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

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Sweet and cold; Korean Ice Creams and Bingsu

June is just a few days away but Summer is far from over!

In fact, the weather in the Philippines is pretty much unpredictable. It maybe rainy in the morning but extremely sunny in the afternoon. With the kind of environment we have, beating the heat is a must! What else would pop-out in your mind when asked what to eat during such situation? ….. Ice cream!

Are you craving for some ice cream now? Then I suggest that you run into the nearest Korean shop and grab some of these featured ice cream from the freezer!

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♦ Ice pops

Eating ice cream can be messy at times but that’s something you don’t have to worry about when eating ice pops. This is the modest form of iced refreshment and also the cheapest one! It is perfect for a quick break or an after meal munch. Ice pop is the Korean version of our ice candy!

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 ♦ Fish-shaped Ice cream – (Boggupang Ice cream)

This creatively designed ice cream can be frequently seen in Korean marts and other supermarkets in the Philippines. The filling is made up of vanilla ice cream and sweet red beans, while the outer layer is composed of a thick wafer.

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♦ Ice cream sandwich and on-stick ice creams

These chiffon-like sandwich vanilla ice cream and Korean ice drops are still the easiest kinds Korean ice cream to find. You can easily spot them in ice cream freezers at convenient stores and supermarkets.

Bingsu

Bingsu is the Korean counterpart of our ‘Halo-halo.’ Nowadays, the popularity of Bingsu, a Korean dessert composed of shaved ice with fresh ingredients, also conquered the rows of choices for desserts. Yes! There are lots of bingsu shops that introduce variety of flavors for K-foodie lovers! See? Koreans love desserts as much as Filipinos do.

Just to give a quick background, bingsu is one of the most popular desserts in Korea and it is highly consumed during summer. Also, this brings a nostalgic feel to Koreans since it’s a big part of their childhood.

Must try flavors:

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Injeolmi – Traditionally, injeolmi is one of the most popular types of Korean rice cake. It has a chewy texture covered with bean powder. Could you imagine the taste when paired with almond flakes and top on a shaved ice?

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** I’ve tried a fruit-patbingsu before and the combination is pretty pleasing for me.

Red Beans – Keep it traditional. Patbingsu, with pat literally meaning red beans is the most classical type of bingsu in Korea. The dessert itself is just made up of ice, red beans and milk.

Fruit – a traditional kid’s favorite! (Sometimes even topped with ice cream).

Here in the Philippines, different shops got their own takes on their bingsu menus so try to keep an eye to it!

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Chocolate – nothing can beat a good chocolate-flavored bingsu topped with chewy small cubes of chocolate brownies or chocolate corn flakes. Sometimes it comes with a scoop of ice cream!

Suddenly craving for bingsu and ice cream after reading this? There are so many bingsu shops opening around the Philippines and convenience stores offering Korean ice cream now so there’s no more excuse not to try one.

Don’t forget to try any of them before the season ends!

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier

Window of Pain and Glory; DMZ Docs Film Fest

“How humane can we be as a human?”

Not your traditional Korean and mainstream storyline, variety of characters from the seven internationally-acclaimed documentary films opened our eyes on the sensitive issues brought by the divided peninsula of Korea. These films were screened last May 11 to 13 during the Manila leg of DMZ Docs Korean Film Festival held at the Cine Adarna UPFI Film Center Diliman.

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The film ‘Mrs. B a North Korean Woman’ by director Jero Yun, who graced the opening day, rejuvenated the atmosphere of the theater as it officially kicked off the series of documentaries for the festival. Yun’s film revolved around a North Korean who escaped from her motherland, became a human trafficker in China and eventually tried to see asylum in South Korea. The film gained loads of applause as the story ended with a melodramatic tune coming from Mrs. B.

“To inform the public about Korea’s other side through film and visual arts”

After the screening, Korean Cultural Center Director Lee Jin Cheol informed the audience that the Philippine leg of DMZ International Documentary Film festival aims to display the enormous desire of Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) to be remembered as a landmark of peace for the two Koreas who are currently facing political issues.

Following are remarks from UP Film Institute Director Sari Raissa Dalena who noted that the selection of films will make known how the country deals with contemporary issues governing Korea and how such films contribute in cultural exchange.

A rundown of commentaries made by Patrick Campos, Director of the Office of Research and Publication of the College of Mass Communication of the University of the Philippines (UP), remind everyone the importance of human subjects as the base of national interest.

Wrapping up the opening ceremony was a talk made by Director Yun himself who gave his best, to answer all the points of interest by the viewers. He also admitted that the story of Mrs. B whom they refer as Madame B during the shoot made a huge impact in his view as a filmmaker and encouraged him to produce a ‘better’ film and at some point made him feel more humane.

Categorically, we may answer the question “How humane can we be as a human?” by simply explaining science theories or stating the good deeds we do for others. However, films like the ones featured in DMZ International Film Festival might also prove that your thinking might be the other way around. See how suffering and survival can make one humane and how perspective could build a strong character inside as a human.

Written by Krew Member Mikai Javier

K-Ribbon Selection; Constancy and Change of Korea

With the goal of promoting brand awareness and the best Korean products to the world, ‘The K-Ribbon Selection,’ a 10-month long worldwide promotion opened its Philippine leg last November 2 at the Shangri-la Plaza Mall Grand Atrium.

The Ministry of Korean Culture and Information Service, in partnership with Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines and Korean Embassy in Philippines, exhibited Korea’s cultural products with the brands that contain the ‘Seal of Excellence’ awarded by the Korean government for its contribution in producing products that convey the value of Korean culture.  Represented by its unique mark inspired by the Hanbok ribbon, the certification system offers organized brand marketing support to create the Korea premium.

The event, with the theme ‘Constancy and Change of Korea,’ mainly showcased the traditional items that incorporated the significant value of Korean culture and tradition. The weeklong exhibit covers a wide array of traditional items including food, crafts, clothes and cultural contents

• Opening Ceremony – November 2

The opening ceremony started with KCC’s K-Musical class as they upbeat the mood with their performances on ‘Seasons of Love’ and ‘Dream High.’ Right after are opening notes from Ambassador of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin, Chairperson of Association of Royal Craft Culture Lee Chil Yong, Founder and Chairperson of Philippine Small and Medium Scale Business Development Foundation Mina Gabor and Marketing Director of Shangri-la Plaza Mall Marline Duaran. Following the program is the ribbon cutting ceremony participated by the  speakers and KCC Director Oh Choong Suk.

• Royal Heritage Craft

Alongside with the K-Ribbon selection is the Royal Heritage Craft which was managed by Korean Women’s international Network and Korean Women’s Association in the Philippines. The exhibit for Korean handicrafts is 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 are displayed.

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• Korea Premium Handicrafts

In the past, wood crafts, metal and ceramics were mostly used by the royal and noble families in Korea and up to now, the use of such items are practiced in a normal Korean dining setting. Korean crafts are not just limited to kitchen wares, you may also see how detailed their crafts are through their handmade storage boxes, lamps, perfume diffusers and jewelries.

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• Hanbok

The royal ambiance filled the exhibit hall with the vibrant colors of Hanbok welcoming 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 making Hanbok more appealing to millennial.

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• Photo booth

Just beside the Hanbok displays is the photo booth wherein you could try Korean traditional clothes in just a few clicks! You just need to select the design you want, fit your face on the screen and let the operators do the rest! In just a while, you already have a printed copy of you wearing Hanbok!

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• Virtual Reality Experience Zone

Walk under the moon and check on the paintings during the Joseon period through a virtual reality experience, The Moon vol. 2 is 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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• Kpop

A huge wall that plays the latest music videos of renowned Kpop groups was situated at the center of the venue dedicated for the Korean-pop enthusiasts. Have you felt the Kpop vibe at the venue?

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• Premium Korean Food exhibit

Korean food products with seal of excellence were displayed so that guests will be familiar to premium brands.

• Open Kitchen (November 2, 5 and 6)

To give a complete experience for Korean food, a few recipes and food samples were handed out everyone. An authentic taste of Samgyetang (Chicken in Ginseng soup), Bulgogi (marinated beef) and seaweed rice rolls are just a few of the samples!

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• K-Mall

For the most convenient shopping experience, few items on display and other items can be purchase at the K-mall. For further details regarding the online stores, you may check kmall24.com, makers.kakao.com and tradekorea.com.

For further details regarding the Premium brands at the K-ribbon selection, visit Korea Creative Content Agency’s page at http://www.kocca.kr.

The ‘K-Ribbon Selection’ Constancy and Change of Korea exhibition ran from November 2 to 8 at Shangri-la Grand Atrium.

Written by Mikay Javier

Peppero Day: The story of 11:11

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Koreans’ love for aesthetics is the original reason why Peppero day was born. Giving your friends and family members Peppero (a thick long biscuit dipped in chocolate, which later evolved with new flavors) means you wish them to become skinnier and taller in the future. 

In fact, there is a belief that to reach the maximum effectiveness for height and thinness, one must eat 11 packets of Peppero exactly on November 11, 11:11AM and 11:11PM at 11 seconds. Don’t you find it weird that Filipinos also believe that when they wish during 11:11, their dreams will come true?

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Throughout the years, as the selection of flavors for Peppero widened, this tradition during November 11 also turned into one of Korea’s famous and well-celebrated day where one can show affection to family members and friends.

The exact origin of this day is unknown but the story is traced to a news story where two middle school female students in Yeongnam exchanged Peppero wishing they would become tall and thin. However, since there is no physical evidence to support the claim, some still believe that it is celebrated during the 11th of November because of Peppero’s shape.

Make sure not to miss the chance to show more affection to your friends and family members (most especially those who are fans of Korean culture) this  year! And of course, don’t forget to tell them the story behind Peppero day. =)

Are you up for the Peppero game?

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***Trivia: The entire length of all Peppero sticks ever sold can circle the circumference of the Earth for 250 times. (Manila Korea Times)

*photos from google.com and Koreaboo

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier

The festival that changed our views on ‘K-culture’

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We are all on stage. The lights are on us. We are jumping around and clapping while singing the song ‘Arirang.’ The shift of the song from ballad to rock made the feel more festive. For a day, we all turned out to be full-blooded performers. The audience in return are clapping and waving their hands to the beat of the song. It is one of the most epic nights in our lives. At the same time, it’s probably one of the best experiences we’ll cherish as Happy Builders of the Global Bridge Program.

The six-month long preparation for the “Make it Shine Festival” was all worth it as everyone enjoyed a night of Korean and Filipino music through performances from the volunteers and schools who were the beneficiaries of educational equipment.

(Part 1) Bani National High School Student Recital and Korean Culture Booth

(August 20 – 5PM – 6:30PM)

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11 Filipino and 23 Korean volunteers completed the whole Batch 6 of the ‘Happy Builders’ for the POSCO E&C Global Bridge Program. The event is the Philippine leg for POSCO’s yearly international outreach and volunteer program outside of Korea. In partnership with Korea foundation, they donated educational materials to seven selected high schools in Masinloc, Zambales and conducted career program to the students of Bani National High School.

From August 14 to 19, the students enjoyed variety of classes such as Arts, Drone Usage, Photography, Martial Arts, Science, Taekwondo, Music and Career Assessment.

Despite the erratic weather on the 20th, the culminating activity was successfully held. Just imagine how the rain suddenly stopped when the program started!

The program started with the new Taekwondo white belt holders who showcased their fierce martial art moves. The highlight of their performance was their routine on basic Taekwondo moves which was supervised by their mentors. Afterwards, they lightened up the tension through their graceful steps on the K-pop song ‘You’re the best’ by Mamamoo. Taekwondo is Korea’s national sport and its popularity has reached different parts of the world including the Philippines.

 

Afterwards, the martial arts students took the stage and unleashed their sword techniques. It’s amazing that they were able to create a synchronized performance in just a span of five-day practice. Their mentor also conducted the counting for their performance.

Following the Taekwondo demonstration are Kpop dance performances. The boys displayed their bubbly side through the song ‘Sorry Sorry’ (Super Junior) while the girls staged ‘Tell me’ (Wonder girls).

Aside from the program, students had a feel of Joseon era through the Hanbok wearing experience. Hanbok is Korea’s traditional attire and up to now, it is often used by natives during important events and celebrations. Also, to add art on their K-culture experience was face painting booth for the students!

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Ending the special school event was the music class who produced great harmony by performing the songs Arirang, the Philippine folk song ‘Leron Leron Sinta’ and Lion King’s sound track ‘Hakuna Matata.’

 

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Meanwhile, the students of photography class welcomed the guests with their exhibited profiles and sample shots through a tree sculpture located at the school entrance.

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The creative sides of the arts students were visible in their displayed works including their personalized canvas bags and the newly designed safari-themed wall! Goals and dreams of the students are set up high through the student career orientation. Their visualized paths are shown in their ‘future’ business cards and career profiles (their photos with their objective as captions.)

(Part 2) Korea-Philippines Cultural Exchange Festival

(August 20 – 6:30PM – 8:00PM)

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A line up of full blown performances successfully concluded the Korea-Philippines cultural exchange festival on August 20. The night started with the martial arts class instructor who wowed the audience with his special act on sword techniques. Following the lineup was the attention catching bang brought by the instrument ‘nanta.’ In the middle of the nanta performance team are a few taekwondo stunts that made the whole segment more breath taking.

 

The next part of the program is the distribution of certificates for the schools in Masinloc who are recipients of educational equipment. Afterwards, the participating schools showcased Philippine cultural dances including ‘Pandanggo sa Ilaw, Tinikling’ and other regional dances.

 

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Then, the Korean boys danced into the song ‘Fire’ (BTS) with their museum display concept. Their steps incorporated a few Taekwondo techniques which showed more of their masculine side. Also, they gave a twist on the use of mask as the props.

 

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Right after are the goddesses of Happy Builder who performed ‘Me Gusta Tu’ (Gfriend), ‘Ooh Ahh’ (Twice) and Party (Girls Generation).

 

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“I think I’m ugly and nobody wants to love me, just like her I wanna be pretty! (I wanna be pretty!)” More than an idol-fan interaction style during a Kpop concert, a heart melting moment occurred when the volunteers played one of 2ne1’s popular songs ‘Ugly’ and the audience responds with the fan chant and before you know it, everybody is singing the chorus part.

Solemn vocals touched the hearts of the audience as the band sang Taeyang’s heart breaking song ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips.’ More than the message of the song, the appreciation of the locals for Korean music ignited despite the language barrier. Everyone waved their hands following the rhythm of the song making that moment more than just a concert type.

 

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Maintaining the hype of the crowd, one of the mentors proved he’s a pro in rocking his guitar and hitting his high notes. He performed solo on ‘Hey Jude’ and had a duet with one of the volunteers for the song ‘I’m yours.’

Reaching the finale, the song Anak by Fredie Aguilar was sung by Korean and Filipino volunteers. Afterwards, the finale that made us one is the song ‘Arirang.’ All the volunteers gave an extremely emotional bow to end the whole program! We shouted the words ‘Make It Shine!’ and afterwards complemented each other for the job well done!

 

More than just an act of volunteering and strengthening bilateral relations between our countries, this cultural exchange program made us realize that despite the language barrier, there are so many means to enjoy and learn from each other and that includes one’s interest and goals.

Of course, let us not forget the people behind this successful program. Thank you so much Korea Foundation and POSCO E&C-URIM Welfare Foundation for such a wonderful experience. Also, kudos to the twins for their hard work in coordinating with the locals during the preparation and all throughout the event, Ate Rina and Riza, thank you very much for all the help and your kindness! We miss you already!

 

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To make this more personalized, ending this story are the message of gratitude from the Filipino volunteers ♥

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“Korea- Philippines Cultural Exchange program has officially ended but the memories remain in my heart. I’m thankful for everyone who made this week unforgettable and irreplaceable. I gained new Korean and Filipino friends that I would like to keep forever. It’s amazing how pure everyone’s passion is and how it inspires me to do better. It may be just a short meeting but I feel so fulfilled. I love you guys! Till we meet again!” – Denice Magbanua (Drone Team)

 


 

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“There is no way I could thank you all than sharing our precious moments to everyone. I thought I have experienced so much about K-culture but this program opened new doors for more. This also gave me a chance to introduce my knowledge to more people and learn a lot from them as well. Big thanks to the people behind the ‘Global Bridge’ program; to all the mentors, Filipino & Korean volunteers, BNHS, my Photography team (Kyushik, Kwangje, Sungho and Margi) and definitely to our dearest students for all the great memories we had together! With regards to the ‘Make It Shine festival,’ I’ve been to lots of events but this is the first time that I appreciate the moment from bits to pieces; lesser banners, lesser cameras and no fan projects. The extreme down pour also added to that dramatic effect. More than just the usual concert screams, the smiles shouts thousands of messages and that makes it more heartwarming. This is probably one of the reasons why I enjoyed it so much. The appreciation is far better than my expectation and up to now, I could still see that unforgettable moment whenever I close my eyes! To my new friends (including Korean volunteers and our students), this isn’t the end of the road for our K-culture journey. Someday, we’ll meet again but for the meantime, let’s keep in touch through SNS!” – Mikai Javier, (Photography Team)

 


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“It was fun doing volunteer services. I don’t even remember a day that was boring. Sometimes, days were difficult but since I have my friends with me, things became easy and fun. While teaching students, I laughed and create good memories together. Because of that, we became acquainted and turned to be good friends. Meeting both Filipino and Korean volunteers made me happy as I met new friends that I could treasure forever. To be honest, I wasn’t able to talk to all Koreans and I have regrets about it. But then, whenever we meet each other, we often say ‘Hi’ and that’s probably a good point for them to remember me. We may have said ‘Thank you and I will miss you’ on the day we separated but it doesn’t mean that we will not see each other again. For now, I hope that we will still communicate through SNS!”- Karen Sasil (Arts Team)

 


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“Days leading to our outreach program in Masinloc, we experienced heavy rain and bit of flooding in Manila. I thought it would be cancelled or that I would not be able to come but luckily, I was able to go. I can say that my Happy Builder experience is one of the best things that happened to me so far. I’ve always wanted to teach children but I’ve never really done it so through Happy Builder I was able to fulfill that dream. It was not just a learning experience for BNHS students. I learned a lot from my mentors, new Korean friends and even students. I am very thankful for my teammates Kyushik oppa, Sungho, Kwangje and Mikai for all the good times we had during the photography class. I would also like to congratulate our team for the successful exhibition!” – Margi Fajardo, (Photography Team)

 


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“Our one week volunteer work had been a very worthwhile experience for me. Not only was I able to help kids learn and love Science; I also met new people who share the same passion I have. I hope I get to do something like this again in the future.” – Jhoie Marie Felizardo (Science Team)

 


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“If I could describe the whole program in one word, it would be AWESOME. It’s one of those decisions wherein it made me feel proud. Despite the doubts and fears of being able to do it, I still made it. I was able to meet humorous, intelligent, hard-working and lovable Korean friends and of course my spectacular Filipino co-Happy Builders. They made the experience more memorable. For a very short time, I was able to learn a lot of things; particularly on culture (from traditional dances, instruments, food etc) and more progressive stuffs like drone and photography. I am glad that I was able to share my talent in dancing together with my two Korean friends. We were able to teach students an easy-average choreography that reflects the Hallyu wave which particularly made us closer to Korea. Moreover, I’m thankful for the trust in hosting one of the events. I had hosting experiences before but it was my first time to do it in a multilingual setting and it was indeed wonderful. The last day was painful but also inspiring. I’m looking forward to meeting my Korean friends again in Korea. No one knows, maybe in the future we could be doing more activities together. Overall, I am proud to be a part of Posco Happy Builder. The program is life changing. It fueled my passion to incline my life where I can use several languages and bridge gaps, especially in Korean.” James Galen Soria, (Kpop Dance Team)

 


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It was short but it’s one of the best memories to keep. Thank you for the wonderful experience. Though the rain poured hard it didn’t became an obstacle to these warm-hearted people of Happy Builder. This is a beautiful program that gives hopes and dreams for students to have a brighter future.” – Romel Beringuel, (Music Team)

 


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It was the toughest yet the most meaningful eight days of my life. This is one of the experiences that I will treasure for a lifetime. It was tough because I can’t really speak Korean. I only know the basic and I don’t have the confidence to talk to Koreans. For 21 years, this is the first time that I realized that I have a purpose. I’ve realized that my existence has a meaningful purpose. Being a Taekwondo teacher for four days was the hardest one because I don’t have a legit background on Taekwondo, I can’t control the playful students and I have short temper. It was hard to handle 60 students adding the fact that most of them are male. Also, there’s a communication barrier between us, the teachers. I felt bad for a little but they are patient and they tried their best to understand me. Seeing the students learn a lot from the activities we had make it really worth it. This is the volunteer work that I will always look forward to. I think I found my passion. I hope to meet all of you soon. I promise to study Hanggul. I will study hard! See you in Korea and here in the Philippines.“ – Martina Cortes, (Taekwondo Team)

 


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“The Make it Shine Festival provided a venue for both Filipinos and Koreans to appreciate each other’s culture. During the event, I was happy to notice that the Koreans were just as interested in Filipino traditional dances as we were interested in K-pop. Even if there was a language barrier, I realized that music, singing and dancing can bring everyone together! It was a night that we will definitely remember!” – Pauline Anne Macapagal, (Science Team)

 


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“Being one of the selected volunteers for POSCO’s Global bridge project was one of the best opportunities that I have ever come across with. Not only was I able to utilize my skills in using Korean language, I was also able to make a lot of new friends and enjoy different cultures. It was an experience that has challenged different aspects in my life including my physical, emotional and mental state but it will definitely remain as one of the best memories I have. It was very fun to work with all the Korean and Filipino Happy Builders and I am looking forward for their future projects!” – Don Delos Santos, (Martial Arts Team)

 


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“I think this volunteer program is a once in a lifetime experience that i will never forget. Like hitting two birds with one stone I was able to meet new friends and was able to inspire the students to study hard and reach for their dreams. I am so glad that despised of the heavy rainfall nobody complained or had any conflicts. Even though our language and culture is different we became one through this cultural exchange volunteer work. If i will be given a chance in the future I would like to work with the same people.” Carlo Angelo Asuncion (Career Assessment/ Vocational Team)

 

**Photos and Videos from the Volunteers and Students

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier

BTS on Stage: Epilogue in Manila Concert

It took them just a snap to mark their name in the K-pop industry. They might be young but the growing popularity of the most sought K-pop boy group Bangtan Seonyeondan (방탄소년단), popularly known as BTS, has skyrocketed Korea and the world’s music charts.

A.R.M.Ys, fan club name of BTS, go wild once again as the seven scouts set the stage on fire with their fresh vocals and powerful performances last July 30 at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

BTS’ rapping machine Rap Monster, Jimin, Jin, the alien V, J-Hope, Swagger Suga and the golden maknae Jungkook heightened the excitement of their Epilogue in Manila concert through their opening song “Run” followed by “Danger.”

Afterwards, the members gladly greeted the audience and introduced themselves. Then they proceeded with their performances including the heartwarming songs “Fallen Leaves”, “Tomorrow” and “Butterfly.” A short break took place where they expressed how they missed their fans in the Philippines. Two years ago, BTS held their “Red Bullet” tour at SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Following their cute conversations are their performances on “Love is not over”, “House of cards”, “What am I to you” and one of their most popular song “Boy In Luv.”

Giving the fans a time to breathe after all the moment of excitement, a part of ‘The most beautiful moment’ behind the scenes and interview was showed. ‘Save Me’ performance immediately followed. The heat is on when BTS danced into ‘Fire’ and even the fire effects from the stage simply jives on its beat. Following their set of songs are “Hip Hop Lover,” “We are Bulletproof Pt. 2,” and Cypher Pt. 3: Killer.” They also posed for some cute aegyos and showed a few moves that proved they are pros in dancing.

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Another part of their video documentary took everyone’s attention while waiting for their next performances. In no time, “If I rule the world”, “Baepsae” and “DOPE” followed. The energy is extremely high as the A.R.M.Ys gladly sang most of the chorus and fan chant parts. Next in line are performances for “Ma City”, “Fun Boys” and “Attack on Bangtan.” After some talks, they performed their debut song “No More Dream.”

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Wearing their white outfits and holding baskets with signed stress balls, the stage is ready for their encore performance. The boys scattered in different areas of the stage to distribute the balls and throw them out to reach their fans. On cue are their songs ‘Young Forever, Whalien 52 and Ms Right.’

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The tear dropping and picture perfect scenario can be seen when the audience instantly turned into a huge message board after they raised red and white papers forming the Korean characters *Gomawo* (Thank you) and *Saranghae* (We love you). The most heartwarming moment occurred when the loud fan chants for the encore ‘I need U’ happened while everyone is passionately singing the song without background music.

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Waving everyone a goodbye, BTS promised to see their fans again next time for another concert. Also, to show their gratitude to their fans, the concert concluded via video message from the group thanking their most beautiful A.R.M.Y for giving them much support and love all throughout their tours, events and promotions.

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BTS is a group to keep an eye on, most especially to young and young at heart. It would be tough to beat this phenomenal group for as long as they continue to share their stories, happiness, dreams and hopes through their music. To wrap it up, See you again in 2017!

Written Krew Member: Mikay Javier