“Event not only for K-pop but for K-drama, Culture and everything in between”
Philippine K-pop Convention, Inc. (PKCI) in partnership with Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE) and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) once again gathered not only K-Pop fans but as well as K-drama, Korean cosmetics and Korean culture fans in the Metro for Happy Hallyu Day 2 last Sunday, September 9, 2018 at Skydome, SM North EDSA.
Various fan clubs and merchandise shops such as CNA Philippines, and the leading Skincare brand in Korea, Leaders Philippines were present in the event. Talented and passionate cover groups also set the stage on fire as they take part in the Open Stage Contest in the afternoon.
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Not only K-Pop merchandisers were present in the event but also cosmetics and skincare retailers and fashion jewelry and accessories. From the brand name itself, Leaders Philippines—the leading Skincare brand in Korea—and Fashion accessories, Korean Cosmetics and K-Pop items Store, CNA Philippines together with various affiliated fan clubs and merchandise retailers took part in the Garage Sale. They offered official and fan-made merchandises and cosmetics imported from Korea.
KOSMOS: The First K-Pop Boy Group Festival 2018 Grand Champion, Chaos, opened the program by performing their winning piece Chained Up by VIXX.
2018 Pinoy K-Pop Star Vocal Category Grand Winner, Ms. Venisse Siy, serenaded the whole venue with her powerful voice by singing Ailee’s I Will Show You and Sohyang’s Wind Song.
Editor-in-Chief of the country’s only K-Pop Mag, Sparkling Magazine’s Ms. Belle Yambao enumerated a helpful list of itinerary when going to South Korea.
Here is a list of the places in South Korea you certainly shouldn’t miss according to her:
- Make a Good World Café – EXO Chanyeol’s dad’s café located near subway line 2/9 Dangsan Station Exit 13
- SMTown @ Coex Artium – Located in Gangnam, Seoul
- Gamcheon Village, Busan, South Korea – Made famous after being the filming location in one of the episodes of popular Korean entertainment show, Running Man
- Haneul Park – Previously garbage landfill now a remarkable ecological park in Seoul
- Seoul Forest – Considered as third largest park in Seoul
- We Are Young Mural – Screened in three of the recent Korean dramas While You Were Sleeping, Manhole, and My Golden Life
Tip: You can search for a group of locals online who offers free walking tours for tourists.
She also listed useful apps when travelling to Korea:
- Naver Maps
- Google Translate
- Subway Korea
Ms. Belle Yambao awarded a Certificate of Appreciation onstage with PKCI President Ms. Jessica, KCC representative Ms. Jieun Song, with the host.
Beauty, Travel, and Lifestyle blogger, “Pinay Eonni” Ms. Raych Ramos, also coached the audience with basic essentials and tips on how to achieve the ideal Korean “glass skin”. She also suggested several brands to use, beauty insider tips and entertained questions while onstage.
Here are the basic Korean skincare steps according to her:
- Cleansing (removing makeup and cleansing your face)
- Toner (to hydrate skin)
- Serum/Essence (targets the skin concerns and repairs the skin)
- Moisturize and use Sunscreen (to protect the skin)
GAMES and RAFFLES
Hyping up the audience with fun exchange of interactions, raffles and games are played.
A game similar to the old classic pinoy game on TV, “Pera o Bayong” wherein the participants are given questions and answer choices which they should correctly choose by standing on the respective answers was the first game played by competitive participants.
Another set of games called “Copy Paste” wherein two groups consisting of seven members each will be shown a photo on the screen which he or she shall successfully portray. The group with the loudest cheers and nearest to the reference wins a point.
Three sets of raffle winners are drawn in between segments. The raffle and game winners were given posters, and products from Leaders Philippines and CNA.
OPEN STAGE PERFORMANCE CONTEST
A lot of aspiring and deeply in love with both performing and K-Pop music has swept the floor with graceful and breath-taking performances. A total of 17 groups and individuals participated in the contest which started around 3 o’clock in the afternoon. Judges present were KCC Krew Alumna Ms. Lei, Ms. Cami De Leon, and 2018 Pinoy K-Pop Star Vocal Grand Champion in Ms. Venisse Nicole Siy.
Winning groups PlayDizz (Grand Champion), Fifth Shadow (1st Place), and Coven (2nd Place) are given a chance to perform a special stage in the upcoming Annual K-Pop Convention to be hosted by PKCI.
List of Participants in the Open Stage Contest
- Mystic Ideal
- Princess Ann Lyn
- Neo Clear
- Edward Heredero
- Fifth Shadow
- Wanna Man
List of affiliated fan clubs present in the event
- Girls Generation PH
- EXO PH
- Twice PH
- Astro United PH
- Girl’s Day PH
- B1A4 PH
- Monsta X PH
- Beyond Infinity
- Day6 PH
- Seventeen PH
- BTS PH
- GFriend PH
Written by KREW Member Yara De Guzman
Photos by KREW Member Dawn Naval