Behind some of the biggest K-pop concerts in Manila this 2022 is John Prats helping them come to life as director.
Most of you may know John Prats as an actor who has been entertaining us for more than two decades now. But aside from his skills on camera, did you also know that he’s also made quite a name for himself off camera as a director? The career shift happened a few years ago when John was looking to find new meaning for his career.
He decided to try directing and when it turned out that he had a talent for it, he hasn’t looked back since. Over the years, the Tanging Yaman star has directed many projects, including episodes of Ang Probinsyano, the ABS-CBN Christmas Specials, and few of Moira dela Torre’s music videos, as well as her upcoming concert in 2023.
Speaking of concerts, John Prats has also cut his teeth directing quite a few of them. And 2022 opened a new door in his career as he began directing K-pop concerts. There were dozens of K-pop concerts all over the Philippines in the past year, and John so happened to have served as the concert director for a couple of them. Let’s take a look at the K-pop concerts that were led by the actor-director.
JESSI’S ZOOM IN MANILA
Jessi’s concert in Manila at the tail end of September was a concert of firsts. It was Jessi’s first-ever solo concert of her career. The event also served as the first time John Prats directed a K-pop concert. But with the way Zoom In Manila went, you couldn’t tell. Jessi’s charisma combined with John and his team’s direction and production made for a show that entertained a jam-packed MOA Arena of Jebbies who were ready to see their idol.
Jessi was a natural on stage while Direk Prats helped deliver a show worthy of the fans. “What a privilege it was to be her first concert director, and it was my first time directing a K-pop concert. I’ll never forget this!” he wrote in the caption sharing the moment he met Jessi backstage after the concert. He had everyone feeling like Gucci during the successful night.
BE YOU 2
Anyone who attended the second edition of Be You this December can tell you that it felt like watching a mini SM Town concert with a lineup that included TVXQ, EXO’s Xiumin and Chen, and BOA. And you can thank John Prats for bringing it all together as he served as the director of both the Cebu and Manila shows.
The lineup for Be You 2 was epic, to say the least, and John made sure he gave a show fitting of the A-list K-pop stars performing. Aside from the jealousy we experienced with how met all five K-pop idols, we love how John managed to build that party vibe while simultaneously making way for those more somber moments in the ballads. This was his second K-pop concert he’s ever directed and it’s clear he needs to do more. John Prats and K-pop is a crossover we did not expect to see. But from what we’ve seen so far, we don’t mind if it continues for the years to come.
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