I clearly remember that fateful day I received an email saying that I was a “certified Minoz”—I was simultaneously volunteering for Ondoy flood victims, laptop on one side locked onto a music-streaming fansite, relief goods on the other. I also remember thinking that at least tragedy makes us appreciate the little things… things like being a certified Minoz. This was in 2010.
Lest you accuse me of lapses in spelling and grammar—”‘Minoz’ is spelled ‘minnows,’ Miss Eunice”—I shall explain. Okay, I know that minnows is not spelled with a zey, nor am I a fish specie fangirl (maybe unofficially… but definitely not certified. Maybe of sea bass.). But for those of you not baptized into the masonry of K-Pop culture, Minoz is the official name of the fans of Lee Min Ho, known to squealing women of every age* as Gu Jun Pyo in Boys Over Flowers, the koreanovela that swept the nation. Such is the star power of this drama and actor that fast forward to 2013, and LMH (as, cough, we Minoz with a z fondly call him) is now one of Bench’s most crazed-over endorsers. He sold out the Big Dome last 2012 for his first Manila fanmeet—not a concert!—and came back just last weekend for another appearance in the country, this time for the Philippine leg of his My Everything Global Tour (a concert!), which has stops in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Osaka, Hongkong, and the U.S.
His local promotions started with a Bench presscon, where old and young fans thronged the just-inaugurated Bench Tower in Bonifacio Global City, for which he cut the ribbon. Next day was concert day at the MOA Arena, where he sang songs off of his first album entitled (surprise!) My Everything and even delighted several lucky raffle winners by presenting them with LINE plushies, a Bench shirt literally off his back (he wore it to the presscon the day before), and other fanservicey goodness, like a bonus butt dance or two. Of which I have photos, but unfortunately, for reasons of day job dignities, have to remain unreleased.
Worry not: We will post official concert pics as soon as we have them. In the meantime, stay tuned for more news, Minoz-related or not, on @stylebibleph and @SparklingMag.