInManila dominate Philippines Twitter trends.
A flaming 'Power' concert
WATCH: EXO ( @weareoneEXO) dancing ‘Power’ to Filipino fans! #TheElyXiOninManila pic.twitter.com/CEkH56j5ha — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) April 28, 2018
The highlight of the show was the performance of EXO's chart-topping single "Power" complete with the group members in black and red hip-hop attire. The stage was literally on fire as pyrotechnic effects were ignited with the song's electronic beat. EXO-Ls raved through the dance as silver confetti and smoke filled the pit area.
Wearing their famous gold embellished white drummer boy coats, the boys started the show with a fierce and fiery "The Eve" entrance. Normally, the fans would sing fan chants but EXO's sexy choreography left the Filipino EXO-Ls shouting all through the song.
WATCH: EXO dancing their viral dance ‘Ko Ko Bop’ #TheElyXiOnInManila @weareoneEXO pic.twitter.com/hLPK4pGwhS — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) April 28, 2018
When the stage's multi-LED screen stage changed colors from orange-red to galaxy violet, the crowd knew it was time for their famous "Ko Ko Bop" electronic dance music.
WATCH: EXO ( @weareoneEXO) dancing their breakout single ‘Growl’ #TheElyXiOnInManila pic.twitter.com/PDXXcyylx5 — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) April 28, 2018
Which fan could forget about their breakout single "Growl"? It literally felt like a throwback as EXO danced their originally OT12 song.
After a short break, the boys returned wearing their dashing old-fashioned grey formal attire. With vintage bar stage props, EXO danced their chart-hitting single "Call Me Baby" a little bit longer than the original. No complaints here!
The boys used gold EXO microphones for their "Boomerang" song number. They said through their translator that they picked out the mic color "to brighten up the evening."
They danced, timed with the stage's hydraulic lift. As soon as they landed, they sang their synthpop house music "Lotto."
ONE TWO THREE DROP #ElyXiOninManila #EXOatMOAArena pic.twitter.com/zrIBNgoZ3E — MALL OF ASIA ARENA (@MOAArena) April 28, 2018
EXO subgroup CBX meanwhile shared a glimpse of their single "Ka-CHING" as other members pulled out Philippine currency-inspired props. The group then sang an eargasmic jazz rendition of "Sing for You."
The boys, wearing their all-white attire, threw signed EXO balls to the fans as they crooned "Cloud 9" and "What U Do?" During the performance, some of the boys also held fans' camera phones and took selfies with them. Check it out:
[PREVIEW] 180428 The EℓyXiOn in Manila Suho and Sehun selca with fan’s phone, omg so handsome! Cr. imzchairielle, danitaaltarejos #ElyXiOninManila #PremiosMTVMiaw #MTVBRKPOPEXO @weareoneEXO pic.twitter.com/y28Er6Qms4 — EXO World Indonesia (@EXOWORLDINA) April 29, 2018
The show ended with performances of power ballads "Don't Go" and "Angel," leaving the Filipino fans craving for more.
This moment, I almost cried. 너의 세상으로 (Angel) was literally my teenage years. Indeed once a fanboy, always a fanboy. #ElyXiOnInManila pic.twitter.com/2akStuo9Zs — Keb Cuevas (@kebcuevas) April 30, 2018
EXO vows a Manila comeback
“It’s been a long time since the last time we were on one stage….That’s why this concert is memorable. We enjoyed it very much,” Xiumin shared to the crowd.
Recently, EXO's sub-unit CBX (Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin) were away from the rest of the group, promoting their "Blooming Days" comeback in Japan.
EXO가 지난 28일 열린 'EXO PLANET #4 - The EℓyXiOn – in MANILA' 단독 콘서트를 성공적으로 마쳤습니다. 1만석 전석 매진과 함께 뜨거운 호응을 이끌어낸 단독 콘서트! 오는 6월 2~3일 홍콩에서 'EXO PLANET #4 - The EℓyXiOn – in HONGKONG'을 이어갑니다! #EXO #TheElyXiOn pic.twitter.com/ZBEyIvQpKU — EXO (@weareoneEXO) April 30, 2018
EXO members also shared their love for the Philippines: EXO main dancer Sehun shared he went to the Philippines before the concert for a vacation and Chanyeol meanwhile revealed he recently got his scuba diving license in the country as well.
The group's leader, Suho, promised they will do another concert in the Philippines as soon as they release their new album. He also wished for CBX to hold their own concert in the Philippines soon.
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