I remember I was only in high school when my country was first hit with the Korean wave. There was a growing number of Korean dramas being subbed in Filipino and shown in local channels. People liked the soundtracks of the shows and bought copies of their CDs. Soon, it was all over us and we were clearly struck with the new culture.
It was my sophomore year in high school when I first met a Korean. They’re two actually. Both were practicing English teachers who chosen to have their demo classes with us. Their language skill was fair, but we students were still better. We turned a blind eye on their Koglish accent as we loved the energetic way they taught us. There was even this day when they performed Gom Se Mari, a funny “three bear” song featured in the drama Full House starring Song Hye Kyo and Rain.
I got interested in the new culture since then. It helped that my high school best friend was way too crazy about Korea that she even asked me to learn Hangeul with her so we can speak and write to each other in that language. Sort of a morse code for us and advantageous when writing notes while in class. When I went to university, it became worse. My school was half-full of Koreans! I gained a lot of Korean friends, especially when I signed up to be a student English tutor in my school. And oh, I got a Korean boyfriend, too. That warrants another blog post so I’ll spare you the details. Anyhow, since then, the culture is with me.
Korean wave is referred to as the increasing visibility of Korean entertainment and culture in general. It started with the popularity of Korean dramas, then Kpop in Youtube.
With these, I can say that my country has been strongly hit with it. In the Philippines especially in Metro Manila, there isn’t a day when one will not hear a Korean song being played somewhere. Dramas also occupied most of our primetime shows. A lot of Korean restaurants sprouted everywhere like mushrooms and locals embraced them all.
In my village, the effects of Korean wave are quite evident. I think the fact that many Koreans live in my area also helped its growth. There’s a long strip of various Korean restaurants, salons, dental clinics, car shops, e-marts, etc. I enjoy going to most of the places mentioned, but aside from the restaurants, there’s another thing I like with the wave – the Korean fashion style.
Before, Philippines mostly gets fashion ideas from New York, London, and Italian styles. With the spread of Korean culture, it also influenced our tastes. I think my country is not alone in this. As I observed, there is a growing number of Korean-inspired clothing brands which offer latest trends on Kpop fashion and street style outfits around the world.
Most of my Korean friends admit that they do online shopping for their clothes 98% of the time. They buy clothes and accessories in various online stores in their country with free shipping. I got envious with that. Online consumerism here in my country is yet to be widely accepted, though there are some who already braved the market.
Few months ago, I was uncertain if buying clothes online is for me. But now, there’s nothing more I’d like to do than online shopping! There are many legit stores out there and they have a wide collection of items to choose from. No more hassle going to malls and waiting for sale as most have very affordable prices.
I have featured some shops before in this blog, and I am to do one again today. This shop is relevant with today’s topic as they sell Korean style of clothing. If you are the kind of person who likes wearing feminine and demure dresses or wants to sport a Kpop-inspired outfit, then I am sure this shop is definitely for you.
Coco-Fashion is an international online store which provides a variety of unique and good quality women clothing in roughly 300 countries around the globe. They often update their collections with the latest fashion trends to keep their customers always in style. What’s also good is that there is no minimum order required to purchase an item in this shop so there’s no worry if you have a limited budget to use for shopping.