A.cian : Asia’s Aces are Ready to Set Up Their Thrones in the Hearts of the Filipinos
A.cian’s Se Hee, Chan Hee, Seul Gi, Crooge and Sang Hyeon
When in Manila, be ready to get HIT with cupid’s arrow and be love-Stuck with this South Korean rookie boy group’s overflowing charms. Last December 27 until January 2, A.cian stayed in the Philippines to woo every Filipina’s hearts. From an intimate dinner with fans during their first day and a carefree press conference with reporters, to an incredible performance in the 4th Philippine KPOP Convention (thanks to the Philippine KPOP Committee), and even going to Laguna, Pampanga and Intramuros to get even closer to their Filipino fans while touring and doing a good deed at the same time! These boys sure had a lot on their sleeves! With their big hearts, talent and a noble-like aura, they’ll surely be able to live up to their name in being Asia’s Ace Musicians. But before that, for those who missed out, here’s a short introduction to this new group and our five lovable boys.
A.cian is a combination of the words “Ace of Asia” and “Musician”, meaning these boys’ eyes are set on being on top of the music industry. Their logo is similar to an emblem and the coat of arm’s of the royal families, giving them an exquisite image that heightens their elegance despite having a bad boy type of music video.
So, if these guys were really royalties, who would you choose?
A.cian‘s leader is also their King…. and Queen? The 1987-er Seul Gi is both the group’s father-like fortress and a caring mother that takes responsibility for his members. And he’s not just a role model, he’s an actual model! Full of confidence on and off stage, Seul Gi is the leader not only because he’s the oldest, but rather because he has proven his capabilities with his every answer to the reporter’s questions, his presence when they perform and the way he always thinks of his members first and foremost. A.cian was recently involved in a car accident, but thanks to Seul Gi, their lives were spared. “Seul Gi was driving when we got into the accident, he maneuvered the car in a way that the members won’t be hurt. In that way the members were safe. If he wasn’t able to maneuver the car properly there’s a possibility that we could have been hurt.” Says member Chan Hee.
Seul Gi taking a photo with Ate Ronneth
But he’s not just a protective leader, he is also considerate to his fans and everyone else outside the group. He even asked if we wanted to have a marshmallow! And he really gave one to everyone. And truthfully, I would like to know what kind of marshmallow was that, because that was the best one I’ve ever had. Seriously talking about it’s taste. :))
A serious Baron on stage. A really funny Jester in reality. Chan Hee‘s soulful and distinct voice is captivating enough to let the listeners be instantly drawn into him. But his cheerful personality is what keeps them. A friend of mine, Jamie from Manila Korean Times, even asked what was the craziest thing he had done, his answer? “I play sad songs and sing like crazy.” Now really, who wouldn’t want him to sing a soothing song that is pleasant to listen to, while he plays like a kid that makes you laugh out loud after. Getting the best of both extreme emotions was never this easy.
Booing-Booing: Chan Hee Style
Also despite being 4 years older than me, Chan Hee can really act cute and bubbly. He was able to make different faces in a few minutes, and I don’t think he actually realizes that. His energy is pretty high that it’s actually admirable. He’s pretty animated that makes him very entertaining to watch, I think he’ll probably do well in variety shows. Chan Hee‘s also really friendly and talks a lot, further proving that language is not a barrier when it comes to friendship.
Crooge has this powerful stage presence when he raps and dances, but he’s actually quite timid during group interviews. (Well that’s what others say, I thought he was actually a bit hyper sometimes.) He can act cute for the camera, but during normal days he can look like a rugged oppa while still keeping a cool and sleek vibe. He also has this dainty appeal when he has make-up on, but without it he suddenly emits this gallant to boyish aura. Like that of a Knight in a shining armor, Crooge seems to have a dual look when he’s in his suits compared to when it’s just regular day. He seems tough on the outside yet can actually be really pure in the inside. (Yes, he has a photo of San Miguel beer in his page along with some photos of two cute furry felines and a colorful gummy hamburger.) :>
Crooge, again wearing his signature earrings.
And although his stage name seems to come out strong, “Crooge” actually came from a cartoon character. According to Mirza Barcenilla of Aura Philippines, Crooge was something his dance crew gave him – meaning that even when he had a difficult time before, he worked hard and eventually won many dance competitions to finally become who he is today. Seeing him this way, Crooge is like the oppa (Older Brother) one would have always wanted, a good role model and someone to look up to.
“If I was not a singer I don’t think I’ll be doing ordinary things, maybe I’ll do something special.” This is Se Hee‘s answer to one of my questions, on what else he wanted to do besides singing. The main vocalist of A.cian who is also good at dancing, is studying at one of Korea’s top universities as a sports major, and according to their stylist he’s really kindhearted. This multi-talented guy would have probably become a Wizard during the Medieval times – out of the ordinary, talented, intelligent and with a big heart – all at the same time. Really, even after you just met, you’ll instantly feel that he’s a good person. Se Hee is so nice and humble even with such great gift and talent, that it actually feels rare and magical to find a person like him.
Se Hee in his Manila t-shirt posing with Ate Jamie
And he looks extremely good without make-up! He has that strong and fierce look with make-up on but without it he seems like an innocent boy-next-door with really soft features. And by the way, I really this t-shirt. :)
Almost everyone would probably agree with me with this, this guy is a modern Prince Charming that a lot of Cinderellas are chasing after. Being the youngest, Sang Hyeon has the most Noona (Older Female) fans. And I don’t think both parties mind. He’s really handsome, no one can deny that. But he’s also a total sweetheart that melts the hearts of his Cinderellas. He remembers them clearly and when one of his princesses’ asked if she can hug him for the last time he answered, “No.. Ill hug you now but this is not the last time.” Sweet right?
Sang Hyeon holding the Pili Nuts (yes, the plastic with unseen content) that Ate Shiary gave him.
This flower boy may seem cold at first sight, but he’s actually quite delicate and very adorable. Judging from the people he’s close with, he seems like a warmhearted youngster who is always full of smiles. He’s really perfect for the younger brother role, although unfortunately or fortunately (whichever way you want to look at it) he’s still older than me.
A.cian‘s visit to the Philippines is a lot like getting hit by the love bug and being stuck there for a really long time. And it’s not just the artists, but the whole team – ISS ENTERTAINMENT – as well.
One of A.cian‘s Managers – the awesome and hyperactive Mr. Park!
I don’t know about other Korean managers, but Mr. Park is definitely a rare and precious gem, not just as a talent manager but as a person as well. Just one look and he will immediately make you feel at ease and comfortable like an old friend, even if you just met. He’s so funny, I couldn’t help but giggle at his antics. It must be fun to have a great person like him with you, both for the one travelling and the countries they’re visiting. He’s a good example of no matter how far one gets, we still need to keep our feet on the ground. And no matter how serious your job is, you shouldn’t take out the fun out of it. Work that one enjoys is a whole lot more productive after all. And it’s not just him, but the whole team. I’m quite positive that with people like them, anything is possible. It’s exciting to anticipate more of A.cian‘s future projects.
Right now, A.cian is like a diamond in the rough, there’s still a lot more to them and we just have to keep our eyes open to discover their each and every talent. They’re still young in the industry (around 100 days), they still have more to achieve, day by day they can show how bright they can shine. So When In Manila, be sure to not miss out on these hidden treasures.
Like this child, who knows, he might just be the one next in line for the throne.
Till next time!
A.cian : Asia’s Aces are Ready to Set Up Their Thrones in the Hearts of the Filipinos