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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.

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] 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!

[Info] K-POP: A New Force in Pop Music

How and when KPOP began? And why millions of people around the world are into KPOP?

The Korean Culture and Information Service published their second volume of the K-culture series book that introduces popular Korean music to promote contemporary Korean culture.

Click the link below and click E-Book view! Enjoy reading! 🙂

Korean Cultural Center Books about Korea

or you can click directly this link:

K-POP: A New Force in Pop Music

For best reading experience, click the fullscreen button in the Scribd panel. 🙂