ICYMI: Here’s What Went Down At The 27th Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival

A celebration of culture and friendship with a music and dance buffet — that’s what you missed at the 2018 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival held at the Aliw Theater on October 27. With the theme “Hand and Hand,” the event served its purpose of showcasing the best of Filipino and Korean culture and strengthening further the bond between both countries.

The festivity opened with special performances of several Filipino and Korean acts to entertain culture enthusiasts and supporters. Visitors were treated with more surprises such as wearing Korean traditional clothing hanbok, various K-street food, and K-pop related activities. Attendees also took home freebies from booths of participating sponsors and organizations in the theater’s lobby.

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Ms. Julia Lee of United Korea Community Association welcomes the guests and audiences of The 2018 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival.

Divided into two parts, the 27th Phil-Kor Cultural Exchange Festival showcased the brimming talents of five dance groups and 14 power vocals at the Annual Talent Competition. Filipino participants sang and grooved to Korean songs as Korean contestants did to OPM hits. They went through a series of elimination which took place months before the finals.

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MYX VJ Sunny Kim leads the 2018 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival as its host.

Hosted by MYX VJ Sunny Kim, the talent competition is judged by Korean Cultural Center (KCC) Director Lee Jin-Cheol, United Korea Community Association in the Philippines (UKCA) Chairman Kang Chang-Ik, Korean Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines Director Lee Ho-Ik, ShowBT Philippines CEO Charles Kim, soprano Park Min-Jung, and tenor Dondi Ong.

For the vocal category, Michelle Danielle Marfil bagged third prize with So Chan Hwee’s “Tears.” Yoon Dong Hyun took the second prize with his version of Sharon Cuneta’s “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” and Sandra Faith Dela Cruz, who performed “Arirang,” won first prize.

For the dance category, Chaos gave a fan dance twist to their VIXX cover and won the third prize. Wanna One cover group Wanna Man won second prize, and Legion took home the first prize with their electrifying BTS medley performance.

Finally, Joy Lorenze Locsin emerged as the grand prize winner for her soaring rendition of “Arirang.”

The prize for the slogan and poster making contest was also awarded to Yena Lee.

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The winners of the 27th Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Annual Talent Competition.
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Ms. Yena Lee receives her award for winning the Slogan and Poster Design Contest.
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2017 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival grand prize winner Venisse Nicole Sy, and first prize winner Merry Mia Sinaguinan hit the stage during the judges’ deliberations.

To make the day even more special, the Phil-Kor Concert began with welcoming remarks from UKCA chairman Chang Ik-Kang, NCAA Program Monitoring, and Evaluation Division chief Adel Suemith, and Ambassador Han Dong-Man of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines. The show also highlighted the long-running diplomatic bond between Korea and the Philippines through video presentations.

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NCAA Program Monitoring and Evaluation Division chief Adel Suemith and Ambassador HAN Dong-man of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines deliver their speeches.

The Korean National Gugak Team enticed the audience by playing their country’s traditional instruments and singing of “Arirang.” The Bayanihan National Folk Dance Company graced the stage with various traditional Filipino folk songs and dances to represent the Philippines. Korean duo tenor Jung Jin-Sung and baritone Bae Sung-Choul (BLESS) stunned the crowd with their powerful collaboration with Bora Kim and Philippine tenors Sherwin Sozon and Dondi Ong.

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This year’s grand champion Joy Lorenze Locsin returned to the stage to perform her winning piece. The third prize winner of last year’s dance competition Cainta Sejong School rocks the stage with the rhythm of their drums. Millennial audiences enjoyed boy group SB19’s debut performance, then K-pop boy group BNF brought the house down with their captivating charms and performances.

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The concert wrapped up with a collaborative performance of “Awitin Mo,” sang in both Filipino and Korean to symbolize the camaraderie between Koreans and Filipinos.

Lastly, Ambassador HAN Dong-Man delivered his congratulatory message where he promised to host bigger and more cultural events and activities as both nations will celebrate its 70th anniversary of bilateral relations in 2019.

The 27th Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival was organized by the United Korea Community Association in the Philippines, Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines.

Written by KREW Member June Olivar

Photos from Thea Lusterio and Clyde Antes


A Quick Guide to Korea’s Chuseok

“Chuseok jal bonaesaeyo!” (Have a wonderful Chuseok! 추석 잘 보내새요!)

On the time when the full moon light up the sky, Korean families come together and give thanks to their ancestors for an abundant harvest. This tradition is called Chuseok (추석), the Korean Thanksgiving Day, one of the most important and festive holidays of the year. The term translates to “autumn eve” as it is celebrated during the 15th day of the eighth month on the Lunar calendar and lasts for three days. This year, the Chuseok fell on September 23 to 25.

This annual celebration calls for quality time with family. Koreans often visit their ancestral homes as an act of respect and gratitude. They clear away the weeds and debris on the graves of their family members, and perform a bowing ceremony at the grave site, referred to as bulcho (벌초) and seongmyo (성묘). On the actual day of Chuseok, they conduct a charye (차례) or an ancestral memorial ceremony. Charye is done by preparing traditional foods, particularly a kind of rice cake called songpyeon (송편).

In celebration of Chuseok, Teacher Lily Baek of KCC’s cooking class taught the art of making this Korean delicacy during the Songpyeon Making Workshop last September 28, 2018.

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As part of KCC’s Korean Culture Day, Teacher Baek discusses the origin of Chuseok, and how songpyeon became an important part of it.

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Songpyeon is mainly made with rice dough filled with a special mixture of salt, sugar, honey, and ground sesame seeds or mung beans, and then steamed. These ingredients are the common fresh harvest during the Chuseok season. Songpyeon is usually shaped into a half-moon or small squash-like ball decorated with rice dough cut into fancy shapes. The rice cake dough is by default white but can be colored and flavored with various traditional ingredients like mugwort powder for green, pumpkin powder for yellow, and cockscomb flower for red.

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The old custom of making songpyeon and eating it together illustrate the Korean culture’s value for the family. Teacher Baek said elder Koreans believe that prettily shaped and cooked songpyeon symbolizes having a beautiful offspring.

She also talked about baesuk (배숙), a traditional Korean drink made with boiled pear, black peppercorn, ginger, and sugar. A fruit punch that washes all these tasty treats down best.

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Here’s a simple recipe guide to make your own baesuk and songpyeon.

Baesuk (배숙) – Korean Pear Drink

You’ll need:
1/2 Korean pear; washed
1/2 tablespoon of black peppercorn
30 grams of ginger; sliced
3/4 cup of sugar
2 liters of water
1/2 tablespoon of pine nuts

1. Peel Korean pear. Cut into 1/4 inch thick pieces, and make it in the shape of a flower using a mold. Set aside leftover pear.
2. Soak black peppercorns in hot water for 30 minutes. (This will lessen the pungent taste.) Push through the black peppercorns deeply into the center of flower-shaped pear.
3. Put the sliced ginger and leftover pear into a pot, add water, and boil over medium heat for 20 minutes.
4. Take ginger and leftover pear pieces out.
5. Add the flower-shaped pears and sugar into the pot. Boil over low heat for 10 minutes.
6. Let it cool and store in a refrigerator.
7. Garnish drinks with two to three pieces of pine nuts then serve.
Songpyeon (송편) – Korean Half-Moon Shaped Rice Cakes

For sesame filling, you’ll need:
1 cup of sesame seeds
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
1/3 tablespoons of salt

1. Crush sesame seeds to release flavor.
2. Mix crushed sesame seeds with sugar, honey, and a pinch of salt. Set aside.

For mung bean filling, you’ll need:
1 cup of mung beans
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 tablespoons of honey
1/3 tablespoons of salt

1. Soak mung beans in water until skin can be peeled.
2. Steam soaked mung beans for 20 minutes.
3. Mash mung beans, and stir-fry with sugar and salt until dry. Set aside.

For rice dough, you’ll need:
5 cups of rice powder
2 tablespoons of mugwort powder (for green rice dough)
hot water
sesame oil

1. Mix three cups of rice powder with six tablespoons of hot water to make the dough. Knead and press until soft. Cover with a wet towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for a few minutes.
2. Mix two cups of rice powder with two tablespoons of mugwort powder to make the green dough. Knead and press until soft. Cover with a wet towel or plastic wrap. Let it rest for a few minutes.
3. Tear off a coin-sized dough and a make ball of it in your hand.
4. Press down the center of dough to form a little bowl with your fingers.
5. Stuff dough with sesame seeds or mung beans filling.
6. Fold the stuffed dough in half, and mold into the shape of a half moon. Repeat with remaining ingredients.
7. Steam stuffed doughs over high heat or 20 minutes.
8. Prepare a big bowl of cold water. Remove rice cakes from the steamer, and drop them in the cold water for a quick rinse.
9. Transfer rice cakes to a colander to drain.
10. Lightly coat hands with sesame oil, and rub on the surface of rice cakes.
11. Serve warm.

Tell us how yours turned out. Share a feast of songpyeon and happy Chuseok!


Written by KREW member June Olivar

Fiancée: Jung Joon Young Holds Heart-Fluttering Fan Meeting Event


Fiancée is truly a dream come true for Jungbrahimovics!!! His versatility knows no bounds because aside from being able to do variety shows, he’s also an excellent actor and singer.

The event was held at ABS-CBN Vertis Tent last September 22. This is the first fan meet of Joon Young here in the Philippines. A lot of fans know him as the maknae cast of KBS 2TV’s “2 Days and 1 Night” and “We Got Married Season 4” where he was ‘married’ with Jung Yoo Mi.



Throughout the fan meet, his eccentric, unpredictable, yet charming personality shone on stage. His humor is unrestrained but like hypnosis, you are bound to be pulled simply by love and attraction. (The two-sentence descriptions are just my way of trying to find accurate words on what happened. But they are all just summaries of the wonderful time I had experienced!)




If that’s surprising to you, let me share what he said when asked why he always wins on 2 Days and 1 Night, “I’m not a genius. My members are just very old.” He’s far away but he still savagely disses his hyungs.

When asked about his favorite dish here in PH, he answered kare-kare plus he also misses San Miguel beer. I’m pretty sure that just helped several establishments that night to increase their sales through unpaid advertising. I even craved for those two myself just because he said it even though I’m not really a fan of beers in general!

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He also mentioned that Filipino food is hard to cook but he’s open to fans teaching him how, next time… Hello to the fangirls and fanboys out there, Joon Young wants you to teach him how to cook!!! He said that he will cook kare-kare and seafood for his future fiancée.

He sang: The Sense of An Ending, Sympathy, Fiancée, Spotless Mind, and Becoming Dust. All of which gave me goosebumps. It was a live performance but you can see he didn’t even struggle singing the high notes. My most treasured moment is when he did the rap part of Fiancée – it was just 대박 (daebak/amazing)! I swooned every single time, just look at his photos below:






After the brief interview with host, Kring Kim, the search for Joon Young’s fiancée started.


Fans were asked to sit down if they don’t fit the criteria of his ideal girl. In the end, six fans have been chosen. Check out his type:


The next challenge for the first game was to choose which hand belongs to Joon Young while the six fans were blindfolded. The remaining fans battled it out by answering questions about him.


Here’s a recap of the questions and their corresponding answers:


The second game had 8 contestants on stage. This time, our beloved sang OPM songs he was listening on his headphones and fans tried to guess what song it is. The winner was decided after getting 3 points.


Look at the OPM songs he sang below:


All winners of the games got a signed album, selfie, and a hug (A HUG!!). After this, a video prepared by fans was shown on the screens. He was surprised when everyone lifted their banners and congratulated him on his 5th anniversary.
PH fan club Jung Junyoung PHL (jjyphl) also prepared a football-themed cake which he loved.




The two last segments were the hi-touch and group photo. Both of which made me feel like I was flying on air while approaching the stage and I’m sure all the fans who were present there also felt the same way. It was so surreal and highly emotional too because everyone knew the fan meet was ending. The only thing that made the parting positive was his promise that he will come back once again next year! He announced that he will be releasing his new songs too.

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Just recently, he also visited the country for the launch of Viu’s reality show, “Hello K-Idol” where he is a mentor for aspiring Filipino artists together with BTOB’s vocalist and actor Yook Sung Jae who wants to develop their skills in singing, dancing, performing, fashion, and teamwork.

Fans went home with full hearts (I can certainly attest to this!)! We wish him the best on his singing, acting, and variety show career. We, your fans, will always support you. See you again, next year.

Written by KREW Member Jean Singian

Happy Hallyu Day 2: All Things Korean Sequel

“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.




Looking for new album releases? Official fandom light sticks? From official postcards and photo cards to fan-made shirts, banners, and phone accessories, they have it all here! How awesome is it not having to pay for shipping fees and browse goodies physically instead of online, right?





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:

  1. Make a Good World Café – EXO Chanyeol’s dad’s café located near subway line 2/9 Dangsan Station Exit 13
  2. SMTown @ Coex Artium – Located in Gangnam, Seoul
  3. Gamcheon Village, Busan, South Korea – Made famous after being the filming location in one of the episodes of popular Korean entertainment show, Running Man
  4. Haneul Park – Previously garbage landfill now a remarkable ecological park in Seoul
  5. Seoul Forest – Considered as third largest park in Seoul
  6. 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
  • KakaoTalk


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)


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.



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
  • Coven
  • Princess Ann Lyn
  • Astronote
  • Neo Clear
  • Edward Heredero
  • 7For7
  • Playdizz
  • Hershe
  • Fifth Shadow
  • Spinel
  • 2Basco
  • Paradise
  • Wanna Man
  • Nibiru

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

Minzy Pumps Up the Crowd at UAAP Season 81 Opening and SM North EDSA Annex M&G

By 3 am, one fangirl already started to line up for the lower box standing area of MOA arena, anticipating the long line waiting for Gong Minzy. Soon, more fangirls came and strangers suddenly turned into close friends sparked by simple questions like, “Fan kayo ni Minzy? Gusto niyo din ang 2NE1 (Are you a fan of Minzy? Do you also like 2ne1?)”.






 That dedication and connection speak of the bond and longing all fangirls have for Minzy who united them through music. To make sure that she gets all the welcome she deserves, Global Minzy prepared banners, free tickets and special gifts to fans. Founder @minzyismz started with the goal of sharing the love he has for Minzy across the world. Aside from that, it was a way to represent and promote her as an individual and a part of 2NE1. To quote from the interview, “She’s still that girl from 2NE1 and she’s always a maknae for 2NE1.” Blackjack fansites and other local fansites also had their different preparations and were there to support her in her event.

It took four (4) years before Minzy was able to sing and dance on stage and once again her return was planned and prepared by PULP Live World. By the time Minzy graced the stage of MOA Arena for the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 81 opening, she literally lit the stage on FIRE. Indeed, she’s a SUPERWOMAN. She made history just by being there since she’s the first K-pop act to perform in the history of UAAP since 1938.




Her first song was her debut song NINANO followed by 2NE1 songs: the Unplugged version of Come Back Home, Can’t Nobody (Remix), and I Am The Best (Remix).

She slayed the stage with her commanding dance moves and her powerhouse voice. The arena was filled with the pink ocean, making the moment more beautiful and touching for everyone. She performed alongside Kapamilya star James Reid and local band Sponge Cola with the oath-taking led by NBA superstar, Stephen Curry.


As if the performance wasn’t enough, she made a surprise announcement inviting her fans to go to a guerilla event at SM North EDSA Annex. The notice immediately garnered the same reaction from fans and that is to do whatever it takes to arrive on time and support her. Some fans booked through Grab and some ran to catch the jeepney going to EDSA and ride the MRT.

She performed Superwoman just before meeting the fans. She had a short but sweet and memorable Meet and Greet and though the venue was small, she made every fan thankful for a few seconds of interaction and photo opportunity. She smiled and talk to everyone. She even hugged some even though it was one of the things that were not allowed at the event. In short, she was just too cheerful and keen on showing her love for each and every one who showed up.







Fans can’t help but remember her pre-debut days when she said, “I will become a prettier star. I will become a cooler star. I will stand at the top, no matter what. Until then, please watch over me.”






She continues to fulfill her dreams and people will always support whatever path she takes.  Back then, it was so difficult to imagine Minzy without 2NE1. However, looking at her perform her solo songs and being fiercer than before made it all worth it. Finally, her wonderful voice and songs get the attention it deserves.


She promises to come back to Manila in her latest Instagram post, “Thank you for all the love! See you again soon Manila!” And POS and Blackjacks will always be waiting for her to come back and shine once more.


If you missed the two events, kindly watch this short but awesome video!


Written by Krew Member: Jean Clyde Singian
Photographers: Maryphil Almocera and Regine Monsanto
Video Editor: Anna Marie Millado

Mega Seoul 4 Decades Exhibit Opening

Seoul has gone through tremendous change in cultural, economic and architectural development from late 1960’s to early 2010. This is the highlight of the Korean Cultural Center’s (KCC) newest exhibit titled, ‘Mega Seoul 4 Decades.’


Artist Talk:

62 photographs of Seoul City, from the perspective of 12 Korean photographers, are currently displayed in KCC’s Exhibit Hall until November 30, 2018. The event started with an Artist’s Talk with the guest speakers from Korea. Mr. Lee Gap Chul, Lee Eunjong and Keum Hyewon, three of the 12 photographers of the exhibit, shared their techniques and stories behind their photos displayed in the exhibit area. Also to give you a quick walk on Korea’s 40-year path, the photos showcased how poverty and shameful past urged Koreans to come to Seoul to seek for greener pastures. Later on, this goal deeply rooted to help them re-developed the capital as one of the most competitive cities in the world.


Gap Chul Lee started the forum and shared his experiences during the early years of Seoul. He talked about his personal thoughts and perspective on how Seoul has evolved from the  strict military checkpoints in front of universities during late 1960’s and democratic time to his experience during the time he transferred from his hometown and lived with his friend in Seoul.

“I call my photos as the ‘Land of Others’ as it talks about the land that I must fit in. Everything was so strange when I moved to my friend’s house.” He talked about how alienated he felt after moving to Seoul. He finds it progressive but difficult to adjust at the same time.


Photographers including Lee Eunjong and Keum Hyewon also talked about their works and shared their experiences and insights about Seoul and its progress.  Keum Hyewon used to take shots of ‘Seoul Physiognomy’ which gives a feel of ‘in-progress’ and ‘under construction’ shots. She said it was a good perspective to show everyone how things behind the scene happen, that is why most of her featured photos were unfinished or unpolished items.

As for Lee Eunjong, she gave a quick discussion on how natural progress of things would help in popping out the colors of the items and showed how taxidermy of items would help preserve animals origin and still keep it look vibrant and alive through photography.

The Exhibit:

Last August 10, everyone’s invited for the exhibit opening of the Mega Seoul 4 Decades. 12 photographers including Koo Bohnchang, Kwon Sunkwan, Keum Hyewon, Kim Kichan, Park Chanmin, Bang Byungsang, Anhn Sekwon, Lee Gapchul, Lee Eunjong, Joo Myung Duck, Han Chungshik and Hong Soontai’s work from different years during the 4 decade were collected together and displayed both in colored and black and white forms.




Opening Day:


During the opening event, Ms. Kang Hye Ji of The Museum of Photography in Seoul shared her opening remarks and wished that cultural exchange and long-term cooperations of Philippines and Korea would grow further through narrative art or photography. She was also the one who served as the curator for the attendees.


Director Lee Jincheol also welcomed everyone and shared his warmest greetings to all photography enthusiasts to keep art in Manila and also gain knowledge from Korea’s artistic values through the help of the photos displayed in the event.


The event ended with a photo opportunity with the photographers and invited guests. Everyone has been given a chance to meet and personally discuss the works of the photographers present at the event itself.

Once again, the exhibit will be running until November 30, 2018, and admission is FREE! For more information, you may contact (02) 555-1711 or email info@koreanculture.ph

Written by KREW member Mikay Javier

“The Pirates” Director Considers Filming Sequel in the Philippines

Cheers and laughter filled the cinema as the 2018 Korean Film Festival unreeled on August 29 with the historical-comedy epic “The Pirates.”

Hallyu fans and moviegoers were treated to a thrilling sea adventure which took place during the genesis of the Korea’s Joseon Dynasty, a steer away from the now sensational era of oppas and eonnis.

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“The Pirates” director Lee Seok-hoon (second from right) with FDCP chair Liza Diño, KCC director Lee Jincheol, and SM building administration manager Allan Alba on the opening night of the 2018 Korean Film Festival in the Philippines.

But that’s not all! The opening night became more special with the presence of Korean screenwriter and director Lee Seok-hoon who bared more exciting news.

In a short talk, the 22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Best Director revealed that his team is working on a sequel of the blockbuster movie.He said that “some” of the scenes may be shot in the Philippines if discussions on it go well. The country’s “beautiful nature and skilled people in the film industry,” according to Lee, are the factors that made the Philippines a possible shooting location.

“The Pirates” was Lee’s first foray into the historical movie genre, but being a master-hand at comedy, he was able to take advantage of “the endless opportunities to put imagination in creating such films.” Lee said: “Its humorous, action and adventure elements made the audience sympathize with the film, regardless of its background.”


Film Development Council of the Philippines chairperson Liza Diño, who was one of the main speakers on the opening night, lauded the Korean Cultural Center’s move to bring the Korean cinema to the Philippines and share the Korean culture to Filipinos.

Diño also announced that the Philippines will be the country of focus at the 23rd Busan International Film Festival.

The festival’s special program on the “Centennial Anniversary of the Philippine Cinema – Cinema as a response to the nation” will highlight a retrospective of 10 classic Filipino films in Busan, South Korea from October 4 to 13.

This is in celebration of the Philippine film industry’s 100th anniversary in 2019. Diño added, it is “a platform for the Philippine cinema to be seen by the world, by a global audience, so that they can see how beautiful and rich our cinema is.”

The 2018 Korean Film Festival continues in selected SM cinemas in Baguio on September 5, 8 – 9; Davao on September 12, 15 – 16; Iloilo on September 19, 22 – 23; and Cebu on September 26, 29 – 30. All films are with English subtitles. Admission to the screenings is FREE on a first-come, first served basis.

Written by KREW Member June Olivar