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지난 1년을 돌아보면서 있지 멤버들과 믿지와 함께 어떤 걸로도 얻을 수 없는 좋은 기억들이 머릿속에 많이 스쳐 지나가는 것 같아요. 좋은 일도 많았지만 힘들 때도 믿지 덕분에 다시 웃으면서 힘낼 수 있었고 힘내고 싶었던 것 같아요. 있지가 되어서 멤버들과 믿지와 함께 꿈꿔 왔던 것들을 이뤄나갈 수 있어서 기쁘고 행복해요. 그리고 앞으로도 더 많은 것들을 함께 할 생각에 기대가 되기도 해요! 그리고 무엇보다 저에게 소중한 존재들에게 힘이 되어주고 싶고, 자랑스러운 사람이 되고 싶어요 아직 많이 부족하지만 더 좋은 사람이 되기 위해서 열심히 노력할게요! 항상 우리 옆을 지켜주고 응원해주고 사랑해줘서 너무 고맙고 감사드려요❣️ 앞으로도 아프지 말고 건강하고 좋은 추억 많이 만들어나가요😘 있지라서 행복하고 믿지가 있어서 행복해요🖤
K-pop is everywhere. Aside from K-bbq restaurants and Korean convenience stores, you’ll hear either Twice or Blackpink as background music—even radio stations have at least one Korean song on their shows. Not only that, Korean idols have been influential figures here as well. From Twice to Blackpink’s Lisa, they’ve been on billboards around EDSA as ambassadors of some local brands.
It’s interesting to see how much Fiipinos have embraced this kind of music—but that wasn’t always the case. I remember when “Nobody” by Wonder Girls started playing on the “MYX Daily Top Ten.” I fell in love with the playful and catchy song that was accompanied by choreography. From that moment, I started searching for more Korean songs and stumbled upon Girls Generation.
Back when collecting CDs (and playing them on a Walkman) was still a thing, I remember buying my first ever album: “Genie” by Girls Generation. After that I started getting into other second generation groups like 2NE1, Bigbang and 4Minute. They were pretty much the only artists on my iPod at that time.
However, my love for K-pop took a hiatus after I experienced bullying in elementary school. I was labeled as that little weirdo who liked music she didn’t even understand the lyrics of. It was a really scarring experience that made me put away all of my K-pop merchandise—even my friends stopped listening to K-pop (or just hid it well).
Going into college, I noticed how more people were accepting of this kind of music. Here’s why I think so:
They encourage you to keep going
Everyone goes through rough patches and it’s not easy to get up and continue on. There are times when we get discouraged by these struggles to the point that we often give up on our goals. “Breakthrough” by Twice tells us that we shouldn’t give up and that we should keep fighting, and that the world can’t stop us from expressing ourselves because it’ll be needing people like us.
They promote self-love
We often give love to the people around us. Sometimes, it’s the reason why we even have a tendency to neglect ourselves. Some people even wish they were someone else because they want to be accepted. “DALLA DALLA” by ITZY is such a great feel good song for those who need a reminder to practice self-love. The song wants its listeners to know they shouldn’t have to conform to what other people find beautiful. It’s all in loving what makes you different.
Idols have become fashion icons
Apart from the great styling in their music videos, idols have set the bar for fashion. They continue to make noise outside their music through their style. From Blackpink’s Jennie to Sunmi, they’re looked up to for their fashion choices—aside from their talent, of course.
Photo courtesy of ITZY’s Instagram account
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