[News]Korean Embassy to bring K-Pop stars to the country if the public demands it


Pinoys can finally meet their favorite Korean stars in November—but only if they demand it.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Philippines-Republic of Korea Diplomatic Relationship, the Korean embassy is holding a cultural festival November this year. The festival will also cap year 2009 as the "Philippines-Republic of Korea Friendship Year," as stated by Proclamation No. 14298 signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last May 2008.

PEP had a chance to talk to Kiejoo Kim, Counselor for the Korean Embassy in the Philippines, last Thursday, Sept. 17, at Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3 during the press screening for the upcoming Korean Film Festival in Shangri-La Plaza Cinema 3.

Kim said his Embassy is planning to bring Korean performers to the country.

"We are looking forward to a lot of events in November," he said. "There will be a cultural event, and we are going to invite cultural performers from Korea so that we can share our cultural legacy."

PEP asked Kim if the Korean Embassy is planning to include among the cultural performers the Korean pop (K-pop) stars currently making waves in in the Philippine music scene today.

"I'm not in a position to guarantee who we can bring to the RP," Kim answered. "We will try our very utmost to bring our well-renowned Korean stars so that we can really enjoy together with the Filipino people."


But Kim quickly added that the plan can push through easily if Pinoys loudly voice out their demand, using surveys, blogs, signature drives, and other platforms.


"I think if there is a certain, a great number of audience, I think that should be a very convincing rationale that we really have to bring them here," Kim affirmed.


Besides, Kim said, the cultural festival will be borne out of "gratitude" felt by the Koreans to the Filipinos, that helped them achieve democracy and freedom in their country 54 years ago.

In 1950, the Philippines sent 7,000 troops to the East Asian country to fight in the Korean war, which ended five years later. It was fought between the Republic of Korea (South) and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North).

"They sacrificed very much for a noble cause of defending democracy and freedom, and that's really why we feel so grateful to the Filipino people. That's the backdrop of the very sound relations between the countries," he said.

Kim added that this "sound" relationship made way for the two countries to forge close ties, and to enhance complentability with each other in different fields, including education.

Kim explained that the complementary quality of the two cultures paved way for Koreans to migrate to the Philippines. This is also the reason, he added, why Pinoys enjoy Korean pop culture.

"I think it's because of cultural affinity, and the way we feel grateful for the Filipino people," he said "I personally feel quite amazed how the Filipino people enjoy and appreciate telenovela from Korea. That is so impressive, we really appreciate that you enjoy the Korean culture so much."

Examples of drama series that became hits in the Philippines are Autumn In My Heart, Jewel In the Palace, Full House, Stairway to Heaven, and Lovers In Paris—the last two currently being adapted by GMA-7 and ABS-CBN, respectively, to local versions.

And even if Korean songs are not played over the Philippine radio, legions of Pinoy fans are still using the Internet to enjoy music from K-pop stars like Wonder Girls, Rain, SNSD, Super Junior, DBSK, Se7en, BoA, TVXQ, 2PM, Big Bang and Sandara Park's 2ne1.

FILM FESTIVAL. To celebrate the "Philippines-Republic of Korea Friendship Year," the Korean Embassy is also holding a week-long Korean Film Festival, featuring seven award-winning films from the East Asian country.

Leading the pack is Oldboy, winner of the Grand Prix during the 2004 Cannes International Film Festival. Directed by Park Chan-wook, it tells a twisted story of murderous revenge and redemption.


The other films are Barking Dogs Never Bite (comedy), Sa-Kwa (romance), Beyond the Years (drama), The Show Must Go On (drama), Driving My Wife's Lover (drama), and Forbidden Quest (period piece).

Kim said the films were chosen according to how they can impart the Korean way of life to Filipino viewers.


"The films can show the life of the people, the nation, the country to other countries in a very condensed way. I think they are quite representative with the life of Korea," he said.


Credits:PEP

23 Responses so far.

  1. Anonymous says:

    omg! how i wish i was in the philippines.

    pinoy pride!

  2. Anonymous says:

    how i also wished i am in phils now.. T_T

  3. COME TO THE PHILIPPINES PLEASE!!!! YES WE DEMAND IT!!!! ...... IM SO HAPPY :D HEY PHILIPPINES!

  4. Anonymous says:

    wow! im so glad!... i always wishing to be in korea so that i could watch all my favorite korean boy bands, now they visiting us! im so happy! SUPER! i just wish they will bring DBSK, super junior, snsd, shinee, ss501, 2pm with their leadja and many more.im so excited!

  5. PLS PLS PLS COME HERE iN PHiLiPPiNES.!!!!! SHINee, SNSD, 2NE1, SUPER JUNiOR, 2PM, SS501, DBSK, BROWN EYED GiRLS, KARA.!!!! PLS PLS PLS.!!!! WERE SO EXCiTED.!!! WOOOOOOOH.!!!

  6. tr says:

    watda!!! they're coming here?? that's great.. im always dreaming to go in korea but then they will be the one to visit pinoy!!! awesome..
    don't forget to come SHINEE and SUPER JUNIOR!!!
    IM TERRIBLY EXCITED...

  7. Anonymous says:

    IM SO EXCITED!!!!
    we are so pleased to see our favorite korean boy and girl group here in the philippines...

    especially the SUPER JUNIOR, bigbang, 2ne1 and RAIN!!!!

    FILIPINOS LOVE K-POP...so hope 2 see u guys here...

    ^_^

  8. Anonymous says:

    waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    please bring 2ne1, suju, big bang, snsd, shinee, and 2pm hir!!!!!!!!!!!!


    im surely gonna watch!!!!!!!!!

  9. twacywacy says:

    WHAT ABOUT SS501!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Why not gather signatures using PetitionOnline.com?

  11. DBSK, super junior, snsd, shinee, ss501, 2pm, bigbang, 2ne1 come here to the philippines!!! wish i could watch it but i have a board exam this november:(

  12. Anonymous says:

    plsss bring them here in the Philippines especially SNSD(Girls' Generation) SUJU, SHiNee :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    people here keep dreaming!!! I doubt that they can bring DBSK, SS501, Big Bang, 2pm, SNSD, Suju, Shinee, Kara, 2NE1 all at once!!! HAHA

  14. KieCes says:

    oh please.. we beg you.. bringing even just one representative from eaxh kpop group, why not..^^

    but i, in behalf of my beloved fellow pinoy ELFs will most likely love to see Suju members... (any of them coz we know it's suicide to bring them all,haha!!)

  15. Anonymous says:

    you should've mentioned SHINEE Mr. Ambassador!!
    haha!!
    ehem!!
    Let's make a petition!!
    haha!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    if u bring here 2ne1 and ss501, bigbang & others. araneta(biggest dome in manila?) will xure be full.

  17. gwen says:

    SS501!SS501!SS501! go SS501! Only SS501!!!!!!!

  18. Anonymous says:

    SNSD SNSD SNSD SNSD SNSD!! =))

  19. Anonymous says:

    GIRLS' GENERATION!! (^_^)

  20. Anonymous says:

    Big Bang and Girls' Generation.

  21. Anonymous says:

    wow!!!very nice news!!luv it!!sana pumanta d2 ang big bang,tvxq,wondergirls,ft island,shinee,....

    and sana marelease n rin hir ang mga albums nila!!go!!fighting!haha!!

  22. apple from philippines says:

    I WANT 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 2NE1 AND BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG BIGBANG.....

  23. Anonymous says:

    i'm rooting for big bang and 2ne1 to come here! can't wait to see them! ^_^

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