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fangirl story

Hi I’m Nana.
I am a fangirl.

1998

When you are eleven years old and you worship a teenybopper band, people think it is cute. Naalala ko noon, hindi ako naniniwala sa nanay ko, lalong lalo na sa mga pinsan ko, pag inaasar nila ako na malalaos din sila. Kasi para sa akin, isa sila sa pinakamagaling na banda. San ka nakakita ng magkakapatid na gwapo na magaling pa kumanta, except Hanson that is? Pero ngayon, alam ko na na hindi man lang sila umabot sa kuko ng Beatles, Incubus at Eraserheads.

I swore I would be their fan forever. Well, hanggang ngayon naman, kung tatanungin mo ako, hindi ko naman pinagsisisihan OR ikinakahiya na naging fan nila ako – na bumili ako ng lahat ng cassette tapes nila (oo cassette pa uso non!), na yung kwarto ko dati nilagyan ko ng sandamakmak na posters nila, na memorize ko yung lahat ng kanta nila, na nanood ako ng concerts nila. Pero sana lang, hindi ko hinayaan yung mga kaibigan ko na masanay na tawagin ako sa isang pangalang nakuha ko dahil sa boyband na ito. ANG HIRAP KASI MAGEXPLAIN SA MGA BAGONG KAKILALA.

Habang buhay, ako na si Nana.

2006

I went to Japan one summer (coz I am sosyal like that. not! Haha) and I was overwhelmed how Japan is totally different from our third world Philippines. It was my first trip abroad and I wanted to absorb everything. Sobrang na-inlove ako sa Japan. Doon ako nagkaroon ng konsepto ng IDOLS. But for Idols, it was not love at first sight for me. Naniniwala kasi akong cool ako. Naniniwala akong I was waaaay over boybands.

Remember how absurd (Taiwanese) F4 is to us? Hindi ko sinasabing hindi ko sinubaybayan ang Meteor Garden at wala akong favorite F4 member, which is Vic Zhou by the way. Pero hanggang dun nalang yun. Hindi pa ako fan. Kaya nung pagpunta ko sa Japan at lahat ng male celebs dun ay mukhang F4, nakakaloka diba?

At first gusto ko lang may maikwento. It was something amusing kasi. I remember how I tell my friends during our YM conversations na yung mga lalaki sa Japan mukhang mga babae. Mahahaba ang buhok, ang puputi, ahit ang kilay, parang uod kung sumayaw. I soon found myself “researching” more about them on the internet. Nagpapanggap pa kasi ako. Kung makakita ka ba ng ganito, hindi ka ba macu-curious?

You could say that my Japan trip was life altering. As a person, I grew. I learned many things. But I am not going to talk about serious stuff like that here. The point is, when I got back to Manila I was already a fangirl.

I entered the world of fandom because there is always something new to unravel. To use a vampire-slash-Twilight analogy, being a newborn and I was always hungry for all things JPOP. And before I knew it, it has become a part of me already. I live and breathe Jpop. Imagine, I also used it as my thesis topic.

I stayed because of ARASHI.

Arashi can be many things. But to me, Arashi is my chocolate. On a crappy day, makikinig lang ako ng kanta nila or manonood ng isang episode ng show nila, ok na ako, good as new and it never fails. Hindi ko maeexplain ng todo yung epekto nila sa akin. Kagaya ng hindi ko ma-explain kung bakit kita kaibigan or bakit ako nasa UP PEP. Ayoko rin naman masyado i-analyze kung bakit kasi mawawala yung ‘magic’.

Ultimate goal ko as a fangirl ay yung makita sila in person and see them perform live. Meaning magtatrabaho ako para makaipon and pag mayaman nako I swear I will see them no matter what!!! Japan wait for me! E pero kasi they are popular like that, na kahit mismong mga Hapon hirap makakuha ng ticket sa concert nila. Tignan mo idinadaan na nung iba sa dasal sa templo.
*Please let me get an Arashi Tokyo Dome concert ticket

I never got out, because I then discovered KPOP.

2009

Jpop and Kpop is distinct but the Fandom is overlapping. (Hindi ko na siguro susubuking iexplain yung difference nung dalawa kasi hindi naman yun nagma-matter sa general population. Basta, magkaiba sila.) I introduced Jpop to a friend (yes Krystel, ikaw to.) and she introduced Kpop to me. And the craziness began.

May paniniwala ako dati na ang Idol group na para sa akin ay may 5 members lang dapat – Arashi, Big Bang, DBSK (Google nyo nalang for more). Kaya hindi ko masyadong pinapansin yung SUPER JUNIOR. Hindi ko kasi sila naintindihan. Ang dami nila 13+2 members, may subgroups pa. Tignan mo yung picture. Nakaklito diba?

I guess familiarity broods affection. Without me knowing it, I became an ELF. (Suju fans are called ELFs, fyi)

I like the exclusivity the Fandom brings. If it would become mainstream, magsusulputan ang mga claiming to be fans pero hindi naman nila naiintindihan ang gravity nito. Kagaya nung mga nagsusuot ng Che Guevarra shirts na hindi man lang alam ang ipinaglaban nya o yung mga slang magsalita pero hindi naman laking America.

So when Nobody by Wonder Girls hit us like plague, I got really really really annoyed. When Sorry Sorry by Suju made it to the local charts, it was my horror coming to life. Ayan na. Magiging bakya na. Discriminatory, I know. Pero kung hindi naman dahil dun, hindi pupunta ang Super Junior sa Pilipinas for a concert.

It was never an option to miss Super Junior’s SUPER SHOW 2. Para sa isang fangirl, once in lifetime chance ito to see them live. From the day na nalaman namin may concert, hindi na kami mapakali. All the waiting was making us anxious and made us ‘fangirl’ more. We just wanted it to get over with para makabalik na kami sa aming normal selves.

BIG MISTAKE.

Seeing Super Junior live. OMIGOD. It was the best experience ever. It would take another blog entry para madescribe ko yung na-feel ko nung araw na yun. (Or basahin mo yung blog ni Krystel, that pretty much says it all) Dun ko na-realize ang epekto sa akin ng Super Junior at ng fandom na ito. Hindi natatapos sa concert na yun ang lahat. Nagsisimula pa lang.

TODAY

When you are 24 years old, has no boyfriend and calls yourself a fan of an Asian idol group. People would shake their heads and look at you weirdly. Hindi na siya cute.

Hindi pa nila alam nun na napapangiti ako ng songs nila. Na kinikilig ako everytime napapanood ko sila. Na nagpapanic ako everytime may tweet sila or may lumabas na update. Na apektado ako kapag may naririnig akong news na nakakasira sa kanila. Na umiyak ako, as in IYAK, dahil sa heartfelt gratitude nila towards sa fans. Na natatakot ako na baka magdisband sila.

Yung realization pa na mas alam ko yung nagyayari sa araw-araw nilang buhay kesa sa mga kaibigan ko (thankgod for internet). Yung minsan nakakahiya kasi lagi ko silang naisisingit sa usapan kahit walang paki-alam sa kanila yung kausap ko. Yung di kumpleto ang araw pag walang any fangirling activity.

E POTAENA, HINDI NAMAN KAMI MAGKAKILALA PERSONALLY.

Pero masaya akong maging Fangiri. Masaya ako kahit nakaka-stress yung trabaho ko. Masaya ako kahit wala akong boyfriend. Masaya ako kasi gets ako ng mga kaibigan ko. Masaya ako.

jpop-ing

Name: Nana

Birthday: jan17

Current occupation: student

When did you first learn of JE? Or what was the first song you ever heard that was JE?
>> we had relatives in japan so i went there for my summer vacation. it was spring 2006, then.
i regularly watch the local television. and during that time, kurosagi was being aired. hence, daite seniorita. it was also kat-tun's debut year so they were promoting real face a lot.

How and when did you start loving the boys? Could it be love at first sight?
>> no, it wasn't love at first sight. but you could say i was very curious.

watching so many music shows and kurosagi, i found myself singing daite seniorita's chorus. at about the same time, a friend mentioned during one of our ym conversations if matsumoto jun is popular (in japan) as gokusen was being shown in manila at that time. i remember telling her that japanese boys are prettier than most pinays. though not soon enough, i was googling my heart out. wanting to know more.

when i got back (to manila), the dubbed gokusen in channel 7 has already reached its conclusion. thank god (OR NOT) for pirated dvds. GOKUSEN and i found each other. I haven't learned enough nihonggo during my trip =S so a subbed drama is LOVE. i was smitten by matsujun. and as you may say, the rest is history.

Favorite GroupS (emphasize on the “s”):
ARASHI.
but i appreciate and support other JEs as well.

Most favorite song/s from EACH of your fave GROUPS (they have more than looks, you know.)
Arashi - honestly, i cant choose. One Love, if you really insist i choose one.
NEWS - summer time
Kanjani 8 - wahaha
KATTUN - yorokobi no uta
Tackey & Tsubasa - ho! summer
Hey Say Jump - ultra music power
v6 - honey beat
smap - sonomama
Kinki kids and Tokyo - gomen. i forgot the titles. i can hum it for you though? hehe.

Which group do you love the most?
ARASHI

Why do you fancy them?
arashi are like chocolates for me

Favorite Member:
depends on the day, actually. but for most of the time its MATSUJUN.

Supported Pairings:
i'm not really not fond of pairings.

Which group would you like to know more about?
JE sempais. (from V6, KinKi kids, TOKIO, SMAP) lately, i've been listening to their songs a lot.

*survey from je_philippines.lj
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