Stars aligned at 2023 Asia Artist Awards' red carpet and awards night; fanfare awaits at the Fan Zone

Christian Melanie Lee
The recently concluded 2023 Asia Artist Awards, held at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan on December 14, was a spectacular event that brought together the brightest stars from across Asia. 

Known as the Asian counterpart of Oscars and Grammys, this year's AAA was hosted in the Philippines for the first time. It was a dazzling display of talent, fashion, and fanfare.

The Filipino fans, known for their passionate support, turned up in large numbers, showcasing their love in various ways. 

The Fan Zone was held at the Philippine Stadium was a hub of activity, filled with interactive photo areas and walls for fans to leave messages for their favorites.  Filo fans had a blast picking up freebies and getting to know others who share their adoration for the idols.

A fan tweeted on X, @PawprintChuu wrote, “Fanzone freebies! Thank you again to everyone who gave them away. We visited 3 HORI7ON tents, and even though it was raining, we kept going.”

Meanwhile, while we're in the red carpet event, it was a major highlight of AAA 2023...most of the fans arrived early to catch a glimpse of their idols. 

Most of the idols were visiting the Philippines for the first time. They did not disappoint as they showcased their charm and style to their fans and the press.

It's Showtime mainstay Ryan Bang kept the crowd at the red carpet entertained with his witty remarks, effortlessly switching between English, Filipino, Korean, and Japanese. 

His humorous side comments and engaging style made waves on social media, which earned him widespread praise from netizens for his entertaining hosting skills.

Actress Kim Sejeong which known for her roles in the hit K-dramas Business Proposal and Uncanny Counter, dazzled in her backless white gown, earning an appreciative roar of approval from the crowd.

What captivated us during the red carpet event is when Melai Cantiveros-Francisco's witty antics while we're taking photos. We were like: Go Melai! 

Never imagined that seeing Kim Jaejoong doing fanservice while in the red carpet. I had the best moment also with Hyunjin of Stray Kids right after they appeared at the red carpet. He suddenly stared at me after he heard me shouting his name. 

The award winners expressed heartfelt gratitude towards their fans, acknowledging the unwavering support they have received. They also promised to continue working hard to earn this appreciation.

Notable moments included speeches from EXO’s Suho, NewJeans, and K-drama star Jung Sung Il, each sharing personal reflections and commitments to their fans.

X user @kylasvt took to her account to write a glowing review of her experience. “I've seen a lot of negativity about how AAA 2023 went tonight, especially regarding the setup, ticket prices, and the general mood — some say it was boring. But as one of the audience members, I can't stress enough how
ORGANIZED the whole event was. There were ushers at every corner, even in the parking and fanzone areas. It was so chill, and we were able to enjoy ourselves without any hassle because everything moved so quickly.”

She emphasized that the event was a joyful one overall. “The event was also so much fun. I don’t understand how anyone could find it boring. It was an awards night, so a lot of speeches were expected, of course. The ticket prices were also quite affordable, considering the hours we spent watching our idols
and the number of groups performing. A lot of solo concerts are now way too pricey. Anyway, the point is to spread positivity because it was such a happy day. Congratulations to everyone who won, and I'm SO PROUD OF SVT & BSS SO MUCH."

The 2023 Asia Artist Awards was more than just an award ceremony; it was a celebration of Asian talent and a testament to the unifying power of music and entertainment. The event not only showcased the best of Asian entertainment but also fostered a deeper connection between artists and their fans, making
it a truly memorable night for all involved.

The 2023 ASIA ARTIST AWARDS was made possible through the efforts of StarNews, TONZ Entertainment, and the Philippines' one and only trailblazer in live Hallyu events, PULP Live World.

Photos: Pulp Live World for fanzone; Christian Melanie Lee for red carpet

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