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Jaejoong happy, nostalgic on his return to Manila

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He got to taste papaitan and kilawin, played games with his fans and felt sentimental upon his return to the Philippines.

Kim Jaejoong at his Manila fan meeting on Nov. 30 (Photo by Jonathan Hicap) /mb.com.ph

Kim Jaejoong at his Manila fan meeting (Photos by Jonathan Hicap)

For Korean star Kim Jaejoong, it took 11 years for him to be back in the country but he made up for the long absence by holding his first-ever “Asia Tour Fanmeeting in Manila” on Nov. 30 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

The singer-actor, a member of boy band JYJ, was visibly pleased to see his fans, many of whom have been supporting him since his debut.

“It’s been a long, long time. Kamusta kayong lahat? It’s been like 11 years since I last visited. I’m sorry that it took me so long to come back,” he greeted them. When he was still a member of TVXQ, he and the other members went to the Philippines in 2006 to shoot an ad.

Jaejoong arrived in Manila a day before the fan meeting and his first impression? “Wait, was Philippines like this hot? When I first came to the Philippines, it was all new for me. What I feel right now, (it’s like) it didn’t take me that long since the last (time) I came here because you are so friendly.”

At the event, fans were able to ask Jaejoong and vice versa. In one segment, he picked seven photos of fans from a board and answered their questions.

Asked where he wanted to go in the Philippines, he said, “All the people, friends around me have mentioned Cebu.”
His drama credits include “Dr. Jin,” “Protect The Boss,” “Spy” and the recently concluded “Manhole.” One fan asked his next drama project and he replied, “I think it’s challenge for me and it’s gonna be next year.”

aejoong with emcee Kring Elenzano-Kim (Photo by Jonathan Hicap) /mb.com.ph

Jaejoong with emcee Kring Elenzano-Kim

Jaejoong is inspired by three main things, saying, “First of all, my first source of inspiration is a book. Second is movies. Actually the third one is the image of my past which had so much difficulties,” he said.

“Manhole” is a time-travel drama and when asked where he wanted to go given the chance to go back in his life, he said, “I don’t want to go back because I’m currently very happy. If ever I get the chance to time travel, maybe a month ago. I don’t wanna go far back because that’s also a part of my life.”

In another portion, Jaejoong asked fans to answer questions including the thing that Filipinos are good at, which he said is singing.

“I’ve actually searched some YouTube videos about Filipino contestants singing, they are so good. I thought everybody walking down the street, they are also good at singing. I think it’s like a nation (full of singers),” he said.

Three fans were selected to play with Jaejoong for the charades game and in the end, Claudine Legaspi won and had a photo with Jaejoong while wearing a shirt that he lent her.

As part of his cultural immersion, Jaejoong also tasted Filipino food papaitan, kilawin, sisig and chicharong bulaklak along with local beer and received “punishment” each time he got a “yes” card. In the dare by fans, he wrote his name using his behind, was asked to dance to Bruno Mars’ “Versace On The Floor” and do “aegyo” or demonstration of cute affection.

He also sang Filipino songs and the fans had to guess the titles, and danced to “Otso Otso,” “Whoops Kirri,” “Spaghetti Song” and “Pamela One.”

The last part of the fan meeting was Jaejoong performing his songs including “You Know What?” and “Good Morning Night” and asked the crowd, “Nag-enjoy ba kayo?” Salamat po.”

Jaejoong waves at the crowd (mb.com.ph)

Jaejoong waves at the crowd

As the fan meeting wrapped up, Jaejoong felt emotional.

“When I was doing the fan sign earlier, the fans were saying, ‘Thank you really, thank you for coming.’ I actually came here because I heard the fans were really excited to see me. But right now, I’m am very much excited and happy to see you also. You guys are gonna make me come back, right?” he asked to which the fans replied with a resounding “yes.”

He promised to return, saying, “I’m definitely looking forward to come back as soon as possible. Although we’re apart, from Korea to the Philippines, in Korea I’m gonna show you my best.”

As Jaejoong sang his last song “Now Is Good,” fans raised banners that read “Today is an unforgettable miracle” to express their appreciation to him for coming to the Philippines. He thanked them all and said, “I love you.”

The “2017 Kim Jae Joong Asia Tour Fanmeeting in Manila” was presented by Unusual Entertainment with the support of Fangirlasia and Showtime Thailand.

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