As fast as Pinoys could hit the search button, the South Korean song, “Gwiyomi,” quickly became the next big internet craze unseating Psy’s “Gangnam Style” earlier this year.
The video became such a huge hit that many Filipinos and even celebrities such as Vice Ganda, Jasmine Curtis, Enrique Gil, Kathryn Bernardo, Ella Cruz, Yeng Constantino, and cosplayer Alodia Gosengfiao began uploading their own interpretations versions of the three-minute sugary sweet digital track.
“I still could not believe it,” Korean indie singer Hari said at a press conference held at the newly re-launched Glorietta 5 in Makati City on Thursday, September 5.
Through an interpreter, Hari said everything stills feels “like a dream” as her song became a viral hit not only in South Korea, but in other Asian countries as well. “Even coming here in the Philippines, I never thought of that,” she added.
“I didn’t expect all the success I am receiving right now. If not because of this song, I wouldn’t be here. I’m really thankful to all of my fans,” she enthused.
Hari attributes the success of the song to its cute appeal; “I think the song is cute and very catchy and it appeals to all audiences. This song connects to everyone. It’s not just about one person or one topic. It’s for everyone to follow and it’s for everyone’s pleasure.”
“Gwiyomi” or “Kiyomi” is a Korean slang used in reference to a cute person and is a song is about a Korean girl’s proclamation of love for her boyfriend and how she endearingly wants him to promise that they will always stay together.
Hari says she has seen all the different versions of the songs and was even surprised at first that even Filipinos would do their own interpretations.
Asked which “Gwiyomi” cover was her favorite, she revealed; “The version I like the most is actually from the Philippines. She’s a Filipina. I don’t know her name. I like it so much because the girl is cute and she has the best version of “Gwiyomi.” She has long hair and I also like her sense of style,” Hari described.
If given a chance, Hari says she would like to collaborate with KPOP star G Dragon of Big Bang and even with Filipino singer Sam Concepcion, who performed his latest single “No Limitations” to welcome the Korean singer.
As part of her Philippine visit, Hari met with her fans at at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City and several other Ayala Malls such as Glorietta, Marquee Mall Activity Center, Ayala Center Cebu Terraces over the weekend.