The rising popularity of Asian acts, particularly Korean pop, continues to conquer the world and the Philippines is not an exception to the craze. This February alone, several Korean boy bands are due in the country to perform for their Filipino fans. One artist though is determined to pursue K-Pop solo and promises to amaze his growing fanbase this side of the world with his emotionally charged singing voice and amazing dancing skills.
Jang Hogyo is a Korean singer based in Japan, who under his management team K&D Entertainment, went viral on social media after his video performing at the 2018 “KCon” in Japan was uploaded on YouTube. Since then, he amassed an impressive following around the world, particularly in the Philippines, and especially became sought after in Asia.
First in line to book Jang for regular performances was the Shiga Biwa Broadcasting’s Lake Biwa Company in Japan. In the Land of the Rising Sun, not only did the artist spread his wings as a singer and dancer, but also landed a spot among top Japanese designer Katsura Yumi’s models and was a staple in the latter’s fashion shows through 2019.
Elsewhere around the world, his popularity grew with his successive releases via singles, “I Love You,” “Ocean’s Lover” and “Loving You.” And even all the way from Japan, Jang won the Rookie Award for Korean Culture from Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards that cemented his stature among the K-Pop stars.
Currently in the Philippines, Jang will hold his first concert in Manila on February 20 at the Music Museum. Titled, “Jang Hogyo Live,” the artist says it is his way of granting the long-time wish of his Filipino fans to watch him in person.
“I’m nervous but I will do my best. When I step on the stage, I will make sure my fans and the audience will enjoy what they will see. I know the Filipinos love music and dancing, “ Jang said during a media huddle in Quezon City.
“This is my fourth time in the Philippines and I love the people here. You are all very fun to be with and I really feel welcome here. That is why I want to be part in the entertainment industry here in the Philippines,” he continued.
The concert will be directed by Andrew de Real and produced by Shift.PH Management Inc. and Team K.
“This is not a typical K-Pop concert that focuses on sing and dance routines. Meron ditong Pinoy touch. Meron din ditong audience participation and may sexiness, kaya yung mga guest namin iba-iba,” De Real enthused.
Joining Jang in his concert is Japanese singer-dancer Yoowi Nakamura — a member of the Dance Vocal Unit of Okayama, Japan and a regular and consistent performer at the Okayama Music Festival since 2017.
Filipina singer Shekaina Valdehueza is also among the guest performers. She was a third placer at the 2017 Migrants Arirang Multicultural Festival in Changwon, South Korea.
Other artists who have been invited to spice up the show even more are Kyline Alcantara, Ruru Madrid, and the Sexbomb and Outkast Dancers.
“I’m here now and I hope you’ll all come see me at the Music Museum,” Jang eagerly invited his fans.