5 Filipino Coded Moments At Coachella 2023 That Felt Correct

The more you know.

Filipinos showed up at Coachella 2023. 

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Just like that, another Coachella is in the books. The 2023 edition saw hundreds of thousands of festival-goers head to the California desert for two weekends of music, festival ‘fits, rides, and a lot more. And, unless you’ve been living under a rock or are actively avoiding it, you’ve probably come across at least one post about it on social media. From BLACKPINK’s historic headlining performance, Camila Cabello and Shawn Mendes seemingly reigniting their romance, and Zendaya breaking the internet when she performed All For Us with Labrinth, this year’s Coachella had its highlights.

And interspersed between the two hectic weekends were moments that saw Filipino culture and talent shine. Even if Coachella happens halfway across from the Philippines, that doesn’t mean the festival won’t see Pinoys do their thing. With that, let’s take a look at some of the Coachella 2023 Filipino moments that you may have missed.


FKJ is no stranger to the Philippines, after all, he is married to a Filipina (more on her later). And that Filipino touch was present during his Coachella stage. While his music took center stage, FKJ also made sure to give a shoutout to the country by using scenery from Palawan as part of his backdrop. Considering how Coachella is supposed to be a paradise in the desert, we aren’t surprised FKJ would feature the island paradise on his stage.


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Aside from how BLACKPINK was operating on Filipino time when they started their weekend one set late, we also spotted this cool Pinoy Pride moment from the group. During their solo stages, their names lit up in different colors, with Jennie’s turning blue, Jisoo’s going red, Rose’s in white, and Lisa’s in yellow. However, these colors aren’t normally used during their solo stages. Instead, these were the colors Filo BLINKS used during the group’s Bulacan stop back in March as a reference to the colors of the Philippine flag. Some may think it’s a coincidence, but we’ll consider this a win for Filo BLINKS.


While we are still waiting for a Filipino to serve as a headlining act at Coachella, that doesn’t mean this year’s festival was void of Pinoy talent. A couple of Filipino-blooded musicians took to Coachella 2023’s many stages. For FKJ’s weekend two set, he brought out (((O))) as a surprise guest. Dominic Fike, who is of Filipino and Haitian descent, had a memorable Coachella stage and even met and hung out with BLACKPINK’s Lisa. Hopefully, we can see homegrown talents hit the Coachella stage soon.


Sure, there’s the music, but Coachella is also known as the place to show off looks. And that’s exactly what some Filipino stars who attended the festival did. From Bretman Rock, Inigo Pascual, Kelsey Merritt, Lorin Gutierrez, current Miss Universe R’Bonney Nola, and more, the Filipinos showed up and showed out with their multiple looks. We would pick a favorite, but we just love all of them.


Bretman Rock was a whole mood when they watched BLACKPINK’s set during weekend two. Even before they arrived at the festival, Bretman made it known that they was ready for the BP hype. We would scream, too if we saw Jisoo, Jennie, Rose, and Lisa do all that in person.

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