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The Philippine Arena was a sea of candy bongs over the weekend as the South Korean girl group TWICE sold out its two-day TWICE 5TH WORLD TOUR READY TO BE concert last Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, powered by the Philippine’s best mobile network Smart Communications and Viu, PCCW’s leading pan-regional OTT video streaming provider.
Over 81,000 ONCEs—TWICE’s official fandom—trooped to the venue from different parts of the country to watch Jihyo, Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Mina, Dahyun, and Tzuyu perform their global hits live with incomparable passion and energy. Chaeyoung was not able perform due to health reasons.
“From the music, the girls' performances, and the energy of the crowd, it was truly a memorable weekend for us Filo-ONCEs at the Philippine Arena,” said Angeli Buenaventura, 29, from Quezon City.
ONCEs returned the favor by singing, dancing, and waving their candy bongs in unison, much to the delight of the girl group, which recently bagged the Breakthrough Artist Award at the 2023 Billboard Women in Music.
TWICE member Sana even posted on her Instagram account a photo with the caption, 'Pinakagaling na bansa!' implying that the Philippines was the best place the group had ever been to.
TWICE’s concert in Bulacan was only its second visit to the Philippines since 2019. It is part of its latest concert tour that kicked off in Seoul early this year, which includes shows in Japan, Australia, the US, Singapore, Berlin, Thailand, Paris, and London.
Filipino ONCEs catapulted #TWICE_5TH_WORLD_TOUR_BULACAN on top of the trending topics on X, formerly called Twitter.
Smart subscribers shared their most memorable moments by uploading photos, videos, and stories on their social media accounts seamlessly and in real-time.
Unparalleled perks, privileges
Smart subscribers made the most of the much-anticipated concert, with exclusive access to exciting perks and activities.
Weeks before the concert, Smart Prepaid treated customers with the opportunity to redeem much-coveted concert tickets by simply topping up with Magic Data+ offers at select Smart Stores.
ONCEs got to enjoy the ultimate TWICE fan experience at the Smart Live booth at the Philippine Arena, which featured Instagram-ready corners for their core memories and cute selca shots. Smart also provided charging booths around the venue to ensure fans remained concert ready.
The Smart Live booth also allows fans to strike a pose in front of the Smart Fan Cam and receive their prints for free by simply using the official hashtags #SmartLive and #SmartWithViuTwice. Additionally, fans had the opportunity to dance to TWICE's hits such as What Is Love, Fancy, and I Can't Stop Me at the booth.
ONCEs took to the Smart Message Wall to write down their messages for TWICE and fellow fans.
"Smart subscribers were not only treated to an incredible performance by TWICE, but they also got to share the magic of the moment with their fellow fans around the world in real time powered by our superior mobile network. Our customers can definitely look forward to more of these memorable on-ground experiences with exclusive perks and privileges to fuel their passions," said Lloyd R. Manaloto, FVP and Head of Prepaid and Content at Smart.
Value-packed Smart Prepaid offers
Smart subscribers also got to avail the Smart Prepaid eSIM, the country's first prepaid eSIM, providing them with an enhanced network experience at the Philippine Arena and easy access to value-packed offers like Power All 99.
The TWICE 5TH WORLD TOUR READY TO BE concert is the latest addition to the stellar line-up of Smart Live, which gives subscribers access to exclusive perks and privileges to live concerts and events. Before TWICE, Smart also brought other world-class performers like Harry Styles, K-pop act Seventeen, and many others closer to Filipino fans.
Enjoy the best concert experience with Smart, the Philippines’ Best Mobile Network as recognized by Ookla, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence. Smart clinched this prestigious recognition for three consecutive semesters: Q1 to Q2 2022, Q3 to Q4 2022, and most recently in Q1 to Q2 2023.
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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Smart Communications, Inc..