Category Archives: Events/Concerts

K-Ribbon Selection Exhibit in the Philippines

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In an effort to increase Korea’s culture and brand awareness, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Korean Embassy and Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines (KCC) held its “K-Ribbon Selection” Exhibit, a 10-month long worldwide promotion, from November 2 to 8, 2016 at the Shangri-La Mall Plaza Grand Atrium, Mandaluyong City.

The K-Ribbon Selection, Constancy and Change of Korea is the Korean government`s recognition of excellent cultural products that convey the cultural value of Korea. Its unique Logo is inspired by the Hanbok coat string (Traditional Korean Clothes).  It is aimed at creating a “Korea Premium” concept through systematic management and brand marketing activities. Its implementation began in November 2015, and covers cultural products that can represent Korea, including Korean food, handicraft, Hanbok (traditional Korean dress), and cultural contents.

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Korean traditional premium handicrafts were displayed of wood crafts, metal and ceramics mostly used by the royal and noble families in Korea and up to now. A Royal Heritage Crafts Exhibition was also held which was managed by Korean Women’s international Network and Korean Women’s Association in the Philippines. The exhibit for Korean handicrafts was supported by the Korea Craft Art’s Association and sponsored by Korean Royal Heritage Gallery. In this area, traditional and modern designed pots and vases were displayed.

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Vibrant colors of Hanbok welcomed the guests. Hanbok is Korea’s traditional clothes and is made up of layers of different colored textiles perfect for festivals and important events. Aside from the usual designs, modern twists for the traditional clothes were introduced. Just beside the Hanbok displays was the photobooth where you could try Korean traditional clothes! You just need to select the design you want, fit your face on the screen, and you get a printed copy of you wearing a Hanbok!

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A wall that played music videos of renowned KPOP groups was situated at the center of the venue dedicated for the Korean-pop enthusiasts. A Virtual Reality Experience Zone let you walk under the moon and check on the paintings during the Joseon period. The Moon vol. 2 was designed to show Koreans’ practices in the Joseon dynasty including their beliefs that praying to the moon would give them blessings and protection.

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Korean food products with seal of excellence were displayed so that guests will be familiar to premium brands. A K-Food Open Kitchen also gave a complete experience of Korean foods, with few recipes and food samples handed out. An authentic taste of Samgyetang (Chicken in Ginseng soup), Bulgogi (marinated beef) and seaweed rice rolls were few of the samples!

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The event was a must-see event for all Korean culture enthusiasts like me to truly see the beauty of Korean culture and products. Hope there would be more Korean-related exhibits here in the Philippines in the future.

For Filipinos, you can follow Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines for more updates and future events, KCC’s Official Facebook Page and KCC’s website. They are located at the 2F Mancor Corporate Building, 32nd Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

You can follow the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@ktomanila) for more local updates on Korea tourism, events, and promos.

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[Promotion] 2014 Korean Film Festival in Manila on October 8-12

The Manila leg of the 2014 Korean Film Festival will run from Oct. 8 to 12 at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.

LIM Sang-Yoon, writer and director of “The Company Man,” will be gracing the opening event on Oct. 8 at the SM Megamall.

Organized by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in cooperation with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), the Film Cultural Exchange Program, Korea Copyright Commission, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), SM Cinema and SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., the festival had its run at SM Clark in Pampanga on Sept. 17 to 21, SM City Davao on Sept. 24 to 28, SM City Cebu on Oct. 1 to 5; and will have its screening at SM Megamall in Mandaluyong on Oct. 8 to 12.

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The festival will feature seven films including “Company Man,” “Hide and Seek,” “Hwayi,” “King of Pigs,” “All About My Wife,” “Man on the Edge” and “My Paparotti.”

The movie Company Man (회사원) tells the story of Hyeong-do (SO Ji-sub), an assassin who regards his work as a routine. A contract killing organization is managed like a normal company and Hyeong-do works for this organization. A man loyal to his company and accepted as the firm’s best killer, Hyeong-do one day starts feeling doubts about his job and decides to quit it for a woman he is in love with. Instantly, he is under threat of being hunted down by his former colleagues.

SON Hyun-joo stars in Hide and Seek (숨바꼭질) as the OCD insomniac Sung-soo whose brother has gone missing. He sets out to find him, only to discover that the shabby half empty apartment complex that Sung-soo’s brother used to live in has strange symbols inscribed under the door bells: □, ○, △, V. The residents look terrified, hurriedly locking themselves when Sung-soo and his family arrive at the apartment. Ever since they returned home from the trip, strange things start to happen. His house keys disappear, someone tries to break in when only his children are at home. Then the engravings under his doorbell appear: □1, ○1, △2. With his family quivering in fear, Sung-soo’s compulsiveness and nightmares get worse.

For the film Hwayi (화이 : 괴물을 삼킨 아이), child star Yeo Jin-goo was voted as the Best New Actor in the 33rd Korean Association of Film Critics Awards and the 34th Blue Dragon Film Awards in 2013. YEO Jin-goo plays the titular role of Hwayi, raised by 5 fathers who are famous criminals. One day, the group is commissioned to kill a man named Lim and his wife. While the rest of the group feel something odd about this particular contract, Suk-tae is adamant to carry out this job with Hwayi in tow. During the job Hwayi discovers a photograph of a child in Lim’s house. Eventually, Suk-tae hands his gun to Hwayi and he is forced to pull the trigger. He becomes ill after committing his first kill, and realizes that the boy in the photograph looks uncannily familiar.

The award-winning animated film King of Pigs (돼지의 왕) tackles the issue of bullying. Kyung-min, a businessman, and Jong-suk, a failed writer, are former schoolmates. During a reunion dinner they look back on their school days, when a particularly cruel group of students, “the dogs”, exercised a reign of terror by hazing and bullying part of the other students, the “pigs”. One day, KIM Chul, one of their mates, stood up to the “dogs”, becoming the only hope of ending their tyranny. Fifteen years on, he remains a hero. But behind this figure, the two men recall the murky story of their bond.

IM Soo-jung and LEE Sun-kyun star as a married couple in All About My Wife (내 아내의 모든 것), the only romantic comedy film in the festival. Doo-hyun’s (LEE) wife Jung-in (LIM) is the complete package — a beautiful woman and excellent cook — but he simply cannot stand her endless nagging and complaining. Doo-hyun chances upon a way out of this relationship when his company finally transfers him to another province. However, much to his dismay, Jung-in secretly moves into the house to be with him day and night. But when Doo-hyun sees his new neighbor Sung-gi (RYU) being chased by adoring women day in and day out, he hatches a new scheme, asking Sung-gi to seduce Jung-in. Confident as ever, Sung-gi begins his new conquest, not knowing what Jung-in has in store for him.

The drama-comedy Man on the Edge (박수건달) is a story about Kwang-ho (PARK Shin-hyang), a famous mob in town, where strange things begin to happen after he is stabbed in the hand during a fight. He concludes that the path of a shaman is the only solution to his problems, and juggles his vocation as a mob by night and his new role as a shaman by day. He's now known as ‘veiled shaman’ and even ghosts visit him for help. While Kwang-ho leads a dangerous double life, he begins to sympathize with a child ghost named Su-min. When Kwang-ho is about to help Su-min, his cover is blown and is attacked by a rival gang. Will Kwang-ho be able to fulfill Su-min's wish?

A music-themed drama film, My Paparotti (파파로티) tells of the story of a local teen gangster with musical dreams (LEE Je-hoon) and the once-promising music prodigy turned local teacher Sang-jin (HAN Suk-kyu) as they work together towards fulfilling each other’s dreams. ang-jin was a promising young singer who now works as a high school music teacher after suffering from vocal cord tumor. His ordinary life is suddenly rattled when Jang-ho, a local teen hooligan is transferred to his school. Jang-ho is a constant source of headache, but upon hearing Kang-ho’s singing voice, he realizes the boy’s ture talent and decides to help develop it. Just as the two grow their special bond, unexcepted conflict arises between two rival gangs, which propels Jang-ho into a crisis. Will Jang-ho overcome the obstacles and fulfill his destiny as a world-class singer?

HOW TO GET TICKETS

a. FREE ADMISSION.
b. All tickets will be distributed on the day of the screening while the invited guests are entering the cinema. Only 1 ticket per viewer will be given.
c. All tickets are on a first-come, first-served basis.
d. If a guest would like to watch the next movie, he/she should line up again for the ticket distribution.

One of the sponsors Kogi Bulgogi will be giving away gift certificates to the attendees of the October 9-10 screenings. First 5 walk-in guests per screening will receive a Php 200 GC each.

There will also be an exhibition at the SM Megamall Event Center (October 5-10) and SM Megamall Cinema (October 11-12).

For more information, please visit the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippineswebsite, and follow their Facebook page, Twitter, and KakaoTalk (@KCCPhil) for updates.

[Event] Three-Day K-Festival 2014 in Glorietta, Makati, Philippines

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Kfestival6Tuho (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. 🙂

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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!

[Event] K-Festival 2014 on Sept 19-21 in Glorietta, Makati, PH

For Filipinos planning on going to Korea especially this winter, drop by at the K-Festival 2014 organized by the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office on September 19 to 21, 2014 at the New Activity Center, Glorietta 2, Makati City.

Check out destinations to enjoy in Korea this winter from activities like skiing, beauty and wellness tour options, and many others. Check out the best deals and tour options. Get more ideas on what to do on your trip. You can also avail of on-site bookings from travel agencies and airlines.

There will also be FREE beauty consultations, experience wearing a Hanbok (Korean traditional clothing) and photo booth, and watch performances by Sachoom, one of the most famous nonverbal performances in Korea.

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Dance Musical ‘Sachoom’ (댄스뮤지컬 사춤) Sachoom” is a nonverbal dance musical that presents a simple plot full of various dance genres including hip-hop, jazz, contemporary dance, break dancing, and more.

More information on Sachoom and for ticket reservations at the Visit Korea’s website.

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.

[To:Ur Imagination] BIGBANG Invites You to Korea and Win a Free Trip to Korea

Korea Tourism Organization recently launched its new slogan “Imagine Your Korea,” which was created to reflect the changing needs of international visitors to Korea and in relation to this, a brand campaign started last July 15, 2014 that featured a TV commercial with globally known KPOP band, BIGBANG.

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Check out the video campaign of the members of BIGBANG – G-Dragon, T.O.P, Taeyang, Daesung, and Seungri as they give you ideas on what to do in Korea.

Imagine Your Korea with BIGBANG!

In correlation with the slogan launched, buzz Korea which is KTO’s global campaign and integrated online community site that reveals Korea’s attractions and various Korea-related contents through social media has an event called “To:ur Imagination.” This promotion was created to encourage foreign tourists to have more interest in visiting Korea and is endorsed by BIGBANG (Korea). Foreign celebrities –  Mario Maurer (Thailand), Xin Jiang (China), Ebina Kenichi (Japan) and Michelle Phan (U.S.A.) introduced their 4 days and 3 nights tour program in Korea and the videos of their trip were shared on the To:ur Imagination website.

Participate in the event from July 15 – August 31, 2014 and get a chance to WIN A FREE TRIP TO KOREA and make your imagination come true.  KTO will select 8 grand prize winners on a 4-day trip to Korea in October or November. Other prizes such as an iPad mini, MCM backpacks and signed Big Bang CDs will also be given away! For more information, check out www.tourimagination.com.

Be a fan of the Facebook pages of buzz KOREA and Korea Tourism Organization for more info about KOREA, events, and contests.
http://www.facebook.com/buzzkorea
http://www.facebook.com/koreatourism

Follow them on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/ibuzzkorea
http://twitter.com/KoreanTravel

Visit their websites:
http://www.ibuzzkorea.com/eng/
http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/index.kto

Subscribe to their official Youtube channels:
http://www.youtube.com/ibuzzkorea
http://www.youtube.com/visitkorea

[Concert] INFINITE’s One Great Step Tour in Manila, Nov. 3, Smart Araneta

INSPIRITS, are you all excited? The seven-member K-POP boy band, INFINITE, that debuted in the K-pop scene in 2010 will be rocking at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 3, 2013 for their much-awaited “2013 Infinite 1st World Tour: One Great Step”.

Its members are Sungkyu, Dongwoo, L, Woohyun, Sungyeol, Hoya and Sungjong.

The world tour kicked off in South Korea last August and Manila will be the last stop in Asia before heading to the US.

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TICKET PRICES:

PATRON (Standing) – P9,010
LOWER BOX – P9,010
UPPER BOX A PREMIUM – P5,725
UPPER BOX A REGULAR – P4,455
UPPER BOX B PREMIUM – P2,460
UPPER BOX B REGULAR – P1,910

Tickets are available at Ticketnet at www.ticketnet.com.ph. Call 911-5555 for more inquiries.

Ticketnet Box Office (at Smart Araneta Coliseum) and Ticketnet Outlets (SM Malls and Resorts World Manila).

TICKETNET outlets are located at the following malls:
§  Resorts World Manila
§  SM Mall of Asia
§  SM Makati
§  SM North EDSA
§  SM Southmall
§  SM Marikina
§  SM Sta. Mesa
§  SM Manila
§  SM Megamall
§  SM San Lazaro
§  SM Aura
§  SM Fairview
Support the Fan Projects:
Some MVs of INFINITE:
BE MINE by Infinite
DESTINY by Infinite

[MECHANICS] Siwon and Donghae in Manila for Bench this August 15

Donghae and Siwon for Bench Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign (photo from Fashion Media PH)

Bench finally announced the mechanics on how to get a chance to see up close & personal with Super Junior‘s Siwon and Donghae for their official launch here in Manila for the clothing band with an event on August 15, 2012, 5pm at the Trinoma Activity Center.

#SiHaeInManila Raffle coupon (credit to my friend @laurzai)

#SiHaeInManila Bench Participating Stores:
1. TriNoma
2. Glorietta5
3. Alabang Town Center
4. Market Market
5. SM Megamall
6. SM North Edsa
7. SM Fairview
8. SM Southmall

#SiHaeInManila MECHANICS:

1. For every single receipt purchase of P 1,000.00 worth of any items at participating stores, customers are entitled to a raffle coupon & a chance to be part of SiHae launch!

2. 700 winners are entitled to enter the SiHae launch.

3. Maximum of 2 raffle coupons per receipt.

4. Valid only for Cash, Credit Card, GC & EPS Transaction

5. Raffle coupon/s will automatically be handed out upon payment

6. Drop boxes are placed at the store counters of the participating stores.

7. Customer must fill up the raffle coupon with his/her complete name, address, email address, telephone number, twitter username (if applicable) & affix his/her signature on the raffle coupon and must be dropped in drop boxes.

8. Raffle date will be on August 10, 2012 at 5pm in Suyen corporation office with DTI and Bench representative.

9. Cutoff date of submission of entries : August 8, 2012 (store closing hours)

10. Employees of Suyen Corporation and all participating stores including their relatives up to 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promo.

11. A participant can only win ONCE.

12. Winners will be informed through registered mail, twitter direct message and phone call. List of Winners will be posted at all participating stores.

13. Suyen Corporation reserves the right to use the names and images of the winners for publicity and promotion purposes.

14. Winners can enter the event area by presenting the following requirements to the Suyen Corporation representative in the event area:
i. One (1) valid ID: should be government issued ID with photograph & signature
ii. Winning raffle coupon
iii. Registered mail

15. In the event that the winner will not be able to retrieve the prize, an authorized representative should bring and present the following requirements:
i. Authorization Letter from the winner
ii. One (1) valid ID of the winner & One (1) valid ID of the authorized person (should be government issued ID with photograph & signature)
iii. Registered mail
iv. Winning raffle coupon

16. Transaction will still earn points for lifestyle cardholders.

17. Valid to apply discount when red discount card is presented.

More information at Bench’s Facebook and Twitter.

Goodluck to all of us participating in the raffle! 🙂 If not lucky, we can still see them since the Trinoma Activity Center is an open area. Reminiscing F4’s Ken Chu and Kim Hyun Joong events that I attended there. ^_^ Of course, I will never forget Bench and Jerry Yan’s event at NBC Tent from way back. We queued the night before even if we had our passes.  #Fangirl memories.

[Info] BIGBANG Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 in Manila – Ticket Details

BIGBANG is set to visit Manila for the first time for their first ever world tour in support of their latest mini-album, Alive. Filipino VIPs and KPOP fans have been waiting and saving for the concert tickets, thus yesterday, July 21st, was first ticketing day and VIP seated and Lower Box Center were immediately sold out.

Ticket prices:

VIP Seated – 13,200php (sold out)
VIP Standing – 10,560php (few left)
Lower Box A (Center) – 7,920ph (sold out)
Lower Box B (Sides) – 6,870ph
Upper Box – 3,700php
Gen Ad – 1,060ph

Tickets are available at SM TICKETS  at MOA Arena, SM Cinemas, and online.

More info at the Ovation Productions Facebook page and event page.

Can’t wait for October 24, but I will be seeing them first in Bangkok because I’m flying there to watch the tour on October 7. 🙂

[Event] KCC Hallyu Fest 2012 with special guest “Boyfriend”

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines is celebrating their 1st year anniversary this month with a series of events lined up.

July 10 — KCC Cultural Caravan in the Division of Pasig
July 14 — “Living Ceramics: The modern touch of Korean Heritage”: KCC’s Anniversary Exhibition
July 21 — 2012 Pinoy Kpop Star”Final Round”
July 28 — KCC Hallyu Fest featuring Cover Dance Competition and special guest ” Boyfriend”
August 10 — Philippine – Korea Exchange Day

The 2012 Pinoy KPOP Star on July 21 will be at KCC. The winner will represent the Philippines in the KPOP World Festival in Korea on October, where all the winners of the Korean Cultural Centers around the world will be competing. In the first KPOP World Festival last year, Karla Carreon, from the Philippines won the Grand Prize for the vocals.

The 2012 KCC HALLYU FEST on July 28 will be at Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia. With this, the Center will be bringing in Korean band, Boyfriend, as their special guest. Apart from Boyfriend, the KPOP Cover Dance Group Contest will also take place and the winner will represent the Philippines in the KPOP Dance Cover Festival in Gyeongju, Korea to be held on the Hallyu Dream Festival in September and will have the chance to meet their favorite KPOP idols. There are other several events for the Hallyu Fest such as the Drama Cosplay Competition, photo contest, raffles, games and others.

All of this, for FREE! Ticket distribution will be next week. For further announcements on the competition details and ticket distribution, please visit KCC’s Official Facebook Page and KCC’s website.

UPDATE FROM KCC(07.11): We will distribute tickets on the day itself (JULY 28), Venue and schedules are yet to be announced, but the Center has upcoming promos with VIP seats at stake! So stay tuned!

See you there! 🙂

Here is the MV of Boyfriend’s Love Style from their 1st Mini Album released last June.