Photos by Gaby Serrano
It’s a Sunday afternoon, and I’m standing in a sea of colorful lights, surrounded by people chanting “nega che chalaga” in unison. By now, the 2NE1 mantra, which means “I am the best” has been tattooed into my being. At this moment, I feel like my skin is clear, my bills are paid, and the country isn’t in ruins.
Witnessing an act of unity and shared love for a common thing tends to make a person feel unstoppable. This is the effect of Kpop Con, the biggest and longest-running fan-organized gathering of K-pop fans in the Philippines. Now on its 10th year, the convention is a mecca for Philippine K-Pop fans. It’s organized by The Philippine Kpop Convention, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing local fan clubs together.