Photos: MQ Scans of Philippines’ “Pulp Magazine” Feature on 2NE1’s “AON in Manila” Concert ~ “All Hail the Queens!”
2NE1’s feature on Pulp Magazine will be out some time in January! ^_^ Featuring 2NE1’s “All Or Nothing” concert in Manila.. ^^
2NE1’s feature on Pulp Magazine will be out some time in January! ^_^ Featuring 2NE1’s “All Or Nothing” concert in Manila.. ^^
Yaaaaayyyyy! Sparkling magazine is finally out and our girls are looking fabulous! ❤ The interview and article is completely in English, so enjoy you guys! ❤
Here’s their feature article! ^^
Collecting pics so as to put them all in one post. XD Enjoy all 100+ pictures of 2NE1’s awesome night in “AON in Manila” concert! ❤
More pics after the cut and in the gallery!
It ain’t over ’til it’s over!
10 days after the much awaited concert of 2NE1 in Manila, a lot of fans still has the #AONHangover.
To relieve this, we listed down the 21 things we loved about All Or Nothing in Manila!
Since the day she touched down Manila few days before their ”All or Nothing” World Tour, 2ne1’s Sandara Park did not fail her fans as she was all over the local news and television shows promoting and doing her job as the group’s Director Of Communications. With interviews and TV guestings left and right, it just shows how much she missed Manila. It seems only yesterday when she captured the hearts of the Filipinos with her fresh look and witty personality. She still was the same Krung-Krung from Star Circle Quest 10 years ago; funny, down to earth, humble, CRAZY and can speak in straight Tagalog! In fact, she even requested to be interviewed in Tagalog! How’s that for a Korean superstar with no Filipino blood? Sandara genuinely loves the country and considers Philippines as her hometown. No wonder why even she has been gone for a while, she always has a special place in Filipinos’ hearts.
Sandara loves Jollibee and she always makes it a point to eat here if she has the opportunity. During their visit here in Manila, Jollibee threw them a “Jollitown Kiddie Party”. As seen on Sandara’s instagram posts, the 3 other members of the group, CL, Minzy and Bom together with their crew had a fun time with the happy bee. Jollibee even had a showdown with the girls while dancing to CL’s “Menboong”. And guess who won? Some photos of Jollibee with 2ne1 were also posted on Jollibees’ official twitter page.
A special mall appearance was arranged by the organizers and an Open Press Conference was held at Shangri-La Plaza’s East Wing the night before the concert. Kring Elenzano and Jimmy Kim hosted this event. Cover group “Sapphire” opened and performed some of 2ne1‘s hits. Fun games and activities hyped up the program as fans were waiting for 2ne1’s arrival. Prizes were raffled off to fans who participated in the Shangri-La Plaza’s special promo and 30 of them were given a rare photo opportunity with 2ne1! Special right?
As expected, the crowd went wild as the girls arrived and stepped on stage. Shang’s East Wing was surrounded by running and screaming fans. Every time the girls waved at their fans, do cute things with each other and answered questions from the media, fans screamed! We couldn’t even hear ourselves anymore! A huge screen was set-up in the old wing near the fountain area in order for more people to watch the live feed from the open press con.
During the press con, we personally congratulated the girls as they celebrated their 5th year anniversary and asked them to describe their experience with 2ne1 in ONE WORD. Leader CL quickly acknowledged and answered, “NOLZA” which means “Let’s Party!” in Korean. With just that one word, it seemed like every Blackjack in the venue connected with each other and with the girls. Screams filled the venue. If only we could see the hearts of all Filipino Blackjacks who were there, they were all probably jumping and partying inside as they were all hyped up for the big concert the next day!
2ne1 fans are called Blackjacks. Filipino Blackjacks were probably the luckiest this year as the 2ne1 AON fever started early with Sandara Park arriving days ahead and appeared on local TV shows. Since the day rumors has spread that 2ne1 will be having a concert in Manila, dedicated Blackjacks started preparing for the girls arrival! Pre-event activities were held and different projects were planned. Loyal Blackjacks participated and contributed money, time and effort to make every project a success. Some projects were organized by local fan bases like 2NE1PH such as, Project Message Book, Project Banner, where different banners were displayed inside the concert area and outside the venue; Project Care, on the other hand, gave the girls a cake in celebration of their 5th anniversary; Project Light-up MOA Arena gave away light clappers to the crowd; Project Back To School Wreath – it is a tradition in the K-pop world where fans share their blessings through charity by offering a wreath during concerts. In Manila, a special Back To School wreath was offered and school supplies were donated to less fortunate children.
Not all sound checks are open for fans to watch and 2ne1 is one of the few artists who we know holds a Soundcheck Party. It is also a great treat to Blackjacks to see the girls in their casual wear and sing in a more relaxed environment compared to what they usually see during their public appearances and full production performances. Some of the lucky Blackjacks who were able to purchase VIP Packages enjoyed a 30-minute exclusive sound check with 2ne1. The girls sang 3 songs and the Blackjacks cheered like it was the actual concert.
This date marks the special day for 2ne1, their anniversary! 2ne1 celebrated the 5th Anniversary of their debut in Manila and arranged a special stage during the concert. Cakes from fans were displayed on stage and the girls placed icing on each other’s faces! They also acknowledged the 2ne1 team up on stage and introduced them to the audience. Minzy together with Dony of Hi-Tech dancers, did a “sexy dance” while the crowd sings Happy Birthday to the group.
Aside from their songs, fans also loved 2ne1’s fashion! Their public appearances and concerts are also considered fashion shows. To name a few, during AON, the girls wore outfits from Jeremy Scott’s Moschino and Adidas creations, SAM MC London and Virgil Abloh‘s Off-White. And it is not just the girls! Blackjacks also came in fashionable outfits and some flashed their own collections of the same brands! Some of the die-hard 2ne1 fans also cosplayed and re-created their own version of 2ne1‘s famous outfits and get-ups!
AON in Manila started 8:00pm on the dot. With no opening act, 2ne1 themselves opened up the show. The girls brought a special guest to entertain the fans during intermission, YG’s newest boy group Winner! The boys were both talented and good looking! They definitely won the hearts of the Filipina fans! They performed 2 songs, “Just Another Boy” and “Go Up”. We have our eyes on this group, another product of YG Entertainment to look forward to.
These talented guys had been backing up 2ne1 during live performances for so long and have gained countless of followers too. No wonder why during AON in Manila, they had their own share of fans from the crowd! Screaming fangirls and fanboys (who are girls by heart) went crazy every time they flashed their intense moves and well-toned bodies! The Kwon twins who are the cutest from the group did not disappoint fans during CL‘s solo performance of GZB & MTBD as they danced topless showing off their six packs!
During the press conference, CL beyond words promised her fans that she will just show in the concert how she truly feels about being Manila… and she really did! We were blown away with just her stage presence… she is really the baddest! Just imagine how we all had a mental breakdown every time she danced, sang, rapped and flipped her hair! Her solo stage is probably one of the highlights and most awaited part of AON. Blackjacks went wild as she performed “GZB” (The Baddest Female) and “Menboong/MTBD” (Mental Breakdown). As what Sandara always say about CL, “SEXY!”
From their open press con and special appearance in Shangri-La Plaza up until the night of the concert, Minzy has probably returned smiles and waved over a thousand of Hi!s and Hello!s to their fans. The maknae (Korean term for youngest/bunso) of the group is all grown up and has embodied more grace, beauty and confidence. “Dalaga na talaga si Minji!” (Minji is really all grown up to a young lady) And so we award the Best in Fan Service to “not-a-baby-anymore” Gong Minzy!
Since there’s no baby in 2ne1 anymore, the girls spiced things up a little and showed fans their sexy side! Sandara called some of her local celebrity friends on stage, Sam Milby, Joross Gamboa, Jason Abalos and Ram of G-Force. The boys got a lap dance from 2ne1 as they performed I Love You. Sandara on Sam, Bom on Joross, Minzy on Jason and CL on Ram. Lucky fellas!
Together with 2ne1 and Hi-Tech dancers, Dara performed her 2004 single In Or Out during the encore. Bom sang some lines in Filipino which was impressive! Minzy and Hi-Tech perfected the dance steps, while CL was kind of lost doing it. As per Sandara, she missed the practice because she was in the restroom during rehearsals! 2ne1 promised to give their Filipino Blackjacks a special treat and this was a real treat as it is refreshing to see them perform a Filipino song.
Sandara learned a new song “Boom Panes” from Vice Ganda, a local comedian during her guesting on his TV show. During the concert, Dara showed her “Boom Panes” moves which drew cheers from the crowd. Blackjacks then started chanting for other members to show their “Boom Panes” moves. CL was hesitant at first saying “I know what you guys mean, but I’m gonna pass!” But persistent Blackjacks together with self-proclaimed CL Fanclub President Sandara was able to persuade her. Though she ended up saying “Boom Vaness, boom boom Vaness Vaness,” the crowd still cheered as it was cute to see the baddest female do funny things on stage. Bom and Minzy also did their own version of Boom Panes! Vice Ganda probably was the proudest person in the arena during this moment! Boom Panes!
We’ve heard a lot of people say, “She’s so beautiful in person”, “her voice is really great live” and “she is too funny and cute with her…corn!” Blackjacks know this for a fact, Bom loves corn or mais in Tagalog. Honestly, during the encore we are waiting for some fans to throw corn on stage as a gift for Bom. We were not disappointed as one fan gave her a corn stuffed toy! Bom looks cute holding and playing with her corn on stage during encore. Looked like she wanted to eat it! Bom Mais!
AON in Manila can be considered as Sandara Park‘s homecoming. With all the fame and success, she still considers Philippines as her home. During the encore, Dara expressed how happy she was to celebrate their 5th anniversary in Manila. CL then who was busy checking out their anniversary cakes captivated the hearts of the Filipinos when she said, “We’re gonna do this,” puts icing on Sandara‘s nose, “and no one else because it’s your hometown. But I’m gonna do this…” puts icing on her nose and said, “Because I wish this was my hometown too!” Bom and Minzy started out putting icing on each other’s faces and all four girls run around the stage chasing one another.
To show how much they are welcome here, a banner from fans saying “We Will Always Be Your Home” was displayed in the arena. Indeed, 2ne1 has found their 2nd home in the Philippines and they can always Come Back Home here, anytime they want!
From start until the end, 2ne1‘s energy did not go down a single level and showcased a top notch performance. Blackjacks were left in awe as they were no longer watching 2ne1 on the internet; it was all happening LIVE! Everyone was on their feet. Waving light sticks filled the whole arena. Hit after hit, Blackjacks danced and partied with 2ne1 knowing the choreography and even the lyrics of each and every song by heart. Both 2ne1 and the crowd were on Fire that night, seemed like cameras and mobile phones were the only ones left battery empty.
What we loved most about AON in Manila is the connection and interaction between 2ne1 and Filipino Blackjacks. Compared to other Korean artists who has been here, 2ne1 need no interpreter anymore, with CL who is very fluent in English and Sandara who is flawless in speaking in Tagalog. This probably is the reason why there’s no dull moment during the press conference and concert. We saw how comfortable the girls were on stage every time they interacted with their fans… especially Sandara! There came a point when Sandara talked to Bom in Tagalog and quickly realized, “Ay hindi ka nga pala marunong mag-Tagalog!” (Oh! I forgot that you don’t know how to speak Tagalog!) Funny moments like this are very rare and priceless for Blackjacks.
After the concert, a K-pop charity ball was held in Solaire Grand Ballroom with 2ne1 as special guests. Like what CL said, they were just supposed to drop by and say hi. But the girls decided to stay longer and performed “Falling In Love” for the fans. Part of the proceeds from the charity ball will go to the PKCI’s Student Beneficiaries.
Blackjacks were very thankful to Pulp Live World for bringing AON in Manila. The show was a huge success probably because of Pulp’s Happee Sy-Go, who is considered as the Fairy Godmother of K-pop fans in the Philippines. There’s no other person in the concert industry in Manila who we know who fully understands the world of K-pop and most importantly, its fans. She has gone beyond her way to cater all the needs of Filipino Blackjacks and to give everyone a great production. So if it’s K-pop, it’s Gotta Be You Happee… it has Gotta Be Happee!
Credits: Manila Concert Scene
Who would’ve thought the “Pambansang Krung-Krung ng Pilipinas” would later become one of Asia’s best charms?
Sandara Park, or simply Dara to her millions of fans, made waves in the country a decade ago with her charming Korean looks–waving to crowds “Mahal ko kayo” while crying her eyes out.
At 31, the K-pop superstar is a cry baby no more and appears to be the sweetest among the girl group of four.
What’s even more impressive is Dara never forgets where she came from. Her love for everything Filipino was even more evident when the honorary Filipina held their second concert at the Mall of Asia Arena on May 17. From “In or Out” to “Boom Panes,” Dara made us realize that it doesn’t take a tinge of Filipino blood to love what she calls home.
But of course, Pinoys’ most obvious way of showing our love for Dara is a sellout concert with excellent crowd reception.
2NE1‘s Manila concert leg was made extra special as they celebrated their fifth anniversary here.
But of course, Pinoys’ most obvious way of showing our love for Dara is a sellout concert with excellent crowd reception. 2NE1‘s Manila concert leg was made extra special as they celebrated their fifth anniversary here. Pinoy fans reciprocate Sandara Park‘s love for the Philippines by giving 2NE1 an extra warm welcome (and yes, numerous Twitter trends).
And yes, Dara taught Park Bom, CL and Minzy her Tagalog hit “In or Out,” as well as Vice Ganda‘s latest dance craze “Boom Panes.”
Dara Park, Park Bom, CL and Minzy didn’t fail to give their Pinoy fans (a.k.a Blackjacks) an awesome performance to remember.
Credits: Yahoo! Celebrity Philippines
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More and more after the cut! (more…)
ABS ABS ABS FREAKING ABS.. ❤ Her hair too, so sexy! ❤ And oh! They wore the red version of their jackets! Previously, they used their black ones.. ❤
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OH MAAAANNN! Can we request that Dara take off her jacket even for just a few minutes on stage?! SO SEXXXYYYY! ❤ Vice meets 2NE1, sans Bom! ❤ And look how behaved-looking he is while taking a picture with Hi-Tech. XD
“2NE1 AON All Or Nothing Concert”
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In many of 2NE1’s music videos, you would see them wielding a bat. Later on, you will realize that they use this for crushing charts and breaking records. From the moment they debuted as a group in 2009, these formidable femmes – CL, Bom, Dara and Minzy — have treated mediocrity with spite, choosing to blaze new trails in a music genre that was then dominated by four-letter words like “cute” and “sexy”. They wasted no time in creating a look, a vibe and a musical influence that was entirely their own – sharp, edgy, fierce and defiant. After sweeping scores of major awards from the Korean music industry, they flew to New York City where they were crowned MTV Iggy’s Best New Band in the World in 2011. The following year, they became the first K-Pop girl group to embark on a world tour, before promptly proceeding to do musical collaborations with the likes of will.i.am and Snoop Lion.
Things fell quiet in 2013 when they busied themselves wrapping up their second studio album and dropping a few singles that tickled but did not exactly tantalize. Then, boom – their agency, YG Entertainment, announced a second world tour scheduled to kick-off in Seoul by March 2014. And oh, that long overdue second album? It will drop a few days ahead on CL’s birthday, since she composed three of the tracks. What followed was absolute bedlam. Their fans – known collectively as Blackjacks – started dusting off their light sticks, printing new banners and pinching their allowance to purchase concert tickets, digital tracks and hard copies of the new album, “Crush”.
Meanwhile, the tour concert entitled “All or Nothing” (AON) caught people’s fancy with its sleek, sci-fi themed cinematic teasers and creative promotions that had the otherwise elusive girls appearing on variety shows, staging fan meets, hamming it up in their own YouTube videos and basically inundating their personal social media accounts with an enticing trail of photos and other sneak peeks leading to the show. To date, AON has announced 15 performances covering 12 cities in nine countries, with more stops still on the drawing board. However, the most important concert date for Filipinos falls on May 17, when 2NE1 brings AON to Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena. It has been three years since they first visited for a gig called “The Party” and this is the first time they are coming for a full concert, leaving their Pinoy fans breathless with anticipation.
To get a preview of what’s in store for us in May, this writer flew to Seoul to watch both nights of their AON launch at the Seoul SK Handball Arena. Despite the freezing post-winter weather, 2NE1 burned down the hall and everyone in it with the kind of frenzied conflagration only they can conjure. Here are some of the hottest reasons why watching AON is good for you, your friends and the entire human race:
In a word: yummy. You wouldn’t believe someone as seemingly frail as her could carve a four-pack but she did it in just two months, following a strict exercise and diet regimen which called for giving up her favorite ramyun and pumping iron every day under the eagle eyes of their company’s captain trainer. Undoubtedly, all the hard work paid off. The minute the girls step out onstage, those glorious abs are practically stamped as “Today’s Special”. So yes, I’d like a serving of Sandara Park’s scrumptious prime cuts served on a stretch of silky smooth, slightly tanned, honey gold skin… please!