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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.


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?


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.


[Concert] INFINITE’s One Great Step Tour in Manila, Nov. 3, Smart Araneta

INSPIRITS, are you all excited? The seven-member K-POP boy band, INFINITE, that debuted in the K-pop scene in 2010 will be rocking at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on November 3, 2013 for their much-awaited “2013 Infinite 1st World Tour: One Great Step”.

Its members are Sungkyu, Dongwoo, L, Woohyun, Sungyeol, Hoya and Sungjong.

The world tour kicked off in South Korea last August and Manila will be the last stop in Asia before heading to the US.



PATRON (Standing) – P9,010
LOWER BOX – P9,010

Tickets are available at Ticketnet at www.ticketnet.com.ph. Call 911-5555 for more inquiries.

Ticketnet Box Office (at Smart Araneta Coliseum) and Ticketnet Outlets (SM Malls and Resorts World Manila).

TICKETNET outlets are located at the following malls:
§  Resorts World Manila
§  SM Mall of Asia
§  SM Makati
§  SM North EDSA
§  SM Southmall
§  SM Marikina
§  SM Sta. Mesa
§  SM Manila
§  SM Megamall
§  SM San Lazaro
§  SM Aura
§  SM Fairview
Support the Fan Projects:
BE MINE by Infinite
DESTINY by Infinite

[MECHANICS] Siwon and Donghae in Manila for Bench this August 15

Donghae and Siwon for Bench Spring/Summer 2012 Ad Campaign (photo from Fashion Media PH)

Bench finally announced the mechanics on how to get a chance to see up close & personal with Super Junior‘s Siwon and Donghae for their official launch here in Manila for the clothing band with an event on August 15, 2012, 5pm at the Trinoma Activity Center.

#SiHaeInManila Raffle coupon (credit to my friend @laurzai)

#SiHaeInManila Bench Participating Stores:
1. TriNoma
2. Glorietta5
3. Alabang Town Center
4. Market Market
5. SM Megamall
6. SM North Edsa
7. SM Fairview
8. SM Southmall


1. For every single receipt purchase of P 1,000.00 worth of any items at participating stores, customers are entitled to a raffle coupon & a chance to be part of SiHae launch!

2. 700 winners are entitled to enter the SiHae launch.

3. Maximum of 2 raffle coupons per receipt.

4. Valid only for Cash, Credit Card, GC & EPS Transaction

5. Raffle coupon/s will automatically be handed out upon payment

6. Drop boxes are placed at the store counters of the participating stores.

7. Customer must fill up the raffle coupon with his/her complete name, address, email address, telephone number, twitter username (if applicable) & affix his/her signature on the raffle coupon and must be dropped in drop boxes.

8. Raffle date will be on August 10, 2012 at 5pm in Suyen corporation office with DTI and Bench representative.

9. Cutoff date of submission of entries : August 8, 2012 (store closing hours)

10. Employees of Suyen Corporation and all participating stores including their relatives up to 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity are disqualified from joining the promo.

11. A participant can only win ONCE.

12. Winners will be informed through registered mail, twitter direct message and phone call. List of Winners will be posted at all participating stores.

13. Suyen Corporation reserves the right to use the names and images of the winners for publicity and promotion purposes.

14. Winners can enter the event area by presenting the following requirements to the Suyen Corporation representative in the event area:
i. One (1) valid ID: should be government issued ID with photograph & signature
ii. Winning raffle coupon
iii. Registered mail

15. In the event that the winner will not be able to retrieve the prize, an authorized representative should bring and present the following requirements:
i. Authorization Letter from the winner
ii. One (1) valid ID of the winner & One (1) valid ID of the authorized person (should be government issued ID with photograph & signature)
iii. Registered mail
iv. Winning raffle coupon

16. Transaction will still earn points for lifestyle cardholders.

17. Valid to apply discount when red discount card is presented.

More information at Bench’s Facebook and Twitter.

Goodluck to all of us participating in the raffle! 🙂 If not lucky, we can still see them since the Trinoma Activity Center is an open area. Reminiscing F4’s Ken Chu and Kim Hyun Joong events that I attended there. ^_^ Of course, I will never forget Bench and Jerry Yan’s event at NBC Tent from way back. We queued the night before even if we had our passes.  #Fangirl memories.

[News] Super Junior’s Siwon and Donghae To Visit Manila this August for Bench

The long wait is over, it has been confirmed by Bench clothing that their KPOP endorsers, Super Junior‘s Siwon and Donghae (SiHae) will visit Manila this August 2012.

After tweeting last July 13 that they will indeed be here in August, the next day’s tweet was announcing that the dates given by SM Entertainment is either August 14 or 15.

ELFs and other KPOP fans are excited of their upcoming visit to the country and that includes me. 🙂 Reminiscing Bench and Jerry Yan’s events from way back.  Hope Bench will finally announce their promo on how to attend the event.


Photo: Fashion Media PH

[Info] Jay Park will return to the Philippines with New Breed album on May 4 to 6

I wrote an article of Jay Park’s Asian Tour schedule that included the Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, and Malaysia at GoKpop last April 19th and also reposted it here in my blog the same day. I’m posting updates on the mechanics of his visit.

Jay Park will be here in the Philippines from May 4 to 6 to promote his full-length album, New Breed, that was released in February and became No. 1 on the iTunes R&B/Soul Albums charts in the US, Canada and Australia; No. 2 in Japan; and No. 5 in France.

The title track of the album “Know Your Name” features also famous rapper Dok2, who happens to be 1/2 Korean and 1/4 Filipino. In the track, “I Love You”, Jay worked together with composer and producer Rob Knox, is known to have worked with Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and many more.

Watch a video of Jay Park inviting to his shows in the Philippines from May 4-6, 2012 at Universal Music’s facebook.


1) Jay Park will be performing live and will hold a signing session activities at the Eastwood Mall Open Park on May 4, 2012 (Friday) and at the Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill on May 5, 2012 (Saturday) and at the Lucky Chinatown Mall on May 6, 2012 (Sunday).

2) There will be an enclosed area set-up fronting the stage where people who are entitled to get in the enclosed area are only the Sponsors (seated), Mall Executives (seated), MCA Music Staff and those who buy Jay Park’s “New Breed” album at the venue (standing/seated – see PROMO TOUR ALBUM PACKAGE below).

3) Jay Park’s “New Breed” album serves as a ticket only to the mall where the album is bought. For example, if a fan bought a copy of “New Breed” at Eastwood Mall Open Park, the album is good as a ticket to the showcase and signing session at Eastwood Mall Open Park only and not at Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill the next day or at Lucky Chinatown Mall on May 6th. One album = one entry. If you want to be in the enclosed areas of two or all three malls, you will need to buy the album in each mall. If you have companions, your companions will have to buy their own copies of the album to be able to enter.

4) Selling of the albums will start as soon as the mall gates open. There will be a selling booth near the venue. You will be given a showcase ticket together with the album purchased. The showcase ticket will correspond to the album package that you purchased.
* PHP1500 – SHIRT BUNDLE: “New Breed” album (CD+DVD) + “New Breed” Poster + “New Breed” Shirt + Meet and Greet raffle ticket (VIP Seat)
* PHP750 – BALLER BUNDLE: “New Breed” album (CD+DVD) + “New Breed” Poster + “New Breed” Baller (Regular Seat)
* PHP550 – BASIC BUNDLE: “New Breed” album (CD+DVD) + “New Breed” Poster (Standing)

5) Signing session slots are VERY LIMITED. Only those who will purchase the first 200 SHIRT BUNDLES per mall will be given signing passes. First come, first served. DO NOT LOSE THE SHOWCASE TICKET AND ALBUM. The signing session will take place after Jay Park’s performance.

6) Only one (1) album per person will be signed. Only the album’s inlay (booklet) will be signed. Personal pens are not allowed on stage. MCA Music will provide markers for you.

10 Meet and Greet slots will be raffled off to all SHIRT BUNDLE buyers per mall.

****To get the latest updates on Jay Park, visit MCA Music’s Facebook page at or Jay Park Live in Manila 2012 Facebook page.


May 4, 2012 (Friday) at 7:00PM – Signing Session and Performance at Eastwood Mall Open Park

Map and directions.

May 5, 2012 (Saturday) at 7:00PM – Signing Session and Performance at Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill

Map and directions.

May 6, 2012 (Sunday) at 4:00PM – Signing Session and Performance at Lucky Chinatown Mal

Map and directions.

JAYWALKERS, are you ready? 🙂 Spread the news.

[News/Info] Jay Park to Visit the Philippines this May, 2012 Asia Tour Schedule

I’m reposting my article at Gokpop on Jay Park‘s upcoming visit here in the Philippines to promote his new album, New Breed, as well as his schedules in Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur.  🙂

Jay Park to Visit the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia in May

Jay Park will be visiting the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia this May to promote his new album, New Breed. The album was released in February and became No. 1 on the iTunes R&B/Soul Albums charts in the US, Canada and Australia; No. 2 in Japan; and No. 5 in France.

This will be his third visit to the Philippines. In 2010, he visited for a fan meet and in 2011, he headlined the MTV EXIT Live concert.


The album tour will be in three venues: May 4 at 7pm Eastwood Mall Open Park; May 5 at 7pm Venice Piazza at McKinley Hill; and May 6 at 4pm Lucky Chinatown Mall Atrium. Fans only need to buy the album to get limited seats and will have a chance to have an autograph from him. More information at Universal Music Philippines.

Before coming to the Philippines, Jay Park will be in Singapore and from Manila, he will tour Indonesia and Malaysia, and here are his schedules in those countries.


April 28
*2:00pm – Jay Park Fan Gathering (by SingTel). More information here.
*7:30pm – Autograph Session. More information here.
April 29
*3:30pm – Showcase. More information at Universal Music Singapore.
*7:00pm – 2012 Star Awards at Marina Bay Sands. Tickets at MBS website.


May 10 *All invitation has been sold out. More information here.

Kuala Lumpur

*May 12, 4:00pm Fan Meeting (TBA)
*May 13, 7:00pm Showcase (by DIGI). More information here.

Jaywalkers, are you excited?  ~~ Yes, we are excited! 🙂