Last Saturday, I was lucky to get the chance to watch 2NE1's All or Nothing Concert held at the Mall of Asia Arena.
A day before the concert, I was deeply contemplating on whether to actually buy a ticket or not. Although I am a really big fan of the K-pop group, I'm kind of worried about the cost. LOL. I'm a struggling 9-to-5 employee after all. But after half a day of weighing the pros and cons, I decided I must not let this opportunity to see the four ladies of YGE slip. This might be the last time they'll be holding a concert in Manila, for all I know. And besides, I've regretted (a lot!) not watching BIGBANG before. I don't want that to happen again.
So fast forward to D-day, I found myself standing in line, along with thousands of other Filipino Blackjacks, waiting for the venue gates to open. It was a very hot and humid Saturday afternoon and I just got out of the ER earlier that day. I knew I was pushing my limits but it's now or never.
The concert started at 08:30PM. The intro served its purpose well of hyping up the crowd and preparing us for the entrance of the queens of K-pop. Seriously, I like to refer to 2NE1 as queens because they just exude that royalty and power wherever they are.
They opened with their latest single, Crush, and everyone just went insane! Hearing and being able to scream "Nolza" along with thousands of other Blackjacks gave me goosebumps. It was so powerful. I don't know. It's just. Wow!
2NE1 was every inch total performers. They were full of energy all throughout the concert - singing, dancing, talking, jumping everywhere. It was crazy good! It's like a big party! Crazy good, definitely.
I wasn't able to remember the exact setlist but my favorite songs that they performed that night were Gotta Be You, Come Back Home (both versions), Fire, I Don't Care, I Am The Best, Ugly, Go way. I was expecting Falling In Love but sadly they did not perform it. Pfft. Still, everything was so good!
And it was actually the first time I heard CL's debut solo single, Baddest Female. What can I say? I like it! It's been stuck in my head ever since. "Now do the unni (Hey); Now do the unni (Hey)"
Oh! And I love Park Bom! She is AMAZING in Gotta Be You! Seriously! A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
Dara has been my favorite member in 2NE1 when I first came across their group. But after seeing and hearing Park Bom, Bommie just went straight to the top of my bias list.
And Minzy! The maknae is all grown-up! She's sporting a new, longer and sleeker, red hair and it suits her very well. She looked so pretty! And she's got the best dance moves I've ever seen. Impressive!
Almost near the end of the concert, CL dropped a very heartwarming line. It was during the part where they brought the cakes on stage to celebrate their 5th Anniversary. It goes something like this but not the exact words I think.
"This is Dara's hometown, and I wish this was mine too."
That was really nice of her. It shows how much she fell in love with our country. I don't know. It just brings me so much joy and pride.
I can't believe it all ended so quickly. Two hours is just too short to marvel at 2NE1's magnificence. I'm so happy I made the right the decision to watch their concert. It was all worth it. Seeing them in person, watching them sing their hearts out. I hope to attend another 2NE1 concert in the future. I'm sure they'll be just as good then, if not even better performers.
BONUS: Here's a pic of the gorgeous Minzy - with Jollibee. LOL!