I just followed my heart and I ended up at concerts and Korea

I started fangirling to Super Junior around 2008 or 2009 and I was just a 4th year HS (Grade 10 ) student back then. During those times, KPOP concerts in the Philippines were near to impossible (actually even in other countries) so I had one goal – go to Korea find Super Junior.

But as hallyu spread outside Korea in 2010, new groups emerge and KPOP concerts started to be conducted in other countries including the Philippines. But I had no means to attend those concerts since most of the time they are done in Manila and that Manila is 2 hours away from my province and even if I had enough money I was pretty sure my parents won’t allow the young me to go. Yes, the typical fangirl problem. (That’s why I envy those kids today who are actually allowed by their parents to go to concerts.) College came and I literally had a hard time. School works became too demanding to the point that I had to give up ‘fangirling’. I still listen from time to time but I was not as updated as before especially towards the end of college and before the our board exams.  I would hear that Super Junior, 2ne1, Big Bang and other KPOP artists would come to the Philippines and have a concert and I could do nothing but study. So fast forward after finishing school and passing the board exams, I said to myself that I would just follow my heart do what makes me happy because why not? I deserve to be happy. Six months after being hired, it was announced that One Direction will be coming to the Philippines (not a KPOP group but I fangirled to them too) and I decided that I will watch them live no matter what!

March 21, 2015, OTRA Manila my first ever concert and it was one of the happiest day of my life. I felt that despite the struggle of getting the tickets and the price of the concert itself, it was all worth it. After that, I become a ‘regular’ concert goer.

Concerts I have attended include:

July 30, 2015 – Big Bang MADE in Manila

March 12, 2016 – 5sos’ Sounds Live Feels Live in Manila

June 24, 2016 – MTV Music Evo Manila with One Republic, APINK, Bebe Rexha, Far East Movement, JaDine and Gary ft. Gab Valenciano

July 30, 2016 – BTS’ Epilogue in Manila

And to my surprise, I never expected this, I was also able to attend MAMA 2016 in Hong Kong last December 2, 2016. I have never seen so many KPOP stars live in an event and that was so daebak. I saw NCT, Sf9, IOI (blessed to see them before they formally disbanded), Taemin of Shinee, GFRIEND, SEVENTEEN, Suzy, Zico, Dean, Crush, MONSTA X, GOT7, Lee Juck, Ko Sang Ji, TWICE, Eric Nam, BTS, BeWhy, Taeyon, Ailee, and EXO plus western artists like Gallant, Timbaland and Wiz Khalifa. There were also korean actors. Special mention to Park Bogum! Plus seeing one of my bias group win Daesang live was such an experience.

March 2, 2017 – One K Global Peace Concert with PSY, Shinee, CNBLue, B1A4, BAP, BTOB and AOA.

May 7, 2017 – BTS’ Wings Tour in Manila

I really wish I could watch more. I am personally looking forward to SEVENTEEN’s Diamond Edge Tour and G Dragon’s <ACT III, M.O.T.T.E> but I’m not sure if I could watch any of them.

In between those concerts, I was able to fulfill another fangirl goal of mine – go to Korea! Last September 2016, I was able to celebrate my birthday with bestfriend in South Korea!

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Just like what I said on the title, I just really followed my heart and I looking back I didn’t realized that I had accomplish so much “fangirl goals”. I don’t know what I did in my past life to deserve this but it just happened. After all the sacrifice at school, I am really happy that I could finally do things I love.

My goal now is to write about my experiences and to share tips on how achieve your own fangirl goals. Nothing is really impossible as long as you put your heart on it and believing that there will be perfect timing for everything!

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I don’t wanna cry but DIAMOND EDGE is coming to Manila!

I am writing this while listening to Seventeen’s latest single ‘I don’t wanna cry’ on repeat trying to hold my tears because the ticket prices for Diamond Edge in Manila is finally out!

Today, MMI live released the ticket prices for Diamond Edge in Manila happening on October 6, 2017, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. Ticket selling will start on July 18, 2017, Tueday until supplies lasts! I suggest for everyone to grab those tickets as soon as the ticket booth/smtickets.com open to have the best seat and ahem those hi touch or soundcheck perks (details below)!

Below are the ticket prices not including the 6% service charge of sm tickets:

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But fear no more, I did the math already so here are the ticket prices with sm ticket charge which applies whether you buy your tickets online or through sm ticket booths at your desired sm malls:

VIP Package (VIP ticket+Soundcheck OR Hi Touch) –  Php 13, 250

VIP Standing- Php 11,130

Lower Box A – Php 7,950

Lower Box B – Php 5,775

Upper Box – Php 2,120

Gen Ad – Php 1,000

Hmmm so some of you are probably thinking about buying that VIP package because why not, who doesn’t want to touch the hands of the members of Seventeen or see them rehearse before the actual show! (Well, I just hope everyone attends this time. *ehem the8 and jun ehem*).   As per post of Philippine Concerts below, the first 100 VIP package buyers will get soundcheck pass while the next 500 buyers will get hi touch pass. (Oh my gosh, I go kilig every time I write or merely think about any hi-touch even though I haven’t experience it thanks to my luck.)

The VIP package will be available through SM tickets as per Ms. Rhiza.

Unsolicited opinion — I prefer the hi touch over the soundcheck!

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The actual full guidelines on ticket selling including the seating plan and how things will go on the actual show is not yet released by MMI Live.  We have to take note that Diamond Edge in Manila is handled by MMI Live and not by Pulp nor AAP, the usual KPOP con promoters in the Philippines. Things might be different for MMI Live. If you happen to attend shows by MMI Live, mostly by western artists, you might have an idea now how MMI live handles concerts. MMI Live handled One Direction’s OTRA tour and 5sos’ SLFL. I have attended both and I say everything went well and organized. Upcoming shows of MMI live include Ariana Grande’s Dangerous Woman Tour, In the Mix and Harry Styles’ solo tour.

For updates you can follow on Ms. Rhiza Pascua on twitter @itsarpee. She is the head of MMI live. The counter part of Ms. Hapee Sy of Pulp.

I will update this blog post once I got new updates!

If its your first time attending a concert and have no idea what seat to take you might want to check my old post about choosing a seat for BTS’ Wings Tour which also took place in MOA Arena. Click here for the link.

If you have any question just let me know @RoxyUnnie on twitter.