DPR Live reveals his first crush is a Filipina; DPR Ian tells Pinoy fans "mahal kita"

by Nikko Tuazon
Dec 3, 2022
DPR Regime Tour Manila
Dream Perfect Regime (DPR) members (L-R) DPR Live, DPR Ian, and DPR Cream staged their "DPR: The Regime Tour Manila" last Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the Filinvest Tent, Muntinlupa City.
PHOTO/S: @karposmm on Instagram

Filipino DREAMers are still reeling over Dream Perfect Regime's (DPR) first-ever concert in Manila.

DPR treated their fans to amazing performances during their DPR: The Regime Tour held on November 30, 2022, at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

DPR is a South Korean artist collective known for its performances, music, and videography.

The group has five core members: DPR Live, DPR, Ian, DPR Cream, DPR Cline, and DPR Rem.

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Here are the highlights of DPR's first-ever Manila concert:


DPR gave their fans a full concert experience during their Manila concert.

As DPR Rem had said on what fans can expect from the show, DPR transformed their concert venue into a "DPR Theme Park."

The pre-show music and lights really prepared their avid fans for the otherworldly performances they were about to witness.

DPR Cream went on first and emerged onstage with what appeared to be a lit incense stick. The 34-year-old music producer set the tone of the concert with his dreamy remixes and melodies on a synth keyboard.

Toward the end, he told his Filipino fans, "Thank you so much for coming."

DPR Cream's set lasted for around 30 minutes and he ended it with a rearranged version of his song "Problems."



South Korean rapper Hong Da Bin, better known as DPR Live, took his Filipino fans on a trip to the moon during his set at DPR: The Regime Tour Manila.

DPR Live kicked off his set with his performance of his 2020 single "Legacy." He burst onstage wearing an orange jumpsuit with a military green harness inspired by the one he wore from the song's official music video.

DPR Live's opening number was immediately followed by his performance of the songs "Neon," "S.O.S," and "Laputa."

Midway through his performance of "Know Me," DPR Live addressed his Filipino fans and shouted, "Let's go, Manila!"

Another highlight of DPR Live's set was when he revealed that his first crush was a Filipina before performing the song "Venus."

He told the crowd, "Thank you all so, so much for coming. I'm not gonna lie, my first crush was a Filipina. With that said, I'm looking for my Venus tonight."


Around the second half of his set, DPR Live said the Philippines felt "somewhat like home" as it reminded him of his childhood years in Guam.

He said, "I've always wanted to be in the Philippines. As a lot of my fans know, I went to kindergarten, elementary, and middle school in Guam.

"And in Guam, my classmates were 50 percent Filipinos and Filipina. My best friend was always this Filipino guy. His name is Brandon Mariano.

"I don't know, for some reason, today feels somewhat like home, not gonna lie.

"The faces here, the smiles, the food really reminds me of Guam and it's very comforting so... I think this place is beautiful."

DPR Live ended his short speech by expressing his desire to come back again for another show.

He said, "We have to come back here. It's so amazing. The energy is crazy."

Other songs he performed that evening are: "Jam & Butterfly," "Kiss Me," "Text Me," "Yellow Cab," "Summer Tights," and "Martini Blue."


For his last song, he brought out DPR Cline onstage as they performed the song "Set It Off."


DPR Ian, whose real name is Christian Yu, transformed into a dark angel during his set at DPR: The Regime Tour.

For his opening number, he performed the song "MITO" followed by "So Beautiful" and "Mood."

After his third song, DPR Ian was delighted to see his fans raising and waving their hands.

"Wow, Amazing! Well, the show has just begun," DPR Ian said before continuing the show with his performance of "Dope Lovers."

The Korean-Australian performer/visual artist went on with the concert with his performances of the songs "Miss Understood," "Avalon," "Calico," and "Sometimes I'm."

At one point in the show, DPR Ian promised his Filipino fans that they will definitely return to the country.

He said, "I cannot believe that we get to perform in front of all our DREAMers here. I promise you, we're gonna be back."

DPR Ian also elicited kilig feels from fans after telling them "mahal kita" and "I love you, too" several times during his set.

His Filipino fans also got to know more about DPR Ian when he opened up about his biggest insecurities growing up.

The former K-pop idol recalled, "I grew up in Australia, one fact. And I grew up with a lot of insecurities. One of them was I hated being in the spotlight... It's weird 'cause my job is now, I'm in the spotlight.

"The reason why I hated being in the spotlight was... I thought I was brave enough. I hated people judging me. I was scared of disappointment. I was scared of a lot of things.

"But what I really loved was telling stories. Why do I love telling stories? Because by telling a story to somebody, I realized, it somehow helped them or inspire them."

DPR Ian went on and said through storytelling and music, he was able to build his confidence.

The singer, then thanked his fans for helping him overcome his insecurities and vowed to help them with theirs in return.

He said, "So I just wanna say thank you for allowing me to be comfortable in the spotlight... And I promise in return, I'll help your rise and be comfortable in your spotlight."

Other songs he performed that evening are "Scaredy Cat," "Ribbon," "Mr. Insanity," "Winterfall," "Nerves," and "Ballroom Extravaganza."

DPR Ian invited DPR Live back onstage to perform their finale song "No Blueberries."


The crowd, of course, requested an encore performance from the group and cheered "DPR, we gang, gang!"

In less than five minutes, all members of DPR including their behind-the-scenes crew went onstage as they performed the song "To Myself."



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Dream Perfect Regime (DPR) members (L-R) DPR Live, DPR Ian, and DPR Cream staged their "DPR: The Regime Tour Manila" last Wednesday, November 30, 2022, at the Filinvest Tent, Muntinlupa City.
PHOTO/S: @karposmm on Instagram
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