Despite the heavy rains due to Typhoon Mario last September 19, 2014 that triggered severe flooding in several areas of Metro Manila, the opening and the three-day K-Festival from September 19-21 in Glorietta was a success.
Organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCCPhil) and the Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office (KTOManila) and sponsored by Korean Embassy, PTAA, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Jeju Air and Cebu Pacific Air, the K-festival had 20 travel booths showing the best of what Korea has to offer.
Visitors were able to receive free travel kits from KTO and checked out the best deals and the most interesting tours around Korea.
Three Travel Themes and Zones: Ski Korea, K-Beauty and Wellness, and Hallyu
At the Ski Korea Zone was ski tour packages and air tickets by airlines and travel agents.
At the K-Beauty and Wellness Zone, it offered free beauty consultations were they can check your hair and skin age as well as browse through options on the K-Beauty and Wellness tour.
At the Hallyu Zone, it featured list of Hallyu packages where you can visit shooting sites of famous Korean dramas. Visitors also experienced traditional Korean culture by donning the Hanbok and playing the Tuho game. Plus there were standees of Hallyu stars that you can have your pictures taken with.
Yes, me with Jaejoong, T.O.P. and Yoochun. Missing one is Kim Hyun Joong from the F4 of Korea! ^__^ There were still other standees of Hallyu stars, but I chose them because they are my fave.
Tuho (투호) or Touhu (Chinese: 投壺) is a traditional Chinese and Korean game that requires players to throw sticks into a large, sometimes ornate, canister. (source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tuho). I played twice but was not successful. Still happy because at least I was able to shoot about 2 sticks from each game. 🙂
There were free performances like Sachoom, traditional fan dance, taekwondo and KPOP cover dance. I was not able to watch Sachoom during the opening day (because of the typhoon), who flew in from Korea. On the third day, I was able to watch the KPOP cover dance group of SE-EON who was the Philippines representative in the KPOP Festival 2014 in Incheon and they just arrived from Korea days before that. Promotional videos of the best winter destinations in Korea were also shown on the large screen. The activities in stage was hosted by Ms. Kring Elenzano.
Visitors who booked their flights and availed the tour packages from the on-site participating travel agencies and airlines to Korea received special gifts from Korea Tourism Organization.
You can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) and Visit Korea’s website for more details and updates on Korea tourism, culture, travel, events, and promos; and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines’ Facebook page, Twitter, KakaoTalk (@KCCPhil), and KCCPhil’s website.
Annyeong, until the next KTO and KCC events!