Manila Korean Times

The “Jipangyi Craze” in the Philippines


Due to the undeniable penetration of Hallyu wave in our country, there’s no doubt that Korean Culture influenced Filipinos in one way or another. KPop and Korean Dramas are among the few stuff that captivated us. As a Hallyu enthusiast, you will not settle to these things, soon you’ll find yourself yearning for more, and Korean food will be next on your list. Aside from Korean restaurants which are visible in every corner of the cities, Korean marts and groceries where you can find Korean fast foods and snacks are also budding. (more…)

November 6, 2014 |

Kevin of U-kiss expressed his excitement for KNation Music Showcase 2014


September 30, 2014, Kevin Woo made Filipino Kiss Me (U-Kiss fans) even more thrilled for the upcoming event KNation Music Showcase 2014 with his twitter post “Mabuhay Manila! Are you ready for U-KISS on Oct. 5th? It’s been so long! We really missed Pinoy KISSme. See you in a few days” It only proves that Kevin and the rest of U-Kiss are anticipating their reunion with Filipino Kiss me.

Kim Kyoung Jae (Eli), Lee Kiseop, Yeo Hoonmin (Hoon), Shin Soohyun, Kim Jaeseop (AJ), Woo Sung Hyun (Kevin), and Lee Junyoung (Jun) collectively known as U-Kiss will visit the Philippines for the fifth time. U-kiss captured the heart of Pinoy Fans with their hit single “Bingeul Bingeul” (Round Round), which was a chart-topping single in the country in 2010. (more…)

October 1, 2014 |

SIM Entertainment celebrated their 10th-Year-Anniversary in Cebu, Philippines


Despite of the storm during the weekends, Koreans still find the Philippines as a vacation sanctuary. More and more Korean celebrities are being captivated by beautiful tourist spots in the Philippines. Most common places visited by well known celebrities are Davao, Palawan, Boracay and Cebu where you can be one with nature and savor the tranquility of world famous beaches.

Yesterday, Lee Dongwi (donghwi) posted a photo on Instagram. The photo showed palm trees which can only found on South East Asian countries. Few hours after he posted it, fans and netizens confirmed that the photo was taken in the Philippines. He was in the Philippines with his Co-Artists from SIM Entertainment to celebrate their 10th year anniversary at JPark Island Resort Cebu.

Joo Won is well known in the Philippines because of the drama “Baker King” which was dubbed in Tagalog and was aired a few years back. He was also one of the casts of “Good Doctor” where he showcased one-of-a-kind acting. Some Korean celebrities who came with Joo Won are Uhm Taewoong (Queen Seondeok and Man of Equator), Yu Haejin (The Flu and Tazza 2: The Hidden Card), Lee Donghwi (Tazza 2: The Hidden Card), Kang Byul, (Rooftop Prince) and Kim Yoonseok (The Thieves, Yellow Sea and Tazza 2: The Hidden Card) (more…)

September 23, 2014 |

Spotify Asia launches the best of K-Pop playlist


Attention all music lovers – hallyu is taking Spotify by storm! The world’s leading music streaming service today rolls out its first-ever curated Asian playlist bringing music fans the best of K-Pop.

K-Pop Daebak (‘Awesome’) features the hottest songs from all-time favourite Korean idols, such as BigBang, 2NE1, EXO, and Girls’ Generation, upcoming rookie groups BTS, Boys Republic, Akdong Musician & Red Velvet, as well as the latest releases from Super Junior, Taemin, B1A4 and HyunA.

The playlist also includes the debut single from YG Entertainment’s newest group, WINNER, who has recently launched their album, 2014 S/S, on Spotify. WINNER’s track, Empty, has been dominating various music charts for the entire month since the album launch. The five-member boy band is YG Entertainment’s first boy group in eight years since BigBang. (more…)

September 22, 2014 |

B.A.P Philippines’ 2nd fan gathering: Earth’s most wanted


B.A.P Philippines recently held its second major fan gathering on August 30, 2014 at the Jackman Plaza, Munoz to celebrate the second anniversary of South Korea’s hip-hop boy group, Best Absolute Perfect (B.A.P) and to collect donations for its UNICEF Project. The theme for this year’s gathering is “Earth’s Most Wanted: The Second Landing”, indicating the boy group’s latest promotional campaign. The six members of the group each have a corresponding word that describes the theme, such as: justicepassionhappinessemotion, love, and you which have been used on their posters in their Earth Needs tour. (more…)

September 17, 2014 |

Filipino girl group MICA will move on to the next level of Superstar K 6

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Once again MICA impressed the judges with their rendition of “Missing you” by 2ne1 on the recent episode of Superstar K 6. Judges includes Yoon Jong Shin, Baek Ji Young, Kim Bum Soo. Some of their comments were “MICA has a good, skillfull and high quality voice performance.” The judges liked that kind of stage more than the actual broadcast because MICA can display their harmony and full singing voice. They were surprise. They also said “The sisters have a little bit of a problem in terms of Korean pronunciation, but they got the real emotion of the Korean songs which made us deeply moved by it.” (more…)

September 15, 2014 |

Baro of B1A4 met his “mini me” in the Philippines


Jinyoung, CNU, Baro, Sandeul and Gongchan collectively known as B1A4 recently held the Philippine leg of their concert “B1A4 Road Trip”. It was their first time in the Philippines and it was also Baro’s birthday. Few weeks before the concert, pre-events were held. These events also served as gatherings for the fans. Filipino Banas (B1A4 fans) met a little boy who looks like Baro through these events. His photos circulated on social networking sites which made him popular. Netizens even called him “Baby Baro”. (more…)

September 9, 2014 |
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