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Kids React: K-Pop Edition

Ravi Villanueva | Sunday, January 15, 2012 | 0 comments
K-Pop or Korean Pop dominates the music scene in the world, dubbed as the new waves of pop music. Kahit ako, sasabihin ko ang totoo na minsan akong na-addict sa pakikinig ng K-Pop, most especially 2NE1, Bigbang, 2PM and Girl's Generation. Lahat sila nasa MP3 player ko. Wala ding kawala ang kanilang Music Videos, panay ang hingi ko sa mga kaklase ko just to have their unique and entertaining videos with matching mirror dance.

Girl's Generation, K-Pop Girl Group with 9 members
2NE1, a K-Pop girl group, awarded as the Best New Band of the World 2011 in MTV's Iggy
Thanks to Youtube, a magical place to watch everything from everywhere. Imagine, 2 million people are watching K-Pop videos in Youtube every hour, every minute, everyday! Damn, such a big hit! Knowing those tons of members in a group, plus getting those hard hangul lyrics and their awesome dance steps. Ansakit sa ulo kung tutuusin pero very entertaining naman ang K-Pop. It is now considered as a music genre in Youtube effective this 2012.

Dahil sa phenomenal success of K-Pop sa buong mundo, may mga nag-iintriga parin kung bakit nga ba K-Pop, ano ba 'yang K-Pop. Is it another version of Rebecca Black? Lady Gaga? Better watch this Kids React Video at kayo'y matatawa sa mga bata.


Ang sabi nga nila, "hindi nagsisinungaling ang mga bata". Parang totoo talaga 'yang statement na 'yan. Actually, I have the same reactions with those kids when I first encountered K-Pop (the first one was Nobody Like You by Wonder Girls, but sad to say, they are so so so super sikat all over the world!).

"K-Pop was lame", that was my first impression. "Lame, jerk, everything. They look like the same. Boy groups look gay. They have weird dance signatures. They are trying to embrace people but in fact they're not. I can't understand even a single word coming from their mouth." But now, I'm embracing K-Pop, realizing that my impressions are wrong, very wrong. They are entertaining, more entertaining than the local music (OPM).

Super Juniors, or SuJu, dubbed as the Album King in the Philippines.
After watching the video, I imagined myself as one of those kids criticizing other nation's culture but in fact, Koreans should be proud of what they have, on what entertainment industry they have. They are now globally competitive. It's like AH1N1 virus that spreads rapidly from Asia towards West and reaching USA even though listeners can't understand the language. In the Philippines, K-Pop is part of the music scene. From local TV to their MP3's, from Facebook to Youtube, and from offices even in schools. Unfortunately, K-Pop kills the local music scene of the country, like for instance the Super Junior Mr. Simple album. It was considered as the Album Kings being the first in total album sales, beating up OPM artist. They (Super Junior) became the first ever in music history to rank first on the chart nine consecutive times. (Allkpop.com)

As a Filipino, I will limit myself to patronize foreign music, not like in North Korea where they don't know that other genre of music really exists. I mean, to limit myself on patronizing K-Pop. I'm not like other fanatics that they will sacrifice anything for the love of their idols. They (fanatics) tend to buy souvenir CDs for display, or to buy some posters of  their idols just to praise and worship them. Well, I'm not like that. I hope they (fanatics) are not like that. According to a psychiatrist, that's what you called "K-POP FEVER". Lols. :))
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