Last Dec. 29, I went to my first ever Kpop convention. I think this is the second or third time (?) it’s being held in Manila but I wasn’t able to attend the previous ones. I was really excited to go because as big as this hallyu wave may seem, there’s really not much merchandise that you can easily get here and that’s what I was really looking forward too.
I went with my sister and my friend Ava–who confirmed her attendance with me more than a month in advance and who also came despite being slightly sick….awwww, kamsahamnida! And once we arrived we met up with my friend from work Mere–a huge Big Bang fan. I must say that I do admire her influencing skills because I’ve already started listening and becoming a fan of Big Bang as well! (But the dillema still remains: GD or Top???)
There was already a line snaking around the entrance of the Megatrade Hall when we got there and an excited mood in the air. As soon as we entered, our sense of sight & hearing were assaulted–to the right is the stage where they were holding dance presentations and to the left are the many tables selling Kpop goodies. Everyone kept floating in and out of the many booths. They were selling cds (regular and special editions), dvds (concerts & live performances plus special boxed sets), tshirts, hats, pins, magazines, banners, ID tags/necklaces, bracelets, photo books, posters, calendars and every possible and imaginable knick knack to delight any and every fangirl–whatever her budget maybe. You name it, they probably had it there…no wait, cross that thought. There wasn’t really any drama dvds being sold which I found quite disappointing because that’s what I really wanted.
Anyway, here’s a look at the goodies that I bought.
My friend Mere on the other hand got herself some Big Bang stuff like Taeyang’s special boxed edition of Solar (with free shirt to boot!), 2 ID necklaces (1 is for safekeeping and the other is to be used for work haha) and the one item I wish they had another copy of is Big Bang’s 2011 Calendar.
The dance competitions were going on as we made our way around the tables. We weren’t able to check it out but from across the hall I did hear Ukiss’ “Be Quiet” being performed and receiving a lot of screams.
After taking some more photos and making several rounds among the booths, it was time to leave. Mere had to report for her half day duty at work while the rest of us were off to a late lunch. Much love and thanks to the organizers, KFest Manila Events Management, the folks at the concession stands and the many fan groups/clubs that participated. You’ve made me and my friends a bunch of happy fangirls that day. We’ll be looking forward to the next one.