Colours of Autumn—What is it like in Korea?

Inviting and beyond beautiful—that’s how I describe Korea. The warm people, scenic places, array of tempting food, trendy music and fashion, values–rich dramas and remarkably advanced technology are just some of the many reasons why Korea is a must on your travel bucket list. But what’s more interesting about the country is its four distinctively unique seasons: the spring (봄), summer (여름), autumn (가을) and winter (겨울).

Colours of Autumn in Korea
Korea is an invitingly beautiful country that besides the warm people, beautiful places and rich culture, what’s more interesting is its four distinctively unique seasons: the spring, summer, autumn and winter.

Korea is especially more beautiful during the autumn when trees change into palettes of yellow, red orange and brown. The autumn season, which lasts from the months of September until late of November, is considered by many as the most pleasant time of the year. Beautiful autumn hues paint the entire nation with golden ginkgoes, coppery–orange zelkovas and red maple trees under the clear blue sky along with the cool weather is such breathtaking scenery to enjoy and appreciate.

The National Museum of Korea is also a great place to enjoy the autumn season as its surroundings are ornamented with beautiful autumnal trees.

During the fall foliage’s intense colors, Koreans are looking forward to the beautiful season and spend time with their family outdoors, whether just a casual visit at city parks or hiking at one of the country’s famous peaks.

Autumn in Korea is a time of falling leaves which paints the entire nation with vibrant yellow, red orange and brown.

With the royal palaces, mountains and other popular attractions carpeted with spectacular fall foliage, each year the season continue to attract crowds of people. Situated in the city of Sokcho, the Seoraksan National Park is one of the most well–known autumn foliage destinations to visit to where you get to see and experience the grandeur of autumn in Korea. The picturesque park is incredibly famous amongst mountain climbers not just because of its many trails and granite summits but as well as the sceneries that can only be seen during the season. Nami Island, which is gracefully floating in the Cheongpyeong Lake and just 63 kilometers away from Seoul, is also famous for its piles of vibrant foliage during the autumn, not to mention the magnificent Ginkgo Tree Footpath and the Metasequoia Lane, which were the famed locations of the hit Korean drama, “Winter Sonata.”

Appreciate the Namsan Mountain’s splendid autumn by riding the cable car up to the view deck grounds of the iconic N Seoul Tower.
The peeping N Seoul Tower that proudly stands tall on the captivating peak of Mt. Namsan.
The autumn-painted inviting city of Seoul as seen at the top of the Namsan tower.

Downtown of the inviting city of Seoul, it’s no excuse not to visit the captivating peak of Mt. Namsan in the autumn. Crowned by the iconic N Seoul Tower, the mountains and its surrounding park lure trekkers, backpackers and tourists alike to witness the splendid changing of the season in the heart of Seoul. Setting aside the worthy hike, visitors can also appreciate the season through the Namsan cable car that awaits them from and to, and vice versa, right to the view deck while enjoying the stretch of thick and crimson–colored bushes of old maple and pine trees.

Witness the royal guard changing ceremony at the Gwanghwamun gate of the Gyeongbok Palace in which in the Joseon era it’s traditionally held at different times of the day.
In hanbok, the traditional clothing of Koreans, travel through time with free admissions to Korea’s grand palaces across the city of Seoul.
The Hyangwonjeong Pavilion stands lovely on the artificial Hyangwonji island within a garden lake and has the wooden Chwihyanggyo bridge that connects it to the Gyeongbokgung palace grounds.

Grand palaces built during the reign of Joseon Dynasty are also great destinations to see the season’s colorful transformation as they are all majestic in the fall. Like the road along the Deoksugung Palace’s stone wall ornamented with tall ginkgoes, the traditional structures of the Gyeongbokgung Palace in a backdrop of impressive red and gold landscapes, the tranquil lotus pond of the Changdeokgung Palace adorned with autumnal leaves alongside the Huwon garden, and the notable Korean Folk Village which is as well stunning during the fall charm artists, photographers and tourists alike from across the country. Moreover, a walk and forest bath to the Seoul Grand Park is another way to embrace the nature and enjoy the scent of the autumn trees. If you just want to explore the metropolitan city of Korea, Seoul is just a huge autumn foliage landscape wherein lovely spots, gardens and parks are quite colorful places to visit and stroll about.

Besides the time of falling leaves, autumn in Korea is also the season of bountiful harvests as mandarin oranges, apples, pears and persimmons ripen and add color to the foliage.

Korean fall is not only about the time of falling leaves and a sign before the cold winter sets in but also it’s the season of bountiful harvests. The rice fields started to turn to tints of gold while the sweet jujubes, apples, pears, and persimmons, which is a symbol of autumn in Korea, are all ripening and add rich color to the foliage.

With the crisp, cool weather that the autumn breeze brings, it’s best to enjoy the season’s fresh and bountiful harvests including some of the most tempting traditional food in a hanok-style Korean restaurant.
During the autumn season, Koreans are looking forward to the annual traditional holiday of Chuseok in which it’s not only celebrated as thanksgiving but most especially a custom to pay respect to their great ancestors. Photo shown is the charye-sang, a table setting for the ancestor worship ceremony during the Korean Thanksgiving Day. (© Official Flickr page of the Republic of Korea)

Furthermore, another reason to enjoy Korea’s autumn season is the holidays and many festivals that are lined-up particularly for the public to delight in and appreciate. Chuseok, as one of the exciting festivities, is an annual traditional holiday and a major harvest festival that every Korean celebrates not just for thanksgiving but most especially to pay respect to their ancestors. It’s held around the autumn equinox, the season’s biggest custom is also a feast of Korean traditional food and beverages such as the sweet songpyeon rice cakes as representative food, hangwa and sindoju. Also, the holiday is a celebration of old traditional games including archery and the Korean wrestling ssireum, along with the folk dance ganggangsullae.

Seasonal sweet hotteok pancakes filled with various nuts are a must-try delicacy and street food in Korea especially in the fall.

Aside from the customary offerings, roasted chestnuts and ginkgo nuts as well as the hotteok which is a seasonal sweet pancake filled with mixed nuts are best enjoyed in the fall and a must-try Korean street food enticingly serve by the street vendors called pojangmacha.

Array of beautifully-seasoned kimchi sold at a traditional market in Tongyeong.

One more reason why autumn is an exciting season in Korea is the Kimjang, in which it’s the traditional way of making the kimchi wherein Korean families usually gather in group to prepare and make the healthy fermented dish. Kimchi made in the fall is said by many Koreans to be the best kimchi to serve all throughout the year.

The Andong Maskdance Festival, one of the most exciting autumn festivals in Korea, showcases the folk dance heritage and cultural mask dances of the country. (© Official Flickr page of the Republic of Korea)

The season wouldn’t be more exciting without the celebration of the autumn festivals such as the Andong Maskdance Festival showcasing the folk dance heritage and cultural mask dances of Korea, and the Suncheon Bay Reeds Festival which naturally showcases the charming fields of brown reeds which are also home to rare birds and other wildlife. Besides, the much-awaited celebration of the Seoul Lantern Festival which lights up the downtown Seoul to a glistening paradise, particularly the Cheonggyecheon Stream, with hundreds of colorful, uniquely designed and well–lit lanterns.

Fascinating fall foliage of Mt. Namsan in vibrant colors as seen from the observatory of the N Seoul Tower.
Golden-yellow ginkgo leaves start to carpet the streets as autumn fade in late of November. (© Korea Clickers—Official Facebook page of the Republic of Korea)
Just few steps away from the beautiful summit of Mt. Mireuk in Tongyeong. It’s worth noting that Korean autumn is as well the perfect season to go for a hike but expect showers ahead of your climb.

Autumn foliage in Korea is without doubt a magnificent spectacle. But whichever season you choose to travel to, you will definitely going to have a great time exploring the lovely countryside of Korea all year round.

 

Written by Krew Member Jap Vergonia

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Diamond Edge: SEVENTEEN Stuns, Dazzles Manila

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Till we meet again, SEVENTEEN.

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Written by Krew member Andy Flores

첫사랑: Reminiscing everything Korean!

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Do you still remember the first K-drama you watched?

How about the first K-Pop album you received?

I don’t know about you but, when I was younger, I would always keep track of my “first” Korean experiences. Whether it’s as simple as getting my first haircut from a Korean Stylist (Chic Salon, September 7, 2008) or getting my first Korean newspaper (September 14, 2008) (yes, I’m a little “crazy” over dates!) – I remember them all!

So, here are some of my “first loves” and I hope you can reminisce with me.

1. First Korean Drama
“Lovers in Paris” was probably one of the first Korean dramas to air here in the Philippines, together with “Stairway to Heaven.” However, it’s not until “Spring Waltz” that I learned to love K-dramas.

2. First Korean CD
As I further “researched” on the actors of “Spring Waltz”, thanks to Wikipedia, I accidentally clicked on “Unstoppable Marriage”. It was a sitcom starring Girl’s Generation’s Sooyoung and Yuri, together with F.T. Island’s Jaejin. Obviously,  now you now know my first K-POP groups.

I got my first F.T. Island album on March 17, 2008. It was their “The Refreshment Special Repackaged Edition,” thanks to my aunt who went to Korea. Then I got my first Girl’s Generation album, their debut album, on December 12, 2008.

I usually record my K-album’s birthdays but I stopped when I went to college. Still, I continued this weird “tradition” of keeping their wrappers, as much as possible, and covering them with ziplock! (Why are you so weird, Max?)

3. First Korean Restaurant
On September 14, 2008, I got to eat at Yedang BBQ Restaurant! For me, it’s the best in the Philippines and it still is. When I ate there back in 2008, they still had those mini tables where you can eat sitting on the floor. Today, I try to eat there twice a month. Almost forgot…this is where I got my first Korean newspaper!

4. First Korean Cooking
The first dish I ever cooked in my whole life was Bibimbap. I was on my first year in college and for some reason I really wanted to “cook” and taste Bibimbap for dinner!After class, I checked for the recipe, went straight to the grocery and went home to cook!

5. First Korean trip
And of course, the most memorable out of all of these, my first trip to Seoul! We went last May 12, 2016 and it’s actually an “unplanned trip”. My dad surprised me and we booked the ticket just two weeks before the trip! It was a memorable vacation because I got to test my Korean skills, met the locals and breathe the Seoul air.

6. First Korean “work”
Lastly, my first Korean “work.” I always wanted to do something for Korea and I didn’t realized that KCC or the Korean Cultural Center was the answer! Here, I joined as a KREW member and I can’t be more thankful. The truth is, the first time I came to KCC was on June 21, 2016 during my KREW interview. With KCC, I experienced how it is to work with Koreans, meet friends with the same interests as me and even got the chance to learn and grow as a person.

Indeed, I am thankful to my “first loves” -for without them, I wouldn’t be who I am today!

Do you have any memories to share about your “첫사랑” ? Tell us your stories by commenting below!

God bless!

Written by Krew Member Max Chua

5 SIMPLE TIPS BEFORE STUDYING IN KOREA

[KCCBanner] 5 Tips Before studying in Korea.

You might have thoughts about studying in Korea. Whether it’s to further pursue your degree there, study their language or whatever your reasons, I’ll share with you my 5 tips before studying in your dream country, Korea.

1. Study a little Korean

When your about to study abroad in general, it’s important to learn the basics of their language. I have a friend who studied in Korea and knowing how to read and write Hangeul really helped her a lot.

Given that majority of the lessons will be taught in Korean- it’s good to be ready! Also, studying a little bit of Korean in advance gives you an “edge” versus your classmates. It also allows you to be more confident that you won’t get lost anywhere in Korea! Just in case~

2. Visit the school

As much as possible, it’s best to check the school and the dorm you will be staying at beforehand. This way, you can already get a glimpse of your “living-expectations” and adjust to whatever it is you might be needing.

Tour around the school so you’ll know where to go and allow yourself to get the school’s “vibe.” When you do this, you probably won’t have a hard time during your first day in class!

If you can’t visit the school, make sure to read A LOT about it because studying in Korea is probably a once in a lifetime opportunity that can’t be wasted just because of a “wrong school” choice -no offense. Make sure the school caters to your academic needs, matches your standards, and is considered an “expert” in whatever it is you want to study.

3. Anticipate the difficulties

It is not easy studying abroad. I ask my friends a lot about their experiences studying abroad and most of them tell me they cry on the first week. I’m not scaring you, I’m just saying you have to be ready- heart, soul and mind. 

Encountering language barriers or possible miscommunications are inevitable. Missing your family and friends is normal. Allowing yourself to give up during these “difficulties,” is definitely a no-no. Remember, these “challenges” are part of the journey itself and you’ll eventually be thankful for it because, it’s the one that builds you up and makes you stronger.

4. Clarity of the “dream”

Before studying in Korea, or in any other country, you have to be clear of why you want to study there. You have to know your “reasons”. Doing this allows you to conquer #3 easily! Why? Simply because when obstacles come, you won’t let them get in your way because you know your purpose. You have a “goal” in studying in Korea (or any country) and you won’t let anyone miss your chance to win the prize.

5. Believe in yourself.

Lastly, telling yourself that you can do it, that you will “survive” and that you will achieve your goal are important. The power of your mind is the best weapon you can use over your doubts, homesickness or even your “#3”s along the way in studying in Korea (or abroad).

Connected to #4, remind yourself of your purpose and support it by being your own “number-one-fan”. If you believe in yourself, you’ll be surprised with the amazing things that are about to come your way.

I hope my simple tips before studying in Korea helped you!

Are you planning to study in Korea? Tell us where you plan to?

God bless!

Written by Krew Member Max Chua

Korean Film Festival 2017: Movie Review

6 cities.
5 films.
4 days.

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

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

TWENTY: Coming-of-Age Comedy at its Best

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MY BRILLIANT LIFE: The Ultimate Tear-Jerker

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

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

 

Written by Krew Member Anne Patricia Rubinas

2017 Korean Film Festival Goes for Millennial Empowerment

Korean wave fans and film buffs once again swarmed the SM Megamall as the Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines (KCC), together with the Embassy of Korea to the Philippines, brought yet again another one of its most awaited and exciting events, the 2017 Korean Film Festival.

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With the theme, “Boldness of Youth,” this year’s festival showcased five critically acclaimed films that features young characters who face various challenges in their lives and how they deal with them including:

The premiere movie “How to Steal a Dog” revolves around a 10-year-old girl (Lee Re) who concocts a plan to steal a rich woman’s (Kim Hye-ja) dog and believes the reward money would be enough to buy a home for her family.

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How to Steal a Dog Director Kim Seong-Ho graced the 2017 KFF premier night with his presence.

“Twenty,” the coming-of-age movie showing the struggles of newly high school graduates namely Chi-ho (Kim Woo-bin), Kyung-jae (Kang Ha-neul) and Dong-woo (Lee Junho).

The family-drama film, “My Brilliant Life” focusing on the hardships of two young lovers (Kang Dong-won and Song Hye-kyo) having a child diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, Progeria.

“The King of Jogku,” a sports-comedy movie about the story of Hong Man-sub (Ahn Jae-hong) on his return to university after his military service only to find out that his beloved Jogku court has been removed due to complaints from the student council.

The romantic-comedy film, “A Very Ordinary Couple,” telling the on-and-off relationship of two normal couples in Korea, Lee Dong-hee (Lee Min-ki) and Jang Young (Kim Min-hee).

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KCC Director Lee Jin-Cheol shared his thoughts in an interview before the screening.

KCC Director Lee Jin-Cheol stressed out that they want the viewers especially the young ones to have the same encouragement as the characters in the films and also for the older audiences to reminisce about their past and to understand the lives of the youth in this generation.

The Big Night Unfolds

This year’s Korean Film Festival kicked off on September 7, 2017 with the screening of the multi-awarded director Kim Seong-Ho’s “How to Steal a Dog,” a film adaptation based on a novel by Barbara O’Connor.

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Audience anticipated for the start of the 2017 KFF premiere movie.

More than 500 moviegoers packed the SM Megamall Cinema 6 for the premiere night, which was graced by the presence of Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin and Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) chairperson Liza Diño-Esguerra. Also present at the opening night were KCC’s sponsors, media partners, and several invited guests.

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VIP Guests enjoyed the Korean food and refreshments that were served.

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Director Kim Seong-ho was joined by Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin and wife Madame Lee Jong-min.

Events Coordinator of KCC Philippines Ms. Paola Ebora hosted the event and welcomed the mostly young crowd, who even replied with “Annyeonghaseyo!” or hello in Korean.

His Excellency Kim Jae-shin in return addressed the audience in Tagalog in his speech, to the Filipinos delight, a gesture that strongly shows the Philippines-Korea long friendly relationship.

Ambassador Kim emphasized that it is the cultural connection that makes the Korean Film Festival important as it plays a significant role in promoting deeper and better understanding of the Korean history and culture among the Filipinos.

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Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae-shin welcomed the audience at the premiere night.

FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra also conforms to the two countries’ affinity saying that “the Korean culture has become an influence and a great part of the Filipinos’ sensibility. It’s such a powerful tool as it can educate, inspire, and move people to positive actions.”

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FDCP chairperson Liza Diño-Seguerra expressed her gratitude during her speech at the premiere night. 

The FDCP chair asserted that the Korean Film Festival uplifts the Asian cinema, a cultural revolution which the Philippines can learn from and can continuously collaborate with to take the country to a much higher level in the film industry.

The Director’s Talk

With the twists and turns, the crime-drama film “How to Steal a Dog” trickles the warmth, comic energy and tear-jerking scenes to the audience, as it resurfaces a more significant message, addressing perhaps a problem in the Korean setting.

The film has already bagged three awards at the 33rd Ale Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival in Poland, a People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival, and a Grand Prix at the 24th Kineko Film Festival Tokyo in 2016.

After the free screening, the audience had the chance to ask Director Kim Seong-Ho in a special talk.

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Director Kim Seong-Ho answered questions from the audiences during his special talk.

On a question on why he accept the task to direct the movie, Kim said he thinks that Korea needs to see more of this kind of films – family-oriented films, and to address youth issues through the industry.

Kim said he didn’t had second thoughts in doing the adaptation film as he was inspired to relate his creation to younger viewers. “I want the youth to stand despite miserable circumstances.”, he said.

The director also pointed out that directing an animal was his hardest challenge in doing the film but he also revealed that he and his team only took almost three months to finish the movie.

On a side note, of course as Filipinos would really love to know, Director Kim said he was overwhelmed by the warm welcome of the Filipinos. He also added that he would definitely be back in the Philippines and if given the chance, he would love to direct a film in the country and cast Filipinos as the actors.

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Director Kim Seong-Ho in a catch-up interview at the premiere night.

The Catch

The 2017 Korean Film Festival, just like in the past years, partners with the SM Cinema and SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. for the free screening, concluded its Manila leg last September 10.

For those who weren’t able to watch yet, fret not, as the KCC also brings the films in five more cities so make sure to catch on the following schedule:

SM Lanang Premier Cinema 1 in Davao (September 14 – 17),

SM City Iloilo Cinema 8 in Iloilo (September 21 – 24),

SM City Cebu Cinema 5 in Cebu (September 28 – October 1),

SM City Clark Cinema 3 in Pampanga (October 5 – 8), and

SM City Dasmariñas in Cavite (October 12 – 15).

The Korean Film Festival is the flagship annual project of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, which aims to further engage the interests of the Filipino audience with the Korean entertainment and culture through film.

 

Written by Krew Member Junelyn Olivar

Song Joong Ki Philippines’ The Battleship Island Block Screening

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Ki Ailes show their support for The Battleship Island

Last September 3, 2017, the country’s first and only fan base of international South Korean actor Song Joong Ki, the Song Joong Ki Philippines, held 3 block screenings of the blockbuster hit, ‘The Battleship Island’, at SM Light Mall Cinemas in Mandaluyong City.

Registration Booth

Registration Booth

Guests lining up for the block screening

Excited guests waiting for the next block screening

Song Joong Ki Philippines, a non-profit organization, was established back in 2010, and has been actively running with more than half a million followers, a.k.a. Ki Ailes, on its official Facebook page. Led by one of its founding members, Ms. Meljoy Mata and 11 other members, the group has been organizing numerous events and has appeared in different television shows and movie premieres to promote all the activities and products showcased by the well-known, award-winning actor. The Battleship Island Block Screening is the group’s first big event, as numerous supporters in different parts of Manila gathered to show their support for Song Joong Ki.

Guests lining up

During the registration and claiming of tickets, guests were given freebies such as fan cards, movie posters, and free loot bags that contained some Song Joong Ki merchandise. They also held a raffle with items coming from different sponsors for all the attendees of the event.

Raffle time

Song Joong Ki freebies

Song Joong Ki freebies

Fans weren’t left disappointed as the movie showed an incredible performance of the power house cast and the intense cinematography will definitely make you experience what it was like in the island during the war (you’ll hear the viewers’ reactions during the war scene, and of course, when Song Joong Ki first entered the scene).

Directed by Ryoo Seung-Wan, The Battleship Island features a star-studded cast composed of top Hallyu stars Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub, and Hwang Jung Min. The movie was inspired by historical facts, that tells the story about a group of Korean workers, who were forced into labor slavery and who risked their lives in an attempt to escape from the Japanese occupation on Hashima Island (dubbed in the movie as the Battleship Island).

The Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines Team

Song Joong Ki Philippines once again served its purpose as it provided all the fans of the actor in Metro Manila, an interactive field where they could gather and celebrate the much awaited comeback of Song Joong Ki to the big screen.

Thank you Song Joong Ki Philippines

Song Joong Ki Philippines official Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/SongJoongKiPH/

Written by Krew Member Erika Salaga