There’s nothing that can escape eagle-eyed EXO-Ls and Dandanies—not even a can of tuna.
EXO’s Kyungsoo made fans swoon as he released a “mood sampler” of his upcoming mini-album “Empathy” on Wednesday, July 14. The retro-inspired teaser shows the singer appearing to have writer’s block as acoustic music is heard in the background.
But what caught Filipino fans’ attention, however, is the unexpected addition of two cans of Century Tuna on the windowsill in the last part of the teaser.
Kyungsoo’s set in his first mood sampler contains a Century Tuna in it ??? kyungsoo filipino ?? pic.twitter.com/RuDFsVvLcT— klau ? 공감 (@kokokbop) July 15, 2021
I enhanced the photo to confirm and yes they really included Century tuna afritada and hot & spicy, a canned good from the Philippines in the set design for Kyungsoo ? pic.twitter.com/Nqn3GirFtD— ◟ari (@oshcuddles) July 15, 2021
Filipino fans are quick to react on social media about the product, while others joked that the members of the boy group are Pinoys at heart.
HOY CENTURY TUNA HOT AND SPICY NGA YUNG NASA BINTANA HAHAHAHA pic.twitter.com/Z4GkDHfYUi— KV | D.O. Empathy 공감 7/26 (@farmerkyung_soo) July 14, 2021
First Chanyeol with the Philippine money and now Phillipines brand Century Tuna as part of the set design for Kyungsoo. ? pic.twitter.com/xSmBVXR293— ◟ari (@oshcuddles) July 15, 2021
A fan pointed out that the art department of SM Entertainment should “reveal themselves” due to the use of Filipino products in their artists’ work.
That pinoy art dept staff in SM should reveal themselves. ?— cuddleso ?? 공감 D-11? (@maekyungsoo12) July 14, 2021
First it was the 1bv set, then the ph gas prices on SHINee DCM stages, then the Century tuna adobo and afritada flavors in Kyungsoo’s mood sampler ?? pic.twitter.com/PxEvLtW3ci
Ash joked that Kyungsoo is actually a Filipino who lives in Pasig City, a reference to his resemblance to Mayor Vico Sotto.
may century tuna don kase pilipino si kyungsoo eh, mayor ng pasig— ash | EMPATHY (@dyooopenguin) July 15, 2021
Kyungsoo, who finished his military service in January 2021, is the sixth member of EXO to debut as a solo artist, Lay, Chen, Baekhyun, Suho, and Kai. He is set to release “Empathy” on Monday, July 26.
According to The Korea Herald, the singer wrote the lyrics to the title track Rose which is described as a “scene from a 'high-teen' romance flick.” An English version of the song will also be included in the album.
How excited are you for Kyungsoo’s solo debut?
Screengrab from EXO’s official YouTube account