Words by: Ava Sumortin
Photos by: Seth Valenzuela
Filipino ELFs have been waiting for August 6 for a long time. After almost three years, Super Junior was supposed to bring their Super Junior World Tour – Super Show 9 to Manila. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, the K-pop group has postponed their show and instead held a meet-and-greet with fans.
SuJu’s Siwon and Eunhyuk were not able to fly to Manila. Siwon tested positive for COVID-19, and late last night, the group announced that Eunhyuk’s father passed away.
The arena, a sea of sapphire blue lightsticks, was somber at first. ELFs also put black ribbons on their lightsticks. Kring Kim, event host, welcomed everyone and talked to the crowd before SuJu graced the stage.
Each member connected with the crowd with their speeches. Even though they were grieving and emotional, they asked for the fans’ understanding. ELFs chanted “kwenchana” (tr: It’s okay) in return. They promised to return with Siwon and Eunhyuk next time.
Leeteuk said their concert is a show that gives ELFs hope. He then announced that tonight’s Super Show is not canceled. It’s just postponed. “You just bought the tickets early,” Leeteuk said.
Super Junior sang three ballads as a gift to their fans: My Wish, Callin’, and 같이 걸을까 (More Days with You).
After their set, leader Leeteuk addressed the crowd and thanked the ELFs, who have supported them and walked with them for almost 18 years.
Super Junior World Tour – Super Show 9: Road in Manila was supposed to be the group’s sixth concert in the Philippines. Filipino ELFs, hold on to those tickets because a new date will be announced, and those tickets will be honored. According to PULP Live World, more information regarding the new show will be released soon.
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