What It's Like To Be A Multifan
Karen Jane Ng
Super Junior has undoubtedly one of the most enormous fanbase in the world, most notably among the second generation of K-pop. For proof, look no further than the long list of ELF in the Philippines who's been filling concert venues every time the legendary group return here for yet another momentous show. And if it's Filipino SuJu fans we're talking about, it won't be fair not to include the name of 23-year-old Abby in the conversation.
He discovered SuJu during a school vacation in 2009. "Laging pinapatugtog sa FM radio stations yung super hit song nila na 'Sorry Sorry' kaya na-curious ako non. Tapos bumili pa ako ng SongHits na sila yung feature cover," Abby recalled. But over time, while staying dedicated to his main idols, he finds himself feeling connected to other Korean acts like Astro, GOT7, SF9, and NCT. Obviously, you can literally tell now that he's become a multifan.
Does being one change his life as a K-pop follower? Many say it's a struggle and maybe Abby could agreed. It's not as simple as it used to be but on the other side of that, there sure are silver linings. Here's what Abby shared with us about the life of a multifan:
1. It's costly. Oh yes, stans with a tight budget would definitely understand. Imagine your two or more faves releasing a plethora of paraphernalias to add to our collection on the same period of time? You better wish your momma's supportive enough to lend her card. "Kasi if you want to buy their albums or any other fan merchandise, mapapagastos ka talaga eh," Abby said.
2. Voting is a piece of work. Who to vote, that is the question especially if all the idols you stan are nominated in one category. Abby opened up, "'Pag may time na sabay sila or magkalaban sila sa music show rankings, I'm torn between who to vote." It's a big aspect of the K-pop world considering the number of fan-voted charts, music programs and award shows.
3. You can't avoid fanwars. Either you're one to take part or just a mere onlooker, you can't help but witness your fellow fans from the different groups you support to fight often over who's better. It's a disappointing reality for Abby. "Medyo mahirap na kasing alisin 'yan lalo na sa panahon ngayon, so madalas I choose not to get involved na lang," he said. "Bawat groups may kanya-kanyang achievements na dapat nating icelebrate at iappreciate, not to use them to brag and compare to other groups."
4. You gain more mutuals. All fan girls and boys know well how important it is to have friends or people around who share the same interests with you. "Sa totoo lang nung bago pa lang ako sa K-pop ang hirap maghanap ng kaibigan na parehas kayong mahilig sa K-pop. So ang sarap sa feeling 'pag may nakilala ka." Now, as a multifan, Abby has more of that people he called "best friends."
5. There are more sources of happiness. Not only will you have the option to rewatch your ulti group's old content when they're yet making a comeback, but by being a multistan, you now have more content to choose from. "Andun kasi yung fulfillment eh," Abby shared. "Mas marami akong nakukuha na inspiration and love sa mga groups na sinusuportahan ko and mas marami rin akong nakikilalang mababait na tao from the different fandoms na kasali ako."
Abby has seen himself growing so much love for other groups, but he refuses to let that fact take away his unconditional love for the first group he's ever stanned. "May special spot na yung Super Junior sa'kin na hindi na maalis ng ibang groups. Kumbaga, babalik at babalik pa rin ako sa kanila." Still, there's no way that he's closing his hearts to more. "Wala din namang batas na nagsasabi na bawal maging fan ng maraming group, so I think it's okay. As long as masaya ka pa rin sa ginagawa mo, and as long you want na suportahan sila sa abot ng makakaya mo."