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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.

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.

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.

K-Travel Bus: Discover Korea’s Hidden Charms Out of Seoul

The K-Travel Bus program has been launched and started full-scale on March 25, 2016 with 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 the city picked as “This Year’s Tourism Site.” New courses are planned to be added.

Take a wonderful trip in Korea on the K-Travel Bus now, and don’t worry a thing about transportation, lodging, and even translation.

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For more information on the courses and reserving a seat on the bus, visit the official website. You can also follow them on Facebook for updates and promos.

Here is Hallyu Star, Jung Il Woo, the Honorary Ambassador of K-Travel Bus inviting you to explore Korea on K-Travel Bus.

 

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.