What could be the most exciting gathering to celebrate anything and everything BTS and ARMY in this part of the globe is happening this July!
Coinciding with ARMY Day (aka the BTS ARMY fandom anniversary, which falls on July 9), the Pearl ARMY Festa & Bazaar (PAFB) will be held on July 8 to 10, 2022 at the Ayala Malls Vertis North. The three-day affair promises to be a welcome festivity after more than two years of limited face-to-face BTS-related events in Metro Manila.
Event organizers ARMY Connect PH (ACPH) and Titas of BTS (TOB) left no purple stone unturned at the Ayala Malls Vertis North in Quezon City to put together the right mix of attractions to entertain, enrich, enliven, and enable Pearl ARMYs and non-ARMYs alike of their love and appreciation of anything BTS.
Central to the event is the three-day Pearl ARMY Bazaar featuring merchants offering official BTS & ARMY-made merchandise, Korean food and grocery items, and other exciting finds. Also featured is “The Rise of Bangtan” exhibit, which highlights the colorful 9-year history of BTS and a free viewing of “The Rise of Bangtan” docu-series produced by ARMY film editor Aneesa Mahboob. Meanwhile, a second exhibit called “Art by ARMYsts” will feature artworks created by the residents artists of Titas of BTS.
Another delightful attraction is the “Marry Me, Bangtan” Photo Booth where Pearl ARMYs will be given a chance to “tie the knot” with their BTS bias (at least in photos!). The jampacked weekend will also feature dance and art workshops, and a Pearl ARMY wall where fans can share their most heartfelt messages for BTS. Even ARMY fur babies will have their share of fun at the Barktan Sonyeondan pet park.
As co-organizer of the PAFB, TOB will also have its first-ever grand meet up right in the middle of the festivities and promises to blow the roof off the Borahaefied Ayala Malls Vertis North with their own fun games and activities.
As if these aren’t enough, those who will pre-register to join the festivities will have a chance to take home amazing prizes from event sponsors that guaranteed to send any purple heart a-flutter! The #FeedYourSeoul Grand Raffle will be the perfect cap to an awesome PAFB weekend. Some of the prizes are for grabs include BTS standees, official BTS and ARMY-made merchandise, and so much more!
Here is a rundown of the activities and attractions at the Pearl ARMY Festa & Bazaar:
Pearl ARMY Bazaar
Albums, BTS official and ARMY-made merchandise, Korean food, and so much more! There’s lots in-store at our carefully curated marketplace to give you a K-omplete shopping experience. See the full list of merchants on the Pearl ARMY Festa & Bazaar website.
Location: Activity center (outdoor) and Level 2 above H&M (former Korea town)
The Rise of Bangtan Exhibition
Walk through 9 years of BTS history in the form of photos, art, memorabilia, and full episodes of The Rise of Bangtan – a documentary series created by ARMY Aneesa Mahboob.
Location: Level 1 Atrium, behind Ippudo
Art by ARMYsts Exhibition
Be inspired by our collection of BTS-inspired artworks made by TOB creators and artists (a.k.a. “ARMYsts” according to Jung Kook).
Location: Level 1 Atrium & Level 2 above H&M (former Korea town)
Pearl ARMY Wall
BTS and Pearl ARMY have been strong together since 2013. Celebrate this most special bond by leaving your most heartfelt messages to BTS for all else to see.
Location: Level 1 Atrium
“Marry Me, Bangtan” Photo Booth
We’re taking the BTS & ARMY “Yoongi, marry me!” inside joke to another level by “sealing the deal” on the promise of forever in a mock wedding photo booth made especially for Pearl ARMY.
Location: Level 2 above H&M (former Korea town)
Bring your furbabies along and have a fun time at the Borahae-fied Vertis North Pet Park featuring BTS babies BT21 and cartoon alter egos TinyTan.
Location: Vertis North Pet Park, Outdoor activity center
Titas of BTS Grand Meet-up (Exclusive for Titas of BTS members only)
Facebook community Titas of BTS closes its two-year anniversary celebration, which began on June 2, with its first-ever face-to-face event and grand meet-up. Witness the fun ARMY culture as TOB members recreate BTS’ variety show Run, BTS with the “Run, TOB! Mallwide Scavenger Hunt” and “Quizneyland Live” games plus other fun activities.
Location and schedule: Level 1 Atrium | 2:00 to 4:00 PM
Dance with BTS Workshop
Move like BTS and learn the steps to their hit song “Permission To Dance” with the help of Chace Cruz, the lead choreographer of Ace Crew of Fitnessmax Center. PLUS enjoy a special performance of one of BTS’ lastest songs by members of the Deafed Training and Assessment Center. This workshop is open to the public.
Location and schedule: Level 1 Atrium | 5:00 to 6:00 PM
APOBANGPO Pouch Painting Workshop
Get your creative juices flowing and translate your love for BTS into art through a fun workshop by Mabel Bautista, the self-taught Pearl ARMYst who recently gained popularity for for her BTS-inspired artworks using repurposed denim, buttons, and other sustainable media.
Location and schedule: Level 1 Atrium | 2:00 to 3:00PM
Young Forever DIY Phone Strap Workshop
Flex your purple ARMY heart in your daily aesthetic with your very own mobile phone strap! Create your own design with the help of Vickit Macatulad of Jumimo Handmade Jewelry.
Location and schedule: Level 1 Atrium | 4:00 to 5:00PM
The #FeedYourSeoul Grand Raffle will also run from July 8-10 with multiple ways of earning entries such as visiting participating booths and mall tenants and posting on social media using the official raffle hashtags. Raffle participants may also start earning entries as early as June 27 by following Ayala Malls Vertis North @ayalamallsvertisnorth on Facebook and Instagram, and @GoVertisNorth on Twitter. To register for the raffle and learn more about the Pearl ARMY Festa & Bazaar, go to https://tinyurl.com/ACPHPAFB2002 or follow @ARMYConnectPH on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tiktok.
The Pearl ARMY Festa & Bazaar is presented by ARMY Connect PH and Titas of BTS in partnership with Ayala Malls Vertis North. Co-presented by Funhan Mart, Chew Chew Junction, The Rise of Bangtan, Smart Communications, Penshoppe, Fresh, Casadea, Answer: Treat Yourself, 2171 Floral Creations, and IC3 Digital Productions. Sponsored by Apop, Kiddie Affairs Custom Cakes, Seoul District PH, KCS Shopping, Bangtan Style Club, Shopparkjimin, KLightbox, Carina Jewels, M’s Boutique, Conly-Clem Marketing, Samgee ARMY, Still By Francis, Made 4 ARMY, Purple Hub, Pearl Pop, Xanto Pop, and Jumimo Handmade Jewelry.
For more information, visit https://armyconnect.ph.
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