South Korean boyband JYJ’s Kim Jaejoong visits the Philippines for the first time in 11 years and kicks off his first ever fanmeeting in Manila at Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 30, 2017.
The day started early at 9AM local time as different fansites and clubs, including All About Cassiopeia as the only participating international fanclub, started distributing giveaways outside the fanmeeting venue. Fan project banners were also handed out to the attendees as well.
Outside the Green Gate, there was a large banner and a photowall of the fanmeeting with congratulatory bouquets beside it for fans to take commemorative photos.
As early as 10AM, fans and attendees started to flock the “Big Dome”, going around to check the areas of different fansites and clubs for their respective giveaways. Two Jaejoong standees were also placed beside the photowall and instantaneously became a big hit to those who wanted to take photos and it did not take long before fans flocked the area to take photos while waiting for the gates to open for the fansign event.
The lucky ticket holders started to queue for the fansign waiting for their turn to finally meet Kim Jaejoong up close and personal. The fans started lining up at 2PM but the event started a bit behind schedule but that did not make the hopeful fans’ heart waver.
The fanmeeting started shortly after the fansign event and fans started filling up the venue, mostly wearing pajama-themed outfits as this was the announced dress code. The show started when the emcee, Ms. Kring Elenzano-Kim, who was also a fan since 2004, welcomed Jaejoong and the crowd went wild as soon as the Kim Jaejoong went up the stage and the crowd even went crazier when he greeted fans in Filipino.
The fan meet properly started off with answering questions from the fans’ selcas that were submitted and was followed by ‘Jaejoong, You Know?’ segment, where Jaejoong asked the fans questions about him and the person who guessed it right wins a prize.
A charade was participated by lucky fans who were selected based on the theme of the fanmeeting, which was a Pajama Party. This was followed by a food tasting game, where Jaejoong tried different Filipino dishes paired with his favorite beer. Under each plate, there’s a Yes or a No. If it’s a ‘Yes’, Jaejoong has to pick a consequence from a fishbowl.
The last two parts of the fanmeeting was the ‘Guess that Song’, where he tried to hum and sing along to popular Original Pinoy Music (OPM) songs for the fans to answer. Jaejoong also danced Filipino novelty songs, which really set the crowd wild.
After a quick change, the concert part started. “Now is Good” was the closing performance and it was the time when fans held their banners saying that ‘Today is an unforgettable miracle’ — indeed it was.
2017 KIM JAE JOONG ASIA TOUR FANMEETING in MANILA was organized by UnUsUal Entertainment Pte Ltd and C-JeS Entertainment, and supported by FangirlAsia and Showtime.
Photos / All About Cassiopeia
Written by / Aren, Em (All About Cassiopeia)