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What can Catholics learn from REPLY 1988?

by Clyde Ericson H. Nolasco

Up on a Sycamore


For the record, KDrama Series isn’t my cup of tea.


I remember getting bored while watching Episode 1 of Crash Landing on You. While most were going gaga about it, halfway through the first episode, I paused it then closed Netflix. I gave up instantly.


Reply 1988 was a trip down memory lane as I ugly laughed and shed tears for Deuk-Sun, Jung-Hwan, Sun-Woo, Dong-Ryong and Taek, five friends whose lives intertwined in a neighborhood in Ssangmun-dong, Seoul.


I know I am way behind as this is a 2015 series and it’s already 2020.

Ssangmun-dong Family | A neighborhood of five families who together defied the odds of life.


FRIENDS FOREVER | Dong-Ryong, Taek, Deuk-Sun, Jung-Hwan and Sun-Woo.


I was taken back to 1988 when TVs and computer monitors were not yet flat then to 1994 when pagers were the hippest gadget next to CD players. But I must not forget to mention that the comedy and drama would not be complete without the story behind each family especially of their ajummas.


The series caught my attention one lazy afternoon. I was browsing my Facebook feed when I came across a video of four friends asked by their moms to make rounds from one house to another to deliver food from their own kitchens. It was nostalgic. The riot among these neighborhood friends, the bonding and the struggles made it very relatable.


SPOILER ALERT: If you have not seen this series, I may ruin the experience. Reply 1988 was distinctly done so I am hoping to give justice to this 20-episode KDrama.