On Thursday night, thousands of fans of the wildly popular Korean pop group Super Junior trooped to the SM Mall of Asia Arena wearing blue.
But not just any shade of blue, a zealous fan insisted before the start of the concert. It was “pearl sapphire blue”—the official color of the 12-member boy band who visited Manila as part of the “Super Show 5” world tour.
Fondly called “SuJu” by fans, the group previously performed in the country in 2010 and 2011.
The diehards—almost all of them teenage girls—call themselves “ELF,” short for “everlasting friends.” Only nine of the original 12 members would be performing (Siwon, Shindong, Sungmin, Heechul, Eunhyuk, Donghae, Ryeowook, Kangin and Kyuhyun); Kibum is inactive, while Leeteuk and Yesung are currently completing their two-year mandatory military service in the Korean army.
But this didn’t seem to make any of the ELFs any less excited; the members would be joined by Chinese performers Henry and Zhou Mi of Super Junior-M, the Mandarin subgroup of Super Junior.
While waiting for the show to start, the ELFs went about their ways, taking selfies, memorizing lyrics, handing out homemade banners with messages scrawled in Hangul.
With her infectious laughter, it was hard not to notice 18-year-old nursing student Louise Cabigon, who was animatedly chatting with her fellow SuJu supporters a few feet away from us. Emblazoned on her shirt was an emphatic “I bleed sapphire blue.” On her head rested a white and blue wreath. It was her third time attending a SuJu concert, she told the Inquirer.
Louise is a “borderline SuJu addict.” Her obsession with SuJu started when she was in third year high school. Discovering the “Sorry, Sorry” music video while channel-surfing, she
spotted Shindong—hefty, but one heck of a dancer.
“I was inspired—it made me think that if he can dance that well, maybe I can, too,” related Louise, a member of Shindong’s fan club, Shinsfriends, and Super Junior United Philippines. see more