By Kathleen V. Maranan
Koreans gather the most attentions from the Filipinos today compared to the Chinese and the Japanese influence before. Maybe because of the Korean dramas airing at some stations today, maybe because of their unique style when it comes to clothing, or maybe their songs, I still don’t know. I wish to answer these ideas dazzling into my mind through this article, I might be able to at least, answer those things why Koreans means so much to the Filipinos.
I love to watch television and the programs that I’ve noticed being aired through the television is mostly from South Korea’s. If I am going to estimate the ratio of Korean TV shows compared to the Filipino TV shows, it would be like this. 3:5. 3 is for the Korean TV shows and 5 for the programs locally made. The reason is that the canned programs are cheaper than those Filipino TV shows. In producing a local program, it would take nearly into millions to be able to finish a particular program. The canned programs which are from Korea are already produced and made. The next reason that I noticed is the attractive looks of the artist. Handsome artists and beautiful Korean ladies comparing to the local artists are more being admired these days. Another one is the fashion style of the Korean artist. As you will notice, many teenagers nowadays adopt even the looks of the KPop artists, the shoes, the style of the hairs and the clothes. This was also observed in some online games which are inspired by the KPop Culture.
Why does Filipino also love Korean foods? Why do they love their songs even if they don’t understand its meaning? All in all, it is because of the influence of new media. The social networking sites featuring these things about the Korea are greatly influential. People now uses Facebook, Twitter , Youtube, etc. which were connected to the different parts of the world. If one group uploads his video on one site, automatically, it can be viewed by millions of people, especially the Filipinos; when Internet can be easily accessed by everyone.
This article was just to show my idea of why Koreans are so dominating right now. It was based on my observation and of my experience also dealing with some Korean people and experiencing some part of their culture. If any of those statement above are found to be unrealistic or pointless or whatsoever, I would love if you tell me that it is. Comments and suggestions are very much welcome.:)