MANILA — The members of South Korean woman group ITZY felt ecstatic over their latest return to the Philippines, greater than three years since they final visited the nation for a fan meet that left them with “heartwarming” reminiscences.
“For 2023, we’re actually completely satisfied that we’re in a position to begin the yr with all our followers,” chief Yeji stated at a press convention final January 13 on the Glorietta Exercise Middle in Makati, which was additionally attended by throngs of the group’s followers known as MIDZY.
The media occasion occurred a day earlier than ITZY — additionally composed of Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong and Yuna — took the stage of the SM Mall of Asia Enviornment for a two-night live performance, marking the primary cease of the Asian leg of the act’s “ Checkmate” world tour.
“We’re actually, actually completely satisfied that the Philippines is the primary cease on our Asia tour. We hope that to any extent further, with our Manila followers and followers worldwide, we could have extra time to spend collectively,” Yeji added.
ITZY THE 1ST WORLD TOUR
in #MANILA PRESS EVENT
—ITZY (@ITZYofficial) January 13, 2023
Ryujin described Filipino followers as “passionate” and “warm-hearted,” including that she had “a very good and heartwarming reminiscence” from her group’s 2019 fan meet on the New Frontier Theater.
“After we first got here to the Philippines, it was December, so whereas we had been within the Philippines, it was Yuna’s birthday. So Filipino followers, they celebrated Yuna’s birthday de ella and so they sang a birthday tune for her and she or he cried, ”Ryujin recounted.
Fashioned by Ok-pop powerhouse JYP Leisure, ITZY entered the music scene in February 2019 with the only “Dalla Dalla,” described as an electro-pop single through which the ladies encourage listeners to like themselves and take satisfaction of their individuality.
ITZY rapidly rose in reputation, bagging a number of “new artist of the yr” and “rookie of the yr” awards of their debut yr. The group has additionally achieved industrial success, with their 2022 releases — the prolonged performs “Checkmate” and “Cheshire” — promoting over 1,000,000 copies.
“For the previous years, we have acquired a lot love not solely from right here within the Philippines however [also] globally and we’re so grateful for that. Because of our MIDZYs, we have acquired some treasured awards and many good titles,” Lia stated.
“We might like to offer again all this love and power with an even bigger power on stage.. and with extra songs, I assume. We need to proceed sending out wholesome messages via our songs so that everybody can sort of take pleasure in our music,” she stated.
Offered by Dwell Nation Philippines, the Manila cease of ITZY’s “Checkmate” tour noticed the five-piece act ship a setlist of over 20 songs, together with hits like “Dalla Dalla,” “Wannabe” and “Not Shy.”
Filipino MIDZYs had been additionally lucky because the group staged its newest single “Cheshire,” launched in late November, for the primary time on tour.
ITZY THE 1ST WORLD TOUR
in #MANILA DAY 1
—ITZY (@ITZYofficial) January 14, 2023
Whereas ITZY carried out principally as a crew all through the two-hour present, the members additionally ready solo numbers that additional showcased their particular person expertise and charms, beginning with Ryujin, who oozed with charisma as she coated Doja Cat’s “Boss B*tch.”
A sassy and sprightly Yuna carried out Conan Grey’s “Maniac” whereas vocalist Lia gave her personal tackle Taylor Swift’s “Purple.” An alluring Chaeryeong, in the meantime, shocked the group with Ariana Grande’s “bloodline” whereas Yeji dominated the stage with Dua Lipa’s “Hotter Than Hell.”
The women additionally confirmed off the Filipino expressions that they realized for the live performance, a lot to the delight of Pinoy MIDZYs. Actually, even a easy “Mahal kita” (I really like you) from the ladies elicited thunderous cheers from the group.
The “Checkmate” tour’s Manila cease was initially set to be a one-night live performance however merited one other present after tickets for the occasion rapidly offered out.
“We had been very shocked [that another show was added]. We’re so, so grateful,” Lia stated on the press convention.
ITZY’s world tour has saved the Ok-pop stars busy. However hopefully, the ladies discover the time to return to the Philippines for leisure, with Chaeryeong saying she needs to go to Boracay and style the “halo-halo” dessert.
“It has been so enjoyable touring to totally different international locations and attending to sort of really feel the totally different vibe from totally different international locations as a result of all of the MIDZYs had been a bit totally different, in a great way. So it was very enjoyable attending to know them and attending to take pleasure in our music with them,” Lia stated.