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This Pinoy Shares His Many Girls' Generation Experiences As A Second-Gen Fan

'Internet and technology use wasn't really that big during that time. We were happy with 360p videos.'
PHOTO: Courtesy Of Erik Paolo Capistrano

In 2020, K-pop continues to break through global airwaves and online media with an overwhelming variety of musical acts and content these artists produce. Ask anyone now if they've listened to K-pop, and you'd most likely get a resounding "yes" as a response. But K-pop wasn't always this mainstream. Back in the mid-2000s, K-pop was making its slow climb into the consciousness of the general public in Korea, and eventually, across Asia. One of the biggest and most groundbreaking groups to come from this era is Girls' Generation, a "second-generation" group (aka K-pop acts that debuted from the mid-2000s to the early 2010s) from SM Entertainment.

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For the second installment of our two-part feature on Girls' Generation, meet Erik, a 38-year-old university professor and SONE (the official fandom name of Girls' Generation) since 2010. He was first introduced to the girl group when he watched their now-iconic music videos "Gee" and "Genie". Back then, "internet and technology use wasn't really that big," Erik explains. "We were happy with 360p videos."

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Being part of the fandom early on had its perks, though: He was able to see the group with its original nine-member lineup. One of his most memorable SONE experiences was watching his first-ever Girls' Generation concert in Bangkok, Thailand in 2012. Erik shares, "The very first member that I saw was Sooyoung, because she looked out from the balcony where they were doing the press conference and waved to us fans and I was like, 'Oh my god, she's so pretty!'"

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But watching K-pop concerts locally or abroad at that time wasn't as accessible as it is now, tells Erik. "Flights were more expensive back then, I remember, and concerts in the Philippines were far and few in between," he says. "We didn't have Girls' Generation until 2013 and that wasn't a solo concert. As opposed to nowadays, it's cheaper to fly to Korea, fly to Taiwan or Hong Kong to catch concerts."

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To know more about Erik's longtime love for Girls' Generation and his experiences as a second-gen K-pop fan, check out Episode 14 of the Fangirl Diaries below:

*Cosmo would like to give a special thanks to Girls' Generation Philippines.

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VIDEO PRODUCED BY: Jacinda A. Lopez, Lily Grace Tabanera, Andie Estella, and Louise Ferrer

VIDEO EDITED BY: Lily Grace Tabanera

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