OVER THE TOP PERFORMANCES BTS, Epilogue in Manila Concert Review

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Minimal production effects, simple costumes and superb performances best describes Epilogue in Manila. J-Hope, Rap Monster, Suga, Jimin, Jin, V and Jungkook a seven member K-Pop boy group from Big Hit entertainment who debuted in 2013 had their first solo concert in the Philippines a year after. The boys returned to Manila on July 30, 2016 for their sold out concert at the Mall of Asia Arena produced by Pulp Live World.

The venue was lit up by Bangtan bombs (BTS’ official light stick) and was clearly visible when the lights went off. The boys showcased their vocal powers as they sang “Run” for the opening. It was followed by “Danger” and “Dead Leaves”. During the first ment, V asked the fans “Nakikilala niyo ba ako?” (Do you know me?) the rest of the members also tried their best to speak in English for them to be understood by Filipino ARMYs. They then removed their black coats, revealing white long sleeves top which was perfect for their sexy performance of the songs “Tomorrow” and “Butterfly”. BTS’ vocal capacity was once again showcased when they hit the notes on their ballad songs “Love is not Over”, and “House of Cards”. It was followed by Rap Monster’s solo stage where he delivered “What am I to You?”. Their hit singles “Boy in Luv”, “Save me”, “Fire”, “Hip-Hop Phile” and “We are Bulletproof Part 2”. Were also part of the repertoire. Suga, Jimin and Rap Monster turned the house down with their powerful rendition of “Cypher pt. 3 Killer”.

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ARMYs perfect fan chants during the performances of “If I Ruled the World”, “Bapsae”, “Dope”, “Ma City”, “Attack on Bangtan”, “2 Cool 4 Skool” and “No More Dream” rocked MOA Arena. The fans were deeply touched on the encore songs “Young Forever”, “Whalien S2”, “Miss Right” and “I Need You”. In return, they executed a fan project wherein they held colored banners which formed the words “사랑해 “ (I love you), which was first noticed by leader J-Hope. He read it out loud during the last ment. The boys were teary eyed as they thank the fans for their support.

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A K-Pop boy band who started with big dreams, trained to develop their talents, armed with passion and perseverance they were able to debut and rose to stardom. A three hour concert with less drama and filled with high calibre performances was just a piece of cake for them. They are no doubt one of the millennial top boy group of South Korea.

Photos credits to Gia Allana Soriano