Category Archives: Korean Cultural Center

Han Ho Art Exhibit in Manila

One of Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines objectives is to introduce art to the Philippines. For the past years, KCC Philippines hosted successful art exhibitions in various areas such as Korean contemporary art, tradition art, and crafts.

This was the first time for KCC to hold an art exhibition that uses light as a tool. This featured the works of Han-ho, a Korean contemporary artist and performer, who integrates light in his artworks. A fine art graduate from Paris 8 Vincennes University, Han Ho has held exhibitions all over the globe, from Seoul and France to New York, Brazil, Germany and Japan.

A video during the opening of the Manila exhibit with Han-ho himself.

The exhibit entitled “Eternal Light,” explores subjects such as human nature, inner conflict, and hope using light as a medium.  Using traditional Hanji mulberry paper, Han Ho combines light in his traditional paintings to create a new form of art.

Han-ho says, “I make a hole of light between the wall of the painting and the media. The light that shines through this hole travels through the canvas and the ink lines on the paper and finally becomes a new media painting. I keep punching the holes inside and outside, and this is highly labor-intensive repetitive and irregular punching creates a complete result of light. Therefore, it is a drawing of light. Countless punched holes shine like the light of stars, and distance exists in the paining just like cosmic space. The size of the holes displays the brightness of light.” His works are perceive as an installation work in space rather than painting. A painting with lights reincarnates in space via videos, instead of just being an effect on a screen.


A special documentary of his works from 2015-2017

I was not able to attend the opening ceremony, but as a Korean culture and arts enthusiast, I wouldn’t miss seeing the art exhibit myself. I dropped by KCC before the exhibit ended.

A video slide of the photos I took from the exhibit.

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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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.

[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.

Phil. Azkals vs. Incheon Citizen FC at Rizal Stadium

The Philippine Azkals will face off on a charity game with the South Korean team Incheon Citizen FC on January 21, 7PM, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The proceeds will go to the victims of typhoon Sendong and the ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya will have a booth inside the stadium to accept donations, both in cash and in kind.

Ticket prices are P100, P300, P500, P1000, and P1500. You can purchase them at the Ticket World outlets and since it is sponsored by KIA, you’ll get the chance to win by raffle a brand new KIA RIO sedan.

Be part of this event for a cause and cheer for Azkals or get to chant Dae-ha-nim-guk! Whatever happens, the winner will be the vicitims of the typhoon Sending who will benefit from this match.

Korean Cultural Center Phils registration of classes schedule for Feb 2012

Korean Cultural Center opened their office last July of 2011 at the Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City. They had been offering classes like language, dance, cooking, and Taekwondo for a very minimal amount. I was lucky enough to have enrolled on the second batch of Korean Elementary 1 language class last September and started my classes last October until the second week of December. Last January 10, they finally announced the dates for registration for the third batch of classes and they are:

Jan. 24, 2012: (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

AM:  Language classes

PM:  Traditional dance, taekwondo, danso, experience traditional music & games, explore Korean culture through Korean songs, samulnori & cooking classes

Jan. 25, 2012: (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

AM & PM:  KPOP dance classes, KPOP singing & cooking classes

Jan. 26, 2012: (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

AM and PM: all class with AVAILABLE SLOTS.

 —–Registration will re-open on Jan. 30 and 31 if there are still remaining slots.397849_342898949070885_211855175508597_1252357_1203772605_n

TIP: For those who are planning to register, please do on the first day and be there before their office opens because from my experience, people even lined up as early as 6AM even it was during Typhoon Pedring.

Please do visit their website and facebook account for more info and to download the registration form.

Website: http://phil.korean-culture.org/welcome.do

Facebook:  KoreanCulturalCenterPH

Twitter:  KCCPHIL

Address: 2F Mancor Corporate Building, 32nd St. Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

Enjoy their classes and we  might bump into each other at KCC coz I will also be taking classes their.