What happened at HALLYUWEEN 2022

Keeping its promise to be a spooktacular, first-of-its-kind event, HALLYUWEEN 2022, held on October 29 at the Mall of Asia Arena, gave viewers a memorable evening of K-pop, P-pop, drag and great music.

From the get-go, the first K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines exceeded all expectations – a press conference was held before the concert, with VIP ticket holders getting a chance to see the performers walk the red carpet; there was a strange set design; there was a dance floor in the middle of the stage, with sofas and tables on the sides; and staff members were dressed in Halloween costumes.

From beloved cartoon characters to iconic superheroes, to cosplaying their favorite K-pop idols, attendees also dressed aptly in their best Halloween looks. Even at first glance, we could recognize that everyone pulled out all the stops to make HALLYUWEEN a party that everyone will enjoy.

To signal the start of the show, an army of zombies appeared on stage and began closing in on the fans, leaving all onlookers stunned.

Filipino drag queens Lady Gagita, Lady Morgana and Minty Fresh took the stage as the show’s opening act. Lady Gagita performed Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi,” while Lady Morgana sang Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance Somebody” and Minty Fresh sang Ariana Grande’s “Break Free.”

The three powers then combined for a dynamic rendition of “Bang Bang” from Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis.Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

Earlier at the press conference, Lady Gagita and Lady Morgana expressed how grateful they were to perform on one of the biggest stages in the country. “Feel namin na simple lang kaming drag queens pero pagdating namin sa MOA Arena, kahilera namin ang mga international stars na nag-perform, ” said Lady Morgana. (We think we’re just drag queens, but once we perform at MOA Arena, we’ll be alongside international superstars.)

Gaho with his group KAVE followed the set of drag queens. Known for his heartbreaking soundtracks, Gaho brought back all the K-drama feel while singing the show’s “Start Over.” Itaewon-class and “Run” from Begin.

They also performed “High” and “Right Now” and even surprised fans when they did a rock cover of BLACKPINK’s “How You Like That”.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

Whereas HALLYUWEEN served as their first visit to the Philippines, the band promised that they would return to the country to serenade more of their fans, hopefully at their solo concert next time.

K-pop boy group PENTAGON then thrilled the crowd, their Filipino UNIVERSE, in particular, as they returned to the Filipino concert scene after almost five years. The boys performed their hits “Feelin’ like”, “Sparkling Night”, “Beautiful Goodbye”, “Call My Name” and “Shine”.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

“All of our fans give us the ability and the chance to sing. That’s why we believe the UNIVERSE, they are our inspiration and we can’t make music without them,” the band said at the conference. And during the show, they try to convey their gratitude to their fans, who were demanding a solo concert for the group.

After that, it was P-pop time! Boy group BGYO marked the first half of the event by showcasing Filipino talent. During the press conference, the five-piece act expressed how honored and grateful they were to be the only P-pop act included in the lineup.

“It is a dream come true for us. It is also a milestone that we are the only Filipinos to participate in this event with the drag queens. We will make K-pop artists our inspiration,” they said.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

BGYO definitely made ACE’s heart beat faster when they performed “The Light”, “The Baddest”, “Kundiman”, and their latest track “Magnet”.

The party continued with the mixed group KARD which set the atmosphere on fire. Dressed as a pirate, skeleton, vampire and Catwoman, they definitely delivered on their promise of a “sexy” performance.

Their set included their hits “Ring the Alarm”, “Oh Nana”, “Don’t Recall”, “Bomb Bomb”, “Dumb Litty” and “Red Moon”. And between their performances, the four members made sure to interact with their hidden KARDs.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

BM said at the press conference, “With any event, I feel like the best part of being an artist is being able to interact with the fans. I’m very happy, and I’m sure speaking on behalf of all the members, to say that we love having the opportunity, with our fans in Manila and the Philippines.

From one power to another! At the press conference, hip-hop trio Epik High poked fun at being the oldest group on the lineup, joking that attendees might not recognize them over newer artists. But they had nothing to fear as the crowd went wild when the OGs took the stage.

“We know we can’t solve every problem, but during the time we share together, we can make you forget things and have fun,” they said before the show. And boy, they did not disappoint.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler
HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

Their experience in delivering high-energy numbers shone through with their performances of “NO THANXXX”, “Burj Khalifa” and “One”. Everyone was on their feet and screaming when they performed “Born Hater” as well.

No tricks, just treats as one lucky fan was able to receive a signed shirt from Tablo, Mithra Jin and DJ Tukutz while the trio performed their set.

Next – well, it needs no introduction! Even with CL’s sole entrance, the crowd was already captivated. It was a victory for BLACKJACKS and GZB as she set the arena on fire with her performances of “Spicy”, “HWA”, “The Baddest Female”, “Chuck”, “Doctor Pepper”, “Lover Like Me ‘ and ‘Hello Bitches.

For the leader of 2NE1, it was an opportunity for her to “reconnect with my fans, to be on stage and to show them my new music”.

As she wrapped up her set, she told fans, “Manila, thank you so much for coming out tonight…. Hope to see you very soon. For my tour, I hope, right? Thank you for all the love, energy and this beautiful night.

The best-dressed spectators were also announced before the concert moved into a full-fledged party.

Dressed in a superhero costume, DJ Soda warmed up the stage with her remixes that had the crowd dancing and cheering all night long.

HALLYUWEEN: 1st K-pop Halloween party in the Philippines. October 29, 2022. Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Maki San Luis/Rappler

Some ticket holders were unable to make it to MOA Arena due to severe Tropical Storm Paeng, concert organizer SP PULP Live World announced hours before the show that they would be able to stream the event on line.

During the press conference, the artists also said “yes” when asked if they would return if HALLYUWEEN become an annual thing. Based on the success of the 2022 edition, we can say that we look forward to attending this event every year. – Rappler.com

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