Nostalgia at UAAP opening, as Minzy performs 2NE1 songs in PH return

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2018 07:08 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2018 11:51 AM

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Even before she took to the center of the Mall of Asia Arena, fans made sure Minzy, who was performing in the country for the first time since leaving her group, 2NE1, knew that she was not alone. 

They packed the venue, many holding hot pink-colored glow sticks aloft that shone through the dimmed lights, and screamed as Minzy opened her performance with her single, "Ninano." 

Minzy always held this reputation of being her former group's standout dancer and it was made apparent during a break in the song, wherein she got to showcase more than just one move. 

Though she definitely surprised everyone when, after a speech about how much she loved her trip to Manila back in 2014 as part of a 2NE1 tour, she sang a stripped down version of one of their most popular hits "Come Back Home." 

"I have great memories here. Thank you so much, mahal ko kayo," she told their fans, before ending her short three-song set with "I Am the Best." 

Minzy performs for the Filipino fans of 2NE1 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Minzy left 2NE1 in 2016, a few months before the group officially announced that it was disbanding. 

2NE1 holds a special place in the hearts of Filipino fans, with one of the reasons being that one of its members, Sandara Park, began her career in the Philippines. 

Minzy's performance was part of the opening ceremony of this season's UAAP, held just before the opening game between the UP Fighting Maroons and the UE Red Warriors.

She was part of a lineup of artists that also included Kapamilya star James Reid and local band Spongecola. 

James Reid performed to screeches from his fans during the opening ceremony of the new season of the UAAP. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
Spongecola, led by frontman Yael Yuzon, performs at the opening ceremony of the new UAAP season. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

Reid performed his hits "16B" and "Right There," the latter off his album Palm Dreams. 

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The opening ceremony also featured an appearance from NBA superstar Steph Curry.