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Article: 2NE1 went all out in Manila, left fans nothing to regret

2NE1 went all out in Manila, left fans nothing to regret

 

MANILA, Philippines—Just like how most K-pop concerts would go, the Mall of Asia Arena was already flooded with 2NE1 fans early May 17. Some lined up as early as they could to get a good spot within the venue, while some did so to have plenty of time to talk K-pop with their fellow fan boys and girls. What’s observable among the crowd though, was the resemblance of 2NE1’s aura that they emitted. Everyone looked unaware, but just like the group they were cheering on and waiting for, the Filipino Blackjack crowd (both males and females) reeked of so much “swag.”

Celebrity Blackjacks

 

It was already expected that 2NE1’s All Or Nothing tour will be highly attended by local celebrities as one of the girl group’s members, Sandara Park, used to be a local artist in the Philippines herself. It came as a surprise, however, when INQUIRER.net bumped into the likes of Alodia Gosiengfiao (a renowned cosplayer in Asia) as well as Liza Soberano, a rising Kapamilya star.

Alodia who came with her boyfriend Eric Ejercito told INQUIRER.net that she’s also a fan of K-pop. She confessed that she even used to collect albums of different K-pop artists, while 16-year-old Liza shared that she has been listening to 2NE1 since she was 13.

‘Starting’

As the media were only allowed to enter the venue by the time the concert was about to start, we had to rush inside the arena when we heard the organizer, Happee Sy-Go, call out a gentle “Starting.”

 

When we got in, it was an arena packed with colorful light sticks that greeted our sight. Everyone was more than ready to party as much as the girls of 2NE1 were more than prepared to give their Filipino Blackjacks the ultimate concert experience of their lives.

Lights, camera, party!

When the show started, the audience were right away treated to an above-average display of lights. And the sound system? It felt like a fine set of headphones serenading the arena with the heart-thumping party songs of 2NE1.

Avid fans of the group probably already knew that the first track in the concert’s set list is “Crush,” but when Bom, CL, Dara, and Minzy came out, it still appeared that none of them had any idea as the excitement reached its first peak that night, while the screams and cheers got louder and stronger.

 

From “Crush” to “Fire” to “Clap Your Hands,” the entire arena sang and grooved along with the girls who are performing a full-blown concert in Manila for the first time.

Everyone was then taken to a throwback to 2009 when “Pretty Boy” played. This track is included in the group’s first ever self-titled mini album “2NE1,” released in less than two months after their debut. One more song heightened the crowd’s partying mood, “Don’t Stop Music,” then the girls switched to an emotional ballad with “Missing You,” followed by another sombre song, “If I Were You.”

2NE1 showcased even more of their soulful side with the unplugged version of “Come Back Home” and a mellow “Ugly.”

It’s time for Winner

 

It was heart-warming when the Blackjack crowd delivered the same intensity of cheers for 2NE1’s hoobae (Korean term for junior), Winner. The boy group composed of Jinwoo, Seunghoon, Mino, Seungyoon, and Taehyun came up on stage right after “Ugly” to showcase their own songs “Just Another Boy” and “Go Up.”

Back to party

The 2NE1 party vibe was gradually revived when the girls came back on stage with colourful outfits to perform “I Love You,” “Gotta Be You,” and “Do You Love Me?.”

 

“I Love You” sold out in particular as actors Sam Milby, Joross Gamboa, Jason Abalos, and G-Force member Ram Julianda made a special participation in this act. The crowd went wild when each of the girls lap-danced to their partners.

In between songs, Sandara Park would exclaim her remarks in Tagalog, and at the same time, she translated her thoughts to Korean for her members. Before CL’s solo stage, Sandara told the crowd that they are really happy to be celebrating their 5th anniversary in Manila. Minzy followed by saying “I’m so happy to be here. Are you guys happy too?”

After the short dialogue with the audience, the three (Bom, Dara, and Minzy) left the crowd with the music video “Happy.”

World-class calibre performances

 

When the group’s leader, CL, came out for her solo stage, the supposed “Korean pop” concert turned into what seemed like a Beyonce or Shakira show. CL caused mouths to hang wide and open with her sizzling performance of “The Baddest Female” and “MTBD (Mental Breakdown).”

After her solo, CL did not change outfits anymore as she was immediately joined on stage by the other three for “Scream” and “I Am the Best.”

The Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas

What came next caused the crowd to crack in laughter as Sandara Park successfully made her 2NE1-mates do the new “in” expression “Boom Panes” popularized by Kapamilya star Vice Ganda.

But when they got back to business, CL said that it means so much to the group to be here as they know that the Philippines is “Dara’s hometown.”

More performances

 

One of the much-awaited performances of the night has got to be “I Don’t Care.” Some must have expected to hear the pop and sweet version of the song, but what 2NE1 brought to the floor was a rock version that allowed not just the girls but also the crowd to headbang.

The arena then got back to dancing and jumping when the set list finally got to another crowd favorite “Go Away.”

The show has supposedly ended after “Go Away,” but 2NE1 knew that their Blackjacks will probably ask for more. So after quite a while of hearing the crowd cheer for an encore, the girls came back in tees and pants to perform “Lonely,” “In Our Out,” (this time it wasn’t just Sandara who performed it but the entire group), “Gotta Be You,” and “Can’t Nobody.”

They also blew their birthday cakes, chatted with fans, thanked their management and staff, and showcased their handsome managers on stage (seemingly headlined by Jjangmae) before they officially ended the show.

The fire that keeps burning

One of the realizations that hit this writer after the concert was this: even after five years of being in the music industry, 2NE1’s fire can only burn bigger and hotter. Equipped with their melodious songs, unique artistry, and highly-competent management, 2NE1 has more than enough fuel to keep travelling in this musical journey where they are loved not just by one nation but by the whole world.

It was, in fact, a cherry hit for Sandara when she said that it is their music and fans that make them unique, because in ways more than one, this is true for 2NE1.

They weren’t kidding when they said they will set the roof on fire. They did, and this made every attendee of their “All or Nothing” tour H-A-P-P-Y.

The 2NE1 All Or Nothing Tour in Manila was brought to us by PULP Live World.

 

Source: inquirer.net

Videos: Various News Coverage of 2NE1’s Visit and Concert in the Philippines

The Philippines’ warm welcome to our girls.. <3 

Saksi: Press conference ng 2NE1, dinumog ng fans 

(Saksi: 2NE1’s Press Conference, Flocked by Fans)

24 Oras: Fans ng 2NE1, sabik na para sa concert ng K-Pop group

(24 Oras: Fans of 2NE1, Excited for the Kpop Group’s Concert)

2NE1 members meet Pinoy fans

Sandara, 2NE1 to visit Philippine beaches

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Credits: samecut123jez + GMA News + ABS-CBN News

Photo: 140517 Official Pic of Smiling, Cheerful Sandara Park Taking a Pose at AON in Manila

Dara was so active and lively and fun at the concert! Something about her just pulls my eyes to her, even though she’s fleeting all over the stage.. XD Seriously, her dancing, singing, her performance level is just amazing! <3 

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Source: 2NE1 Official Facebook Page

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Photos: 140517 Official Pictures of Lively 2NE1 at their 5th Anniversary and “All Or Nothing” Concert in Manila

Weeee! Here are the official photos! They look so happy teasing each other in the first two pictures.. XDDD

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Photos: 140517 Press Pictures of Dynamic 2NE1 Killing the Stage at “All Or Nothing” in Manila

Press pictures! <3

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Photos: 140517 2NE1 with a Friend Striking a Pose at Solaire Resort

Awww, 2NE1 with a friend! <3 The girls’ sweet smiles.. <3

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Source: As Tagged (I shall find the source, I closed the link and now I can’t find it T_T)

Re-uploaded by: OhDara

News: 2NE1 Gives An “All Or Nothing” Concert Party To The Filipino Blackjacks!

2NE1 Gives An “All Or Nothing” Concert Party To The Filipino Blackjacks!

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It was a crazy party last night at the Mall of Asia Arena courtesy of K-Pop girl group 2NE1!

Bom, Minzy, Dara and CL were in Manila as part of their “All Or Nothing” tour and the fans surely had an awesome night as 2NE1 also celebrated their 5th anniversary!

As soon as the lights dimmed and the countdown started, Filipino Blackjacks were screaming all night for their favorite girls. The group opened up the show with “Crush” and followed it up with “Fire,” showing off their swag, which they are famously known for.

The night was also filled with surprises! K-Pop boy group WINNER graced the stage to perform two of their songs and charming the crowd at the same time.

Another surprise was when 2NE1 was performing “I Love You,” Sandara introduced Ram of G-Force, Joross Gamboa, Jason Abalos and Sam Milby. These men were later on treated with a lap dance from the ladies!

Since it’s a special show for 2NE1, especially for Sandara, who said that she’s very happy to celebrate the group’s 5th anniversary in her 2nd home — the Philippines, she performed her classic hit “In Or Out” with Bom, Minzy and CL complete with the choreography that became a dance craze 10 years ago!

Aside from that, Sandara also taught the girls how to sing Vice Ganda’s “Boom Panes”!

2NE1 was very thankful to all Blackjacks who went to there concert, CL said that the fans are the reason why they are celebrating their 5th anniversary!

Congratulations on a very successful show here in Manila and happy 5th anniversary, 2NE1! We hope that you will “Come Back Home” soon here in the Philippines!

Setlist:

1. Crush
2. Fire
3. Clap Your Hands
4. Pretty Boy
5. Don’t Stop The Music
6. Missing You
7. If I Were You
8. Come Back Home (Unplugged)
9. Ugly

WINNER

1. Just Another Boy
2. Go Up

10. I Love You
11. Come Back Home (Original)
12. Gotta Be You
13. Do You Love Me
14. The Baddest Female
15. Scream
16. I Am The Best
17. I Don’t Care
18. Go Away

ENCORE

19. Lonely
20. In Or Out
21. Gotta Be You
22. Can’t Nobody

Credits: MYX 

News: ABS-CBN ~ “Review: Fans Pumped Up at 2NE1 Concert”

Review : Fans pumped up at 2NE1 concert

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MANILA — Smacked just a couple of feet away from the stage, it was hard not to get pumped up at the All Or Nothing concert of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday night.

The group’s avid fans dubbed Blackjacks, who filled the seats from the upper box down to the VIP section, were all waving glow sticks while screaming out fanchants to the group composed of CL, Minzy, Bom and Dara — or Sandara Park to her legion of Filipino supporters.

Some held up banners and many took pictures. And when the lights were dimmed down and an introductory video played on the giant screens, the entire arena echoed with screaming fans, who were now all on their feet.

The song “Crush” blasted from the speakers and the four members of 2NE1, as if coming out of nowhere, were suddenly there on the stage.

The group’s chart-topping songs like “Fire,” “Can’t Nobody,” “I Am The Best,” and “Come Back Home” from their newest album were among the 25 songs performed on Saturday night.

The encores even included Park’s Filipino hit “In or Out,” which was performed by all four members.

Halfway through the concert, 2NE1 called out surprise guests to the stage, starting with YG Entertainment’s newest boy group, Winner. Also known as Team A from the reality-survival show “Who is Next: WIN,” the group performed “Just Another Boy” and “Go Up.”

Park also brought local celebrities Jason Abalos, Joross Gamboa, Sam Milby and Ram from G Force to the stage for the sexy lap dance number for the hit “I Love You.”

Park later thanked the guys for being there at the show on her official Twitter account.

Saturday’s show also marked 2NE1’s fifth anniversary.

“Special ang araw na ito dahil dito kami sa Manila magse-celebrate ng fifth year anniversary namin,” Park said in flawless Tagalog. (T/N: This is a special day because we’re celebrating our fifth year anniversary in Manila.”

The group made its debut on May 17, 2009 with their first single “Fire.”

All four members expressed their happiness for having reached this career milestone. Their managers, back-up dancers, and staff were called on stage, and cakes were brought out to mark the celebration.

The group’s leader, CL, also thanked the fans for their support.

“Thank you so much for making this night so beautiful. I don’t know why it took us so long to get here, I don’t wanna leave,” she said. “Tonight is a very special night for us. It’s our fifth anniversary and we’re happy to spend it with you guys.”

Park said she’s happy to have finally staged a full concert of 2NE1 for their Filipino fans.

“I’m so happy to be here with 2NE1 and Blackjacks. Mahal ko kayo!” she said.

The concert ended with the final encore number “Can’t Nobody” as gold confetti rained at the MOA Arena.

Credits: ABS-CBN News

Fan-Taken: 140517 2NE1 at “All Or Nothing” World Tour Concert in Manila

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Twitter+Instagram: Marshall Bang Snaps a Photo with Dara – “Marshy x Sandy!”

I really love their friendship! Marshall even flew to Manila to watch AON. ^_^ 

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xoxo @krungy21 ~~~ Fighting for today’s show!! ^^ Marshy x Sandy! ㅋㅋ #AONmanila

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Marshy x Sandy!! 😄😘

Credit: @MarshallBang

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