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Lucky 2016 For Me

The year 2016 has been a lucky year for me! Although, it ended not on its best for me with the death of my father after Christmas, I would still consider it as one lucky year. As a Korea Tourism supporter for years, it is normal for me to be following Korea tourism related websites and SNS accounts. As I was also chosen as one of the Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s 20 WOW Korea Supporter of 2016, it was normal for me to be sharing news, updates, and events from those SNS accounts. With that, luck was with me as I won various online events from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram just by sharing and commenting. I even lose tracked on some events I joined and about 2-3 prizes were forfeited for not sending the required identification details. Here are the prizes I won and I am very thankful for these gifts!

From answering a survey of Seoul Metropolitan Government.

From Visit Korea Committee Facebook event.

From Visit Medical Korea website event.

From Imagine Your Korea Instagram event.

From Gangwon Korea Facebook event.

From Imagine Your Korea Facebook event.

From Imagine Your Korea Facebook event.

From Talk Talk Korea Facebook event.

From Gangnam Medical Tour Center Facebook event.

Aside from the gifts above sent from Korea, I also won Amazon gift cards from:

ISeoulU Instagram – 10 USD
Daegu Travel Facebook – 10 USD
Korea MICE Bureau Facebook – 25 USD
ISeoulU Twitter – 30 USD
WOW Korea Supporters Facebook – 50 USD
Visit Seoul Facebook – 30 USD

The best of course is being chosen by Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office as the Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016 and winning an Asiana Airlines round-trip ticket to Korea! I’m excited for my trip in November and definitely will be having a blast as I miss Korea so much! You can read more about my blog entry about that here.

Thank you Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office for this award, 2016 Best WOW Korea Supporter and for the Asiana Airlines roundtrip ticket to Korea! I received this during the Korea Travel Awards 2016 at the Makati Diamond Residences on December 14th. I've learned more about Korea as I promoted it to other Filipinos and my SNS followers. I have fallen in love more and there is unending curiousity about the country. Rest assured, I will continue to support Korea Tourism and KTO activities. Kamsahamnida! Thank you to my friends and followers who liked, commented, and shared my posts, you are all part of this! Hope you get to visit Korea in the future and/or again soon! #KoreaTourismOrganization #KTOManila #wowkoreasupporters #wowkoreasupporter #visitkorea #imagineyourkorea #koreatourism #koreatravel #travelkorea #koreatrip #igersmanila #igmanila #igers

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Thankful for these and hoping the luck would continue this year! Join too in the various online events, it is just as easy as sharing and commenting their posts.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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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KTO Manila’s Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016

Last March 2016, I was selected as one of Korea Tourism Organization – Manila Office’s WOW Korea Supporter of 2016.  There were 20 of us, which our role was to help promote Korea Tourism and KTO Manila’s SNS posts and events in our SNS accounts from April to November 2016.  The most active one with the most likes, comments, and shared in his/her SNS postings will win a free round-trip ticket to Korea and other gifts.  There were also times when the Top 2 or 3 most active supporters get invited to a KPOP concert which KTO Manila was one of the sponsors (BTS Epilogue in Manila) and the Korea Travel Night last September 22, 2016 at Fairmont Hotel Makati which I was one of the Top 3 active supporters.

Guess what? After our time of SNS promotions and submitting monthly Excel reports of our SNS postings, I was chosen as the Best WOW Korea Supporter of 2016! All the hard work paid off.

Me awarded by KTO Manila Director, Mr. Inshik Park. My award certificate and the Asiana Airlines voucher of a RT ticket to Korea.

 

I was invited to attend the Korea Travel Awards 2016 organized by Korea Tourism Organization Manila that was held last December 14, 2016 at Legaspi I Ballroom, Makati Diamond Residences. The annual prestigious event has been conducted to acknowledge the efforts of KTO Manila’s partner travel agencies and airlines. Given awards also included Best Press Award to ABS-CBN’s Matanglawin and my award, Best WOW Korea Supporter 2016.

Inside the ballroom and the Korea inspired photobooth.

Inside the ballroom and the Korea inspired photobooth.

 

The event also showed highlights of KTO’s 2016 marketing activities and its marketing plan for 2017.

Thank you KTO Manila for the award and for the Asiana Airlines roundtrip ticket to Korea which I will use in November this year. I’ve learned more about Korea as I promoted it to my friends and my SNS followers. I have fallen in love more on Korea and there is unending curiousity about the country. Rest assured, I will continue to support Korea Tourism and KTO Headquarters and Manila Office’s activities. Kamsahamnida!

Thank you to my friends and followers who liked, commented, and shared my posts, you are all part of this! Hope you get to visit Korea in the future and/or again soon! Most of all, I want to thank God for all the blessings!

Giveaways during the Korea Travel Awards. KTO wall and desk calendars, vouchers, hand creams, and Descendants of the Sun posters.

 

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

Why I Definitely Want To Go Back To Korea

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I discovered my love for Korea through K-drama and KPOP, and it has now blossomed to loving its natural beauty to the dazzling lights and modernity, rich culture and tradition, cuisine, and its people, THE REAL KOREA.

With my interest and love for the country, I enrolled in a Korean language course offered by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines. I met new friends who had the same passion. I attended special classes like knotting and embroidery. I attended events organized by KCC Philippines, KTO Manila, and Korean Association in the Philippines, from Seollal celebration events with traditional foods and games, and wearing the Hanbok; Korean Film Festivals, exhibits, and travel expos. And KPOP concerts should not be missed by me!

I love Korean foods (traditional to chicken & beer) and eating out at Korean restaurants had been a great bonding with my Korea loving friends and even influenced office-mates and other friends to loving Korean food. Being from a tropical country, we love Korean ice creams that are perfect for a tropical country! With that, I learned to cook Korean dishes (started with bibimbap). Relieving stress and bonding with my girlfriends also in the only Korean spa jjimjilbang in the Philippines.

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With all these, the goal of visiting Korea finally came true in October of 2013.

I want to go back to KOREA, my happy place, for many reasons. Aside from doing the normal touristy things and I’ve done most in Seoul and nearby places and Busan, I want to explore more on the regional places and try a lot of traditional cuisines.  More people need to know that aside from the beautiful places and sceneries, it is the culture and its people what makes Korea unique.  Korea is so creative and diverse. There is always something new to offer that makes you want to go back; from art, eco-tourism, adventure, transportation, food, Hallyu wave, shopping, etc… There is still unending curiosity for me in discovering the many secrets of the country. There are still many places, foods, events, and activities not tick off my Korea bucket list.

As a staunch Korea Tourism supporter through KTO/Imagine Your Korea(then Buzz Korea) for years and also Korea/Seoul Tourism related pages and sites, I had been learning a lot, falling in love with Korea more, and do what I love. I also had been appointed by Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office as WOW Korea Supporter 2014 and 2016, and also by Seoul Metropolitan Government as Global Seoulmate 2014 and chosen as one of the best Seoulmates.

You can check my Social Media accounts and blog to see how active I’ve always been on promoting Korea Tourism. Instagram on Korea, Personal Instagram, Facebook , Facebook Page, and Twitter. In my own little way, I want to continue to promote Korea as one of the best tourism destination in the world through this.

If given the chance to travel to Korea through this event, I will be able to truly share my experience with my own point of view to my family, Hallyu and non-Hallyu friends, and SNS and blog followers all about the trip. Aside from the real-time updates on my SNS accounts on the trip, I will post a comprehensive write-up about the experience on my blog. My write up will comprise experiences, lessons, tips, and amazing photos that can inspire everyone to start planning of their own amazing Korea trip.

Traveling to Korea will always be both a “living in the dream” moment and a learning experience. I will forever be grateful if given the opportunity during and even after the trip. Saranghae KOREA!

Thank you Korea Tourism Organization for giving us foreign Asian and Middle-East Korea fans this opportunity. It is a hard competition and really much luck is needed.  Hoping for an early Christmas gift from Santa KTO! More events and more power to the whole team!

 

Five Reasons Why You Have to Take the K-Travel Bus in Korea

UPDATE: K-Travel Bus resumed its operation as of June 2017.

Last August, I blogged about the launched of K-Travel Bus with Hallyu Star, Jung Il Woo, as the Honorary Ambassador, and the subsequent campaign of 2016–2018 Visit Korea Year, offering a foreigner-exclusive coach bus traveling a 2-day round trip from Seoul to South Korea’s famous local attractions in Daegu, Gangwon Province, Southern Jeolla Province, Northern Gyeongsang Province, the Southeast Region, and new courses being added or changed when the season changes.

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You probably don’t want to miss this great opportunity to travel beautiful regions of Korea and here are the five reasons why you have to take the K-Travel Bus!

✓ Affordable Price!
✓ Substantial Discount Promotion!
✓ Can find out hidden attractions of Korea!
✓ Can enjoy fun experience!
✓ Can make new friends!

Every K-Travel Bus package is 1 night 2 days tour! Hotel is included and it’s going to be a shared room (2 people). If a person wants to use a single room, there is additional charge of 60USD!

Personal expenses and meals (except breakfast on the second day) are the only things that are not included.

Here is my favorite among the offered tour courses, the Jeollanam-do course!

For more detailed information on the courses, promotions and discounts, and how to reserve a seat on the bus, visit the official website. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates and promos.

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

Grab a chance to “Enjoy Mobile Korea” for FREE!

Visiting Korea? Here’s your chance to “Enjoy Mobile Korea” for FREE!

The Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) has collaborated with Samsung and SK Telecom to provide international visitors to Korea with a free smart phone rental experience.

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Chosen participants of 250 people every week will be offered free rental of a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 for five (5) days including free data, local voice calls and SMS messages, and the pre-installed Visit Korea app to make traveling to Korea more convenient, to access useful and latest information such as themed travel, directions, discount coupons, and more! International incoming calls and messages can also be received.

For more detailed information, please visit the official promotion website (http://emk.visitkorea.or.kr/).

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

Korea Grand Sale 2016

Korea Grand Sale is back again! It will run from October 1 to October 31, 2016.

For those who are traveling to visit Korea in October, you’re just in time! Held throughout the month of October, a variety of benefits, promotions, and discounts ranging from shopping to transportation, entertainment, beauty and health, food and more will be offered to all international tourists.

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Don’t miss #KoreaGrandSale’s updates and follow them on Facebook. Check out their website for more detailed information.

Have a great time shopping and enjoy exploring Korea too!

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

KTO Manila’s Korea Travel Night 2016

As one of Korea Tourism Organization Manila‘s Top 3 WOW Korea Supporters 2016, I was invited to the  Korea Travel Night 2016 held last September 22 at Fairmont Hotel Makati. KTO Manila organized the event to promote Korea Winter Tourism.

A B2B session was held before the event with 7 land operators and 5 regional tourism offices namely: Goyang City, Busan Tourism Organization, Gyeongsangbukdo Tourism Corporation, Jeju Tourism Organization and Gangwondo Provincial Government which aimed to promote the beauty of each region in Korea.

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Mr. Inshik Park, Director of Korea Tourism Organization Manila made an opening remark at the seminar. Ms. Hyejin Jang, Senior Assistant Manager of KTO Manila, together with the 5 regional tourism offices presented during the seminar namely Ms. Minjeong Lee, Marketing Manager of Gangwondo Provincial Government; Ms. Namshin Sung, Assistant Manager of Goyang City; Mr. Jinwoo Kim, Manager of Gyeongsangbukdo Tourism Corporation; Mr. Wooyong Kim, Assistant Manager of Busan Tourism Organization; and Ms. Dahye Choi, Assistant Manager of Jeju Tourism Organization.

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After the dinner was served, there was a presentation and we had a glimpse of the Korean nonverbal performance called Fireman which has shows at Cecil Theater in Seoul. The anticipated part of the attendees was also the two-part Raffle Draw which prizes include Round-Trip tickets to Korea. Luck was not in me that night as I did not win any.

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Here are the brochures and gifts given during the event. Thank you KTO HQ, KTO Manila, and to the 5 Regional Tourism Offices for these. Hoping to attend your future events too! Looking forward to visiting Korea soon!

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Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

2016 Korea Tourism TVC of Song Joong Ki

Enjoy your Creative Korea’ is a new TVC by Korea Tourism Organization featuring Hallyu star, Song Joong Ki.

‘Enjoy your Creative Korea’ introduces a variety of creative attractions you can experience in Korea.

Meet the creative people
Taste the creative cuisine
Feel the creative vibe
Love the creative nightlife

Enjoy your Creative Korea!

Here is the full 60 seconds Korea Tourism TVC!

 

Watch the special scenes of Song Joong Ki that were not shown in the official TVC, the online exclusive!

 

In 2014, a Korea Tourism TV ad featured global KPOP group, BigBang (watch it here) and in 2015, it featured Hallyu star, Lee Min Ho (watch it here).

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

Korea Tourism Organization’s K-Style Hub

Korea Tourism Organization‘s K-Style Hub, opened in April of 2016, is a one-stop complex that has the information to meet all tourists’ needs, from a tourist information center to various experience zones, exhibition halls and even sales of local specialty products!

The hub is divided into four segments, with the Tourist Information Center found at second level, Korean Food Exhibition and Experience Halls on the third and forth levels respectively, as well as an Art Market Hall on the fifth level. The biggest attraction of K-Style Hub lies in the fact that visitors may enjoy the Korean food culture through various hands-on programs.

Watch the glimpse of the new culture spot you would not want to miss during your visit to Korea!

 

Build memories with KPOP stars, taste Korean foods, try on a Hanbok – the traditional Korean attire, all in one day!

More detailed information about the hub at their website.

  • ☞ Address: KTO Seoul Office 2F-5F | 40, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul,
  • ☞ Directions: Jonggak Station (Seoul Subway Line 1), Exit 5 and walk for about 4-min. / Euljiro 1(il)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 2), Exit 2 and walk for about 5-min. / Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5 and walk for about 8-min.
  • ☞ Operating hours: 10:00-18:00
    ※ Closed on every Tuesdays. Tourism Information Center (2F) 09:00-20:00 (Open all year round)
  • ☞ Website: www.visitkorea.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, French, Spanish, German, Russian)
  • ☞ Inquiries
    Korean Food Exhibition Hall: +82-2-6053-7179 (English, Japanese, Chinese)
    – Korean Food Experience: +82-2-6053-7177/7179 (English), +82-2-6053-7178~7179 (Japanese), +82-2-6053-7179 (Chinese)
  • ☞ 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.

Teasers of Korea Tourism Ad of Song Joong Ki

Imagine Your Korea is the Korea Tourism Organization‘s brand slogan and brand identity designed to better promote and communicate Korea’s tourist attractions to international tourists.

In 2014, a Korea Tourism TV ad featured global KPOP group, BigBang (watch it here) and in 2015, it featured Hallyu star, Lee Min Ho (watch it here).

Here are the new TV ad teasers featuring Song Joong Ki, a popular Hallyu star as well as the honorary ambassador of Korea Tourism of 2016!

Are you ready to travel to Korea with him?

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Watch out for the full 5-minute Korea Tourism TV ad soon as well as the behind the scenes during filming.

Follow Imagine Your Korea on Facebook  and Instagram (@imagineyourkorea), and their website.

Follow Korea Tourism Organization on Facebook and Twitter, and Visit Korea’s website.

For Filipinos, 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.