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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.

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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!