Even though my friends Mars Cel, Charm, and I didn’t arrive as early as the other Lee Min Ho fans, we were still blessed enough to be stationed just a few meters away from the stage!
Our day though didn’t start that well, for when Charm and I arrived at Smart Araneta at around 2:30 PM, the maze-like queue was both unbelievably tricky and long! The fans, however, were a picture of tamed enthusiasm with sparks of open friendliness flying across that cordoned space.
That warm feeling was replaced however with confused irritation when we arrived at the ticket booth. We were told that the remaining PATRON Ticket Holders in line no longer had any available seats and were relegated to SRO!
In fairness to the organizers, we were given the option to exchange our Patron tickets for Upper Box ones Plus a sure Meet & Greet Pass on Sunday.
We opted for SRO and decided to just go with the flow and enjoy the moment and the moments in between the Benchsetter Fun Meet.
That resolve led us to load up on some Pizza Hut treats to prepare us for the “three-hour battle” ahead. After enjoying our early dinner, my friends and I proceeded to the line measuring two blocks long!
We queued up around the time when fans with tickets in hand were being ushered inside the coliseum. Although the line was incredibly long, to our absolute delight, it only took us around 10 to 15 minutes before we finally reached the entrance.
I can almost feel everyone’s relief when we were finally allowed to enter the Coliseum. Lee Min Ho Standees filled the entrance hall which teased fans to have their photo-ops with their idol.
I, for one, was impressed with the imposing stage design in flaming red which looked like a backdrop of a largely expensive concert!
It’s an understatement when I say that the 9,679-seat coliseum was bursting at the seams!
After almost an hour of waiting, Lee Min Ho’s gorgeous pictures were simultaneously flashed on the gigantic screens which further electrified the already pumped up crowd- causing everyone, including myself to shout LEE MIN HO at the top of our lungs!
You can just imagine the shrieks and screams from the exuberant crowd when this particular scene from the hit Korean Drama City Hunter hit the humongous screens.
Funny TV personality Hans entertained the crowd during the first part of the show and even initiated the count down that brought the house to near pandemonium. Oh yes! I’m not joking at all.
Imagine our disappointment when Lee Min Ho was nowhere in sight but instead, a girl group went on center stage. But it only took a few minutes before the crowd warmed up to the three groups lip-synching and dancing to K-Pop hits from the Wonder Girls, Super Junior, 2NE1 and Psy.
After around 15 minutes of K-Pop merriment, the temperature changed and went a notch hotter when the Korean Superstar’s behind-the-scenes shoots for Bench started playing.
Some pyrotechnics paved the way for the most anticipated part of the show…
How can anyone not fall for this gorgeously handsome artist who looked like he just walked out of an extremely exquisite painting?
Here are Lee Min Ho’s screenshots during the Fun Meet that exemplified his boyish charm, playfulness, and good heart to the fore.
Aside from his dashingly good looks, what endeared him more to the crowd was that he was so down-to-earth and was game in answering fan questions in between giggles and laughs.
He talked candidly with the host and even graciously posed with several Bench contestants. What more can you ask for from a Korean Superstar? Nothing! You definitely can’t ask for more.
Earlier in the show, 10 fortunate fans were drawn for the Meet & Greet with Lee Min Ho. They were called on stage for a one-of-a-kind Spin-a Prize inspired encounter with our Korean Superstar.
Some “kilig-to-the bones” photo-ops, you might ask? Oh yes, he gave those too.
Before the show wrapped up, Lee Min Ho said “MAHAL KO KAYO” to his Filipino fans! When I heard that, I told myself, “that pretty much sealed the deal for all of us!”
Before Lee Min Ho finally exited the stage, he left a sweet photo-op with all of us, fans:
Till we meet again!