Hey, K-entertainment friends. Remember the time when I used to say pigs will fly before any of our Korean oppas will visit the Philippines?
Such statement regularly appears on my Facebook Memories feed every year. And I could only chuckle whenever it does. I mean, take a look at this:
This is just the list of upcoming events of Korean artists in the Philippines from the last week of September 2019 up to February 2020. This does not include the many concerts and fanmeetings that were staged since the beginning of 2019 and those that got postponed or cancelled. And there were many. In fact, too many.
I’ve been out of the loop when it comes to Korean entertainment, but could anyone please tell me: since when did the Philippines become Japan?
Personally, I’m just glad that, except for Seventeen who’s staging the Manila leg of their Ode To You World Tour next year, there’s no one in that list that I absolutely would die if I don’t see them in person. The closest one would be Park Hae Jin, and I’ve already met him twice before. If I’m still super-crazy about Koreans and is into multi-fandoms like most Pinoy fans of Korean entertainers are, I’d probably be banging my head against the wall right now.
I really wonder, though. Is the Philippines really a lucrative country when it comes to concerts and fanmeetings now? The way I see it, it’s hit and miss. Acts like EXO, BTS, Seventeen and Blackpink, and actors like Park Bo Gum, Park Seo Joon and Lee Jong Suk may be surefire hits, but what about the others? The fact that quite a number of events either had a disappointing audience turn-out, or had to be postponed/cancelled, may be a good indicator of what the PH market really is all about.
Truthfully, I’m just worried that an incident similar to the defunct MBLAQ PH fanmeet (anyone still remember that?) would happen again and PH Kpop fans will be majorly screwed once more. Always be vigilant, guys and gals!
You know what really bugs me right now?
I’ve been waiting for U2 to stage a concert in the Philippines since I was in high school. They finally will land in my country, and will stage a concert at Philippine Arena which is practically just next door from home, and I can’t make it because the concert date is the last day of my much-needed vacation in Japan.
End note: I’m writing this with a smile on my face. It feels great to be writing again. Now if I can find more interesting stuff to write about…