THE K-POP MANIA IN THE PHILIPPINES IS HERE TO STAY
| The K-Pop mania is here to stay
DIRECTLINE By Boy Abunda (The Philippine Star) Updated June 09, 2010 12:00 AM
Kim Hyun Joong (below) and Beast will perform in a concert titled K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live in Manila at the Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 8 p.m.
Korean Wave, or Hallyu, is definitely taking the country like storm. Pinoys have inarguably dipped their toes in the K-Pop pool. It’s amazing to see and hear how hardcore fans know every word, every line of their songs and every step of the dance. Some even upload their parodies on YouTube.
If that’s not enough, try watching a K-Pop concert where Pinoys totally dig the Korean concert culture. It’s not unusual to see the venue illuminated by a sea of people holding their glow sticks, light boards and banners, united in frenzied cheering of their fan chants. There seems to be no strangers among the crowd who wait long hours — some even sleep outside the venue the night before the concert — as they are drawn into familiar conversations with one another about their favorite Korean idols.
How far will a fan go to show love and support for his favorite stars? Is it enough to join a fan club, collect memorabilia, magazines and posters, to buy CDs, attend concerts, spend cellphone loads to vote in various music charts, study the Korean language and watch Korean shows and dramas? Some even spend thousands of pesos to go abroad just to watch a concert and visit places featured in a Korean series.
K-Pop mania is definitely here to stay. I asked fans why Pinoys love K-Pop despite the language barrier. Some of their answers: “I can’t totally explain it. It’s something you don’t understand but you can feel it. There’s something in the music that grows inside you. It’s a different high! It’s addicting,” enthuses Danielle. “They’re so good! They put so much effort in making cool music videos. The music is very nice to listen to and Korean idols look cute and very fashionable. Just love K-Pop,” says Glenda. Roxanne adds, “Even if we don’t understand the lyrics, I still love their music because the melody and beats are catchy.” “It’s a new generation of music that’s easy to listen,” answers Doodle. Jasmine says, “K-Pop songs have nice melody and the MTVs are great.”
The K-Pop fever in the Philippines is expected to again reach a feverish 38°C as Korea’s hottest idol Kim Hyun Joong and Beast come to Manila for the concert K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live in Manila at Araneta Coliseum on June 19, 8 p.m.
Kim Hyun Joong is famous in the Philippines as Yoon Ji Hoo, F4’s calm, charismatic gentleman in the hit Korean drama series Boys Over Flowers. Beast is one of the most prominent Korean boy groups.
Kim Hyun Joong is the leader of SS501 which debuted in Korea in 2005. Their songs such as Snow Prince, Fighter, Déjà Vu, A Song Calling For You and Love Like This received so much love and support from their fans in Korea and abroad. Filipinos love to sing their songs Because I’m Stupid and Making A Lover which are included in the OST (original soundtrack) of Boys Over Flowers. Their song Love Like This is steadily climbing its way to the top of the MYX Chart. It placed eighth on the MYX Hit Chart (May 23 to 29) and seventh on the MYX International Top 20 (May 22 to 28). SS501 recently released their highly-anticipated new album, Destination.
He is an accomplished artist with several awards like the 45th PaekSang Arts Awards Male Popularity Award for Television on KBS2’s Boys Over Flowers, Best Actor for Seoul’s International Drama Awards, Most Popular Icon for Style Icon Awards 2009; Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Korean Top Buzz Artist; Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Taiwan Top Buzz Korean Artist; and Yahoo Asia Buzz Award, Asia Top Buzz Male Artist.
Rising Korean idol group Beast is composed of Doo Joon, Hyun Seung, Jun Hyung, Yo Seob, Gi Kwang and Dong Woon. Doo Joon is the leader, vocalist and rapper; Hyun Seung is the vocalist, lead dancer; Jun Hyung is the main rapper, vocalist; Yo Seob is the main vocalist), Gi Kwang is the lead vocalist, main dancer, and Dong Woon is the vocalist. BEAST means Boys of the East Standing Tall. Its albums include Beast Is The B2ST and Shock Of The New Era. The group‘s popular songs are Bad Girl, Mystery, Shock and Special.
K-Pop Meets P-Pop: Kim Hyun Joong and Beast Live In Manila is produced by Underwood Plan in partnership with GMA-7. The concert is for the benefit of Abiertas House of Friendship — for the benefit of young mothers. Official Music Channel is MYX. Media partners are The Philippine STAR, Manila Bulletin, PBO, Viva Cinema, Magic 89.9, 90.7 Love Radio, 91.5 Energy FM, 97.1 Barangay LS FM, 101.1 Yes FM and 103.5 Max FM. Special thanks to MCA Music, Inc. Philippines.
Ticket prices are P7,840 (Patron A), P6,720 (Patron B), P4,480 (Lower Box), P3,360 (Upper A), P1,680 (Upper B) and P784 (General Admission). For details, call Ticketnet at 911-5555, Viva Concerts at 687-7236 and 633-3808 and Abiertas House of Friendship at 724-3969.
To Kim Hyun Joong and the Beast members, Saranghae!