Throughout the years, Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu have dedicated huge parts of their lives chasing after their dreams, creating music with passion and giving love to the fans who kept watch over them. In the same manner, fans have also dedicated their time standing JYJ throughout the issues and conflicts, as well as living by the codes the members have set for their fans to follow. The relationship has brought not only friendships within the fans themselves, loyalty to the group and constant exchange of gratitude towards the said hallyu stars and their loyal followers, but also charitable deeds the fans do in reflection of JYJ’s actions. During concerts, fanmeetings, and even during fansignings, tons of rice wreaths the fans bring instead of fangifts have caught the attention of the world, on special occasions like the group’s debut anniversary, the members’ birthdays and just about any day to be thankful for the boys’music, health sponsorships to needy and sick people are given out by fans. Facilities have been built, and scholarships were organized in the name of JYJ members. This is the fandom culture built by Cassiopeia and their beloved Hallyu Stars.
Here in the Philippines, fans have not only kept the faith and unity among fans despite the struggle with the recent isses, but also shown active participation in deeds the JYJ members can be proud of.
With the lead of the Premiere JYJ non-profit organization, Cassiopeia Philippines – the faith is undisputed. A taste of the past months’ fandom culture would be the 9G: The Red Room Exhibit, Globe’s KPOP Fanclub of the Year during the Philippine KPOP Awards last 2011 and DBDs (Dong Bang Day) - a few of the highlights of the Cassiopeian existence. For the 47th and 48th DBD, last April 14 and 21, CassPh visited the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) in hopes of channeling but a percentage of love Harang, Leo and the rest of JYJ’s pets receive from their owners. It has been a year since the team has fallen in love with the beautiful animals, that needed love and affection. It’s safe to say that Cassiopeia Philippines have treasured them in the depths of their heart.
PAWS is home to over 250 cats and over 50 dogs. Some were rescued from maltreatment. Others are sadly, suffering from illnesses. Knowing that we can’t just be bystanders to such, Cassies gave a shot in being PAWS volunteers. Kilos of ground pork, fish and rice were brought to fill up the tummies of our furry friends. Amidst the laughs shared while preparing for their meals and learning about the good hearts that took home the PAWS animals, we turned an attentive ear to the other side of the coin, the dark stories. For every visit, we make it a point to spread the word about the conditions of the PAWS shelter in hopes of gaining support and imparting knowledge to the unfamiliar ones. Cuddles and fuzzies were made here and there, and photo ops took place among the fans and their newfound little friends.
For years, fans have made the fandom culture of the Red Ocean a reflection of JYJ’s charitable actions. When JYJ donated to World Vision, the fans did their best to do so too. For Cassiopeia in the Philippines, when JYJ smiled with their furry little friends, CassPh wanted to experience that, too. Although the deeds may be humble and not yet enough to make all the dogs and cats in the whole country happy, CassPh also wanted to show that fangirling should not just be limited to forging loyalty between fans and idols. Fangirls can be catalysts. Cheers and screams during our favorite groups’ performances can always be translated to energy needed for rebuilding, restructuring and reliving the good in society.