A history-making fanmeet followed by a two-day concert in MOA Arena, it really was ITZY pandemonium during the weekend in Manila.
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As one of the biggest 4th gen K-pop girl groups in the world, it was only right that ITZY was given the red carpet treatment when they made their long-awaited turn to Manila this past weekend. Their time in Manila kicked-off with a massive fanmeet in Glorietta that became the most-attended event in the mall’s history. Then, thousands of MIDZYs made their way to MOA Arena for the group’s two-day concert as part of their CHECKMATE world tour.
The group came ready to serve and their fans ate it all up with their intense passion and energy for them. The ITZY weekend in Manila felt like a whirlwind, which is why we rounded up some of the most memorable moments from their time in the country. May that FOMO lessen ever so slightly with this list.
MIDZYS AT GLORIETTA
woah they’re so famous likeeeee #ITZYinManila pic.twitter.com/4I1ouyvdNB— nini (@njmsonly) January 13, 2023
Note, this was just a fanmeet. But without context, you could have mistaken it for an ITZY concert with the way hundreds, if not thousands, of Filipino fans came to Glorietta just to see the girls. The most-attended event in the mall’s history? That ITZY’s impact.
PREPARED TO MEET THE FANS
Lia wrote something on her hand, my girl was prepared to greet midzy 😭#리아 #LIA #ITZY #있지#ITZYmanila pic.twitter.com/K66fd3odMG— Lia Edits (@Mushy_mush_Lia) January 13, 2023
Can we talk about how Lia wrote something in her hand as she greeted MIDZYs in Tagalog? She was ready to greet fans properly, even removing her glove to do so. We love to see it.
did yeji think the ph speak thai or 😭 pic.twitter.com/l9vVeBGwT0— ً (@ryuliseul) January 12, 2023
Given the group’s busy schedule, we’ll let this moment slide. And besides, Yeji did make up for it during her live.
TASTING THE LOCAL DELICACIES
[12:52AM KST] 🐰💭— read 📌 (@itzybbl) January 12, 2023
We love a group with taste, literally. It only felt correct that they would try the famous Jollibee Spaghetti while they were in Manila.
[BREAKING] Chaeryeong becomes the fastest ido(all acts) to register to GOSURF50 upon arrival in the Philippines! Congratulations! 🎉 👏— je (@Itzeeeyyy) January 12, 2023
What better way to welcome ITZY to the Philippines than with a wholesome tweet. We wonder who helped the girls navigate the Sim Registration Act?
FILO MIDZYS SCREAMING FOR ITZY
ITZY BEING SHOOKED BY FILO MIDZYS AS USUAL #ITZYinManila pic.twitter.com/Bf2S4Hkrtn— SEE U AGAIN ITZY 🐈⬛ (@midcys) January 14, 2023
You really are that fandom when you leave ITZY shook with your screams. MIDZYs were hyped that weekend.
CHAERYEONG’S SOLO STAGE
CHAERYEONG OH MY GOSH#ITZY_CHECKMATE_MANILA #ITZYinManila #BLOODLINE pic.twitter.com/hZW3k232kP— Drei Pol saw ITZY (@polpaul_) January 14, 2023
We have nothing but love for the girls’ solo stages. Lia was serving vocals with her cover of Red. Ryujin was a true boss during Boss B*tch. Yeji brought the heat with Hotter Than Hell. And Yuna made us go crazy with Maniac. But if we had to pick a favorite, it would be Chaeryeong and her cover of Ariana Grande’s Bloodline. The way she slid onto that table will live rent-free in our minds.
PERFORMING CHESIRE FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CONCERT
The unexpected song in their setlist that all Filo-MIDZYs need, Cheshire ebriwan! #ITZYinManila #ITZYFreeFallinPH #ITZY_CHECKMATE #ITZY_WORLD_TOUR pic.twitter.com/xHLlVIO36J— Eric is going to KSH Fanmeet next week 😭 (@ericson_co) January 14, 2023
Not only were Filo MIDZYs treated to the group performing Chesire for the first time as they added it to the setlist, but the group also did so in new denim-inspired costumes. Pinoy fans stay winning.
THIS CUTE YEJI AND YUNA MOMENT
i cannot believe i witnessed this hwangshin moment in person 😭 MY BABIES#ITZYinManila #ITZYFreeFallinPH pic.twitter.com/zW5vszjXjE— gabbi ♡̶ saw itzy! (@ryejbboskittles) January 14, 2023
It’s member interactions like this that make concerts extra special.
THE FAN VIDEO
230115 😭 loving you was one of the greatest thing I did in my life#ITZYinManila #ITZY#ITZY_WORLD_TOUR #ITZY_CHECKMATE_MANILA pic.twitter.com/mNTtvoc7CN— 하늘 래인 (@rain_e_sky) January 15, 2023
Who has the tissues because we’re emotional. Before day two of CHECKMATE In Manila came to an end, ITZY was surprised with a special and heartfelt fan video from Pinoy MIDZYs. The moment really touched the group as many of the members were sobbing after watching the video. And let’s not forget the wholesome banner fans made for day two which shared their message of how they are willing to wait for ITZY to return.
MAKNAE MOMENTS WITH YUNA
this cute moment wherein the unnies are pulling their maknae yuna back on their spot who’s busy interacting with midzys 😭 #ITZYinManila #ITZY_WORLD_TOUR pic.twitter.com/RA0jLfy37J— SEE U AGAIN ITZY 🐈⬛ (@midcys) January 15, 2023
No matter how old she gets, Yuna will always be ITZY’s youngest, as seen in this fun moment between her and the members.
SCALPERS GETTING WHAT THEY DESERVE
shoutout sa mga scalpers sa harap namin na halatang hindi nabenta yung tix xD ml pa more and desarv pic.twitter.com/TrBLLv2xYS— n 🥛 saw itzy! (@ryucentre) January 14, 2023
And let our response be: Dasurv!
THIS LUCKY LIA STAN
@jhnn_andrww Grabe ka na kuya HAHAHAHAHAHHAHHAHA #itzyinmanila #itzy_checkmate_manila #lia #kpop #midzy ♬ original sound – Drew is seeing ENHYPEN
We bet whoever this guy is is having the best start to his 2023.
THE POWER OF ITZY
@mawaaax96 @ITZY pinaiyak nyo yung tao grabe kayo😂 @Brylle Rafon di pala iiyak eh haha #itzy_checkmate_manila #itzy_world_tour ♬ 마.피.아. In the morning – ITZY
Doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from, watching an ITZY concert live is an emotional and transformative experience.
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