If there’s one important personal trait that makes Thai star Mean Phiravich a standout, it is his profound love for the fans.
This became evident at his “Mean on Fire” fan meeting and concert held on Nov. 30 at Tanghalang Haribon at Insular Life Corporate Centre in Alabang, Muntinlupa.
He worked tirelessly for at least eight hours straight to fulfill his promises. Before the show, Mean gave each fan a chance to have a one-minute interaction with him on stage like having a photo with him and talking, having a selfie and hi-touch with him and posing for a group photo.
And during the show, he sang, played games and interacted with fans and talked about his career. He even wore a barong Tagalog.
“I’m happy to be back. This is my second time. Fans told me ‘come back to the Philippines.’ So I tried to come back here,” Mean told Bulletin Entertainment and other media outlets at a press conference held before his show.
Mean started his acting career in the boys’ love (BL) series “Love Sick” season 2 in 2015. But his breakthrough role was Tin in “Love by Chance,” another BL series which aired in 2018 in Thailand.
“Love by Chance” brought him fame. This resulted in him visiting various countries for fan meets, which he considers as his best achievement for the year 2019.
“I would like to go back to 2018. That’s my first series ‘Love by Chance’ (in a starring role). It became a hit all around Asia even in here, too. It started from that and then I had the chance to go on tour in different countries. That led me to this year for that achievement,” Mean said.
This is his second time to visit Manila after the “Love By Chance” cast held a fan meeting at SM City North EDSA Skydome last February.
During the show, Mean sang “God Gave Me You,” originally released by Bryan White in 1999 and became popular in the Philippines due to the AlDub phenomenon in 2015.
In one segment, Mean was taught to say Tagalog words and phrases like “Mahal kita,” “Kamusta ka,” “Ang gwapo-gwapo ko” and “Ang ganda-ganda nyo.”
He also tried Filipino food including tart, pastillas, crinkles and snowball and commented, “I love tasting food. I love eating.”
In “Love by Chance,” he was paired with actor Plan Rathavit, who played Can in the TV series. It became part of the show during the “Mean or Plan Questions” segment.
On the other hand, members of fan base MeanPlan Philippines presented Mean with gifts including a crocodile stuffed toy, photobook and a cake, and gave their messages.
“We are always happy to show you our love and support because you are deserving of our time and effort,” one fan told him on stage.
Another said, “Thank you because you are one of the reasons why everyone especially MeanPlan Philippines is smiling right now.”
Mean has several projects lined up including another “Love by Chance” and Viu’s “My Bubble Tea,” in which he he will co-star with 2PM’s Nichkhun.
“I’m happy that I’m lucky to have many projects. For ‘Love by Chance’ season 2, I will probably be only allowed to meet up next year,” he said.
As to “My Bubble Tea,” which will air in the first quarter of 2020, he said, “It’s all about bubble tea because bubble tea is now famous all over the world. It’s a kind of a comedy series and romantic as well.”
During the presscon, Mean said among Filipino food that he sampled, “I tried sisig yesterday and I loved it” and among Thai dishes, he recommends tom yam kung.
If given the chance to visit places in the Philippines, Mean said, “I know one place called Chocolate Hills [in Bohol]. I saw a picture and it’s beautiful.”
Mean wants to try a horror project in the future, saying, “I was in a straight role before. If I can choose a series, I would like to try a horror-themed (project). I would like to try to be a ghost. Aside from being a ghost, I would like to try a role of an aggressive leading actor.”
He is one of Thailand’s rising stars and he said he doesn’t want to change any significant part of his life.
“If I change something in my life, I might not be here (to where I am now). It’s so much fun to be here,” he said.
His wish for the new year is to be able to meet fans again in different countries and he hopes that more film projects will be given to him.
“My wish is to come back to many countries including the Philippines. Also, I would like to be in films,” Mean said.
Mean Phiravich’s “Mean on Fire” in Manila was presented by Thai Entertainment Portal in partnership with Ultimate Troop Thailand and MeanPlan PH.
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