LOOK: K-Pop fans open community pantries

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Filipino fans of K-Pop bands BTS and EXO join the slew of groups setting up community pantries to give free necessities to residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 20) — Filipino fans of K-Pop bands BTS and EXO join the slew of groups setting up community pantries to give free necessities to residents amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fandom of South Korean boy band BTS, known as ARMY, opened a local community pantry in Dasmariñas, Cavite, offering free rice and vegetables.

Bie Rosales, 21, said the project was initially her mother's idea. The group named ARMY Cavite Fanbase on Twitter has two pantries in Dasmariñas — one in Windward Hills Subdivision and another in Manuelaville Subdivision. More than 50 people, non-BTS fans included, have given contributions since the initiative started, Rosales shared.

"We thought of this way in order to give help, hope and smiles to our fellow countrymen because we know how hard for them to do a job for a living during pandemic," she told CNN Philippines.

An hour away in Malabon City, another pantry from a K-Pop fandom is open, this time from a fan of fellow boy band EXO. Pictures of the stall show rows of instant noodles, eggs, canned goods, and rice.

The stall, organized by Kristine Santos, is also adorned with posters, photos and even standees of the members of EXO.

Santos, 32, has been an "EXO-L" since last year. She and a fellow fan started the pantry only a day ago.

"I thought it would be just one day event since [there] were only four people who donated first," she told CNN Philippines. "Then I didn't expect that it will go viral."

Although there are no plans yet to open more stations in other locations, Santos said the project will continue as the donations come in.

"As long as there's help, we will continue this," she assured.

K-Pop fans are no strangers to charity efforts in the country. Previously, fans of girl group BlackPink as well as other fandoms offered donations to typhoon victims, and other initiatives.