For the evening of the 15th of June 2013, the Blue Moon loomed over the Philippines. In the span of two hours, it shone brightly and perfectly over the Big Dome. Thousands of hardcore Boices, K-poppers and concert enthusiasts filled out every seat of the venue. Made possible by Pulp Live World, CNBLUE finally included Manila as a pit stop for their renowned Blue Moon World Tour. Their previous stops had included Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok.
Jung Yonghwa, Lee Jonghyun, Lee Jungshin and Kang Minhyuk took our country by a screaming, flailing storm. You’ve seen these boys in the Korean dramas “You’re Beautiful”, “Hearstrings”/”You’ve Fallen for Me” and “A Gentleman’s Dignity” which had all aired in Philippine local television. Beyond their good looks and their interesting personalities both onstage and offstage, CNBLUE is composed of four guys who are musicians to their core. Different from the typical K-pop acts, CNBLUE is essentially a rock band, playing their own instruments and composing a great number of their own songs. Lately, even our local hit charts have been invaded by their recent releases.
The day before their concert, CNBLUE’s first ever free public press conference was held at SM Megamall, causing a huge uproar in the Metro. Thousands of rabidly devoted fangirls filled up every possible point of access in every floor of the venue. Some were slumped down on the floor, peeping through the glass in between. Patient and unwavering, the Boices had waited for the entire day and withstood the smolderingly anxious pits just to catch as much as a glimpse of the guys. It was intense, to say the least, but well, if there’s anything that K-pop fans have proven over the years, that reaction was just a portion of the amount of energy they can muster.
The Big Dome was completely packed during the evening of the Blue Moon concert. All the VIP and patron seats had sold out a few days prior, causing the organizers to open up the general admission section to accommodate more people. Thousands and thousands of Boices flocked the Big Dome, many of them travelling from provinces around the Philippines just to see the band for one evening. Majority of the crowd were garbed in the official sparkling CNBLUE shirts, customized Boice paraphernalia, handmade banners and the official Blue Moon light sticks. Dressed to kill, they wholeheartedly enjoy the concert, proving to be one of the loudest and liveliest crowds in Manila.