ALL SET FOR PYEONGCHANG WINTER OLYMPICS 2018

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The long wait is over as the much awaited PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 has finally started. This multi-sport event will run for 17 days from February 09 to 25 of this year. With over 2,900 athletes coming from 95 countries who will then compete in 15 sports disciplines, this huge event is surely something you would not want to miss. As this is Korea’s first time to host the Winter Olympics, we can expect nothing but great preparations done for it.

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To celebrate the opening of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines held a special screening event last February 09, 2018 at the KCC Wave Hall. People from all walks of life heartily enjoyed the back-to-back screening of the movies, Take Off and Run Off which portray how the first national ski jump and female ice hockey teams of South Korea were made.

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Apart from the film viewing, attendees were also able to have a good time through the games prepared during the event. One of the games involved having the contestants identify the participating countries based on the flags shown. Still in relation to the ongoing Winter Olympics, the goal of the second game was for the players to name the particular sport discipline being flashed on screen. The lucky winners received adorable plushies of the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics mascots – Sooharang and Bandabi. The rest of the contenders did not go home empty-handed as they took home cute keychains of the said Winter Olympic mascots.

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Because of this special event set by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, more Filipinos gained a better grasp of what the Winter Olympics is all about. The attendees in particular expressed their excitement and appreciation for the said multi-sport event.

“I gained more interest in this year’s Winter Olympics. I never thought the Philippines even have representatives for it.” – Anjie, 26

“I really enjoyed the movies. They game me an idea on what to expect on the Winter Olympics.” – Troy, 19

“I learned about the sports events which I was unfamiliar with. Some sports are quite new to me.” – Megan, 16

“As an athlete myself, I appreciate the characters’ hard work to bring glory to their country.” – Carl,23

“The movies sparked my interest to follow the games in PyeongChang Winter Olympics. I really cried on the second movie.” – Marian, 32

“This makes me want to go to Korea and watch the actual games.” – Destiny, 37

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Passion. Connected.
– That motto of the Winter Olympics was truly felt that night as people gathered together in enjoyment. In the spirit of this year’s Winter Olympics, let us not forget to cheer for our very own Philippine representatives, Michael Martinez for men’s figure skating and Asa Miller for men’s alpine skiing.

To all the other delegates, fighting!

Once again, congratulations to South Korea for hosting this year’s Winter Olympics.

To know more about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, you may visit http://www.pyeongchang2018.com

Photos and Article by Cham Hidalgo

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Korean Sool: A Culture to Share

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‘Gonbae!’ (Cheers! 건배!)

The fun that Korean drinking culture could bring is undeniable. The popularity of this culture gets stronger as K-dramas are now in mainstream media and it display how drinking bind families and friends together up to the present. Well, Korean alcoholic drinks are more than just the popular green bottle that we often see on screen. To introduce more about these beverages to Filipinos, a special exhibit on Korean Sool (한국의  술) was launched last February 8 in Korean Cultural Center’s exhibit hall.

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A walk into Korean sool’s history

Ms. Jisung Chun, a Korean rice liquor sommelier and founder of Soy and Rice, curated the program and discussed on Korea’s history of sool (alcoholic beverage) from the three Kingdom period up to present. As well, Anju (Korean food served alongside with alcohol) and varieties of sool were introduced.

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During the talk, Sool has been presented as an essential item for ancestor offering and entertaining guests. To give a little background on its types, Makgeolli is a slightly sweet and milky white beverage with an alcoholic concentration of about less than 10%. Takju, are the refined ones, almost the same ones with Yakju but can be defined by the clarity of the beverage, both has a concentration of about 10-19%. Last is the Soju which is the most popular ones, this undergoes the process of distillation and can easily be defined since it’s clear. Among all these beverages, it has the highest alcohol contents of about 19%-73%.

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Ms. Chun also gave recommendations on which ‘pulutan’ (snacks) would fit each type of drink. To give it a complete package experience, six among the types of sool were luckily tried by the audience and that includes the Horangyi (Tiger) Makgeolli, Tok Sseonin Bokbunja Makgeolli, Loa Red 19, Sanyang Sansam Gadeun Byul, Wangju and Uri Ssal Makgeolli.

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A tour on the exhibit hall followed right after the opening ceremony and talk. The seven areas display the History of Sool, which was earlier discussed during the conference. The second one is the Ingredients of Korean sool, followed by the brewing process, categories of Korean sool, Korean drinking rules and etiquette,  Jooansang (the traditional styled table served with Anju and sool). Lastly, Jeongja (pavillion) and soolsang, a perfect photo area to complete your Korea feel.

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To make the whole experience a memorable one, attendees got to try how to make Makgeolli first hand!  They say home brewed Makgeolli has the best flavor! Here’s a quick recap on the process.

Ingredients:

Rice (that could fill at least half of the jar when cooked)

Water (enough to cover the rice)

Nuruk (40-50 grams)

Instructions:

  1. Wash Korean rice until the water used is already clear.
  2. Steam for about 40 mins.
  3. Let it cool for 2-3 hours.
  4. In a jar, put the cooled rice, nuruk and water together.
  5. Mix.
  6. Make sure the jar is half lid open so the moisture would go out.
  7. On the 4th day, close it totally.
  8. You may try it on the 10th day. (It is expected that the mixture is a little sweet but if you want a more concentrate one, add five more days on the fermentation process.)

Korean Sool is more than just drinking liquor itself. It’s a fun culture shared by many. Make sure to drop by and visit KCC to see the exhibit yourself!

“Korean Sool” exhibition is open to the public for free from 9AM to 5PM Monday to Saturday at the KCC Exhibition Hall starting February 8, 2018. For more information, contact (02) 555-1711 or email curator@koreanculture.ph

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier

SF9 Be My Fantasy in Manila

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The beginning of 2018 was truly a fantasy came true for all the Filipino fans of the sensationally talented idol group, SF9. This nine-member group under the management of FNC Entertainment is the first kpop group to hold an event in Manila this year. It was the boys’ first time in the Philippines and it was made memorable by their beloved fans or known as fantasies who gathered at the Solaire Theatre last January 06, 2018 for their first-ever fan meeting here in the country.

As the boys showed up on stage, the entire venue was filled with excited shrieks of fans who had been waiting for that opportunity to witness SF9’s captivating beauty. Their visuals along with their synchronized performances on stage were truly a breathtaking sight to see.

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They performed their hit songs “Fanfare”, “Roar”, “K.O.”, “Jungle Game”, “Easy Love”, “Let’s Hang Out”, and of course their latest single, ‘O Sole Mio”. Apart from performing as a group, each member also took turns showcasing their individual appeal. Youngbin went first with his powerful rap skills; Inseong danced cutely with his version of heart dance; Jaeyoon surprised everyone when he sang and danced to the famous Filipino novelty song, “Ocho-ocho”; Dawon successfully made everyone swoon over his aegyo; Rowoon and Hwiyoung graced the stage with their melodious voices through a song; Zuho was packed with swag when he was doing his rap; Taeyang serenaded the crowd with the song, Boyfriend by Justin Bieber; Chani kept his performance short but sweet, by saying “Mahal Kita” whilst doing finger hearts to the audience.

If you think those were the only things the boys have prepared, they further made the night even more exciting by revealing a pre recorded video of themselves pretending to be on a date with fans. The hype continued on with their spontaneous short dance covers of AOA’s “Like a Cat” and “Excuse Me.” Fun facts regarding the boys were also unveiled in one of the interactive games where in the fans had to determine whether the statements given by SF9 were true or false. In the end, one lucky fan was able to win, but a true fantasy would feel like a total winner upon learning the following through the game:

– Youngbin can actually whistle.
– Inseong has a mole on his ear.
– Inseong’s shoulders are broader than Jaeyoon’s.
– Dawon has never bungee jumped before.
– Rowoon cannot knit.
– Zuho does not eat corn.
– If Taeyang is a woman, the member he would want to date is Youngbin.
– Taeyang’s hands are bigger than Hwiyoung’s.
– Youngbin’s arms are longer than Chani’s.

Before the event ended, Filipino fantasies surprised SF9 with a touching video expressing all the love they have for the group. The boys could not be anymore thankful for what they saw and expressed their desire to once again come back to the Philippines.

With that, Filipino fantasies better be prepared because we can expect SF9 to return with more explosive performances.

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Written by Krew member Cham Hidalgo

PH K-Pop Community Comes Together to Remember SHINee’s Jonghyun

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On average, 40 people commit suicide every day in South Korea. Last week, 18 December, Monday, SHINee’s lead vocalist Kim Jonghyun became part of that statistic, sending a wave of shock and grief not just to his family, friends, and colleagues, but also to fans, also known as Shawols, who have come to love the multi-talented artist.

In an effort to commemorate the life and work of Jonghyun, memorial services across the globe were organized by fans who couldn’t make it to the funeral in Korea, where a separate hall was opened to fans who wished to pay their final respects to the beloved idol.

A makeshift memorial was created in front of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Chile on the day the news about Jonghyun’s passing broke out, while fans in Bolivia sent white balloons to the sky. Shawols in Miami, Florida also came together for a candle light vigil on the beach.

In the Philippines, various memorial services in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Zamboanga – among others – were held following Jonghyun’s death. And on the day before Christmas Eve, SHINee World Philippines, the first and largest fanclub of the five-member Korean pop group in the Philippines, held the country’s final memorial service for Jonghyun at the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines (KCC).

Nearly 800 Shawols and K-Pop fans filled KCC’s Wave Hall and Exhibit Area to find comfort in each other’s company. Guests were encouraged to bring flowers, write letters to Jonghyun, and share their fondest memories as fans of SHINee.

Some took the opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of mental health, telling fellow fans to never hesitate to seek help and support if they feel alone or bothered by crippling thoughts of loneliness.

Towards the end of the service, the somber mood was lifted when a compilation of SHINee’s funniest videos was played, reminding the attendees of the vivacious Jonghyun they all know and love.

Check out some clicks from the event here:

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Words and photos by Krew Member Andy Flores

CNBLUE, so “PETMALU”

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The Korean pop rock band CNBLUE saved the best for the last as they end their “Between Us” tour in Manila last December 9th, 2017. Held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, last Saturday was indeed a “Boice-night-out” for their Filipino fans.

CNBLUE meaning “Code Name” and “Blue” having a backronym of burning, lovely, untouchable and emotional, consists of lead vocalist and guitarist, Jung Yonghwa; lead guitarist and vocalist, Lee Jonghyun; bassist, Lee Jungshin and drummer, Kang Minhyuk.

The quartet is known for their unique musicality, matched up with their good looks. The members are also quite familiar to the Filipino masses due to being part of hit dramas like “You’re Beautiful”, “The Heirs” and “Heartstrings”, which were shown in various local networks.

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The boys started the concert with their headbanging track “Radio”, a song originally released as a Japanese track which later on was produced in Korean and was included in their album, “2gether”. The members performed a total of 23 songs, including their hit tracks “LOVE”, “I’m sorry” and “Can’t Stop” which were definitely a fan favorite!

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Asides from being musical geniuses, the boys also showed off their quirky sides. Fans laughed out loud at Jung Yonghwa’s witty English and not mention his up-to-date Filipino lingo, saying words like “petmalu” and “lodi”. Everybody probably had an aegyo (acting cute) overload as the boys couldn’t stop smiling while shooting hearts at their fans.

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After the encore, the boys gathered at the center of the stage to perform their acoustic track, “Love Light”. The night ended with “Forever Young” as the last song, with Jung Yonghwa leaving a sweet message to the fans saying “Remember that we will always be young. Maraming salamat po Pilipinas. Always your ‘lodi’. I promise we will be back again. See you soon.” 

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CNBLUE has gained a lot of international fans, of all ages, ever since their debut in 2009. From girls as young as 12 years old, Allysa, to moms who “fan-girl” alongside their daughters.

Asked why she listens to CNBLUE, Allysa reasons out that the band’s songs make her energized! Another reason is that their song lyrics are “relatable” according to CNBLUE Philippines Admin, Mirza.

Some of their fans from China, Japan, and Hong Kong even went to Manila just for the concert.

“I always try to go to wherever CNBLUE performs, I’ve been their fan since 2010!”, said Asami from Japan.

“I like their ‘faces’ and music. I think I’m a little ‘crazy’ for even going here!”, said by Lee from China.

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Throughout the years, CNBLUE has proved that they are definitely a band worth keeping an eye on. Offering quality music, written by the members themselves. Their passion for music, shown through their outstanding live performances, earned them the respect and trust of their Boice (fans). Indeed, CNBLUE is so “petmalu” and we look forward to their future projects!

 Pictures from Max Chua and Jann Lorence.

Written by Max Chua

RELIVE THE HOTTEST MOMENTS FROM KIM JAEJOONG’S FIRST FAN-MEETING IN MANILA

Lo and behold, finally, after 11 years, the Hottest Asian Artist Kim Jaejoong finally came back to the Philippines! And despite the pouring rain last November 30, Kim Jaejoong still managed to maintain the hotness in his first fan-meeting here in Araneta Coliseum!

Let me process this since I am still shocked and in disbelief because I just saw THE KIM JAEJOONG in flesh and he is breathing the same air with me! I bet a lot of his fans feel the same way as I am because we waited for too long. But him coming back to us through this very intimate fan-meeting was really really WORTH IT.

One month before, Kim Jaejoong announced that he will be back to Manila through his V-live. Fangirl Asia eventually confirmed the announcement with the event poster and details of Jaejoong’s first ever fan-meeting here in the Philippines. The announcement gathered positive response among his Filipino fans and some of them even cried because of excitement.

Kim Jaejoong is well known as the “Hallyu Wave King of KPOP”  by the 1st and 2nd generation fans of KPOP. His dream of becoming an idol came true when he successfully debuted under the boy group TVXQ (Rising Gods of the East). On the latter years of his career, he became part of the trio KPOP group JYJ and now, he works as a soloist artist and a K-drama actor. His latest drama was Manhole and it was aired this 2017 at KBS channel.

Alas! The day finally came for the Filipino fans to finally meet Kim Jaejoong. It was at 10 a.m. when fans flocked the area of the Big Dome. Right before the start of the fan-meeting, a fan-signing event was held. Those lucky winners who were raffled by Fangirl Asia will have a chance for their posters to be signed by Kim Jaejoong. At this part I was jealous because they will get to see Kim Jaejoong up close~! We were waiting at the green gate of the coliseum and we can hear and see the squeals and cries of the fangirls as they exit the area with their signed posters. I can say that they were all floating in Cloud 9 because they kept on saying that Jaejoong is really handsome in person and he was so kind to them. Awww~ And I can also see the effort that the fans put in because they came to Araneta with their pajamas only since it was the “theme” of the fan-meeting! To be honest, they really look so cute!

Once I entered the Big Dome, I was greeted by the deafening screams of the fans! They were all  ecstatic to finally meet Kim Jaejoong and when the lights dimmed, together with the other fangirls, I also scream my lungs out.

Our very own host Kring Elezano, welcomed Kim Jaejoong on stage.The host asked Kim Jaejoong how he was feeling today, but Kim Jaejoong was left speechless when fans started screaming so loud when he was about to answer. A wide smile appeared in his face and then he told the host that it was a long time since he last saw his Filipino fans and then he said to the fans that he prepared some Filipino greetings. I was actually in awe when Kim Jaejoong started speaking Tagalog and his introduction goes like this, “mabuhay, Ako po si Kim Jaejoong, kamusta po kayo at maraming salamat po!” It was almost a perfect accent and the fans went cray cray!

The host then later explained that the first segment will be composed of games and interactions that will enable Kim Jaejoong be immersed to Filipino culture while the 2nd segment will be dedicated to his fan-service and live stage performances.

We started off with a Question and Answer portion. A board full of Instax was put on the stage. Ms. Kring explained that Jaejoong needs to pick one instax/picture and he will answer the question written by the fan behind the image. Also,the owner of the lucky picture will get a signed item from Jaejoong as a prize.

He picked a total of seven photos in random. The segment went smoothly as Kim Jaejoong commented that the questions that were asked are all intellectual and not naughty. The first query is about what vacation spot in the Philippines does Kim Jaejoong wants to visit and he enthusiastically answered that he wants to visit Cebu because a lot of his friends recommended this place to him. The second question entails Jaejoong to pick his favorite pet. Kim Jaejoong said that this is really a tricky question because he loves all his pets! But in the end, he later picked Jiji the Russian Blue Cat as his favorite. The segment continued as Kim Jaejoong was asked if we will see him again in a new drama soon, and of course it’s good news as he revealed that his next project will be released this 2018! YAS! Kim Jaejoong picked another photo and this time, it was a grad photo of one of his fans. The message at the back says that he is one of her inspirations when she was studying in school and up until now, the fan asked him if what about Kim Jaejoong, what is his inspiration? After too much thought Jaejoong said that his source of inspiration are books and the image of his past. And then we came to the last query prompting Kim Jaejoong to answer if he can time travel, where will he go and why? With honesty, Kim Jaejoong said that he doesn’t want to go back or time-travel anywhere because he is currently happy on where he is right now! AWWW KIM JAEJOONG OPPA YOU’RE MAKING ME EMOTIONAL!

As the fan-meeting progressed, the Question and Answer portion was reversed and it is time for Kim Jaejoong to ask the audience and he will test them if the fans truly know him because most of the questions are fun facts about himself. The host picked those who will answer per category like for example, those who have passports with them can answer the question Jaejoong will going to ask. Okay so folks, this was my favorite part of the fan-meeting because Jaejoong asked random and tricky questions to us like “This is found inside me and I’m loosing it.” IT WAS TOUGH and it took like 10 fans to answer the question and all of them didn’t get it right. Hints were given and I was practically thinking so hard! What the hell Kim Jaejoong!?! Why do you make our brains bleed with this tricky question! He later revealed the answer as the one thing that he is losing right now is stamina or his energy. But alas! Kim Jaejoong please don’t lose your stamina, we fans are here to cheer you up whenever you feel tired!

See the full segment below here:

Fan-meeting video Part 1 credits to forsythia jlynne

After the Q&A portion, it was time for the fans to really interact with Kim Jaejoong through charades! Three fans who were wearing pajamas are luckily chosen to join Kim Jaejoong on stage! There was a scene stealer in this segment and it was a fan who was wearing a sexy red lingerie. Jaejoong was shy and embarrassed when she saw the girl and kept on covering his eyes! Whaaa such a cutie! The mechanics of the game was simple, if Jaejoong guessed the fan’s actions correctly then the fan will get one point. The fan with the most number of points will get a special prize from Jaejoong.

By the end of the game, the girl who was wearing the sexy red lingerie was declared as the winner! Her name was KD and for the special prize, she got the chance to have a photo-op with Kim Jaejoong on stage! GAAAAH! It was an intense moment when KD started approaching Jaejoong because he was oh so shy of what she’s wearing. I say chivalry is not yet dead because Kim Jaejoong himself took of his polo jacket and placed it on KD’s shoulder to cover her revealing dress! GOSH SO LUCKY! HE IS SUCH A GENTLEMAN! Seriously the fans inside the dome we’re all shouting and stomping their feet when they witnessed this iconic moment during Jaejoong’s fan-meeting! LOL!

We move to the next segment called: TAGAY! I was so excited to witness this segment because Kim Jaejoong will try Filipino dishes that is very unusual to a foreigner’s liking! Each plate is paired with a glass of beer and the host told us that under the plates, there are words with either YES or NO. If Jaejoong picked a dish with a YES under the plate then he will do a dare prepared by his Filipino fans!

The dishes that he tried are Papaitan, Kinilaw na Isda, Sisig and Chicharon na Bulaklak. After tasting the dishes, Jaejoong said that most of them are really delicious and these kind of foods are familiar to his taste buds. Luckily enough for the fans, Kim Jaejoong was able to pick three dishes with a YES under the plate. And these are the type of dares he fulfilled by the end of the segment: Spell your name using your butt, Do an Aegyo (cute face), and dance sexily to the song Versace on the floor.

Kim Jaejoong immersed himself into the Filipino Pop Culture during the last two interactive games. For the first one, Kim Jaejoong hummed while listening to one of the famous OPM songs and fans need to guess what songs were being sung by Kim Jaejoong. It was easy task for us because the rhythm is so familiar and he hymned to the songs of Dahil Sa’Yo, Tadhana, Basang Basa sa Ulan, Ikaw, and Forevermore. Down to the last part of this segment, Kim Jaejoong danced to the iconic Filipino dance moves which are  Otso Otso, Whoops Kiri Whoops, Spaghetti, and Pamela One!

Of course the fan-meeting  will not end without Kim Jaejoong performing his songs to his Filipino fans. Finally! AS IN FINALLY! This part got me emotional because I finally heard his singing voice and it was so soothing! I love the part when Kim Jaejoong performed Good Morning Night and he asked to stand up so we can also join him in his electrifying performance! We actually did this for about four times and even if my legs were shaking, I can’t stop jumping to his song! And by the end, Kim Jaejoong serenaded us once again with his hit songs My Only Comfort, Run Away, Although We Met Again, We Will Meet Again, and Now is Good! To be honest, I got tears in the last song.

Fan-meeting video Part 2 credits to forsythia jlynne

Kim Jaejoong’s message to his Filipino fans is that he is happy and he wasn’t expecting to see a huge volume of fans in his first fan-meeting here in Manila. The feeling is overwhelming and he is gratified that the Filipino fans really welcomed him with a warm heart. We were all shouting “KAJIMA” (Don’t Go) to Kim Jaejoong because seriously, one night is not enough for us to have fun with him! Even if he was on his way to backstage, he kept on shouting I love you and Thank you to his Filipino Fans. By the end of the night, he promised that he will come back here in the Philippines for a concert and we also promised that we will see him again soon!

Thank you Kim Jaejoong for the memorable experience. It was short and quick but the night was filled with too much love and you left us all in awestruck. It may take us a long time to experience this again but it’s okay, we fans will be with you in every step of the way.

Written by Krew Member Alexine Jimenez 

Photos by Krew Member Denice Magbanua 

Beyond Borders, Peaceful Voyage; ASEAN-ROK Collaborative Painting

ASEAN-Korea artists and 80 volunteers with a goal of showcasing the friendship between the ASEAN and Korea gathered together to paint a 35 x 27.5-meter mural in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

This project titled, ‘Beyond Borders: The Graffiti Art Project’, is one of the featured street art in Bonifacio Global City’s BGC Arts Center Festival 2017.

The partnership between Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and Arts and Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc. lead to the creation of this mural titled ‘Beyond Borders, Peaceful Voyage.’  

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To keep it traditional yet pop, a Korean Chaekgado, one of the traditional paintings during the Joseon dynasty, is the main feature of the painting. Inside are symbols and popular sites of ASEAN countries who participated in this project. These objects symbolize the friendship, diplomacy and cultural exchange across borders, united through a form of art. Aside from that, it’s also in time for the recent ASEAN conference held in the Philippines.

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Champions of Passion: Soulful Feats of Art

Five other street art works were featured on the three-day visual and cultural experience brought by the BGC Arts Center. Alongside are murals from local artists which are inspired by their own stories. These include the feel of longing, special meeting places, technology, dreams and normal life. Aside from these murals, stage plays were also featured from November 24-26 at the Maybank Arts Center.

Hop On, Hop Off Bus Tour

Free tours going to the mural sites were offered by the center for all art enthusiasts during the three-day event! Also, a ‘treasure hunt’ style map needs to be completed and snapshots of the six new paintings must be posted to get the special ‘art’ souvenir.

 

Were you able to join this event? If not, it’s not yet too late to see the murals up close. Don’t forget to share with us your photos!

The Beyond Borders: The Graffiti Art Project’ is located at 26th Street corner 5th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

 

Written by Krew Member Mikay Javier