9 Inspiring Efforts from K-Pop Fandoms Against the Pandemic
Karen Jane Ng
No one is more committed than K-pop fans. And that "commitment," along with the feels and loyalty, isn't only limited to the idols that they stan, but also for the people they share that same commitment with - the whole fandom. It's like how the famous High School Musical slogan goes, "We're all in this together." So together that they even work for a cause!
Yep, fandoms do that, and that's just one of the many things that they can be unapologetically proud of. It's very apparent now especially with the coronavirus pandemic that we are currently facing. So much for giving back to their faves, here are some of efforts fandoms are doing in the Philippines:
1. BTS ARMYs
Filipino fans of the global phenom are putting merch on sale such as stickers, tote bags, pins, and temporary tattoos that resemble Jungkook, and all the profits will go to health sectors in the country that are fighting against COVID-19.
HELP RT! PH ARMYS!
order for a cause: 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 🌈✨
the profit will be donated to help the health sector of PH to fight against COVID-19 ‼️
PRICE💵: all in the form
order here 👉🏻 https://t.co/ZFNj0ZwzrJ pic.twitter.com/yKdwJ4c614
— honeybliss⁷ | comms open! (@honeyblissph) March 20, 2020
2. BLACKPINK BLINKs
BLACKPINK's fandom sought monetary donations from their mutuals to make a Food Drive possible. The meals will be distributed to the people of community currently affected by the quarantine including the street vendors and security guards.
In light with the pandemic we are all experiencing, we would like to knock on your good hearts to extend a hand in helping the community in the simplest way we can. @kpopconph and @BLACKPINK_PH will partner with Tapawarma who will be in-charge of distributing the food. pic.twitter.com/bhMczV48fc
— BLACKPINK PH | #WeareFUE 🌿 (@BLACKPINK_PH) April 2, 2020
3. EXO's Phixos
Instead of holding a big celebration for EXO's anniversary last April 7th, their fans from the Philippines allocated their resources by launching a crowdfunding which aims to aid frontliners and hospitals with food package and other necessary supplies.
Instead of anniversary project, we have decided to launch this crowdfunding to give help to our hospitals and/or frontliners who are battling the pandemic.
Donate here: https://t.co/dtyMdHzYL8
Any amount will help. Let's make EXO proud. ❤️@weareoneEXO #EXO
— EXOVotingTeamPH🇵🇭 (@PHIXOVotingTeam) March 17, 2020
4. GOT7 Ahgases
Keen on prioritizing children, fans are participating in an initiative dubbed as Piso Per Day Donation Drive where the money collected will be used to provide kids with milk, diaper, and vitamins.
5. BTOB Melodies
Be it in kind or cash, BTOB stans ask for donations that are intended to help health volunteer groups, recently in Region 9, and send them personal protective equipment: disinfectants, face shield, mask, gloves, protective suit, and boots.
PH melodies just donated to my city’s health volunteer group for covid-19 🥺 the donation is for making and sending of PPEs for frontliners in Region 9. thank u, @BTOBPH ! 💙
if anyone wanna lend a hand to our covid19 donation drive by cash or sharing posts, thank u! 💜 pic.twitter.com/91CRJL5yaU
— nissy⁷ 🐱🐥🐨 YOONMIN ALIVE (@honeyfaery) April 11, 2020
6. ASTRO's Aroha
This fandom is making it beneficial to both the group and those in need through a raffle giveaway of their special anniversary album One & Only. Anyone who will retweet and like the post, share a proof of streaming two official music videos of Astro, and at least donate 50pesos can make an entry.
#ASTRO ONE & ONLY ALBUM GIVEAWAY (PH)
🌸 RT & like
🌸 Stream & like 2 official vids on YT (pic below)
🌸 Reply proof and tag @offclASTRO and @jp_offclastro
💐 +5 BONUS: For every P50 you donate to ANY fundraiser that aids frontliners and families affected by COVID. More ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/gsnZ2KBaHL
— mia✨| 📌O&O GIVEAWAY (@moonfbin) April 4, 2020
7. SHINee's Shawols
Whoever is interested to lend a hand can donate to one Filipino fan, a University of Santos Tomas alum, who, amid the pandemic, is giving out food packages specfically to the people of Tondo.
Hello guys, a ph shawol is currently helping people in Tayuman, Tondo by giving out food packages.
If you can, please donate to them 🙏
Acct Name: Rizza Jane Maniulit
Account Number: 8939 3634 41 pic.twitter.com/UYLCnRAr3I
— sunnydayheroph (@sunnydayheroph) April 14, 2020
8. Seventeen's Carats
PH Carats are also accepting orders of on-hand goods - acrylic standee, photobook, phone case, etc. - to amass money that will solely be granted to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation to assist their COVID-19 operations.
BROKE4SVT On-hand Sale ✨
— For A Cause! 💕
All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the PGH Medical Foundation for our COVID-19 Frontliners ❤️
Sale Period: March 29 - April 8, 2020
Payment Deadline: April 10, 2020
Details & order form: https://t.co/PRxL25ce3q pic.twitter.com/IBlSqBiUKJ
— Broke 4 SVT ✨ (@broke4svt) March 29, 2020
9. Super Junior's ELFs
Open to Filipino and international members of the fandom, ELFs have launched a fundraising campaign in order to help UP Medical Foundation, Inc. develop more testing kits so medical frontliners can accommodate more patients and provide them with PPEs.
We have decided to raise funds to aid in the production and distribution of Local COVID Test Kits by UP-NIH!
All proceeds will be donated to them under #SUPERJUNIOR's name. Any amount will be highly appreciated
Open to PH and INTL ELFS
— 𝕊𝕥𝕚𝕝𝕝𝔻𝕟𝔼 ℙ𝕙𝕚𝕝𝕚𝕡𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕖𝕤 (@stillDnEPH) March 17, 2020
The outbreak has led a number of K-pop events to get cancelled but that didn't stop stans from doing the good deeds. And you thought they only exist for screaming purposes? True, they do scream positive impact. Keep making your idols proud, guys!