Tuesday, June 25, 2019

The much-awaited Park Bo Gum Fan Meet (FM) in Manila on June 22, 2019 at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena went off without a glitch. The supposedly simple and short FM turned out to be probably one of the best surprises in the life of Bogummy’s fans and admirers.


Because the second part of PBG's FM turned out to be a well-scripted, well-directed, and well-choreographed, full-blown Park Bo Gum concert. It was one fun party!

The Long Wait is Over 

Ticket-holders to PBG’s FM started lining up outside MOA Arena at 3:00 PM as the venue was to open a 4:00 PM. In queue were fans of varying status, ages, creeds and nationalities. It was easy enough to spot fans from Japan and China, Hong Kong or Taiwan. But spotting fans from Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia was not as easy.

There were groups of PBG fans clad in matching shirts. There were mothers with their teen kids in tow, as well as grown-up children with their elderly mothers in tow. If there were any medical emergencies during the FM, then the numerous medical doctors among the audience would have taken action.

The Fan Meet Begins! 

Various shots of Park Bo Gum were shown 

Standing in line,  with sweat steaming down one’s forehead, neck and back, the more than 18 thousand fans of Park Bo Gum were all excited to meet the culmination of the 2-month wait for Park Bo Gum’s Asia Tour in Manila Fan Meet.

Anne Curtis as Host to Park Bo Gum’s Fan Meet

The event venue steadily filled up with people. By 5:30 P.M., the arena was only half-way filled and I sat wondering if Bogummy’s FM was a failure due to its postponement. However, by 6:00 P.M, the arena, saved for the upper bleachers, was almost filled to the rafters. By 6:20 P.M. the show started with the showing of clips on the 6 LCD screens.

The screaming and shouting of excited fans reached an eardrum-breaking decibel when the stage backdrop slowly started to lift- showing first a pair of shoes, then straight slim pants, the hem of a coat, the jacket front, the collar lapel, then finally the beautiful face of Bogummy. Singing the song, I Like You by Day 6, Park Bo Gum mesmerized his Manila fans.

I would have wanted to use my own video clip but because I couldn't decide whether to watch or video the event. I was mostly filming heads and out-of-focused views. 

MS Anne Curtis was spontaneous, albeit quite anxious as host. She greeted Bo Gum in Korean and was greatly appreciated for the effort. The first half of the Fan Meet was comprised of Q&A for PBG, audience participation, giving of prizes to pre-selected ticket holders and a segment wherein Bogummy made an on-the-spot diffuser for a very lucky audience. Of course, I did not get selected, nor anyone in VIP Coral 3 section.

Anne Curtis interviews Park Bo Gum in English.  There was an interpreter but the need for one hardly arose. Bogummy speaks good Engish. Even the accent  and enunciation are highly acceptable. 
One of MS Curtis’ questions to Park Bo Gum was what are the three things that he wishes to accomplish before he is 40 years old. In English, Bo Gum said that first , he wants to be married and have a baby before he hits 40. The collective awwww (paiting! good choice) and waaaaa (Whut?! You want to marry someone else and not me?) of the audience brought a huge smile on Bogummy’s perfectly bowed lips.

Second, Park Bo Gum said he wishes to study abroad. He was not very specific what course to pursue but knowing that he has a BA in Musical Theater, he would probably wish to take up masters in this field. Third on his agenda is for him to do an international film. I am not really sure which country he wishes to do a film. Probably in Hollywood much like Lee Joon Ki (Resident Evil: Final Chapter). Anne Curtis also asked Park Bo Gum if he has any bad habit he wishes to drop. Bo Gum said yes but refused to say what that bad habit is. Hmmm….

Boguumy asked the audience if they prefer him to have his hair short or long. Personally, both styles suit him, and he thinks so too.

Audience Participation 

There were three lucky girls chosen to participate in re-enacting 3 of the 5 famous scenes of Park Bo Gum and Song Hye-kyo in the K-drama Encounter. 

  • Participant 1 did the scene where Hye-kyo’s head was leaning against Bo Gum’s shoulders. 
  • Participant 2 was a Korean halmeoni, PBG and her reenacted the scene wherein Kim Jin-hyuk (PBG) place a scarf around Cha Soo-hyun’s (SHK) neck.  
  • The third scene was where Kim Jin-hyuk hugged Cha Soo-hyun from the back. However, PBG only positioned himself at the back of participant 3 and posed for the camera. Each participant was given a photo of their reenactment. 

PBG had a selection of items to be placed in a diffuser  jar. The jar’s bottom was filled with sand, and mini items such as banana, watermelon, eighth note, and more. The jar was then filled with liquid paraffin. Once the scented paraffin hardens, the jar becomes a scent diffuser. 

Busy with his diffuser-making project
He was so funny as he tried to look for the girl who was picked to get the diffuser. Bogummy was trying to find out the name of the girl so he can dedicate the diffuser to her.  M? P? - asked Bogummy. It was Meg... I think...
Then a table filled with personal items from PBG were shown. The winners were already pre-selected. Again, I was not included. Curtis and Park exited stage left, promising to come back. I was thinking that Park Bo Gum would probably sing a couple or three more songs to cap the Fan Meet.

Boy, was I wrong!

(to be continued)
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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The much awaited Park Bo Gum ( that superduperhandsome S.Korean K-drama actor) Fan Meet slated on April 27, 2019 at the Mall of Asia, is postponed. The safety of the artist, staff and probable audience were taken into consideration due to the recent earthquake that has been hitting parts of the Philippines, greater Manila, included. Thus, Park Bo Gum's May Your Everyday Be a Good Day Fan Meet has been postponed to June 22, 2019. Well, at least, it's in the same year.

                                       PARK BO GUM courtesy of Philippine Star

Anyway, there's this Park Bo Gum Fan Page in FB that has a link for submitting letters for Mr Park. The post indicated that Bogummy prefers to receive letters rather than gifts from his fans.

 So! Heck! I wrote one and submitted it online. I'm not really sure if my letter will reach Mr. Park but just in case it does not, I will post it here and hope against hope that sometime in the next 25 years, when Park Bo Gum is in his 50s and he has nothing better to do on a freakishly cold Seoul winter night, he'll type in and search for Dear Park Bo Gum, and this page will hopefully still exist, and on the list of searched links. My letter goes like this..,

April 19, 2019

Dear Park Bo Gum,


Though I will be at the Fan Meet on April 27, I doubt if I will get the chance to have a close-up look of your beautifully-chiseled face, much less shake your hand. So, for the first time in my life, I will be “fangirling” by writing you a letter.

The Hallyu craze started sometime in the late 1990s, but it was only in February 2019 that I got to watch my very first K-drama, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim.  I was fascinated with Park Seo Joon! I told my close friend about this and she excitedly told me to watch Encounter. I asked if the lead was also Seo Joon, but she said it’s another Park, a Park Bo Gum. Since the only K-drama male star that I know of was Seo Joon, I said “Okay, I’ll watch Encounter”.

White top and denim pants are staples for me so when I saw you dressed in such attire in the series’ first scene, you had my attention!  I was not truly a K-drama convert then so I was trying look for flaws with the series. However, the more discriminating I was, the more I realized that you are a great actor who is able to show a wide range of emotions with minute facial expressions! With your arresting looks and good acting, I was hooked! I finished Encounter in 2 nights straight, and was advised by my friend, again, to watch Love in the Moonlight.

Choha! Saranghaeyo!  You portrayed the role of short-tempered, intelligent,sensitive, passionate, playful, compassionate and faithful crown prince excellently! I became a certified Park Bo Gum fan!  Even more so when I read up about you and learned that you are a music major who plays the piano, sings, and dances. You are a very talented, very popular, yet still a very unassuming and humble person!
As a true fangirl, I started downloading piano scores of Love in the Moonlight OST, of which my favorites are My Dearest, Because and the Moonlight Flows. My iPod and iPhone’s playlist include a PBG playlist. My Dearest is my favorite among all your songs (so far). That song brings out the best of your wonderful, mellow baritone voice. You have a rich voice timbre; your vibrato is soft and solid; your falsetto is very pleasant to hear as transition between chest tone and falsetto is flawless!  I de-stress myself and sometimes lull myself to sleep, listening to your version of My Dearest.  iTunes indicated I have played the song 89*times. Geurae, I can now sing it in Korean! 😊
I loved Reply 1988! Such a down-to-earth coming-of-age series. Team Taek! Never doubted it!I have yet to watch other series where you play second lead.

The Manila Fan Meet is  the very first one that I will go to.  My children will probably have a fit if they learn their mom bought a VIP ticket to see her K-drama star. What can I say? Oh well…life is too short! Keribels!

I do hope that you will really read my letter. It would be great if you will, in spite of your very busy schedule, be able to drop me a line. I have a blog and is planning to do a series of articles about you!
I will pray that you reap more success in your career and personal life. I hope to see you when I go to Seoul early next year! Take care always!

* 107 as of  April 30, 2019
* 157  as of June 15, 2019 

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Friday, February 15, 2019

I’m sorry if I seem to lack the propensity to watch telenovelas. I find watching them a waste of my time as:1.) they are too melodramatic for my taste, and  2.) the pacing and development of storylines are too slow.  I’d like to add “bad acting and bad script”, but I don’t want to be labeled as a Pinoy Teleserye snob.

I do watch US TV series though, but K-Drama? No way.  

On the other hand, two of my daughters are fans of anything K-Pop and K-Drama. Through them I became familiar with G Dragon, the variety show Running Man and "unlimited"samgyupsal. They even went on a trip to Seoul probably to have a more intimate “feel” of the country of their favorite Korean stars.  My two daughters are no longer in their highly impressionable years. They are sensible, practical young adult professionals, thus their fascination to anything K was something new and strange for me (and to the rest of the household).

K-Pop is not an unfamiliar territory for me though. I kind of grooved to the catchy beat of Gangnam Style and the one-syllable and two-syllable titles of Momoland songs, which are staples to my 2-year old granddaughter.  

I have not watched any K-Drama, until October 2018. My girlfriends and I were somewhere down south, billeted in a hotel with  limited TV cable connection. I am a late sleeper, ending each night streaming my favorite US TV series, or movies.  Ear-plugged and eyes-glued to my iGadget, I can hear and see my two girlfriends giggling while watching an episode of a K-Drama series. I briefly glanced at the flat screen and took in what they were watching - a nice-looking-hunk-of-a-man Korean CEO squeezing himself into a girl’s bed who I later learned, was his secretary. I saw the humor and wit of that particular scene. Though it was technically a bed scene, there was no malice or innuendos perceived.

Caving in to K-Drama wasn’t instantaneous; but prior to my watching that particular K-Drama scene, my indoctrination to anything Korean through my daughters, Psy, BoomBoom, Baam, and samgyupsal has been going on for quite some time, without me knowing about it. 

What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim is the title of K-Drama that piqued my interest. On February 1, 2018,  I clicked on Episode 1 link in Netflix. After a day or so of binging, I was hooked! I loved the series! I had to tell someone who is into K-Drama all about my "discovery".

Who to tell? ❓❓❓

A very good friend of mine is worst than my daughters with regards to watching K-Drama series. She spends every spare time (and sometimes absents herself from work) just to watch her series. She never goes anywhere without her tablet-full-of-downloaded-K-Drama series.
So, I told her about my growing interest to K-Dramas. The news excited her and recommended that I watch Encounter. I asked her if the male lead is Park Seo-joon. No, she said, but it’s another Park… Park Bo Gum. My daughter’s friend joined in the conversation and recommended that I watch Love in the Moonlight too.  

After three days, I finished the two Park Bo Gum series.

My fascination for K-Drama and admiration (read: enthrallment, attraction) to Park Bo Gum have been sealed.

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