After meeting IDs in Singapore and Bangkok, South Korean singer-rapper B.I. visited Manila and met his IDs offline at the New Frontier Theater on Aug. 27. There were two shows especially for his fans in the Philippines, and each showcased not only B.I.’s myriad skills but also the connection between him and IDs.
The fan meet started with a video of B.I., and his powerful set started with “Waterfall” and “illa illa.” In between songs, there were other surprises prepared for the IDs, including games and interviews.
During the interview with the emcee, Hanbin said he wanted to try adobo and that Filipino fans are very passionate. “I’ll make sure to come back here. Please wait for me,” B.I. said.
The first game was a mystery box game. B.I. needed to guess the different items in the box (guyabano, toy snake, dried mangoes, and traditional pamaypay), and if he didn’t, there was a penalty. Spoiler alert: He did all the penalties even though he guessed the items correctly. He learned the choreography on the spot and danced to IVE’s “Love Dive” and NewJean’s “Attention.” B.I. also did push-ups and cute poses for fans as penalty.
They played a video next, and the IDs got to know Hanbin a little more with this interview (the questions were brought by the cutest MC Yeon Tan). B.I. said if he would have been a physicist if he weren’t an artist. He also recommends cheonggukjang as one Korean food that international fans should try. He was also asked about his dream or goal as an artist. “Putting my footsteps on the Grammy awards, putting my name on Billboard, and having concerts and going on a tour,” B.I. answered.
The show continued with multi-talented Hanbin’s performances of “Flame” and “Lover” that got the audience on their feet.
The second game of the event was called the date balance game, where fans would help B.I. decide what he should choose to do if they were on a date with him. What should B.I. wear on their amusement park date? The fans chose cute duck pajamas. They also taught him to say “mahal na mahal kita,” which made the game even more unforgettable.
B.I.’s set continued with “BTBT,” “Cosmos,” and “Re-birth.”
Filipino IDs also prepared a special video for B.I. and showed the projects and donations they have made to help various communities, especially during the pandemic. It was a heartfelt message and was further proof of how special this fandom is.
For his last song, B.I. sang “Gray” and walked around the venue to meet his fans even closer.
Aside from the fun-filled fan meet, ticket holders also had different fan benefits such as soundcheck access, hi-touch, and photo op.
B.I. said he wanted his fan meet to be fun, meaningful, and special, and by the end of the fan meet, I know it was all that and more.
B.I. last visited Manila with iKON in 2018, and B.I. Offline is his first fan meeting. Special thanks to Three Angles Productions.
Words by Ava Sharra
Photos by Danilo Factor
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