Diamond Edge: SEVENTEEN Stuns, Dazzles Manila

The first time I wrote a blog post here about SEVENTEEN, I struggled because I barely knew them. It was a little over a year ago, and they came to the Philippines for their two-day Shining Diamonds fan meeting. My main concern back then was getting the members’ names and the song titles right. Now, having just attended Diamond Edge in Manila over the weekend, I’m struggling to even start this entry, because I already love them too much!

About a thousand thoughts are running in my head as I write this: How am I supposed to put my love and pride for the thirteen talented boys into words? How should I tell you about my experience, which, in all honesty, still feels like a dream? Did Diamond Edge in Manila actually happen??? I wish I had answers, but all I have are fragmented memories of the concert and fancams that are as unstable as my fangirl mental state right now.

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The Manila leg of SEVENTEEN’s Diamond Edge world tour is an exceptionally special one. Not only did Carats – fans of the group – celebrate the anniversary of the announcement of the fandom’s official colors (rose quartz and serenity, in case you’re wondering), SEVENTEEN also concluded their first world tour in the city.

A three-month-long series of concerts that took the group to a total of 14 cities in 12 countries across three continents, Diamond Edge finally came to an end, with thousands of Carats witnessing it in Manila last 6 October at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Clad in bright-colored suits that matched their strikingly stellar visuals, SEVENTEEN – complete on the Philippine stage for the first time – kicked off the show with a remixed version of “Pretty U”, followed by “Beautiful” and “Adore U.” Their youthful vibe pulsed throughout the venue, putting the audience on their toes in excitement.

Receiving a warm welcome from their Filipino Carats, SEVENTEEN, who are affectionately called SVT or “sebong“, took turns to introduce themselves, and each member was met with a frenzy of eager screams and applause.

I could still remember their aegyo-filled introductions in last year’s Shining Diamonds tour, with Mingyu’s “Hello! Ako si Mingyu!” making a mark on me. This concert, however, it was DK’s crisp and clear à la announcer “Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Diamond Edge! I’m DK!” that stole the scene for me. That guy is just so… extra!

It wasn’t too long until SEVENTEEN went back on full-performance mode, bouncing on the stage to another medley, including the crowd favorite “Aju Nice” (sans their iconic suspenders) – a funky tune that got everyone dancing with them.

In a true SVT fashion, the group – now sporting school uniforms in a faux classroom setting – barely gave Carats a moment to chill, as they pumped the arena with adrenaline through kinetic performances of “Mansae” and “Boom Boom”.

SEVENTEEN, who are known for their variety skills, once again proved their novel antics at the concert. Performance Team leader Hoshi and maknae Dino got playful and impersonated each other. Dino also mimicked his idol Michael Jackson, showing off some slick dance moves popularized by the King of Pop.

The Hiphop Team also treated the audience to an impromptu performance of their recent track “Trauma,” a soulful and laid-back rap song that came off slightly comical at the concert after the members jokingly imitated Wonwoo’s gestures in the music video.

The unit stages, were, of course, show-stopping.

Hoshi, Dino, Jun, and The8 of the Performance Team showed their fun and quirky side through “Swimming Fool”, set the stage on fire (literally) with “OMG”, then electrified the audience with the heart-thumping “Highlight.”

The Hiphop Subunit, composed of S.Coups, Mingyu, Vernon, and Wonwoo drove the audience wild with “Check-In”, but not before bringing the house (or should I say arena?) down with “언행일치” (“Un Haeng Il Chi”). They also displayed maturity in their “If I” number, which turned out to be surprisingly sexy in all its simplicity (I kinda blame their red outfits for the unexpected attack).

Speaking of sexy, let me just say that Jun and The8’s “My I” stage was beyond words hot! Dancing with a ribbon linking their wrists, they personified A-R-T onstage through their fluid movements and their innocent yet sensual expressions. I have to admit that it’s one of the best live K-Pop performances I have ever seen, and, ironically, it’s done by SEVENTEEN’s China-line!

I’m vocal team-biased, so you could just guess how long I had been looking forward to their stages. The boys, as expected, did not disappoint. “Habit” and “We Gonna Make It Shine” were sweet and smooth like honey, but it was “Don’t Listen In Secret” that snatched my heart.

The superb vocals of Joshua, Jeonghan, and Woozi, coupled with the high notes that Seungkwan and DK flawlessly held, made it one of my favorite performances of the night.

Time passed quicker than we thought, and before we knew it, we were down to the final stages of the tour.

SEVENTEEN’s performance of their latest title track “Don’t Wanna Cry” was nothing short of breathtaking to watch. It was beautiful in every sense of the word. On-point vocals, raw emotions, faultless choreography… it is arguably the group’s finest live stage to date.

SEVENTEEN gave Diamond Edge a light and refreshing finish with “Healing.” As the boys sang their final song for the night, Carats threw pink and blue paper planes carrying heartfelt messages to the members towards the stage, a repeat of their fan project at last year’s Shining Diamonds fan meeting.

Wrapping up the show, all thirteen members gathered at the center of the stage to give their thanks to everyone who came and continue to support them.

Vernon called the Manila crowd “amazing”; The8 promised fans “we will meet again”; and S.Coups, who was obviously emotional at that point, fought back his tears as he sincerely expressed gratitude to everyone who made their first world tour possible, requesting the staff to “take care of our Carats.” He then said to their fans, “If you promise to stand by us, we promise to stand by your side.” (I’m not crying. Nope. Not at all!)

After taking a few more selcas with the Carats’ rose quartz and serenity ocean in the background, SEVENTEEN gave their final bows and waved the audience goodbye for now.

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When I first saw SEVENTEEN, they were impressionable rookies in the K-Pop scene no more than 21 years old. Now, exuding undeniable charisma, pure confidence, and high-octane energy, they ruled the stage like seasoned idols, performing hit after hit in full coordination with outstanding vocals and incredibly synchronized choreography – no less.

They sure still have a long way to trudge in the extremely competitive industry that is Korean pop music, but with their indisputable passion, the fresh and unique tunes they keep churning, and their love for their fans, it’s safe to say that they’ll be sticking around for a long time, and Carats will most definitely be there to support them every step of the way.

Till we meet again, SEVENTEEN.

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Written by Krew member Andy Flores

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Korean Film Festival 2017: Movie Review

6 cities.
5 films.
4 days.

This year’s Korean Film Festival in Manila, held from September 7-10 at SM Megamall Cinema 6, had the theme “Boldness of Youth,” and the movie line-up definitely did not disappoint! Each movie had a special kind of nostalgia that would entertain people of all ages.

Before the KFF hits its next location, here are a few reviews. (Warning: minor spoilers ahead!)

TWENTY: Coming-of-Age Comedy at its Best

Kang Haneul, Lee Junho, Kim Woobin– three amazing heartthrobs in one quirky comedy? Yes please! The movie presents the innocence of teenage boys coming into adulthood in such a witty way that it’s almost impossible not to laugh at least once. Sadly, it could come across as a superficial plot centered around the “boys will be boys” concept, but the lasting friendship of three best friends makes up for it. It’s definitely a must-see for those just reaching that magical age, or those who’d love to reminisce over being 20 again.

KING OF JOKGU: Do What You Like, Love What You Do

Remember the days when life was as simple as playing patintero or luksong baka with friends? You can remember these simpler times through this heart-warming movie. Retelling the tale of a young guy wanting to rekindle everyone’s interest in playing jokgu, a Korean sport that shares elements of both football and volleyball, the movie will definitely make you smile and want to play around like a kid again. Granted, the movie ended with a couple of unexpected twists and the final jokgu battle was pretty lengthy, but overall it was a movie filled with child-like determination.

HOW TO STEAL A DOG: Perfect for Families and Dog Lovers

This movie will definitely make you go ‘aww’ for two reasons– one because of the curious innocence of the kids, and the other because of the amount of adorable dogs you’ll be exposed to! Being inspired by films like Disney and Pixar, it’s no wonder director Kim Seong-ho created this movie with a bit of whimsy. They did a great job of portraying real-life situations through the eyes of a child while not losing the gravity of reality. A must-watch for the whole family.

A VERY ORDINARY COUPLE: Relive The Best (And The Worst) of Love

Everyone knows love isn’t a steady path. Whether you have never been in love, currently in a relationship, or currently in your hugot phase: this movie would definitely catch your eye. Lee Minki and Kim Minhee’s acting skills will definitely draw you into the misadventures of a real-life working couple, and the variety of side characters made the movie less self-contained than the title lets on. The fact that they added a few statistics tidbits to enforce the fact that they were both numbers people is a cute touch as well.

MY BRILLIANT LIFE: The Ultimate Tear-Jerker

Better bring a box of tissues when watching this one! Song Hye-Kyo and Kang Dong-Won did an incredible job as the caring parents of their on-screen son Ahreum, played by the very talented Jo Sung-Mok. There is an obvious “love for family” theme in the movie that is brought about in little scenes, making the theme less overwhelming than what most family films would do. A perfect mix of quirky, witty, and touching scenarios, it’s definitely a heartwarming film that will leave you with a greater love and appreciation for life than before.

Overall, all the films are filled with an overwhelming sense of nostalgia, and they’re surely not ones you’d want to miss! Catch the Korean Film Festival at Davao (September 14 to 17), Iloilo (September 21 to 24), Cebu (September 28 to October 1), Pampanga (October 5 to 8) and Cavite (October 12 to 15).

 

Written by Krew Member Anne Patricia Rubinas

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

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

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.

 

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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