South Korean boy group ENHYPEN did not contain their happiness and felt elated seeing the warm welcome of ENGENEs, their fans, on their first visit to the Philippines.
ENHYPEN had their first-time visit to the Philippines on Saturday, December 3, for their “fun meet” with BYS Cosmetics PH at the Araneta Coliseum.
October this year, BYS Cosmetics PH announced that the seven-piece group is the brand’s new face, stating the group as a “K-Pop group that is never afraid to play any role they wanna play.”
Before their “fun meet,” ENHYPEN—composed of Heeseung, Jake, Jay, Jungwon, Ni-Ki, Sunghoon, and Sunoo—were very dashing to meet the media and press for their press conference at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City.
The group had high spirits in answering questions, ranging from how they are as a group, their initial visit to the country, and them being the new face of a cosmetic brand.
Being on tour
The dubbed ‘new powerhouse of K-pop’ has recently been on tour. Member Jake revealed that meeting their fans while traveling around the world was the fun part of their tours.
“We are very happy to be in the Philippines right now. The next time we come, it’s gonna be for the show; very excited for that,” pertaining to their scheduled two-night show in Manila in February next year.
He also tapped that being an artist allows the group to meet new people and perform for a vast audience. Jake said, “It is something that I cherish, and it’s always so fun. Being able to travel around the world is one of the best things.”
Member Sunoo also mentioned that they ultimately care for themselves by staying healthy and occasionally sleeping, as they want to meet more fans.
First visit to PH
When asked if they could tour the Philippines for a day, the group collectively agreed they would like to visit Cebu.
“Actually, I really like to travel, a vacation with my family [going] to Cebu,” Member Jay told the media.
They also asked for recommendations on where which place is the best to go. Press and media in the ballroom mentioned Siargao, Palawan, and the famous Boracay.
As the new face of BYS
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, BYS Cosmetics PH introduced ENHYPEN as their new brand ambassador. The group said they are thankful for this opportunity as it is a way to meet Filipino fans.
“Through this opportunity, we are able to get together with fans, and we actually hope that these types of opportunities will be more plenty,” member Heeseung added.
Member Ni-ki also hoped to have more opportunities to meet ENGENEs in 2023.
On the group’s massive success, inspiration
ENHYPEN was formed through I-LAND, a South Korean survival reality show, in 2020. And now, they are one of the hottest and most massive acts of 4th generation.
The group said they have always been thankful for their fans, from their reality show days until now, for being with them as they go this far:
“What propelled us to come this far is, of course, our ENGENEs,” leader Jungwon stated. “We will do our best to get more shares from our ENGENEs.”
Two years since their debut, they also mentioned notable changes and developments they have seen in themselves. From their music styles to dance skills (and even their height and visuals, they said), member Sunghoon agreed they became better.
“Music-wise and choreography-wise, we are actually developing. And I think the tour develops us as well…that would be able to improve our skills,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Jungwon expressed being thankful that despite being formed in a reality show and having different ways of singing and dancing, their stage presence of being one as a group remains their biggest strength.
He said, “When we go up on stage, we get together, and we become one, in union. And I think that’s one strongest strength that we have as a group.”
Exploring new styles and sides
Jay asserted the importance of exploring other music styles to give their fans the best.
“What we do is that try other genres so that fans can discover new sides of ourselves, and we can also be appreciated by our fans as well. So I think it is an assignment for us to explore our different sounds and styles, and to keep on trying and exploring for it,” he explained.
The group said they are very open to trying other genres: “[I]f there’s any opportunity, we would like to try other genres too because that is one strong point of ENHYPEN.”
BTS as their ultimate musical influence
Sunoo revealed that BTS had influenced them in terms of their music and performance: “The biggest musical influence that I could say is BTS. And of course, as a group, we will be doing our best, exerting more effort to have such influence and such good musical performance or things that we can show to the audience.”
The group ended their press conference by inviting fans and members of the media to join them in their “fun meet” at The Big Dome. They went to the venue right after.
ENHYPEN, a septet boy group under the record label BELIFT LAB, is known for their hit songs ‘FEVER,’ ‘Drunk-Dazed,’ ‘Tamed-Dashed,’ ‘Polaroid Love,’ and much more.