When the pandemic forced us to stay at home, we found unique ways to cope with the lockdown and “new” normal. For some, they turned to planting, cooking, exercise, eating, baking, or watching Korean dramas.
Watching Korean dramas has become addictive even before because they delve deep into emotion. Not only it covers a diverse range of themes with matching unforgettable soundtracks, it also has attractive lead actors and actresses that portray a character we can all relate to and long for in one way or another.
Five Filipinos share which K-drama helped them get through the pandemic and why:
Zenaida Villegas, 64, retiree
“I’ve watched 51 K-dramas since the lockdown. But my favorite is Reply 1988 because I can relate to it. I’m thrilled about their love story. Plus, [the story] doesn’t have an antagonist so it’s smooth to watch the drama–no tension.”
Reply 1988 was released on November 6, 2015 to January 16, 2016 starring Lee Hye-ri, Park Bo-gum, Go Kyung-pyo, Ryu Jun-yeol, and Lee Dong-hwi. It is the third installment of tVN’s Reply series.
Sheri Anne Endaya, 40, government employee
“Crash Landing on You, Reply 1988, and Welcome to Waikiki. They made me feel the love and happiness and forget about the pandemic. Mentally helping.”
Crash Landing on You is a 2019-2020 South Korean television series, starring Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin. It is about a South Korean chaebol (rich conglomerate family) heiress who crash-lands in North Korean portion of the DMZ. She meets a North Korean People’s Army captain and fell in love. Accordingly, CLOY is the highest tvN drama and the third highest-rated South Korean TV drama in cable television history.
Welcome to Waikiki is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung, and Son Seung-won. It talks about very different young men who dream of becoming a film director.
Donna Pahignalo, 39, art director
“Flower of Evil and Fiery Priest. Flower of Evil shows the healing relationship between the main characters, especially how love can change anything no matter how painful their past is. It gives a message of ‘hope’ during these trying times. While Fiery Priest’s comedy and humor are very effective. It gives out a message that no matter how different you are from one another, in the end, you will all be united for the common good.”
Flower of Evil is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Lee Joon-gi, Moon Chae-won, Jang Hee-jin, and Seo Hyun-woo with 16 episodes. Fiery Priest is a 2019 drama about a Catholic priest who makes spiteful remarks and can be rude to others. It has 40 episodes starring Kim Nam-Gil as a Catholic priest and Ko Dae-Young as a detective.
Jaycel M. Tuddao, 26, accountant
“Feel Good to Die. My family and I watched this during the pandemic. I like the story because it talks about the employees and how the management takes care of their employees.”
Feel Good to Die stars Baek Jin-Hee (Lee Roo-Da) and Kang J-Hwan (Kang Ji-Hwan). It has 32 episodes and was released from November 7 to December 27, 2018.
Rey Manuel, 27, unemployed
“My favorite is Empress Ki. She fought for her rights in the most unlikely place and despite being looked down upon. She did everything to show fairness and be a respectable leader.”
Empress Ki stars Ha Ji-Won. The TV series has 51 episodes and was released from October 28, 2013 to April 29, 2014. It talks about Gi Seungnyang who ascends to power despite the restrictions of the era’s class system.