What is it about the Philippines, especially Manila that draws so many entertainers from overseas to come and perform there, and then return in the future to do it again? Between each individual and group of overseas stars the answers may differ, but a common thread is that they simply enjoy and appreciate Filipino audiences. For instance, NCT Dream, a sub-unit of the larger NCT K-Pop boy band from South Korean label SM, was one of the featured performers last year during celebration of 70 years’ diplomatic ties between their country and the Philippines. Since then they have longed for a chance to return, headlining a show of their own.
So they did on Leap Year day last Saturday, February 29, according to The Manila Bulletin. NCT Dream, comprised of young K-Pop heartthrobs Chenie, Haechan, Jaemin, Jeno, Jisung and Renjun, made Manila the latest stop of their first ever concert tour, “The Dream Show,” with the Philippine concert being held at the New Frontier Theater. For a duration of about two hours, the sextet made K-Pop fans swoon with a selection of their hits, centered on their latest EP “The Dream” which was released only in January of this year.
In between their performance numbers, the members of NCT Dream spoke with the audience to express their excitement at returning to the Philippines to perform. These talking portions were warmly received due to the band members going out of their way to practice Tagalog for some of their greetings and prepared lines. The festivity at the concert venue was so vibrant that it was easy to forget that the concert took on significant risks in going on during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global scare. All concertgoers last Saturday had their temperatures checked during entry and encouraged to wear facemasks.
But with no new confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Philippines for close to month, NCT Dream’s label SM Entertainment, with their concert partners Pulp live World and Dream Maker Entertainment, hit the jackpot by giving the Manila tour stop the go-ahead. It was something Filipino fans appreciated as well. It is no wonder that the K-Pop group expressed their hope that there will be a future tour through the country in the future, for another opportunity for them to wow their “Czennie” fan community.
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