HORI7ON returns home prepared for first concert in Manila

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 7) — Packed with lessons from its rigorous training in South Korea, all-Filipino global pop group HORI7ON is excited to showcase its growth, talent, and other surprises for its first concert in Manila on Saturday.

“We’re gonna show you how much HORI7ON has improved, ipapakita namin sa inyo ‘yong lahat-lahat na talaga [we’re going to share all we have],” Marcus, the group’s youngest member, told reporters on Thursday.

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The seven-member act is gearing up to rock the stage at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City for its “Friend-SHIP: Voyage to Manila” show, where fans called ANCHORs will also witness secret performances and solo stages.

Members Vinci, Kim, Kyler, Reyster, Winston, Jeromy, and Marcus returned to the country on Monday after debuting in South Korea in July.

During the press conference, the members recalled that their K-training was “generally hard” and “very challenging” as they aimed to perfect their performance of their lead single “SIX7EEN” for various music programs in the East Asian country.

“Natatandaan ko when we were training back then, isa ‘yon sa mindset, imagination things, ‘isipin niyo nasa Araneta kayo,’” group leader Vinci said. “Parang dati isip-isip lang and now it’s finally come true.”

[Translation: I remember when we were training back then, it was part of our mindset to imagine that we would be performing at the Araneta. Before it’s only in our thoughts and now it’s finally come true.]

During moments of uncertainties, Winston said they learned to uplift each other and reminded themselves that “no matter what happens, no matter what situation you are in, your members will always be there to uplift you and make you happy.”

Kyler, who’s in charge of the group’s visuals, also showed love to ANCHORs’ positive comments, as well as their mentors’ words, which personally touched him throughout their training since April.

HORI7ON was formed in February by MLD Entertainment and ABS-CBN through the survival reality show “Dream Maker.”

The septet released a 21-track album “Friend-ship,” which includes pre-debut singles “Dash,” “Lovey Dovey,” and “Salamat.”

The boy band members said after the concert, they are set to conduct promotional activities in the country, as well as eat Filipino food which they really miss. (Eat well, HORI7ON!)