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A lot of k-pop concerts have been staged in Manila for the last 2 years and this summer of 2015 alone back-to-back concerts are lined up from Super Junior to Girls Generation to Epik High to Vixx among others.  But there’s just one that sets itself apart from the busy k-pop scene here in the Philippines and the one I’m really looking forward to.  The Korean drama OST Queen Baek Ji Young is coming to Manila and set to serenade us for the very first time.  This will be a one-night only concert entitled Baek Z Young CLOSE UP 2015 to be held on April 15, 2015 – 8:30PM at the 1,500-seater Newport Performing Arts Theater at Resorts World Manila. The voice behind a lot of memorable k-dramas (Secret Garden, Iris, Hwang Jini, Rooftop Prince, The Greatest Love, and Gu Family Book among others) will not just be heard but soon will be seen performing live onstage. Its just music to the ears of every korean drama fan.

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According to her agency Music Works Baek Ji Young will bring to stage not just her ballad songs but also her dance hits from which she has started. Upon reading this info I traced a lil’ bit of her career history: Baek Ji Young started her career back in 1999 with her first album Sorrow.  She was first known in the Korean dance scene through her first single Choice a Korean pop song with Latin beats (one of the first of its kind) before she made her way to being a Korean ballad queen.  She even did collaboration tracks with 2PM’s Taecyeon (My Ear Candy) and Beast’s Jun Hyung (Good Boy). If I haven’t googled and read I would not know these interesting facts. 🙂

Since the concert is just days to go let’s imagine what the feel of the both soulful and dancy evening it will be.  Baek Ji Young participated in various korean dramas soundtrack, most of which are hits including Dont Forget for Iris, Spring Rain for Gu Family Book, After A Long Time for Rooftop Prince and the most famous to date That Woman from Secret Garden which won her Outstanding Korean Drama OST at the 2011 Seoul International Drama Awards.  I’m really anticipating this korean drama stage like below videos of her of That Woman Live performance at 2012 Seoul Music Awards and the Rooftop Prince OST MV with the memorable scenes. ❤

That Woman – OST Secret Garden

After A long Time – OST Rooftop Prince

One of the most anticipated part of the concert is that Baek Ji Young will do a live performance for the very first time of Because of You, OST of the just concluded Hyde, Jekyll, Me, the comeback drama of Hyun Bin.  This song became an immediate hit right after its first release late in January this year and charted very well in various music charts.  We are sooo lucky to be the first to hear this live. OMG, a fan of this song and drama here, hihihi ❤ How can one not love this so sentimental song that made Hyde, Jekyll, Me hit us right in the heart.  See below fanmade music video.

Because of You – OST Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Baek Ji Young is also expected to sing these two ballad hits of her that made her popular: Like Being Hit by a Bullet (2008) a mid-tempo ballad and I wont Love (2006) which is her very first ballad song coming from her dance with latin beats genre.

Like Being Hit by a Bullet

I Wont Love

As mentioned Baek will also perform her dance hits particularly the collab songs with popular kpop idols Taecyeon (My Ear Candy) and Jun Hyung (Good Boy).  Though the good looking idols wont be with her onstage she is expected to deliver a wow performance with her dancers to show her versatility as a singer. See below music videos of the said dancy techno songs for a preview. 😉

My Ear Candy feat Taecyeon of 2PM

Good Boy feat. Yong Jun Hyung of Beast

As much as Korean drama and Ms. Baek Ji Young’s Filipino fans were so excited for her first concert here, she herself is so eager to meet us Filipinos. OMG it’s just a few days to go and if you still haven’t secured a ticket you can buy from any Tony and Jackey Salon nationwide.  See this link for info.  You may also contact Ms. Han for ticket and seat inquiry at +63-977-181-1738 or email her at miraaan.han@gmail.com.  You may also like the concert’s official facebook page Baek Ji Young Close Up 2015 for more updates  and details.  Ticket prices are as follows: Patron-Php 6950, VIP-Php 5600, Pemiere A-Php 4600, Balcony C-Php 3500 and Balcony W-Php 2500.
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Filipino students of Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) gets a buy one get one extra ticket promo privelege so go grab it.  See this post from KCC’s  Facebook page. 🙂

Its such a different kind of experience every korean drama fan should not miss.  I’m dreaming of a media pass now, Aja! See you Baek Ji Young for whatever it takes. ❤

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Sources:
Baek Ji Young wikipedia
Manila Bulletin
Hellokpop
Kpopstarz Singapore
Baek Ji Young Close Up 2015 Facebook Page (photo credits to this page)
Youtube videos full credit to owners.

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