The long wait is over. Filipino Seonhohadas and Kim Seon Ho finally have the chance to meet each other under the starry night last Sunday. The fan meeting was a dream come true for many fans, who have been eagerly waiting for the chance to meet the talented Kim Seon Ho and experience his charming presence in person.
As we made our way to the venue on that rainy morning, we were concerned that it would pour heavily. However, as we approached the location, the clouds started to clear up and the sun came out. The sight of thousands of enthusiastic fans outside the venue was impressive as they were exchanging fan-made and even official merchandise with each other.
On the eve of the fan meet, Filipino fans greeted Kim Seon Ho at the airport, despite the late hour. They were thrilled to catch a glimpse of him, even if it was only for a brief moment.
Prior to the fan meeting, actor Kim Seon Ho greeted members of the press, displaying a radiant and cheerful smile. His beautiful and shining smile had the ability to instantly brighten up the atmosphere, and it was a pleasure to see it in person.
When asked about a memory he wished the fans will remember from his fan meeting, he said that he he hopes his fans will remember how his fan meetings brought light to their difficult or dark days.
Kim Seon Ho then shared his thoughts about the Philippines. He expressed that he is very happy to be here in the Philippines because of the warm welcome of the fans
When asked about how he wants to be remembered, Kim Seon Ho stated that he hopes to be remembered as an actor who has grown and developed a lot, and someone who has a big heart and constantly strives to improve. He also mentioned that he wants to be remembered as an actor who has the ability to take on different types of projects and characters.
When it comes to preparing for a role, Kim Seon Ho emphasized the importance of understanding the character he is portraying and studying the script carefully as the writer has written it specifically for him. He said that he spends a lot of time researching the character to make sure he portrays it accurately. He shared that all of his roles have been memorable, but one of the most memorable roles for him was playing Hong Doo Shik in the drama “Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.”
Regarding his upcoming projects, Kim Seon Ho mentioned that one of them is a project titled “Sad Tropics” which will be released this year. He will be playing the role of someone chasing a Filipino boy. Additionally, he also starred as a general in ‘Tyrant.’ He explained that his character in this project is quite lonely and sad. He also mentioned that there is another drama project that is currently in the works.
Before the press conference ended he shared a life lesson for Seonhohadas. He imparted that all of us have hard times but as long as your are giving your best you’ll overcome it eventually and you’ll get benefits from it, bringing us happiness.
As we entered the venue, the sound of loud cheers could be heard coming from the arena. The MOA Arena was filled with around 10,000 fans, it was evident that Kim Seon Ho is very popular in the Philippines. It had been a while since an actor held a fan meeting at the MOA Arena.
As the lights dimmed, the cheers grew louder. Kim Seon Ho then serenaded the crowd with a beautiful rendition of “Every day, Every Moment” originally performed by Paul Kim. The performance was emotionally charged and it gave a warm feeling of embrace. Each moment was beautiful and the crowd was captivated
Kim Seon Ho expressed his gratitude for the love and support he receives from Filipino fans. He thanked them for being with him every step of the way and promised to continue to work hard and entertain them.
During the first game, some lucky fans had the opportunity to act out scenes from K-Dramas with Kim Seon Ho. The scenes were taken from the shows Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha, Start-Up, and Catch the Ghost.
In the next segment, Kim Seon Ho mentioned that despite not speaking Tagalog, he was excited to connect with Filipino fans. To show his interest, he repeated some Filipino phrases like “Manigong Bagong Taon,” “Masaya akong makita kayo,” and “Pusuan/Pinusuan kita.” These phrases brought smiles to the faces of his Filipino fans.
As an awards presenter, Kim Seon Ho held the 2023 Kim Seon Ho Awards in Manila. In the first round, he chose Pancit as his favorite Filipino food because it reminded him of jjapchae and it was the first dish he tried in the Philippines. He also expressed his interest in trying Sinigang. In the Filipino desserts category, he picked Bibingka as his favorite. He noted that it looked like a pizza from the picture.
The ultimate fan experience did not end there, Kim Seon Ho played staring and balancing game with fans. Despite some fans getting lost, he announced that they would still receive presents. He also played “Seon Ho, Kaya Mo Yan” which included balancing a soda can, playing basketball, and a Filipino game called Sipa. Although he lost in one of the games, he comically struck poses and recorded a morning call as a form of punishment.
He also played a relay game with nine fans, involving shooting a ball, jump roping and playing sipa. Even for those who did not win the game, the opportunity to play with him was considered lucky by many.
The fan meeting was not complete without the souvenirs, one of which was particularly special as only one lucky fan was able to bring it home. It was a baseball cap that Kim Seon Ho had personally drawn on. What made this moment exciting was that the lucky seat was personally chosen by Kim Seon Ho himself, as during the rehearsal, he sat on one of the chairs. We can’t be sure if it was luck or destiny that led to the fan being in that seat, but it was clear that it was meant for them.
Before the fan meeting came to a close, he performed the song “Reason” and confetti filled the venue, creating a magical moment. We are certain that everyone in attendance left with smiles on their faces, it was a memorable experience they can look back on in the future. Kim Seon Ho became emotional as a fan-made video was displayed on screen, featuring messages from his fans.
‘Romantic Sunday’ as they say. But, whatever the day is, definitely it will be beautiful and shiny day with Kim Seon Ho. 10,000 people, oh it’s a lot. We may not know every individual in the audience, but we are confident that Kim Seon Ho brought joy and comfort to them. Kim Seon Ho inspired us to just be kind and do your best always.
Kim Seon Ho “One, Two, Three, Smile” in Manila was presented by PULP Live World.