Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Infinite's One Great Step in Manila

Words By Ava Sharra Sumortin
Photos By Kevin Pableo

Filipino Inspirits (Infinite's fandom name) had another reason to love 2013. K-pop group Infinite visited Manila for the second time this year; this time, Sungkyu, Dongwoo, Woohyun, Hoya, Sungyeol, L, and Sungjong were back to hold their own concert. Manila is fortunately included in Infinite's First World Tour 'One Great Step'.

Last Sunday, November 3, the Smart Araneta Coliseum was the place to be for Inspirits to support the seven-member group. Judging on the huge and elaborate stage that was set up, you could already imagine that this concert was for the group members to get closer to their fans.

Before we knew it, the lights went out. Golden lightsticks were waving. Screams intensified.

The concert opened with a video showing a future world without music and Infinite. All throughout the show, there was a running story and videos were shown during interludes about how the band members hacked the system and gave music back to the people.

Infinite then appeared on stage. They started the show with "Destiny," the first single from their latest album.

Each member introduced themselves in Tagalog which, of course, thrilled the audience. "Kamusta kayo? Ako po si Dongwoo." Sungjong also said, "Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat." Foreign acts learning our language? Definitely bonus points for them.

For me, one of the highlights of the show was when they sang "Wings." Sungkyu's vocals were just amazing.

There were also joint and solo stages. Sungjong played the keyboards while Sungyeol was a DJ. They had their stage first with "1/3." Infinite H, a hip-hop duo consisting of Dongwoo and Hoya, started with a rap intro then sang "Victorious Way," and "Special Girl." L sat on a bench beside an enourmous teddy bear and sang "Love U Like You." Woohyun proposed to one fan during his solo. He gave a rose and a ring to one lucky fan while he sang "Beautiful." Lastly, leader Sungkyu gave a heartwarming performance of "60 Seconds."

Probably the best parts of the concert were when the guys threw teddy bears and paper planes to fans and when they sang a traditional Filipino folk song "Bahay Kubo." Learning some Tagalog phrases and now, singing this song? More bonus points for them!

They also sang some ballads that was a tribute to the people we love. They sang "Mother," while the huge LED background showed baby pictures and family pictures of the members. They sang "Still I Miss You" after it.

Infinite ended their set with their hits such as "Be Mine," "Before the Dawn," "Man in Love," and "The Chaser." Seeing the scorpion dance during "BTD" was amazing. Synchronized. Perfect. Inspirits went crazy.

They performed three more songs during the encore: "Come Back Again," "Hysterie," and "With."
Before their last song, the members gave their parting messages to their fans and showed their appreciation. In return, the fans also made sure that their greetings for Dongwoo's birthday, which will be on November 22, were heard. Inspirits prepared banners for Dongwoo. They sang the "Happy Birthday" song in Korean. Dongwoo, surprised, asked the crowd if they knew his birthday. Touched by these gestures, Dongwoo shed some tears. Birthday chants then turned into "Uljima (Don't cry)!"
For the ending, Infinite went to the different parts of the stage to give their 90-degree bows (a sign of deep respect in Korean culture) and waved goodbye to the crowd.

This group definitely plans to conquer the world (and girls' hearts) one great step at a time.


November 3, 2013
Smart Araneta Coliseum

1 comment:

Karla Glorioso said...

인피니트 진자 대박~
인스피릿 대박~
감사 합니다~