What is K Pop? Well, its just Korean pop music.
Do you know one of the new crazes going around the Philippines is called K Pop.
K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop or Korean popular music) is a musical genre consisting of electronic, hip hop, pop, rock, and R&B music originating in South Korea. In addition to music, K-pop has grown into a popular subculture among teenagers and young adults throughout Asia, resulting in widespread interest in the fashion and style of Korean idol groups and singers.
K-pop has now even spread outside of Korea, thanks to the internet. People all over the world now enjoy K-pop, even though they don’t necessarily understand the words. K-pop has formed many lifelong friend ships, and I hope this will be the case for you too!
But, some people are still puzzled and condemning this phenomenal genre. They will always ask question such as “How can you love something you don’t even comprehend?” or “Aren’t they weird?” or something like that.
But the real question here is, why most Filipinos love k-pop even they can’t understand it? For a simple answer, they love it because it sounds good, because Korean TV series captured their hearts. In addition to that, here are some reasons, Filipinos have clinched this culture.
Philippines has similar customs and traditions.
The Philippines are neighbours with South Korea, and share customs and traditions. They have high appreciation and respect to our elders, and use “po” and “opo” to show respect to those people who are superior/older to, while Korean’s use “sunbae” and “nim”, which is the counterpart of it.
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.
Filipinos have established their own fan clubs for top K-pop groups like Super Junior, TVXQ, Girls Generation, Wonder Girls, Big Bang and SS501 as a way of showing their adoration to these idol groups.
Not only do they interact in their own forums, on blogs and networking sites, they also meet regularly, hold fan gatherings and dutifully buy their idols’ CDs, photo books, T-shirts and other merchandise.
The Korea Times met with representatives of three fan clubs in the Philippines ― Cassiopeia Philippines, Super Junior United Philippines and Girls Generation Philippines ― and found out about their devotion to their idol groups.
Cassiopeia Philippines is the Filipino fan club of Korean boy band TVXQ. The group adopted the name Cassiopeia, which is the name of TVXQ’s Korea-based fan club that is said to have about 800,000 members.