Philippine Daily Inquirer - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Marielle Me­d­ina

EXO vis­it­ing the coun­try twice this year is a rare gift.

All Ac­cess Pro­duc­tion’s an­nounce­ment that they will head­line MBC Show Cham­pion came as a sur­prise. They were here last May for their suc­cess­ful Elyx­ion tour stop.

From the red car­pet to the main show, the South Korean su­per group daz­zled the au­di­ence.

EXO’s open­ing per­for­mance was their hit song “KokoBop,” which was a bit­ter­sweet per­for­mance for all EXO-Ls (fan­dom name) like us. You see, the MBC Show Cham­pion was the last time that they will be per­form­ing the song. They will start per­form­ing songs from their lat­est come­back al­bum “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” af­ter the show.

The hash­tag #TheLast KokoStop even trended in the Philip­pines and world­wide last Oct. 28. The song went vi­ral last year through the KokoBop chal­lenge done by both fans and non­fans and was the most tweeted song in 2017.

We were ex­tra en­er­getic and chanted our hearts out as it was the last time they will per­form the song for events.

Af­ter “KokoBop,” EXO per­formed “What U Do” and “Boomerang” while walk­ing around the stage to get closer to the fans. EXO mem­bers made sure to try to reach every fan, even wav­ing en­thu­si­as­ti­cally to the fans on the sec­ond and third floors. It’s only been five months but it was ev­i­dent all Filipino fans re­ally missed them with the way they screamed and cheered for them.

Good vibes

Dur­ing EXO’s ment ( in­tro­duc­tion), the boys spoke briefly about their new al­bum. Kai said that they re­ceived a lot of en­ergy and good vibes from hear­ing the cheers and see­ing the fans that will help them have a good come­back. While do­ing the ment, Baekhyun even danced a brief spoiler for their new song, “Tempo,” that in­trigued a lot of fans.

EXO ended the show with their amaz­ing per­for­mance of “Power,” which is an­other spe­cial treat for us Filipino fans. The song earned pres­tige af­ter they per­formed it dur­ing the 2018 Olympics, but for EXO-Ls this song is our ul­ti­mate pick-up song that en­cour­ages us and gives us strength be­cause of the song’s mes­sage and en­ergy. Dur­ing their solo con­cert, “Power” was per­formed as a remix. This time, for MBC Show Cham­pion, the per­for­mance in­cluded the iconic spin of mem­ber Kai. Every Filipino fan in the venue felt both proud and grate­ful to fi­nally wit­ness the pow­er­ful spin.

EXO’s time in Manila this time was short but sweet. That brief mo­ment they had with us fans made all the sac­ri­fices worth it. As they ex­ited the stage, the mem­bers were shout­ing “I love you” and “Thank you Philip­pines,” a ges­ture we will cher­ish un­til we see them again.

EXO’s Chen, Se­hun, Xi­u­min, D.O., Kai, Baekhyun, Chanyeol and Suho made the night worth it.

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