2017 Korean Film Festival Goes for Millennial Empowerment

Korean wave fans and film buffs once again swarmed the SM Megamall as the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines (KCC), together with the Embassy of Korea to the Philippines, brought yet again another one of its most awaited and exciting events, the 2017 Korean Film Festival.

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With the theme, “Boldness of Youth,” this year’s festival showcased five critically acclaimed films that features young characters who face various challenges in their lives and how they deal with them including:

The premiere movie “How to Steal a Dog” revolves around a 10-year-old girl (Lee Re) who concocts a plan to steal a rich woman’s (Kim Hye-ja) dog and believes the reward money would be enough to buy a home for her family.

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How to Steal a Dog Director Kim Seong-Ho graced the 2017 KFF premier night with his presence.

“Twenty,” the coming-of-age movie showing the struggles of newly high school graduates namely Chi-ho (Kim Woo-bin), Kyung-jae (Kang Ha-neul) and Dong-woo (Lee Junho).

The family-drama film, “My Brilliant Life” focusing on the hardships of two young lovers (Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo) having a child diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Progeria.

“The King of Jogku,” a sports-comedy movie about the story of Hong Man-sub (Ahn Jae-hong) on his return to university after his military service only to find out that his beloved Jogku court has been removed due to complaints from the student council.

The romantic-comedy film, “A Very Ordinary Couple,” telling the on-and-off relationship of two normal couples in Korea, Lee Dong-hee (Lee Min-ki) and Jang Young (Kim Min-hee).

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KCC Director Lee Jin-Cheol shared his thoughts in an interview before the screening.

KCC Director Lee Jin-Cheol stressed out that they want the viewers especially the young ones to have the same encouragement as the characters in the films and also for the older audiences to reminisce about their past and to understand the lives of the youth in this generation.

The Big Night Unfolds

This year’s Korean Film Festival kicked off on September 7, 2017 with the screening of the multi-awarded director Kim Seong-Ho’s “How to Steal a Dog,” a film adaptation based on a novel by Barbara O’Connor.

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Audience anticipated for the start of the 2017 KFF premiere movie.

More than 500 moviegoers packed the SM Megamall Cinema 6 for the premiere night, which was graced by the presence of Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson Liza Diño-Esguerra. Also present at the opening night were KCC’s sponsors, media partners, and several invited guests.

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VIP Guests enjoyed the Korean food and refreshments that were served.

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Director Kim Seong-ho was joined by Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin and wife Madame Lee Jong-min.

Events Coordinator of KCC Philippines Ms. Paola Ebora hosted the event and welcomed the mostly young crowd, who even replied with “Annyeonghaseyo!” or hello in Korean.

His Excellency Kim Jae-shin in return addressed the audience in Tagalog in his speech, to the Filipinos delight, a gesture that strongly shows the Philippines-Korea long friendly relationship.

Ambassador Kim emphasized that it is the cultural connection that makes the Korean Film Festival important as it plays a significant role in promoting deeper and better understanding of the Korean history and culture among the Filipinos.

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Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin welcomed the audience at the premiere night.

FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra also conforms to the two countries’ affinity saying that “the Korean culture has become an influence and a great part of the Filipinos’ sensibility. It’s such a powerful tool as it can educate, inspire, and move people to positive actions.”

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FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra expressed her gratitude during her speech at the premiere night. 

The FDCP chair asserted that the Korean Film Festival uplifts the Asian cinema, a cultural revolution which the Philippines can learn from and can continuously collaborate with to take the country to a much higher level in the film industry.

The Director’s Talk

With the twists and turns, the crime-drama film “How to Steal a Dog” trickles the warmth, comic energy and tear-jerking scenes to the audience, as it resurfaces a more significant message, addressing perhaps a problem in the Korean setting.

The film has already bagged three awards at the 33rd Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival in Poland, a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a Grand Prix at the 24th Kineko Film Festival Tokyo in 2016.

After the free screening, the audience had the chance to ask Director Kim Seong-Ho in a special talk.

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Director Kim Seong-Ho answered questions from the audiences during his special talk.

On a question on why he accept the task to direct the movie, Kim said he thinks that Korea needs to see more of this kind of films – family-oriented films, and to address youth issues through the industry.

Kim said he didn’t had second thoughts in doing the adaptation film as he was inspired to relate his creation to younger viewers. “I want the youth to stand despite miserable circumstances.”, he said.

The director also pointed out that directing an animal was his hardest challenge in doing the film but he also revealed that he and his team only took almost three months to finish the movie.

On a side note, of course as Filipinos would really love to know, Director Kim said he was overwhelmed by the warm welcome of the Filipinos. He also added that he would definitely be back in the Philippines and if given the chance, he would love to direct a film in the country and cast Filipinos as the actors.

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Director Kim Seong-Ho in a catch-up interview at the premiere night.

The Catch

The 2017 Korean Film Festival, just like in the past years, partners with the SM Cinema and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. for the free screening, concluded its Manila leg last September 10.

For those who weren’t able to watch yet, fret not, as the KCC also brings the films in five more cities so make sure to catch on the following schedule:

SM Lanang Premier Cinema 1 in Davao (September 14 – 17),

SM City Iloilo Cinema 8 in Iloilo (September 21 – 24),

SM City Cebu Cinema 5 in Cebu (September 28 – October 1),

SM City Clark Cinema 3 in Pampanga (October 5 – 8), and

SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite (October 12 – 15).

The Korean Film Festival is the flagship annual project of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, which aims to further engage the interests of the Filipino audience with the Korean entertainment and culture through film.

 

Written by Krew Member Junelyn Olivar

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Song Joong Ki Philippines’ The Battleship Island Block Screening

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Last September 3, 2017, the country’s first and only fan base of international South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, the Song Joong Ki Philippines, held 3 block screenings of the blockbuster hit, ‘The Battleship Island’, at SM Light Mall Cinemas in Mandaluyong City.

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Guests lining up for the block screening

Excited guests waiting for the next block screening

Song Joong Ki Philippines, a non-profit organization, was established back in 2010, and has been actively running with more than half a million followers, a.k.a. Ki Ailes, on its official Facebook page. Led by one of its founding members, Ms. Meljoy Mata and 11 other members, the group has been organizing numerous events and has appeared in different television shows and movie premieres to promote all the activities and products showcased by the well-known, award-winning actor. The Battleship Island Block Screening is the group’s first big event, as numerous supporters in different parts of Manila gathered to show their support for Song Joong Ki.

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During the registration and claiming of tickets, guests were given freebies such as fan cards, movie posters, and free loot bags that contained some Song Joong Ki merchandise. They also held a raffle with items coming from different sponsors for all the attendees of the event.

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Song Joong Ki freebies

Song Joong Ki freebies

Fans weren’t left disappointed as the movie showed an incredible performance of the power house cast and the intense cinematography will definitely make you experience what it was like in the island during the war (you’ll hear the viewers’ reactions during the war scene, and of course, when Song Joong Ki first entered the scene).

Directed by Ryoo Seung-Wan, The Battleship Island features a star-studded cast composed of top Hallyu stars Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, and Hwang Jung Min. The movie was inspired by historical facts, that tells the story about a group of Korean workers, who were forced into labor slavery and who risked their lives in an attempt to escape from the Japanese occupation on Hashima Island (dubbed in the movie as the Battleship Island).

The Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines once again served its purpose as it provided all the fans of the actor in Metro Manila, an interactive field where they could gather and celebrate the much awaited comeback of Song Joong Ki to the big screen.

Thank you Song Joong Ki Philippines

Song Joong Ki Philippines official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SongJoongKiPH/

Written by Krew Member Erika Salaga

Gastronomic Fun and Culinary Creativity Rule at the 2017 Global Taste of Korea

The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) has yet again wrapped up another delicious affair: The Global Taste of Korea 2017.

Held at the Lyceum Philippines University (LPU) Culinary Institute last Saturday, 29 July, the most-anticipated Korean gastronomic event in the country attracted hundreds upon hundreds of avid foodies of all ages.

Now on its fourth year, the goal of Global Taste of Korea remains the same: To offer Filipinos a bite of Korean culinary culture for an entire day through fun, interactive, and educational platforms. And with the growing number of Filipinos taking interest in Korean cuisine, as seen on popular films and dramas, the annual celebration of Korean flavors has never been busier.

A variety of booths lined the 4th level hallway of LPU’s Culinary Institute, ensuring that every guest experiences Korea in a local and cost-free setting.

The Korea Tourism Organization in Manila (KTO) handed out free posters and guide books to anyone who wishes to visit the Land of the Morning Calm, while food booths gave away unlimited helpings of staple Korean snacks and side dishes such as kimchi, ramyeon, and dumplings.

Eager visitors also had the opportunity to don the hanbok, the traditional Korean costume. Gamely posing for pictures, they looked like character pulled straight from a sageuk.

Setting an avenue for a deeper understanding of Korean cuisine, KCC organized cooking workshops for attendees who want to learn more about the history and basic how-tos of Korean cooking. At the end of the workshops, the attendees were able to prepare kimchi and bulgogi, marinated slices of meat that are either grilled or stir-fried.

But perhaps, the most exciting part of this year’s Global Taste of Korea is the cooking competition. Divided into two categories, Kimchi Battle and Freestyle Korean Cooking, a total of 22 cooks took the challenge to be hailed as this year’s best Korean cook.

Betina Erika Lim’s winning dish for the Kimchi Battle Category: Kimchi Chicken Quesadilla

From Left: Lyceum of the Philippines Culinary Director Chef Christopher Bautista, Kimchi Battle grand prize winner Betina Erika Lim, and  KCC Director LEE Jincheol

For the Kimchi Battle, Betina Erika Lim bagged first prize with her Kimchi Chicken Quesadilla, which she fashioned to look like the Taegeukgi or the Korean Flag. Airose Caloobanan (Beef Sinigang with Kimchi) and Angeli Mae Sapno (Steamed Kimchi Pork Buns) also proved to be the judges’ picks, as they received the second and third prize, respectively.

Regine Monsanto’s version of Dwaejigalbi-jjim or Korean-style braised pork ribs

The Freestyle Korean Cooking was a bit more intense, as 11 cooks heated up the kitchen with their own renditions of Korean favorites. Taking the third prize is Amiel Santos, who put a modern twist to the classic bibimbap. Hazel Quiamas got creative with her take on japchae, which she stuffed in a while pan-fried chicken, and took the second prize.

From Left: KTO Director Park In-Shik, Freestyle Korean cooking grand prize winner and Best Korean Cook Regine Monsanto, and KCC Director LEE Jincheol

Besting all 11 contestants is Marianne Regine Monsanto, a 28-year-old cook, who has been joining the Global Taste of Korea’s cooking competition since its first year. She won the judges’ palates with her version of the braised pork rib dish dwaejigalbi-jjim. She is also named as this year’s Best Korean Cook. Aside from the cash prize she will be taking home, Monsanto is also awarded with a roundtrip ticket to Korea, courtesy of KTO Manila.

The day ended on a high note as the auditorium erupted in happy tears and exchanges of congratulatory messages. With this, the guests and contestants alike look forward to another exciting Global Taste of Korea event next year.

Written by Krew member Andy Flores

Reasons why B.I.G. is the next big thing

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We bump into B.I.G. (Boys In Groove) members J-hoon (leader, dancer, vocalist), Benji (vocal) Gun Min (dancer, vocalist), Min Pyo (rapper) and Heedo (maknae, rapper) during their press conference and we’ve jot down the reasons why the media instantly fell in love with these boys! See it for yourself why you must not miss their upcoming ‘The B.I.Ginning, The Asia tour’ in Manila!

1. Spontaneous energy
No one else could beat B.I.G.’s out-bursting charms and energy as they share their love for their fans and their music. During the press conference, a day prior to their third year anniversary, B.I.G members gave us a clue on how they will celebrate their special day by probably having a ‘samgyupsal party’ and a cake. Their unending charms and ‘happy virus’ type of personalities never fail to amaze the fans as they conquer a new milestone in their career.

2. Passion for music
“Gotta get your love oh, I’ll make it over tonight.”

A short serenade from their recent track ‘Hello Hello’ proved they’ve got the charisma and the talent to compete in the K-pop industry. Aside from that, the members got individual contributions in their recent album. In the coming months, they are about to conquer Taiwan, Japan and Philippines through their Asia tour so watch out for the dates!

3. Unique Style
If you want to see a realistic and talented type of performers, then this five-member team is for you. They are total performers and all of them could sing and dance. Aside from that, they can also go solo on stage and you’ll be seeing that on their concert! (Let’s not spill the beans yet! Watch it to feed your curiosity!)

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4. Fan Service
More than throwing finger hearts and doing eye contacts, B.I.G. would make their events memorable as they love to talk with their fans, share their stories, ask questions and suddenly crack jokes in the middle of interviews.

5. Funny stunts
From ‘I want to go to Mall of Asia’ to mishearing the word father to farmer, B.I.G. got lots of humor under their sleeves. There is no way you won’t laugh even for a minute. Following their contagious laughter, you’ll see yourself extremely ‘stan’-ing over these boys!

Bonus: Member’s cute accents! There’s no way you wouldn’t notice Benji’s US accent while the other members try to copy his style!

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Right after the press conference, a quick meet and greet with the fans followed! They’ve got to celebrate Jhoon’s birthday and the third anniversary of B.I.G. together!

PS: The members really loved a Filipino food chain’s chicken and one of the members wishes to visit all the branches they have in the Philippines!

Do not miss the chance to see B.I.G up close and personal on their upcoming fanmeet happening on September 2 at the Music Museum. See you all there!

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier
Photos by Krew Member Martin Arada

Kpop Lovers Unite at 2017 Pinoy Kpop Star!

The annual Pinoy Kpop Star once again filled SM North EDSA with loud cheers and screams from Kpop enthusiasts as they root for their favorite cover group dancers and singers last July 1, 2017.

Among numerous aspirants of the audition, only 20 teams (10 vocal and 10 group performers) were able to show off their talent at the yearly competition organized by Korean Cultural Center (KCC).

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As KCC director Lee Jin Cheol said in his opening remarks, there are a growing number of people who appreciate Kpop. This is proven by the hundreds of people who still wanted to be part of the competition venue. In addition, Director LEE also mentioned that Kpop unifies and inspires everyone, including the Filipino people.

Indeed, you can feel everyone’s excitement through their banners and as the crowd jumped along to the tune of various songs. Honestly, it felt like a real live Kpop concert, that’s how awesome this year’s event is.

And as the performances drew to an end, emotions were in full swing as the results were announced. Volo Pro Veritas, who made the audience feel an adrenaline rush as they danced to the beat of BTS’ Blood, Sweat, Tears, won the grand prize in the performance category. PHP, who staged a concert-like rendition of Bigbang’s Bang Bang Bang, won the grand prize for the vocal category. Both of these groups received Php 20,000 cash prize and gained a spot in representing the Philippines in the 1st round of Semi-Finals of the 2017 Kpop World Festival which will be held online.

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Placing second in the vocal and performance category, were MiU and Fatal, respectively. Both took home, P15,000 cash prize, respectively.

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Grabbing the third spot for vocal and performance category, were Venisse Siy and So Nice, respectively. Both took home P10,000 cash prize.

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The three-hour program was jam-packed with amazing performances from the participants as well as guest performers. It started with Val John’s performance, the Philippine representative last 2015 KBS Kpop World Festival, followed by the sexy and extremely hot performance of As If It’s Your Last by Black Pink of Dasuri Choi, KCC’s K-Pop dance instructor and Eat Bulaga’s Korean Dancing Diva.

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As a closing act of the event, Hwang Yohan, the Grand Touristar of ABS-CBN’s I Love OPM serenaded the fans with his wonderful rendition of Beautiful Life by Crush from the hit Korean drama television series Goblin.

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Contestants for the vocal category were: Queen Mia – I’ll Be Your Man (BTOB), Yara – Whistle (Black Pink), MiU – Re-Bye (AKMU), PHP – Bang Bang Bang (Bigbang), Joy Locsin – Whatta Man (IOI), Venisse Siy – I Will Go To You Like The First Snow (Ailee), Dynamix – You Are The Best (Mamamoo), Ma. Soraya Salvador – Fire (Taeyeon), Rich Yap – Playing with Fire (Black Pink), and Paradox – B-day (IKON).

Contestants for the performance category were: Campus Royalties – Boombayah (Black Pink), GFries – Fingertip (GFriend), Fatal – Blood, Sweat, Tears (BTS), Indigo – My First and Last (NCT Dream), Class B – Playing with Fire (Black Pink), Saturn9ne – You Think (SNSD), Volo Pro Veritas – Blood, Sweat, Tears (BTS), Xyndra – Wee Woo (Pristine), So Nice – Signal (TWICE), and Whistlers – Black Pink (Playing with Fire).

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The judges for the competition were KCC Director Lee Jin Cheol; Choi Daesul,  KCC Dance Instructor; Hwang Yohan, I Love OPM winner; Gigi Yia of Sparkling; and Jessica Juan, President of Philippine K-pop Convention, Inc.

All in all, the event was spectacular and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to the next annual event of Pinoy Kpop Star!

Written by Krew Member Jean Singian

MOVING KOREA: Art in a Different Perspective

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As we grow up, we realize that the way we see things are not always the same as how the world views it.

Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines opened its first interactive art exhibit ‘Moving Korea’ last June 8, 2017 at the KCC Exhibit Hall.

The exhibit features 18 modern and kinetic interactive artworks of contemporary artists Na Hyoung-min, Kim Dongho, Kwon Kisoo, Vakki, Everyware, Wang Ziwon, Lee Lee-nam, Hybe, and Han Jinsoo.

KCC was given the opportunity to have Artist Na Hyoung-min in the opening ceremony last June 8. He introduced a unique method of painting –the lenticular method–which he used on his artworks displayed at the exhibit.

This method uses lenticular lenses to produce an image with an illusion of depth or the ability to change or move as the image is viewed from different angles.

Na Hyoung-min studied Oriental Painting in Seoul National University where he also earned his Master’s Degree. He is currently serving as a professor in College of Fine Arts at Kyung Hee University.

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The Artist Talk started with Mr. Na explaining the creation process of his artworks while simultaneously playing a short video. He introduced some of his creations which are currently displayed at the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Arts in Seoul, South Korea.

He also discussed the inspirations he had in his art. According to him, there are times when he just stare into space without thinking while looking at paintings in museums. Also, most of his artworks have a background of nature because he’s from the rural area of Seoul.

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Questions from audience were also entertained. A guest asked him when did he realized that he knew he wanted to be an artist. Na shared that he was deeply immersed with arts and paintings since his childhood that when he first drew an army war between Korea and America, his mother thought he’d be a general someday. Turns out, he became an artist like Leonardo Da Vinci and Vincent Van Gogh whom he admires.

 

OPENING CEREMONY

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A short introductory speech was given by KCC Director Lee Jin Cheol during the opening ceremony of the exhibit. He expressed his warm welcome and gratitude to the artists for their contribution to the art exhibit here in the Philippines. He wanted to inform the public of Korea’s interactive and modern art installation in the country.

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Artist Na Hyoung-min introduced his artworks “The Moon” and “The Ring Around the Moon” which was inspired by Daeboreum or the First Full Moon Holiday in South Korea.

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From Left: National Commission for Culture and Arts (NCCA) Head of International Affairs Anne Luis; Korean Copyright Commission Director JEONG Jae Woo; Instituto Cervantes de Manila Director Carlos Madrid; Korean artist NA Hyoung-min; Kim Chun Bae; UP Professor Aldrin Lee; and KCC Director LEE Jincheol

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Students from KCC's K-Musical Class wrapped up the event with two awesome performances.

Other artworks include:

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A Song of Nature by Lee Lee Nam

The artist uses the combination of traditional painting and modern technology by bringing traditional paintings of colorful butterflies to life using a four-minute short video which allows our human imagination to capture the real-life movement of butterflies.

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Lightning Bug by Kim Dong Ho

Kim Dong Ho's hybrid project is made out of little ladybug-like electronic objects which is activated according to the spectator's movement.

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Toyrider by Everyware

Kids and kids-at-heart will surely enjoy this hybrid project of Everyware. It displays different illusions of a toy village by moving the steering wheel made of lego.
우리는 매일 마주한다 (We face each other everyday) by Vakki

Using a camera and artificial intelligence computer vision algorithms, the audiences' face, skeletal motion and positions are detected. Commensurate to the detected motion, new patterns are generated and moved (rotation and expansion).
Light Tree: Interactive Dan Flavin by HYBE

Interactive Dan Flavin pays homage to Dan Flavin, an American minimalist artist famous for creating sculptural objects and installations from commercially available fluorescent light fixtures. Hybe's work expands the logic of Flavin by reinforcing the physical property of light through interactive media. It represents an escape from traditional lighting, as light and color changes when touched by viewers. Lighting here is divided into front and back, and colors are programmed to maintain complementary colors.

Check these and other interactive artworks from Moving Korea at Korean Cultural Center Exhibit Hall, Taguig from June 8 to July 14, 2017. Admission is FREE!

For more information contact (02)555-1711 or e-mail curator@koreanculture.ph

Hyeonchung-Il (현충일): Korean Memorial Day

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The Korean Memorial Day (현충일, 顯忠日, Hyeonchung-il) is a national non-working holiday held every June 6 to honor the soldiers and civilians who sacrificed their lives for Korea. It was declared a public holiday by the Korean Government on April 19, 1956.

On this day, memorial ceremonies are held to commemorate the men and women who died while in military service during the Korean War and other significant wars or battles. The largest ceremony is held at the National Cemetery in Seoul with the President and some government officials in attendance. Officials and citizens place flowers and offerings at the graves of those who died in battle. War veterans also salute in front of the gravestone of their fellow soldiers.

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At 10 in the morning, a siren rings all over the country, and people offer silent prayers for one minute. The Korean flag (태국기, Taegukgi)  is flown at half-staff and the Memorial Day Song (현충일 노래, Hyeonchung-il Norae) is also played.  Some houses and business establishments display the Korean flag on their front doors. All of these are done to pay respect to the people who heed the call to stand up and fight for the freedom of their countrymen.

Filipinos in the Korean War

Writer’s Note: Since this article aims to honor the people who gave their lives to protect and defend their country, I would like to take this opportunity to also acknowledge the astonishing act of humanity and selflessness our fellow Filipino soldiers did during the Korean War.

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Filipino-Korean Soldier Monument. This monument of two Filipino soldiers aiding a Korean soldier is dedicated to the Filipino combat soldiers who fought with the Korean troops during the Korean War.

The Philippines was the first Asian country to send combat troops to the Korean War. Comprised of five Battalion Combat Teams (BCTs), composed of 7,150 officers and men, President Elpidio Quirino sent the Philippine Expeditionary Forces To Korea (PEFTOK) to fight in the Korean War in September 1950.

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The PEFTOK creed at the Museum of the PEFTOK Korean War Memorial Hall at Fort Bonifacio.

Overshadowed by World War II and the Vietnam War, the Korean War is referred to as the “Forgotten War.” Many young Filipinos today are unaware of the sacrifices our brave soldiers to help South Korea gain the freedom and democracy has today.

Most, if not all, of our history classes do not discuss this important event in our country’s past. I hope that their sacrifices will not be forgotten and that the next generation of Filipinos would continue to commemorate the heroism and gallantry of our Korean War veterans.

Credits: Wikipedia.com, http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/225235/filipino-soldiers-story-of-korean-war-valor-redux,  http://www.pilipino-express.com/history-a-culture/special-features-history-a-culture/1102-filipinos-in-the-korean-war.html

Written by Krew Member Miao Canlas