4 Stars

Revisiting my memories of Sunday, August 26, I was completely blown away by the sublime performance of GFriend. South Korean girl group returned to Manila for a night with energy and sweet tunes.

Undoubtedly, the concert served as a testament of the K-pop girl group’s solidified reputation. Well, they are known as one of Korea’s most promising young acts.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila
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Even though, some fans could not make it to the show that night due to the show’s postponement, KIA Theatre was still packed with the fans that were so energetic and excited to see the girls. They gave GFriend a warm welcome by waving those fandom light sticks and banners high in the air.

GFriend kicked off with the high-energy track “Fingertip”. Appeared in coordinated green military outfits, the girl group started their concert tonight with songs like “Navillera”, “Ave Maria”, and “Crush”.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila
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After electrifying the fans with their hits, the girl group returned to the stage to
temper the hype with their less upbeat and ballad pieces. The girls showcased their sweet yet powerful voices with “Mermaid”, “Hear the Wind Sing”, “Rain in the springtime” and a ballad version of “Summer Rain”.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila
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The concert then shifted to the members’ individual stages. For their solo performances, main dancer ShinB performed BoA’s hit “Number One”, meanwhile, the group’s leader Sowon went with “Gashina”.

The group’s main vocalist Yuju decided to belt out “Heaven” by Ailee, while Umji and Yerin took the stage with “23” and “U Go Girl” respectively.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila
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GFriend are by all means one of the most popular K-pop groups in their generation. The girls rose to prominence for their synchronized moves and piercing choreography which were perfectly exhibited through their school girl trilogy. The girl group performed the trilogy with “Glass Bead”, “Me Gustas Tu”, and “Rough”. The acts were the highlights of the concert.

The girl group also carried the crowd away with their recent hits— “Time for the Moon Night” and “Sunny Summer”.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila

Apart from the powerful vocals and dance moves, GFriend made sure to engage with the crowd and their fans through multiple talks. At one point, the girls expressed their gratitude to the fans despite the language barrier before continueing the show with “LOL”, “Click”, “My Buddy”, “Rainbow”, “One Half”, “Love Whisper”, and “Hear the Wind Sing”.

For encore stage, all in sudden when “My Buddy and “Falling Asleep Again” started to play,  fans quickly held up banners.

2018 GFRIEND FIRST CONCERT ’Season of GFRIEND’ in Manila
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After witnessing the whole show, I literally felt and appreciated the girls’ determination, talents and sweetness. The girls did their best in delivering their fans all special moments,  building heartfelt connections, and exhibiting the power of music to break any kind of language or distance barrier. All I could say that their show was one of my favourites and I’m sure that the whole hall would feel the same. Come back again, GFriend!

Special thanks to MyMusicTaste.
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