On November 19, boy group MCND officially kicked off the Asia portion of their world tour in Manila, Philippines, at the New Frontier Theater, marking their first-ever live group performance on a Philippine stage.
Clad in red and blue-themed swag outfits, Castle J, Bic, Minjae, Huijun, and Win started the run with "#MOOD," kicking off the Saturday night with a bang, which was followed by their performance of "Movin'," and executing all the moves in unison. Over a thousand ecstatic fans filled the venue, their enthusiasm for the band spurring the boys of MCND to give an even more electrifying performance during the two-hour show. "Don't Move! Freeze! Hello, we are MCND!" said the group after their two performances, followed by their introduction one by one, which elicited raucous applause from the audience.
Before moving on to the next set, the members of MCND expressed their excitement and gratitude for the opportunity to perform in front of their Filipino GEMs (MCND's fandom name) and relayed their messages of appreciation for the energy of their fans.
The quintet resumed their run with the addictive tracks "TOP GANG," "REASON," and "Bumpin'." Following the performances, the boys relayed that everyone had a good time at the fan sign event, which was held a day before their Manila show. Castle J, the group's leader, exclaimed that the Philippines was hotter than expected.
After the brief talk portion, MCND performed "Spring," after which the atmosphere and mood changed as they graced the stage with "Breathe." After these songs, the boys prepared a surprise for Filipino fans as they serenaded the audience with the Tagalog song "Dahil Sa'yo."
A video was shown off-stage that featured the members identifying the song titles by hearing just a brief moment of the melody. After the video had finished playing, Castle J and Bic both performed adorable dances to BLACKPINK's "DDU-DU-DDU-DU," and Huijun displayed some impressive moves while performing to NewJeans' "Hype Boy." Then, Minjae performed graceful dance moves to EXO's "Tempo," and finally, Win chaotically performed to aespa's "Savage."
The boys then performed "Beautiful" back on stage, showcasing their harmonies. Prior to starting to perform "Cat Waltz," they adorable said "meow."
After that, MCND sang "Back to you," a slower and more melodic song that was performed by fans while the fan project was playing on the screen. While the boys were watching the video, Castle J teared up a bit as it gave a more emotional connection between them and their fans. The boys then performed the catchy song "Louder," which was then followed by "Hey You" and "nanana," as well as their other songs, including "Galaxy," "Play Pungak," and "H.B.C," bringing in their potent MCND-style energy with them on stage.
Decked in sleek white outfits, MCND, once again, demonstrated their incredible hard-hitting rap skills with their catchy debut song "ICE AGE," proving that they were born to be on stage. The two B-sides from their most recent album, "THE EARTH: SECRET MISSION Chapter.2," titled "JUICE" and "W.A.T.1," were then performed, with the members singing the latter song in its English version.
The boys took the stage for their final songs, "Outro," "Not Over," and "Crush," which made the audience groove to the beat. They were the last three songs to conclude the jam-packed night show, but they delivered it as if it were the first song to get the crowd excited.
Overall, MCND's two-hour performance was filled with an infectious energy that kept the audience captivated throughout the night. The members' visuals and beaming smiles only added to the appeal of their performance, while their exciting dance moves and dance breaks were the icing on the cake. It was truly a night to remember.
MCND's show in Manila was presented by Neuwave Events & Productions.