The Fan Corner: How did you get into K-Pop?

Some of us have been warned, some were not. But we are all pretty sure that just as we entered the K-Pop fandom, the chances of our escape is small. It was a blackhole—and it still is.

Most of the KStreetManila team started in K-Pop with a very simply question: “What is their name?” Remember the iconic quote “I just wanted to know their names”? Well, that pretty much sums up the start of our K-Pop fandom life. But then as we talked about our curious beginnings, we all began to ask: how did our readers enter the K-Pop fandom? Was it similar to our story? Was it different? How did fans of today fell in love with K-Pop compared to the…well, not-so-young generation of ours?

And so we asked. And you answered. And we picked the best getting-sucked-into-the-K-Pop-blackhole stories we got!

Without further ado, here’s the third installment of our The Fan Corner: How did you get into K-Pop?

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[I am] a K-Pop fan from Albay and an incoming third year college student. I love to sing and dance to K-Pop songs. I became a K-Pop fan in 2009 when the hit song ‘Nobody’ by Wonder Girls was first aired on MYX. I was in fifth grade when the K-Pop trend started to spread in the Philippines. At first, I found this type of genre very amusing and pleasing to the ears because it’s what makes this genre unique. The first K-Pop group that I became a fan of was 4Minute; at that time they debuted with ‘Hot Issue.’ The song is so catchy and the dance steps are easy to learn for me. After that, I became a fan of Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, TVXQ, Kara, 2NE1, among a few more others. But then, I stopped being a K-Pop fan for a time because I didn’t fully grasp the inner fan in me until 2010, when I came back to the fandom. The first group that I became a fan of since I returned was UKISS. My first ultimate bias was Kevin (even though he left the group, I will support him no matter what).

I became a multifandom because there wee so many groups that had good looks and talents as well. The downside of being a K-Pop fan though was that people kept asking and telling you things like, “Do you even understand what they’re saying?” or “They’ve undergone plastic surgery.” I tried to hide my true feelings not to get angry or insulted but I really couldn’t. It even got to the point that there were people who would try to tease me for being a K-Pop fan. I got angry but after a while, I got used to it.

Being a K-Pop fan for almost seven years made me inspired to earn money and try different hairstyles.This has also been my escape from stress and problems in life, although I still need to balance time between being a fan and a student. Whenever there is an upcoming test in school, I always tell myself, “I will focus on studying so that by the end of the day, I’ll be watching MVs on Youtube.” To end this confession, being a K-Pop fan is not easy. You need to be good in multitasking (studies, being with your family and friends). I thank K-Pop because my life became colorful. Because of it, I feel motivated to do the things I love.

– Sheryl

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It felt just like yesterday when I asked this trio (who used to be my seatmates and now besties in my first year in high school) to give me a list of all their favorite K-Pop songs. I didn’t know what exactly happened but I can clearly remember how they talked about this bunch of Koreans with fancy hair and colorful clothing EVERYDAY. I was already into K-Dramas since grade school but I was never interested in K-Pop music. But that time, I got curious and fascinated on what K-Pop really was. So, my friends got really excited and gave me a page of intermediate pad, back to back, with all the K-Pop songs they knew. It was crazy because there were so freaking many! I got home and nervously typed my first K-Pop song on YouTube: ‘Sorry Sorry’ by Super Junior.

I am now in my fourth year in college, a first blooded ELF, a professional multifandom, and a proud K-Pop fan. This is how I got into K-Pop and the rest was history.

– Adarna

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Dan Gambe
Dan is born in the 90’s who talks a lot when he writes. He has a love-hate relationship with writing, is fond of cats, and thinks mangoes are the key to world peace. The chances of him phonezoning you lies between 80 to 90 per cent, but he’ll speak to you if you speak to him so don’t be shy!

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