What is Momoland doing at a fan meet organized by a multi-level marketing company?

Photo: Frontrow’s Facebook account
Photo: Frontrow’s Facebook account

You’d think they’re probably sick of visiting the Philippines by now, but South Korean pop group Momoland is again in Manila. They’re here today for a meet-and-greet with fans who work for a multi-level marketing (MLM) company called Frontrow.

According to Frontrow’s Facebook page, the group spent this morning attending the opening of Frontrow’s office on Mother Ignacia St., Quezon City. The fan meet will start at 1:50pm and will happen at the ABS-CBN Vertis Tent at the same location.

Meeting the ladies, however, isn’t that easy. Those who are not working for Frontrow have to buy a Platinum package (price unavailable). The same is true for those who belong to other membership levels like bronze, silver, and gold. And for those who are already Platinum members, they still have to buy PHP20,000-worth (US$382.15) of products.

Frontrow sells whitening, slimming, and other supplements. According to a video posted on its website, the company is backed up by so-called “credible” people. Its founders are actor RS Francisco, Richmond Yu, and Sam Verzosa. Its founders claim that they are regarded as the Philippines “best multi-level marketing company” — though they didn’t really explain what this means.

Its website shows tons of photos showing its members holding thick wads of cash or checks worth thousands. Another video shows what appears to be its employees and members standing right beside sports cars.

Frontrow is perhaps the most visible MLM in the country at present, thanks to its use of celebrity endorsers such as former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres, actors Christine Reyes, and James Reid.

Momoland isn’t one of their endorsers so it comes as a little surprising that they would be the focus of a fan meet.

This Frontrow gig, however, is not the first time Momoland is doing something out of the ordinary in the Philippines.

In August, the girl group visited the home of senator-boxer Manny Pacquiao, for reasons unknown.  On Dec. 9 they’ll be performing for free in Vigan, Ilocos Sur, of all places.

Yes, you read that right — for free. It’s unclear who will foot the bill but the concert was announced by Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson, the son of former governor Luis “Chavit” Singson.

Chavit is a high-roller — he’s the major sponsor of the Miss Universe pageant held in Manila in 2017. He’s also known for his lavish lifestyle — he has a pet tiger — and his close relationship with Pacquiao.

Fans who have no plans of traveling all the way to Vigan or buying a Frontrow membership will have another chance to see the group next year. They’ll have another fan meet at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Jan. 25, 2019.

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