Words: April Ann De Guzman Photos: Jude Ng
They didn’t get first place at the idol survival show, but their light continues to shine brightly. Backed up by supportive fans who decided to purchase expensive billboard ads at Samseong Subway in Seoul in hopes of having their “dream team” debut, it has all paid off in the end. And it is just the beginning.
JBJ, also known as Just Be Joyful is a K-pop group formed off a reality show called Produce 101 (Season 2) is composed of Roh Tae-hyun, Takada Kenta, Kim Sang-gyun, Jin Longguo, Kwon Hyun-bin and Kim Dong-han which debuted in Korea in October 2017.
JBJ then released their first mini-album Fantasy and it has reached three million hits within the first week.
“Idol group miracle” is what they are being coined having achieved massive support not only in Korea but internationally. Furthermore, it has sparked opportunities for fan meetings overseas.
Manila is the last stop of the said series of fanmeet and they have promised to give it their all.
True to their words, they did deliver an epic night full of stunning visuals and impressive performances of songs off their first mini-album and songs that they have previously performed in the reality show last January 14th at the Kia Theatre.
— April Ann (@AprilDeGuzman) January 14, 2018
Asked about that one word to describe the Filipino fans, group leader Taehyun has answered, “joyful”. If given a longer time in the Philippines, the group looks forward to trying Filipino food and to visit Cebu and the ethereal beaches.
The group is also overwhelmed by the support and is constantly saying all night how they did not expect to draw such huge crowd given that it is their first time in the Philippines and that they are relatively a newly-formed group. They also cannot help but blurt out how the Filipino fans definitely know how to enjoy.
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JBJ is just another proof that hardwork really pays off. They just released their comeback second mini-album True Colors, something the Joyfuls are looking forward to.
JBJ Come True in Manila First Fan Meet is presented by All Access Productions and HM Entertainment in partnership with CJ E&M, LOEN Entertainment and ARTSRO Co., Ltd.
Relive what went down during the first JBJ Fan Meeting in Manila captured by ace photographer Jude Ng.