Aftermath: Pops In Seoul’s 1,000th Episode: K-pop Party In Manila – July 5, 2008
Things I learned while attending ArirangTV’s K-pop Party for Pops In Seoul’s 1,000th episode:
Majority of Filipino K-pop fans do not stick to just one favorite artist. Everytime a boy/girl band appears on the big screen, they scream like crazy that you get confused as to who they are really rooting for. Interesting to note, though, that the exceptions are mostly those from Cloud Philippines.
Filipino K-pop fans are not like their Korean counterparts who can wave glowsticks, banners, etc non-stop all throughout a show, no matter how long a show is. I personally witnessed this when I got seated right smack in the middle of the SS501 fans section in a variety show in Seoul. Those girls held their thumbs-up sign all throughout the three-hour show, from start to finish. That’s determination for you! At the Arirang fanmeet yesterday, Pinoy K-pop fans would just wave their fan paraphernalia whenever they feel like it.
Cassiopeia PH is one heck of an awesome fanclub. If ever I become a DBSK fan – I’m sure that won’t happen because I already had my one month DBSK phase some three years ago and that’s that – I won’t mind joining this group. Too bad the event hosts seem to ignore them almost completely. I mean, what’s with the constant mention – with emphasis, if I may add – of Super Junior?? At least acknowledge the fact that more than half of the audience is covered in red and that the Pinoy K-pop community won’t even be aware of this fanmeet if not for the Cassies! By the way, FYI, NOT EVERYONE WHO WORE BLUE AT THE POPS IN SEOUL EVENT ARE SUPER JUNIOR FANS. I also don’t appreciate the fact that they’d only mention Super Junior, a little of Dong Bang Shin Ki, and that’s about it. So many fan clubs of different K-pop artists are represented in that event; if they can’t acknowledge everyone’s presence, then don’t acknowledge anyone at all.
Filipinos will give loooong boooooring speeches that basically no one cares about if given the chance to give one.
The older the fans are, the more difficult it is for them to keep a queue straight.
To be honest, I did not fully enjoy the K-pop party yesterday. Number one, I cannot relate to all those boy and girl bands that everyone was screaming their lungs out for. Call me old, but I really prefer my idols to have real talent. I mean, I know Evan is cute and all, but I’ll take Kim Jong Gook or MC Mong over him any day of the week and twice on Sundays.
Number two, it was damn hot inside the theater. Side note: I think the Film Center ghosts took a day off yesterday because they can’t stand all the screaming. I didn’t feel any goosebumps at all (my friends who can ‘see’ did not feel anything, either). Normally, when a spirit is present, I would feel an eerie chill all over me. I didn’t feel that at all yesterday.
Number three, I only barely tasted my lunch because some CloudPH people arrived early and started texting/calling me asking me where I was. Hello, I said 1:00pm and it’s only 12:40!!! I’m on a self-imposed starvation diet as it is, but please give me a chance to at least enjoy the little food that I have!!
Number four, they only showed Rain for about 3 seconds. What’s up with that? That’s just about the only time the Cloud Philippines group showed some signs of life. The rest of the two-hour show, we’re just catatonics waiting for the agony to end. Although I understand that Rain was not in Korea for the longest time so even if he wants to, there is no way he will be able to film a greeting for his Filipino fans. I was telling Cha, Thet and Flor, who joined the Shinhwa Philippines group for this event, that at least they (Shinhwa PH) got a greeting from Jun Jin. For which Flor replied, “yeah, but did we see him??” Good point. You see, during this segment, the projector was blocked by I don’t know what and their tech guys did not even bother to fix the problem immediately, so basically, we heard Jun Jin give a message but we didn’t see him.
Number five, and this is the one that totally ruined my day: Cloud Philippines lost its seat allocation. I already had felt some bad signs when we were still lined up outside the Film Center. Lou, who was our designated usher for CloudPH, was telling me that we will be seated at the back because, despite CloudPH being one of the first fan clubs to respond to their invitation and give a headcount, they prioritized the seating to the other FCs. Reason given: CloudPH is a big group. Yeah right, and you call Cassiopeia and the four or five SuJu FCs what? However, I let that pass. In the first place, CassPH organized this so they deserved the best seats possible. Secondly, CloudPH basically was just there to show support as Filipino K-pop fans, so it’s ok if we get seated at the back. It’s not like we’re gonna scream our lungs out for VJ Isak and Evan, anyway.
However, I totally got pissed off when we got inside the Film Center and found out that we have no seats. Apparently, CloudPH was given three full rows but some fans who are not affiliated with any FC (and a certain FC which did not even contact the organizers to give their headcount) already took those seats which are supposed to be ours. At first, I was mad at the organizers because I have been in constant communication with them for the past two weeks, I and the rest of my group took the effort to invite more people to make sure that this event will be a success, I was always prompt with my replies to their requests and reminders, and now THIS is how they are going to repay us?? Hell, I did NOT slave myself for two whole weeks only to be treated like this! Just then, the ushers came in and told the people who took our seats to vacate them because those are already reserved for CloudPH. Most of them left; however, a group of about 8 people refused to budge, claiming they arrived first. Honey, I know you took the effort to arrive at the venue early to get a good seat, but me as representative of CloudPH has been making the effort to reserve seats for my group for the past two weeks. I did my job as FC head. Did you do yours?
CassPH has sent us their apologies, but it was totally unnecessary. It was not in any way the organizer’s fault. To be honest, it was something personal. The ghosts of the Manila Film Center may have taken a vacation, but the ghost of Cloud Philippines’ past stayed on, glued to its seat. I wonder: if the real ‘owners’ of those seats happen to be another fan club and not Cloud Philippines, will these ladies give in? Your guess is as good as mine.
Anyway, enough ranting. Let’s get on with the real Aftermath!
Cloud Philippines while waiting for the gates to open. The queue might look orderly at these pics, but it didn’t stay that way for long. Our usher (Lou) constantly had to tell us to keep the lines straight. Which leads us to the last item on the list I posted above.
Prior to this, the Pops in Seoul crew took some footage of us, asking questions and making us sing one of his songs (to which we ended up ‘singing’… Rain, go Rain, it’s raining, it’s raining!
I actually don’t know what this interview is for (I mean, if it’s for a Korean publication or for the Arirang website). The orange-haired girl on the left pic is actually a CloudPH member. Those siblings are our resident CosPlay artists. The girl decided to join ShinhwaPH (hence, the orange hair), while her brother stayed on with CloudPH and opted to wear his sister’s It’s Raining costume. Needless to say, the boy was a hit even with other fan clubs who asked to take a pic with him. I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes yesterday, though. With the heat and humidity both outside and inside the Film Center, that pleather outfit must be a killer.
Ok, we’re in! There were a couple of bulletin boards at the lobby; one is for an on-the-spot ‘sticker vote’ as to who is the best among K-pop’s Top 6 artists, the Top 6 being Lee Hyori, BoA, Shinhwa, DBSK, Rain and Se7en. Which could actually be answered even without the stickers. Why? Because about 70% of the audience was composed of Cassiopeians. This poll is one big, humongous DUH.
So it should not be a surprise anymore that the end result looks like this:
That thing completely covered in blue dots is, of course, DBSK.
On with the show proper:
I don’t think I should go about it in detail because there is a strong possibility that I won’t be nice with the commentary (especially with the ‘special guests’… geez, I hope the Koreans won’t think that THAT’s best thing Filipinos have. Although Charice Pempengco might have erased that notion beforehand). But there is one part that I absolutely have to mention because it certainly cheered me up.
When Evan came out to render his song number, this is what I instantly blurted out:
“Omigad, it’s GMA Supershow! Kuya Germs, is that you?”
I swear, with that stage lay-out and his shining shimmering splendid white suit? So spot on.
What’s even funnier was, I passed it on to Rizza who was seated beside me, then to Precious who was behind me, and next thing I know, that same message was passed on ’til the end of the row where CloudPH members are seated.
Here are some more pics of Evan and VJ Isak:
In all fairness to Evan, he sings clearly in English. He’s sorely lacking in stage performance, though. VJ Isak, on the other hand, has a good voice but needs a few voice lessons to improve her technique. While she was singing Christina Aguilera’s I Turn To You with all the flat notes and everything, I so wanted to do a Teacher Kitchie and run up the stage, hold Isak’s jaw and say, “relax your jaw! Collect some air on your gut before hitting the high notes! Massage your facial muscles!” But she’s a good host.
Ok, didn’t I say I’m gonna skip the details? I better before I do some more damage.
Epilogue: I was contemplating the day’s events and writing this blog entry in my head while on a long bus ride towards home when something very familiar caught my eye somewhere in MuĂ±oz intersection. Posted on the window of a big Korean convenience store on the corner of EDSA and Congressional Avenue is a huge promo poster for Vita500, when Rain was their model.
Epilogue 2: I got home, turned on the TV. I was channel surfing when I Rain’s face suddenly popped in on my TV screen. It was last year’s Daejeong Awards, dubbed in Filipino. I was waiting for the Popularity Award which he won, but the show was cut short to give way to a religious program.