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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kpop Lovers Unite at 2017 Pinoy Kpop Star!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Written by Krew Member Jean Singian

MOVING KOREA: Art in a Different Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

OPENING CEREMONY

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

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

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

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

Other artworks include:

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A Song of Nature by Lee Lee Nam

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

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Lightning Bug by Kim Dong Ho

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

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Toyrider by Everyware

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Mrs. B., A North Korean Woman

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

2017 Korean Speech Contest: Treasures from Within

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The grand finals of the much-awaited Korean Speech Contest was held last April 29 at the College of Engineering Theater, University of the Philippines (UP)—Diliman. The contest, made possible by the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in cooperation with the UP Department of Linguistics and the United Korean Community Association of the Philippines, was a way to discover the best Korean speakers in the nation.

The contestants were gathered from six beautiful cities of the Philippines—Baguio, Pampanga, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, and Manila—to showcase their ability and wit. The theme of this year’s speech contest was “My Treasure”, where the contestants talked about what they hold dear in their hearts.

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Even before the start of event, the attendees were already filled with excitement and energy as they were able to enjoy various booth activities outside the theater, such as Hanbok wearing, Tuho Game, eating Korean food samples care of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and receiving free travel kits from the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO). These activities made the attendees more pumped up and enthusiastic as the minutes passed by.

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Ms. Paola Ebora, Events Coordinator of KCC Philippines, hosted the event and started off with asking everyone to sing the national anthems of Korea and the Philippines. This was a great way of showing the continuously increasing partnership of both countries—that beyond the differences in languages and cultures, Filipinos and Koreans have shown optimism and respect to one another, creating an unbreakable friendship that will continuously grow over time.

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Director Lee Jin Cheol, the new Director of the Korean Cultural Center and the First Secretary of the Embassy of Korea in the Philippines, gave his warm welcoming remarks to everyone.  He expressed his gratefulness to be present in an event like this, which, for him, is not only a mere contest, but something that demonstrates how much the Filipinos enjoy the Korean language and culture. Director Lee then wished all the contestants the best of luck, and for everyone to enjoy the show.

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The Korean Speech Contest doesn’t only have a good roster of contestants but also an incredible panel of judges—Director Lee Jin Cheol of the Korean Cultural Center; Director Park In Shik of the Korea Tourism Organization; Mr. Kim Jong Ho, Principal of the Korea International School; Mr. Bang Jong Ryeol, King Sejong Language Institute and KCC instructor; and Ms. Song Ah Reum, First Secretary of the Korean Embassy. They made the contest more exciting as they have prepared questions for the contestants after their speech—which helped exhibit their ability to converse well in the Korean language.

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Once the judges have been introduced and criteria has been announced, it was time to meet the grand finalists. First up was Darla Joyce Dabu from Cainta, who expressed her love for her family and friends. Darla, in “My One Kind of Treasure”, talked about how no one is perfect and that it is okay to make mistakes. She holds her memories close to her heart as they give her strength to carry on with life, and that no matter what happens, we should all protect and cherish our own treasures.

The second contestant was Luxmie Jean Zacal who came from the province of Davao. Her speech titled “Our Family”, talked about how her 9-member family helps one another through the good and the bad, and that their days are always filled with dreams and love.

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Next one up was Jezreel Gibaga from Pasig City. “Which of these Treasured Things?” expressed her love for her family, as they have provided her the gift of life and showed life’s purpose. She also said that people will only be able to treasure others if they know how to treasure themselves, thus, she should be strong and stable to be able to take care of someone.

The fourth one to take the stage was Ronil Carino representing the province of Pampanga. He walked the audience through his life with his speech titled “My Journey in Life”, and how he had persevered to overcome the challenges along the way. Despite the various hardships, Ronil did not quit because he is stronger than his failures. His advice to everyone is to never be discouraged and don’t ever hold back, and that we should always keep the spark burning within us.

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The next finalist was Aubrey Ortega from Manila, who talked about her “Little Things.” She expressed how we should not be stressed out about the various happenings in our lives, instead, we should take a moment to appreciate what we have, even the small things. It’s easy for us to get carried away by the demands of our everyday lives that sometimes, we don’t notice the significance of little things and certain moments. Aubrey is grateful that she can enjoy and appreciate her treasures—the little things in life; and she is definitely making the most out of every moment.

Halfway through the contest, there was a raffle draw where randomly selected attendees won various things such as a KCC tumbler, a limited-edition K-Movie book, a Hallyu Tourist Guide Book, and an Easy Korean Cooking Book. Also, to give everyone a visual break, the beautiful ladies of the KCC Performance Team, NARA, performed a traditional fan dance. The audience was mesmerized with how NARA performed with elegance and grace, showcasing a part of the Korean culture.

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After the visual break, it was then time to hear more from the remaining finalists. The sixth contestant, Anthonette Cantara, also known as Annyeong for some of her friends, came all the way from Cebu. She talked about her “One Dream”, and how her love for the Korean culture started. Anthonette shared that we will find our treasures if we follow wherever our hearts lead us.

The next finalist, Angeleen Lee, a student from the Ateneo De Manila University, expressed her treasure through “My Tall Height.” She shared how her insecurities get the better of her before, because she thinks that everyone is better than her. Angeleen has always been insecure about her tall height—it’s uncommon and was often made fun of when she was young; but now she has learned to accept the things that are out of her control, and appreciate herself more.

The eighth—and the second male—contestant for the day was Carl Kelvin “CK” Sabillo. Through his speech titled “My Music, My Treasure”, he was able to express his love for music and having his own sound. CK admire how he can convey emotions, thoughts, memories, and love through music; and how it helps him to connect to other people’s hearts.

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The next finalist up the stage was Precious Ann Pendon from Iloilo, who is a nurse by profession and an English tutor by passion. Her love for her students was evident through her speech, “My Memories with My Korean Students.” Precious shared how she introduced the Filipino traditions to them and vice versa, and that no matter the distance, their great memories together will always be in their hearts.

The last but not the least contestant was Jerlyn Mercado from Baguio City. Her speech, “Now”, showcased her greatest treasure—this moment, today. There are a lot of things happening in our daily lives, but it is important for us to appreciate—and never take for granted—the people, things, and time that we have now.

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After the amazing speeches of the grand finalists, a Korean Word Ending Game was played up the stage. It was fun to see how the connected the Filipinos are with the Korean language. Val John, a former representative of the Philippines at the 2015 KBS K-Pop World Festival who is now an artist under Star Music, gave a special and lively performance. He performed K-Pop songs and has also showcased his latest single, “Ikaw Pa Rin.”

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The most exciting and nerve-wracking moment finally arrived—the announcement of winners. Before the Top 3 awards, special prizes were first awarded. The Popularity Award goes to Jezreel Gibaga, who has absolutely won the hearts of the aufience. The Best Content Award, on the other hand, was awarded to Jerlyn Mercado.

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The audience, especially the supporters of the contestants, were already on the edge of their seats waiting for the announcement of the grand winners. The third place, who took home Php 5,000.00, a trophy, a scholarship package from KCC, and a goodie bag, was given to Precious Ann Pendon.

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Aubrey Ortega was then announced to be the second place winner and received Php 10,000.00, a trophy, a scholarship package from KCC, and a goodie bag. At that moment, the whole theater was filled with cheers and support.

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The grand prize winner of this year’s Korean Speech Contest took home Php 15,000.00, a trophy, a scholarship package from KCC, a goodie bag, and—here’s the fun part—a round trip to Korea courtesy of the Korea Tourism Organization, and it was none other than Angeleen Lee, who was truly surprised from the announcement.

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The event has been a blast—a treasured moment for most of us. It’s always amazing to witness the increasing interest and love of the Filipinos towards the Korean culture and language. I believe everyone has also thought about what their greatest treasures are on their way home. This contest did not only showcase some of the best talents, but was also a way for us to reflect and realize the beauty of every given moment. To anyone who is learning or planning to learn the Korean language: get ready and have fun—you might be the one up on the stage next year. 🙂

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Photos taken by Krew Member April Aquino

Written by Krew Member Nikki Harriet Cunanan

How To Score That K-Pop Concert Ticket: A Survival Guide

The situation: Your ultimate bias group is coming to your country as part of their world tour.

*Screams*

*Panics*

*DIES*

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As excited as you are about the news, you couldn’t help feeling extremely anxious over a plethora of concerns. “Will I be free on concert day?” (Hopefully…) “I’ve got strict parents; will they ever allow me to attend a show that starts in the evening?” (Fingers crossed…) “Do I have enough funds?” (Still iponing…)

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But the most pressing issue in your head right now must be whether or not you’ll manage to score much-coveted tickets to what could be the most unforgettable night of your life. And with thousands of fans hailing from near and far about to set forth for the ultimate battle that is ticketing day, the stakes are definitely high.

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Well, now’s not a great time to lose hope. Not all fans across the globe get the chance you’ve got in your hands right now, so get your game face on, and read our guide on how to cop K-Pop concert tickets – the fun and ethical way – like a boss:

  1. Anticipate. 

This tip actually applies way before the announcement of the concert in your area.

ANTICIPATE.

We all know how unpredictable K-Pop groups can be. So even though you think there’s a super slim chance of them visiting your country, prepare anyway.

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Budget your allowance. Cut your expenses. Feed your concert fund jar regularly. Heck, if you could open a bank account for this, go for it, because the best time to save up is always, always NOW. You never know… the next city they’ll swing by could be yours!

Think about it: If you end up saving more than the amount needed for an SVIP ticket, you might even consider going the extra mile and save up a bit more to see your favorite group in Korea!

  1. Decide on your mode of purchase

Online or on-site? Oh, the dilemma… Each has its own pros and cons, but obviously, you’ll have to choose what would be the most convenient for you at the moment.

Needless to say, if you’re living far from ticketing outlets or abroad, it would be best to purchase tickets online or make a reservation through the organizers (if they offer such). The same goes for fans who’ve got access to speedy and reliable internet connection. Why go through the hassle of lining up for hours and hours, when you can just make the purchase in the comfort of your home? Easy peasy.

“But what if the website crashes?”

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We totally get why you’re worried about this. Indeed, the volume of website visitors on the day of selling could potentially crash the site. However, if it does happen during your transaction, chances are, servers at ticketing offices are also down! So take a deep breath, refresh the page, and you’ll get your ticket soon enough.

Now, let’s get to the far bloodier option: on-site purchasing.

If you have yet to endure lining up for a K-Pop concert ticket, trust us when we say that buying on-site an experience in itself. It’s an incredibly stressful ordeal, but nonetheless exciting.

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Although this option will require a lot of time, patience, and effort on your part, it’s still what most fans – especially those who who live near ticketing offices – prefer. Some do it for the guarantee of getting hold of the actual ticket stat (nothing quite compares to this feeling), while others do it simply for the thrill. Some fans also take this opportunity to meet new friends in the fandom.

Everybody has their own reasons for buying on-site, really. Just make sure that if you do choose this option, you’re mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for it. After all, nothing’s too difficult if it means seeing oppas or noonas performing your favorite jams on concert day, right?

  1. Devise a game plan.

Okay, since you’ve got your money ready, cleared your schedule on ticketing day, and even got a go signal from your parents, it’s time for you to come up with a strategy. Don’t take this step lightly.

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Just as how a good soldier never goes to war without a solid plan, you, too, should face ticketing day with a faultless scheme, especially if you’re buying on-site.

Truth be told, this would be a lot easier if you’re going with friends, as you can pitch your own ideas and develop your game plan from there. So, if you’re going alone, it would be smart of you to look for at least one mutual, who’s going to buy tickets at your chosen location.

We understand that you might be in a state of panic right now, so, to inspire you and, perhaps, give you some peace of mind, here is a tried-and-tested ticket-buying strategy to get you started:

Mission: Divide and Conquer
Required Manpower: At least 2 people
The Plan: Find the ticket offices that will less likely cater to TONS of people and assign members of your group to those areas. You can either go alone or by pairs, depending on how big your group is. Make sure each “unit” carries enough amount of money that will cover the cost of tickets for your entire group. On ticketing day, keep in touch through calls or SMS. Whoever among you reaches the counter first will buy the tickets.

  1. Stay on SNS.

We bet you don’t want to miss out on anything. So during this crucial period, let SNS be your best friend.

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Enter essential keywords in the search box, follow and turn on notifications for significant accounts, and regularly check official and related hashtags to closely monitor what the entire fandom is up to.

You can also use SNS to find out which ticketing offices would be crowded on D-Day (since fans usually post about where they will be buying their tickets), so you can plan accordingly.

On ticket-selling day, be a responsible fan and help keep your fandom updated about what’s happening on your end. Post line updates, photos, and videos that will be of great help to your fellow stans. Above all, do not cause unnecessary panic or worse, fights.

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Be smart in using your words.

  1. Safety first!

At this point, the idea of spending the night outside a mall or a ticketing office must have already come across your mind, and you’ve actually considered doing it. In fact, you’re ~this~close to packing your overnight bag!

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Well, hold it right there! Is it really necessary for you to camp out? Sure, the idea sounds exciting. We also know that you’re afraid of not getting there early enough. But by doing so, you’ll be putting your safety on the line. It doesn’t matter if there are people around you doing the same. Your own safety is of paramount importance here.

You’ll be sleeping on a cold, dirty pavement compromising your comfort and risking your health. Moreover, you will be carrying a huge sum of money – something you (or your parents) worked so hard for. You don’t want to lose all that to some ill-minded criminal who lurks in the night, do you?

The key to securing a really good ticket is not by camping out, but by going early to a branch that has the least people (again, regularly check SNS to find out which outlets are expecting the most people).

Think about it: If ten people camped out at this particular hotspot, while you chose have a good night’s rest at home and just go early to a lesser known outlet (and by some stroke of luck, you come first in line) it is likely that you will beat the nine other fans who camped out to getting a ticket once ticket-selling hour strikes!

However, if you really do want to experience camping out for a ticket, just for the heck of it, make sure you secure your valuables and stay in your spot in line. Take a nap, but don’t slip into a deep sleep (well, we doubt that you can do this in such a situation, anyway).

Some other things…

  1. Initiate.

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Early in line? Take the initiative to start a queuing system. Also inform the security guards within the premises to redirect any fan who arrives to your line, so no multiple queues will be formed.

  1. Do not cut the line!

So you woke up late or got caught in traffic. When you arrived at the venue, a looooooooooong line meets your eyes. Frantic and desperate, the thought of cutting the line crosses your mind.

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DO NOT.

The people in line want a ticket just as much as you do, and robbing off their chance of getting the tickets they want is just downright rude and unethical. Think about how you’d feel if you were in their shoes.

  1. Buy tickets within the purchasing limit.

Simple: If the organizer says you can buy a maximum of two tickets for this particular show, then don’t insist on getting three, even if need be.

  1. Make new friends!

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This is probably the best part about lining up for tickets. Making new friends in the same fandom. Queueing for hours can get extremely boring, so take the liberty of striking a conversation with the fans near you. Talk about your biases, your favorite songs, choreography, and whatnot. Surely, you wouldn’t run out of things to talk about! Don’t forget to ask for their SNS handles or their mobile numbers. Who knows? You might even meet again on concert day!

  1. Handle your ticket with ~care~.

After what feels like forever, you’ve finally purchased your ticket! *Happy dance*

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With your patience and perseverance rewarded, it is just right that you keep the very key to your most-awaited event in a secured place, but, perhaps, not before snapping a picture of it to post on social media (see to it that the barcode and essential info printed on the ticket are blocked!). After all, you want the world a.k.a. the interwebs to witness your success.

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Tucking the ticket in your wallet or planner is a definite no-no, as they are items that can easily get lost, misplaced, or worse, stolen. Make sure your hiding place is easy to access, so you wouldn’t have any issues retrieving it on concert day.

 

Got it? Alright. We wish you luck on D-Day!!!

 

Written by: Krew member Andy Flores

2017 Korean Culture Caravan at LPU Manila

 

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The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines once again hosted another Culture Caravan at Lyceum of the Philippines University, Manila last March 22, 2017.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Korean Culture Caravans – it is an opportunity to experience Korea and learn firsthand about its history and culture. This activity is motivated to thoughtfully cultivate the Korean activities and to ensure that faculty and students are given a chance to embrace the most unique and meaningful elements of Korea.

The whole event was divided into three parts: 1) Sagunja or the Korean Traditional Painting Class, 2) Film Screening of the movie, “The Beauty Inside”, and 3) 2017 LPU K-pop Idol.

Sagunja was held simultaneously with the K-film Screening event. At the same time, a photo exhibit, hanbok experience, Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) booth, and KCC booth, which were all located at the Mabini Hall, were flocked by students.

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Sagunja Class

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Sagunja Class

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Sagunja Class

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Sagunja Class participants with their creations

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K-Film Screening of  “The Beauty Inside”

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Hanbok Wearing

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Hanbok Wearing

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LPU Students playing Tuho at KCC Booth

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Even the faculty enjoyed playing Tuho

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She won a Lee Minho photo card!

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She’s so happy she got a planner!

Director OH Choong Suk of Korean Cultural Center formally graced the afternoon program, ‘2017 LPU K-pop Idol’. During his speech, he explained the activities offered by KCC in the country as well as the classes offered to the people who want to learn Korean language, K-pop dance, and other cultural classes such as Sagunja, Salmunori, Hansik etc.

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[Director OH Choong Suk]

It was followed by a talk from Ms. Katrina C. Catajay, Assistant Manager of Korea Tourism Organization. She introduced the different activities people can do when they visit Korea.

And just before the highlight of the program, Salmunori team of KCC gave an outstanding performance with their traditional and modern infused presentation.

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[Ms. Katrina C. Catajay of KTO]

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Salmunori Performance

Three groups participated in the competition and the Little Theater was filled with excitement as students’ cheer for the groups they support. And while everyone got to enjoy the different showcase of the three groups, KCC also gave raffle prizes like power bank, KCC flash drive, KCC gift pack (bag, tumbler, pen), K-Pop: Beyond Asia book and so much more!

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Dance Competition

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Dance Competition

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Photo Op of Participants and Organizers

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Winners of the Dance Competition 

Interested to have this one-of-a-kind experience? Email KCC at library@koreanculture.ph or call at 555-1711.  Your school might be the next stop for our unforgettable caravan!

Written by Krew member Jean Singian