Ella Cruz is still on cloud nine after performing in front of her favorite K-pop girl group, BlackPink.
Ella, together with Sexbomb NewGen members Eunice and Daphny, represented the Philippines at BlackPink's dance cover competition during the Samsung Galaxy A Awesome Live event.
Members of BlackPink—Jennie, Rose, Jisoo, and Lisa—served as judges for the dance competition held on January 14 at the Tennis Indoor Stadium Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Ella shared the highlights of their performance on Instagram, including the reactions of Lisa and Jisoo. Their group did a dance cover of BlackPink's "Ddu du Ddu du" and "Whistle."
In the video, Lisa can be seen watching their performance agape.
Jisoo, on the other hand, was obviously impressed with Ella and her dance crew's performance.
Ella wrote, "Highlight of our performance! TOTOO BA TO [crying emojis] full performance vid will be uploaded tomorrow and also BLACKPINK’s reaction! #AWESOMELIVE #GalaxyAwithBlackpink"
Ella and Sembomb New Gen won the "Awesome Cover" award during the event. The Viva talent shared a moment with Jisoo, who handed over their award.
The 23-year-old actress-performer wrote, "AWESOME COVER!!! And Na-shake hands ko ulit si @sooyaaa__ [heart eyes emojis]."
In another post, Ella said she also had a close encounter with Rose, but she got starstruck.
She recalled, "A little convo with @roses_are_rosie [emojis] tinignan nya ko eh [emojis] eye contact kami eh [emojis] pero di ko naintindihan sinabi nya nastarstruck ako eh [emojis] #AWESOMELIVE #GalaxyAwithBlackpink"
In an exclusive interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) early this afternoon, January 15, Ella said she and her dance crew members were able to watch BlackPink's reactions through a fan video that they saw after the event.
She recalled, "Grabe kinilig kami sobra! I remember nung pinapanood namin yung reaction ng BlackPink, talagang nagtilian kami na ganun pala yung naging reaction nila.
"Sobrang unexplainable ng pagiging masaya, e. Parang sobrang beyond siya ng words para i-explain kung gaano ka kasaya and ka-blessed. Yung moment na yun parang, 'Oh my god, totoo ba ito?' Parang hindi siya totoo."
For Ella, performing in front of her idols is already her "winning moment" and the award is just a bonus.
She explained, "For me kasi, kahit anong award okay na kasi going to Indonesia and mag-perform sa harap ng BlackPink, yun na yung parang winning moment ko.
"And then, the award is just... parang the icing on the cake. Yun na yung nag-top off sa everything.
"'Tapos na-shake hands ko pa sila, and sobrang yung reaction nila yung naging mahalaga para sa akin.
"Kasi yung reaction nila, parang talagang feeling namin na-amaze namin sila. Tumatak kami sa kanila and napanalunan namin yung heart nila, yung attention nila."
Ella then described her close encounter with the members of BlackPink.
The FPJ's Ang Probinsyano actress said she had her eyes locked on Jisoo and Lisa while they were performing on stage.
She told PEP.ph, "May mga moments na tumitingin ako sa kanila kasi ang nasa gitna si Jisoo and si Lisa, e, so mas sa kanilang dalawa ako napapatingin talaga...
"Sabi ko nga medyo ina-attract ko sila, medyo nilalagkitan ko yung tingin ko sa kanila para ma-get ko yung attention nila."
Ella also recounted the moment she shared the stage with BlackPink during the awarding ceremony.
"Tuwang-tuwa ako kasi nasa likod ako ng BlackPink. Meron ngang nakitang video yung mga fans na parang grabe yung reaction ko, sobrang kinikilig ako.
"'Tapos nung papalapit sila, tumitingin sila sa amin. Tinitignan kami, team Philippines, na parang [sabi nila], 'Good job' 'You did a good job, you did great.'
"Nung magpi-picture na, kasi si Rose yung nasa pinaka-left side, katabi ko. Nung papalapit na ako siya, bigla siyang tumingin sa akin parang [sabi ko], 'Oh my god, bakit bigla siyang tumingin sa akin!'
"'Tapos parang sabi niya, 'You did great.' Parang something like that pero hindi ko talaga naintindihan.
"Parang nag-nod lang siya sa akin 'tapos hindi ko naintindihan yung sinabi kasi nga sobrang [wild na nung nangyari].
"Alam mo yung pag tumitingin sa 'yo yung crush mo, nagso-slow-mo yung paligid 'tapos nagkakaroon ng parang may halo sila or nagsha-shine sila ng ganun.
"'Tapos hindi mo na naririnig kung anong sinasabi nila."
Here's the full video of Ella and Sexbomb New Gen's performance: