Towards the end, Weki Meki revealed that Suyeon had a leg injury which is why she was seated for their performances. Despite that, she wanted to at least be on stage with her members. The others didn’t fail to keep her included either, each of them trying to make her laugh each time the choreography allowed them to be by her side.
Not long after Weki Meki’s stages, Kring Kim walked back out on stage and started pumping the audience up for Monsta X. The crowd looked like a starry night sky as they waved around Monsta X’s lightstick. The lights dimmed, and the Monsta X intro VCR finally began. Somehow, the boys looked better than they did on the screens that I’d been watching them on for the past year.
Just like Weki Meki, Monsta X also had a six-song setlist. Rather than focusing on high tension performances, it appeared that the group wanted to perform more songs that allowed them to play around on stage and interact with their fans. I personally believe that they did this because it seemed that Kihyun was sustaining an injury. The songs on their list were Shoot Out, Mohae, Q&A, White Sugar, Dramarama, and Fallin’.
The boys were in a fantastic mood. They were happy to finally be back with their Filipino Monbebes after almost three years since their last visit. I could hardly tell that they had just finished a world tour because the stages were breathtaking. I could hear their voices loud and clear through the speakers. They were singing live and they sounded great even if Monsta X is known to have some of the hardest choreography in K-Pop.
During the Q&A portion, the boys gave genuine and well thought out answers to questions that were sent in by their fans. When asked if he would rather hike up a mountain or lay down on the beach, I.M. answered in perfect English, “I would like to pick laying down on the beach with my Monbebes,” earning a hall full of screams from their fans.
The Monbebes began chanting “Solo con!” which flustered the Monsta X members. Wonho looked at the crowd with a sheepish grin and said that they will try their best to push for a solo concert in the Philippines next year.
With their last song, Monsta X wanted to end the show with a splash. Some of the members had bottles of water in their hands and started playfully spraying the audience. As if trying to make the night last a little longer, Monsta X and their Monbebes had as much fun as they could.
Even though the event lasted only two hours, I definitely felt like I received a lifetime’s worth of enjoyment from the performances. That night was everything that makes being a stan worth it. Being able to make memories with the groups you love is a special thing that can only happen in the world of fandom. Groups from South Korea, fans from the Philippines and all over the world, brought together by an agency that wants to make the world feel a little smaller.