University student Pauline got caught up in Hallyu in the early 2010s because of Korean dramas. Back then, she'd also casually listen to the popular K-pop groups at that time, like second gen greats SHINee, Girls' Generation, and 2NE1. "Pero hindi ko pa nga nararamdaman na 'Okay, why not try to dive into this so-called K-pop?'" she tells Cosmopolitan.
But everything changed when the pandemic hit in 2020. The once low-key fangirl turned into a full-fledged K-pop stan! Pauline says, "Yung mundo mo ba parang huminto because of this pandemic. You don't know how to survive every single day, kung ano ba gagawin mo sa araw-araw, ano bang klaseng coping mechanism mo during this pandemic." And today, Pauline is a proud multi-stan of three groups: third generation superstars BTS and BLACKPINK, and monster rookies ENHYPEN.
While she does enjoy being a fangirl in the ~now normal~ by documenting her merch unboxings on TikTok and having calls with her co-fangirls over Zoom, there really is no beating physical interactions with the Hallyu community. Pauline shares her most cherished memory from way back when: "Best experience ko siguro before pandemic, nandoon lang kami sa isang gilid tapos sinasayaw-sayaw nila yung 'I Got A Boy,' tapos tsaka yung 'Sorry Sorry,' tsaka yung 'Growl' ng EXO. Yung ganoon, ba? Masaya lang kami na ganoon. Yung lahat kayo sabay-sabay na nagkakaintindihan, na pare-pareho kayo ng gusto, nandoon kayo sa isang lugar."
Check out Episode 35 of Fangirl Diaries to know more about Pauline's multi-stan life!
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VIDEO PRODUCED BY: Jacinda A. Lopez, Andie Estella, Lily Grace Tabanera, and Louise Ferrer
VIDEO EDITED BY: Zelda Carreon
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