Fangirling is not a new thing. Arguably, the fangirl culture in the Philippines particularly took off with the rise of Kpop and Kdrama among the Filipino youth. For sure, there are various ways by which fangirls (or fanboys) show their support to their fandoms – creating a fandom website, purchasing fan merchandise, and other activities undertaken by fellow fans. Following the success of the Kdrama Crash Landing On You (CLOY), multiple Hyun Bin fangirling social media pages rose, one of which is a fan community lead by an events company, Manila Preneur Corp. Known as the Hyun Bin Philippine Fan Club (HBPFC), the community boasts of having multiple contents and activities tailored for fans. These include having its own website, fan merchandises, fan live broadcasts, featured clips for documentaries, creation of exclusive fanzines, and, the most-awaited of all, their virtual birthday celebration dedicated to their oppa Hyun Bin.
The Virtual Birthday Party is set to happen on Sept 25, 2020, at 8 PM, PH time, streamed live on the FB page of Manila Preneur Corp. The party will highlight the Hyun Bin Beer, a customized beer crafted as a gift for the fans’ idol in commemoration of his birthday.
“I want Hyun-Bin’s Birthday Month to be a campaign, not just an event”, shares the fan club Director, Cherry Saculo-Genato. As a solid fan, she has organized the fan club no different from her popular events and festivals. “I am a Filipino creative, I support projects that showcase Filipino Pride. By profession, I organize different events; one is the Manila Beer Fest, participated by 80 local craft brewers. I was sure that making a customized craft beer by the 4th largest Brewery (Boondocks Brewing) in the Philippines as a gift for Hyun Bin was an idea that is hard to beat. I thought that if the gift is unique, Filipino fans would stand out, that is why I tirelessly think of ways where we can be exceptional.”
Cherry adds, “ Creating a craft beer for Hyun Bin is a work of Art, from carefully selecting the ingredients, taste testing, designing the packaging and up to all the way how videos are directed. Hyun Bin Beer is my gift to the Filipino fans and the fans’ gift to our one and only Hyun Bin.”
The audience may also expect a complete birthday celebration where they can watch a panel of fans playing games, blowing of a grand customized cake by Maria’s Cake, AVP presentation, gift-giving, and toast wishes from VIPs and celebrity guests.
The HBPFC’s overflowing love for their idol has taken their fangirling into greater heights as they express their admiration through other ways including their charity event held last September 19, 2020, at the Silungan ng Pag-Asa, a shelter for cancer children patients.
Meanwhile, Manila Preneur Corp., also commissioned internationally recognized multi-media artist, Clint Catalan to Make HBPFC’s Filipino – inspired custom hand-painted shoes (including boxes) inspired by his character, Captain Ri, in Crash Landing On You.
“Fangirling is not just an obsession to an idol, we formed our group based on our common admiration to Hyun Bin and it has taken us to meet people from different walks of life, we are continuously inspired and we choose to be high-spirited especially this challenging times of our lives,” shares Cherry, Hyun Bin Philippine Fan Club/Manila Preneur Corp. representative.
Click here to RSVP for the Virtual Party (registration also serves as a raffle entry during the event) or click here to check out Manila Preneur’s YouTube Channel for more content and watch the making of the Hyun Bin Beer and its reveal!