As a-so called-newbie writer, I express myself my thoughts, feelings, ramblings and random musings by writing positive and good (sometimes negative and bad) things that I really want to write it out and about. Also, as a part of the Korean Pop and Hallyu Community in our perspective (also, I’m a KPOP Fanboy), I expressed my love, admiration and devotion for the genre and the community that we belong to, which is KPOP. I always listening to KPOP most of the time, sometimes I watched Korean Dramas on Philippine Television if I have a spare time and I spazzed it silently over my idols (especially girl groups).
But over a year or so on to be exact, there’s a news or issue that makes me trigger about it. Which is the blame game between KPOP and OPM. I heard that KPOP killed OPM. And yes. They always blaming us KPOP Fans about the massive downfall of Original Pilipino Music.
And yes, I’m talking the blame game between KPOP and OPM, and here’s the hanging question, Is it right that the OPM Fans blame KPOP Fans about the downfall of OPM?
I’ll give it a long yet worthwhile background about it based on the research and my personal experience.
KPOP was indirectly invaded the archipelago through Korean Dramas over a decade ago. And Philippine Terrestrial Network GMA7 has pioneered in Korean Dramas and the first Korean Drama was aired which is Bright Girl. Followed by Endless Love: Autumn in my Heart which was aired on the said network in order to compete with the competitor ABS-CBN’s Chinese Drama “Meteor Garden”. AND. THIS. WAS. HAPPENED. It’s Endless Love that KPOP started invading the Philippine Airwaves most oftentimes with the Filipino Remakes of the soundtrack. Hey, did you know Faith Cuneta? Yes. Most of the Korean Drama in GMA had the Philippine Soundtrack was done by Faith Cuneta whose remake for Winter Sonata and she rose to stardom and labeled as the “Diva of Koreanovela Theme Songs”. Personally, when I was a kid, I watched Stairway to Heaven and the said singer sang her OST which is the lyrics, “Langit ka, Lupa ako”. I really dunno the title so please point me out.
In the same year, one of the first KPOP music videos in the Philippines was aired on MYX, which emotional theme caught many viewers. This MV of the Korean girl group “Kiss” for their ballad, “Because I’m a Girl”. Shortly, the music video of the Korean singer, Mina for her first album’s title track “Answer the Phone” also entered the local music scene.
Eventually, let’s travel back to 2004, both of these songs were remade by Roxanne Barcelo (or also known as Roxee B) in her debut album, “Roxie”. Kiss’ Because I’m a Girl was remade in Filipino under the title “Kung Alam Mo Lang” and Mina’s Answer the Phone was translated into English, yet, the title was retained.
Fast forward to 2005, the fame of KPOP was expanded from TV to Philippine Cinemas. The Korean hit movie, “My Sassy Girl” was dubbed in Filipino and was released on Philippine Cinemas last October of the same year. The movie soundtrack, I Believe was originally done by Shin Seung Hun and remade in Filipino by Jimmy Bondoc.
Let’s go back to TV, following the success of Endless Love, Full House was aired in 2005. The said drama also starred the same actress from the First Season of “Endless Love”, Song Hye Kyo paired with the KPOP Singer, Rain. AND. THIS. WAS. HAPPENED. Rain’s debut to Philippine Television paved way for KPOP to be more known in out perspective. Shortly, after airing the said series, his music videos such as I’m Coming and Love Story started to gatecrashed the Myx charts and local FM stations.
And 2009, THIS. WAS. JUST. HAPPENED. KPOP has become even more more more popular until now, since the Korean Pop Group “Wonder Girls” and their hit single “Nobody” was became popular in our perspective, both FM Radio, and Local Music Channels. And if my memory serves me right, after Nobody, Super Junior’s “Sorry Sorry” and 2NE1’s “Fire” was also became popular that time. I remembered that the 3rd album from Super Junior was topped the local record charts.
And also speaking of music, let’s compare about the music in Korea and the Philippines.
And according to the Yahoo! Answers, Korean Music and Philippine Music has a wide range of genres and musical styles. Some (or mostly) Korean songs which are more likely to Koreans Idols have catchy tunes which I really believe that is a trademark of KPOP, while our music most likely concentrated on the vocals and instrumentsince PPOP groups was debuted in OPM industry in 2010. Personally, I heard XLR8 songs tho, kaya lang, nawala na na parang bula in 2012 I guess. In fact, I really barely see Filipinos dancing to their songs on the music videos and more on portraying the emotions from their songs while Koreans dance and act at the same time and like us Filipinos, they also do a great job in portraying their emotions from their songs through Music Videos that we seen on Youtube.
Perhaps, the similarities are they produce good songs, they all do covers of songs and even translate it to their spoken language. And there are many shows both in Korea and the Philippines that they are showcasing their talents of various artist like Inkigayo, M! Countdown and other music shows in Korea while ASAP and the defunct SOP, Party Pilipinas and the recently-concluded Sunday All Stars of the Philippines.
If you look at entertainment,
Generally, here in the Philippines, we are focusing on dramas, while in Korea, they are focusing on Music.
And the number of Pinoy KPOP Fans are only half of JPOP Fans.
Both of them also shows compassion towards their very own traditional music since it’s part of their cultures and traditions.
Let’s get back to the topic, is it right that OPM Fans blame KPOP Fans about the down fall of OPM?
Most of us no. Here are the reason that I divided into 5,
- KPOP is not the only genre in the Philippines (other than OPM)
- Western Songs
- It’s not really often you hear Korean Songs blasting outside, in public transportation, TVs, Radios and offices.
- Most of the songs you hear are Western song so how did KPOP got involve in OPM’s ‘Down fall’
- OPM songs are now being westernized. English lyrics, western adaptations in sounds and MVs, useless lyrics, redundant lyrics, low quality and rushed types of MVs. Non-singers turned to singers those are some points that causes OPM down fall
I saw numerous of OPM fans are criticizing and commenting hate comments about KPOP Music. And even whining us. I saw the comments like “KPOP Panget” “Puro Autotune naman eh” etc. It doesn’t make sense eh.
And instead of pointing fingers to us, point them to the OPM labels that releasing useless covers and revivals and debuting “singers” (i stressed out the word) I mean, Mostly local celebrities are now became singers because they are pretty, beautiful, handsome, famous and has a fanfare even without any singing skills.
And some of the already-established singers are not their priorities in the music industry.
I remembered that the Philippine Newscaster Jessica Soho and she said, “KPOP ang pumapatay sa OPM” (KPOP kills OPM).
If KPOP really kills OPM, and what’s this?
They not killed OPM. Koreans love Philippines. Korean Band J Morning is dedicated to OPM. KPOP Idols learns Filipino Language, sings OPM, trying Filipino dishes, etc.
To sum up this post, I really admit that I’m a KPOP Fan. It doesn’t mean I hate the Philippines even our music. I’m also an eclectic. I listened various songs based on my taste and preferences. Blaming KPOP Music is not good. So, let’s unite one another and like 2NE1’s CL said, Music is the Universal Language. Genre Discrimination is still sucks.
DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed by the writer do not necessarily reflect the views of Daebak Philippines, its members, its friends & other people in the Philippine KPOP Scene. If you have any reactions, feel free to comment here