A 13-member all-male dance group emerged as the champion of the 2019 K-pop Cover Dance Festival Philippines.
TEENAGE performed Seventeen’s “Don’t Wanna Cry” and “Getting Closer” to beat 21 other finalists at the contest held at Circuit Event Center Makati recently and hosted by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) and Seoul Shinmun Daily.
KCC Director Lee Jincheol graced the event and noted that K-pop contests “always open a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the talent and artistry of Filipinos.”
This year’s contest drew hundreds of applicants and 22 were selected as finalists to perform at the Philippine finals.
As their prize, TEENAGE won an all-expense trip to Korea and they will represent the Philippines at the grand finals in Seoul, Korea in September.
TEENAGE also got a K-pop experience package which includes a photo shoot with a celebrity photographer and dance lessons with a famous K-pop dance choreographer. They will also have their very own time on a K-pop stage and a chance to meet a K-pop star.
The K-pop Cover Dance Festival was first held in 2011 to create interest in Hallyu, or Korean Wave, and K-pop around the world.
This year’s judges in the Philippine leg were Park Heung-Sik and Jeon Ho-Jin of Seoul Shinmun, Director Lee and Dasuri Choi.
Last year, Philippine representative group Daisy Siete bagged the grand prize at the K-pop Dance Cover Competition grand finals in Seoul.