PPOP convention unites artists, fans

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 11) — The community of artists and fans embracing and promoting PPOP came together over the weekend to strengthen the genre.

The two-day event (April 9 and 10) dubbed 2022 PPOPCON was held in two major venues within the Araneta Center in Cubao, Quezon City, in a hybrid set-up featuring face-to-face activities and online streaming.

Dubbed as ‘the first ultimate fan gathering,’ the occasion was both a convention and a concert featuring the rising PPOP artists in the country.

On Day 1, fans participated in various activities, saw up and coming artists, and bought official merchandise at New Frontier Theater on Saturday.

The following day, a nearly six-hour concert headlined by PPOP artists SB19, 4th Impact, BGYO and BINI took place at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Stell of boyband SB19 said it’s a blessing to be able to see their fans and the PPOP community unite for the first time.

“Sobrang nakakaexcite na nakakakaba pero yung eagerness po namin naimbak ng two years, ngayon namin ilalabas kasi nakakakilabot yung audience ngayon," he told CNN Philippines backstage.

(Translation: It's both exciting and nerve-racking at the same time knowing we've not been to something like this in two years and we anticipated a thrilled crowd.)

Health protocols were observed during the event as it allowed the entry of only fully vaccinated individuals.

Members of MNL48, considered the first PPOP group in the country, noted the event as a big help to boost both the support and awareness for PPOP.

“As the pioneer of the PPOP group here in the Philippines, we are so happy to see us together as a group and I can say PPOP is rising now,” Abby shared.

As for SB19’s Josh, he thinks the growth of PPOP will help showcase the skills of Filipinos, and promote the country in the world stage.

"Yung ultimate dream namin for PPOP, not just for PPOP but for the entire country, na makilala yung talento ng Filipino,” he expressed.

2022 PPOPCON also marked the return of live music shows with audiences at The Big Dome. The Smart Araneta Coliseum hosted live concerts of both SB19 and Ben&Ben last year, but fans were not yet allowed in the venue. More acts, both local and foreign ones, are slated to perform at the historic venue this year amid the eased restrictions.