Having recently finished Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon, I’m not going to deny that I’m still happily riding the Ahn Min-Hyuk wave. When I found out Park Hyung Sik was coming to Manila for a fan meeting, I tried to convince myself that missing it wouldn’t be the end of the world because:
- As an independent adult, I have a lot of financial responsibilities, making the fan meet a “want,” not a “need.”
- He was here in 2012, so there’s a chance that he’ll be back someday.
- Most importantly, I need to save my money for when Park Seo Joon—my #1 bias—comes.
Needless to say, I defied logic and went anyway.
I regret nothing.
Something you have to know about me is that I am the ultimate homebody. I’m the friend who’s elated whenever plans get cancelled. So for me to leave the comfort of my home and ~*travel*~ to Cubao on a Saturday night, it must mean that the stars have aligned aka AN OPPA IS IN TOWN.
Park Hyung Sik First Love In Manila was held at the Kia Theater. My knowledge of fan meetings was minimal. I knew there’d be games and a couple of performances, but what I didn’t anticipate was how much I’d love Hyung Sik even more afterward.
Hyung Sik opened the night with a stunning performance of “Because of You,” his single in Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. From there, we got to know him a little bit more when Kring Elenzano, the host, asked him about his childhood and his hobbies. Hyung Sik answered each question enthusiastically.
He was also so game to wear a barong and try our food—sisig, sago’t gulaman, guyabano, and kamias—and it made the crowd go wild.
The kilig moments came a little bit later when he was put to the test and asked to repeat the following Tagalog phrases:
“Para, sa tabi lang.”
“Nakakaloka ang init!”
“Ang gwapo ko, 'di ba?”
“Pwede ba kitang ligawan?”
“Mamahalin kita maging sino ka man.”
I was shrieking at the top of my lungs, and I wasn’t even ashamed.
The best part of the night, however, was when six of the luckiest women on Earth got to re-enact popular K-drama moments with Hyung Sik. And they didn’t half-ass anything; they memorized their Korean lines! One girl even brought a Hwarang-inspired hanbok that she had made specifically for him.
I was so impressed! If it had been me, all my senses would've shut down and documentation of me stupidly staring at Hyung Sik’s perfect face would be immortalized on the Internet.
Though the entire program only lasted an hour and a half, I finally understand why people are so willing to spend money on these fan meetings. I mean, it’s been more than a week, and I still watch clips from that night—that’s how memorable it was.
Special thanks to: PULP Live World
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