K-pop group UKISS performs in the Philippines for the fifth time; member Kevin looks forward to having halo-halo in their next visit

by Gia Allana Soriano
Oct 8, 2014

South Korean boy group UKISS returns to the Philippines once again to perform for their Filipino fans.

The boys were the last set of performers during the KNATION Music Showcase 2014 held at the SMX Convention Center last October 5.

The group showed their support for hoobaes [groups who debuted after them] by acknowledging their presence that night.

“Before our stage we had M.Pire, 4L, and BIGSTAR. Give them a round of applause everyone!”

Kevin added, “Thank you for supporting UKISS and also K-pop.”

The UKISS members then expressed how much they missed their fans. Fluent English speaker Kevin asked leader Soohyun if he could tell them how he feels in English.

“I know you’re learning English, I want you to speak English today,” Kevin said teasingly.

Soohyun answered with “Yeah,” then laughed after a long pause.

Kevin retorted, “Or Korean.”

Finally, the leader sweetly said, “I miss you guys, I love Philippines,” as translated by Kevin.

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Kevin then became the group’s official translator, along with Eli, who is of Korean-American descent.

They asked Jun, who is a first-time visitor here in Manila, how he feels to be in the country. The 17-year-old performer answered, “I’m very happy. You guys are amazing.”

Jun also performed an impromptu solo dance. The members complimented his moves but ended up saying, “Our maknae, our baby,” making Jun smile rather coyly.

The fans then urged Kiseop to dance as well, to which the visual [face of the group] quickly complied.

Kevin, on the other hand, said he’s not much of dancer. Soohyun saved him from dancing when he said fans should just watch Kevin dance during their group performance.

UKISS started their concert on a high note by performing “Stop Girl” and “Standing Still.”

When UKISS members said “Mahal ko kayo” to their fans called KISS MEs, loud cheers and screams filled the SMX Convention Center.

Eli then told the crowd, “Let’s kill the mood a bit,” implying that they will now perform their romantic ballads.

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The boys mesmerized audiences as they serenaded them with songs “0330,” “Hana,” and “Come Back To Me.”

The members then felt nostalgic as they narrated their experience four years ago during their first ever concert that was held in the Philippines. The concert titled UKISS First Kiss Tour in Manila took place at the Araneta Coliseum in June 2010.

“We also have a very special memory in the Philippines, our very first concert was in the Philippines,” Eli told the crowd.

Kevin elaborated, “That’s been around five years ago, we were babies back then!

“We’ve been quite busy for the past five years, we just came back from Europe, and we had a mall tour in Japan.

“We wanna comeback for a concert, so if you guys keep supporting us, we hope to come back for a fan meeting or a concert.”

Kiseop continued, “I’m so happy to meet our KISS MEs after two years. [The group was also a part of Dream KPOP Fantasy concert’s line-up last January 2012.]

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“The next time we come back to the Philippines, we want to have a fan meeting or a concert with the KISS MEs.”

Soohyun then made a vow to his fans, “I’ll make a promise as the leader of UKISS, we did our first concert in the Philippines, I will try my best to come back for a concert in Manila.

“We’ll do a concert in a bigger and better venue. Keep supporting UKISS! Mahal kita! Mahal kita!”

Hoon added, “We will always try our best to make all of you happy, please keep supporting us. I love you.”

Fans could be seen wiping away their tears while others cheerfully clapped and screamed “Saranghaeyo!” [I love you in Korean.]

“It was great to see every single one coming out tonight, and we’re gonna be preparing for our next album, so we’re gonna come back after our next album.

Kevin concluded, “So please continue to support us, and like Soohyun said, hopefully we’ll come back for another concert. And hopefully we’ll get to have more halo-halo next time!”

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Soohyun, Kiseop, Eli, Hoon, Kevin, and Jun energetically performed their last few songs “She’s Mine” and “Neverland.”

Before ending the show, UKISS brought their fans back to the time when they first performed in the Philippines. For their final song, they gave their rendition of “Man Man Ha Ni,” also known as “Am I That Easy?” This song could be considered their biggest hit way back in 2010.

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