A news article on the frontpage of the online edition of Korea Times talks about how Filipino teens are hooked on K-pop (Korean pop music) nowadays. When I met with my friends to celebrate Wendy’s birthday more than two weekends ago, we talked about how rich these kids may be that they could afford to buy original DVDs, CDs and photobooks of their favorite K-pop groups.
Hallyu, popularly known as the Korean wave, continues to cast its spell in the Philippines. Not only are Korean dramas being embraced by Filipinos but more teens and young adults are becoming ardent fans of K-pop artists as well.
Thanks to the Internet, non-Korean fans in Southeast Asia including the Philippines and as far as North America and Europe can get a daily dose of Korean music, dramas and anything in between.
Source: Filipinos Get Hooked on K-pop Craze by Jonathan Hicap
Jonathan Hicap also wrote an article on the popularity of Korean dramas in the Philippines. Seeing these kids’ pictures made me suddenly feel old. It has been almost 10 years ago when I began to get hooked on K-drama and later K-pop. I still remember how my friends would mock me and asked if I could even understand the songs (H.O.T. and g.o.d.) I listened to that time. Now that I got over the “addiction”, it’s now my turn to laugh and mock them. At least I can now understand Korean language, not fluently though.
As for Korean dramas, I don’t watch them as often as before. It happened when I saw “Sandglass“. I felt like I’ve seen the best and I didn’t want to waste time and be disappointed watching the same love stories all over again. Know what I’m talking about? Cinderella stories with someone dying of a certain illness. I would watch anything that has Kim Myung Min in it though. And Seo Ji Sub, Lee Byung Hun, Won Bin and not to forget… Jang Dong Gun 😀
It’s fun to join groups to share your interests with. I’ve been there before and I’ve done crazy things (like sneaking at Ginebra’s dug-out at the Cuneta Astrodome with my friend Jane in 1997) I never thought I’d do. I had fun, but now my priorities are different. Thankfully, these things go away but it’s nice to experience some craziness at any age…