MANILA - Filipino fans of Stray Kids were in for a lot of treats during the Manila leg of the K-pop group’s world tour last Saturday night.
Aside from the explosive numbers the boys have prepared, they surprised Pinoy Stays (the group’s fandom) by introducing themselves in Filipino.
Lee Know, Stray Kids’ main dancer, started the introduction, saying “Mabuhay, ako si Lee Know!”
Han Ji-sung, the group’s main rapper, also introduced himself in Filipino: “Mabuhay, ako si Han!”
Meanwhile, amid deafening screams and squeals from fans, I.N. introduced himself as the group’s “maknae,” meaning the youngest.
“Ako po si ‘maknae’ I.N.,” he said, earning more screams from his excited fans.
Bang Chan, the group’s leader, also followed by shouting “Mabuhay, Philippines!”
“Mabuhay” is the traditional word of greeting in Filipino which could mean “long live” or “welcome.”
Other members also tried speaking in Filipino, with Woojin revealing at the end part of the concert that he stayed before in Iloilo for two months and studied English.
“It was really Philippines who taught me English,” he said.
The nine-member idol group debuted in 2018 after finishing a survival show that featured their journey from being trainees to becoming JYP Entertainment’s newest boyband.
Since then, Stray Kids have released four mini albums, including their pre-debut hits. The group also earned several Rookie of the Year awards as well as other recognitions for their chart-topping hits.
Manila is the fifth stop for the group’s "unveil" tour ‘I am…’ and will be followed by performances in the United States, including Newark, Los Angeles, and Houston.