After their successful debut on the Philippine stage in 2019, South Korean girl group TWICE finally reunited with Filipino ONCEs during their sold-out shows at the Philippine Arena. For two nights, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, fans trooped to the arena for the Bulacan stop of TWICE’s 5th World Tour “Ready To Be,” ecstatic to experience a spectacular show that only TWICE is capable of.

ONCEs cheered and went wild at the sight of the members’ silhouettes during their grand entrance. They performed their first song “Set Me Free,” followed by “I Can’t Stop Me,” “Go Hard,” “More & More,” “Moonlight Sunrise,” and “Brave.”

Jihyo, Jeongyeon, and Nayeon then asked Filipino ONCEs what their favorite songs are and interacted with them. The next part of the show was the solo stages of some members, and it was all about showcasing the various talents of each member. Dahyun gracefully played the piano and covered Colbie Caillat’s “Try.” Tzuyu took the stage and wowed with her singing and dancing skills as she performed “Done for Me” by Charlie Puth. Sana was met with loud cheers when she covered “New Rules” by Dua Lipa. Momo’s pole dancing and dance skills were put on spotlight when she performed Beyoncé’s “Move.” The crowd’s energy never faltered as Mina, also highlighting her exceptional dance moves, covered “7 Rings” by Ariana Grande.

Crowd shot from TWICE Live in Manila 2023 | Live Nation Philippines

TWICE dazzled their fans as they also performed “Feel Special,” “Cry for Me,” “Fancy,” and the Feels.” The solo stages continued, and Jihyo was up first as she impressed the crowd with her solo song “Killin’ Me Good.” Jeongyeon kept the energy high as she performed a cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Nayeon capped off the solo stages with her signature song “POP!,” enchanting the crowd with her charm.
Filipino ONCEs danced the night away as the group continued with a medley of some of their hits “Yes or Yes,” “What is Love?,” “Cheer Up,” “Likey,” “Knock Knock,” “Scientist,” and “Heartshaker.”

Also known for their exciting fan service, TWICE also had something special for their ONCEs. The interaction didn’t just end with dance cams, a roulette wheel was brought out on stage to pick the last two songs of the night: “BDZ” and “HOT.” A couple even got engaged after the performance of “HOT.”

It was indeed a magical and an unforgettable concert, especially when Sana said, “We’ve been to different cities during our tour, but I think this city is the best.” As part of a fan project, Filipino ONCEs also got to thank the group for coming back.

TWICE showed their Filipino fans the formula of love and that it’s always gonna be TWICE + ONCEs. With their powerful performances, effortless vocals, and overflowing charisma, it’s not a surprise that the K-pop sensation had been one of the most highly anticipated and sought-after acts to visit the country this year.

TWICE’s 5TH WORLD TOUR ‘READY TO BE’ in Bulacan is made possible by Live Nation Philippines.
Words by Danica Haresco
Photos from TWICE Facebook Page

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