Monday, September 30, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: Fil-Am cast in ‘Boys over Flowers’ US remake

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A Filipino-American has been cast to play one of the lead roles in the upcoming American adaptation of the popular Japanese manga series "Hana Yori Dango," which was turned into the TV drama serials "Meteor Garden" in Taiwan, "Hana Yori Dango" in Japan and "Boys over Flowers" in South Korea.
The F4 of “Between Boys and Friends” and their counterparts in the Korean version. (From top left) Joseph Almani, Trenton Culkin, Napoleon Tavale, Jason Mordeno, Kim Joon, Kim Bum, Kim Hyun Joong and Lee Min Ho (Photos courtesy of “Between Boys and Friends” and KBS websites)

Friday, September 27, 2013

Korean stars in dating issues

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Several Korean stars have been dragged into dating issues this week including f(x)’s Sulli and rapper Choiza.
(Clockwise from top left) Sulli, Yoo Gi An, Soyeon, Oh Jong Hyuk, Kim Woo Bin and Choiza (Photos from www.newsen.com)

Lee Hi chosen as one of Billboard’s hottest young singers

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A 17-year-old rookie K-pop singer has been chosen by Billboard as one of the hottest young singers this year.
(Clockwise from top left) One Direction, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Lee Hi (Photos courtesy of Instagram account of One Direction, Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus and www.newsen.com)

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Infinite's One Great Step World Tour in Manila on Nov. 3 + seat plan + ticketing FAQs

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

K-pop boy band Infinite will be holding their world tour in the Philippines in November.
Woollim Entertainment, the band’s agency, announced the tour on the Infinite website this morning.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

G-Dragon sets records with TV music show wins

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Big Bang leader G-Dragon has set records with four of his songs winning the charts on TV music programs.
Photos: www.newsen.com

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rookie boy band NOM to hold fan meet in Manila

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A new Korean boy band will be visiting the Philippines this week to hold a fan meet and mall shows.
Boy band NOM (Photo by www.unionpress.co.kr/JM Entertainment)

Monday, September 23, 2013

F(x)’s Amber takes a vacation in Palawan

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A member of popular K-pop girl group f(x) spent her birthday and Korean holiday with friends at a beach resort in Sabang, Palawan in the Philippines.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Director Pepe Diokno says Korean grants helped his film projects

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

Filipino director, producer and writer Pepe Diokno says Korean film grants have helped his projects get off the ground and urged other filmmakers to try his experience.
Filipino director Pepe Diokno (Photo courtesy of Diokno’s Facebook page)

Philippine Airlines (PAL) customizes domestic fares for discerning travelers

Flag carrier Philippine Airlines recently introduced new and attractive fares aimed at providing the best of both worlds to its increasingly discerning and diverse customer base.
Photo: Paineairport.com/PAL Facebook page

Friday, September 20, 2013

Government support helps growth of Korean film industry

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The Korean government’s support to its film industry has aided its growth by providing funds in various programs including research and development, international co-productions and technology.
(From left) KOFIC’s Jiyin Park, Filipino director Ato Agustin, CJ Entertainment’s Tae-sun Jung and Manila Bulletin Lifestyle Editor Isabel de Leon (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

JYJ’s 2014 Incheon Asian Games song, music video unveiled + visit to the Philippines on Nov. 28

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

The song and music video of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games performed by K-pop boy band JYJ have been released.
JYJ (Photo by IAGOC)

Thursday, September 19, 2013

EXO, U-KISS, Sarah Geronimo bag MTV EMA nominations

MTV announced the nominees in the 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards and among them are Korean singers EXO and U-KISS and the Philippines' Sarah Geronimo.

This year, MTV EMA listed nominees under the Worldwide Act category by territory.

(Clockwise from top left) Sarah Geronimo, EXO, SISTAR and U-KISS 
(Photo by MTV EMA, EXO Facebook page and www. newsen.com)

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

K-pop docu to be shown at Vancouver film festival

What's the real story behind the making of K-pop stars in South Korea?

A documentary film that chronicles the lives of the nine members of K-pop group Nine Muses will be shown at the 32nd Vancouver International Film Festival, which will run from Sept. 26 to Oct. 11.

Sandara Park gets a taste of Pinoy fast food in New York

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s Sandara Park got a taste of her favorite Filipino fast food in New York City but she thought she was in the Philippines so she ordered in Tagalog.
Sandara Park in front of the Jollibee branch in Queens, New York City
(Photo courtesy of Sandara Park’s Twitter account)

Ambassador Lee urges Philippine-Korean collaboration in films, dramas

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
With the popularity of Korean dramas in the Philippines and the active participation of Filipinos in film festivals in South Korea, a collaboration between the two countries is possible.
South Korea’s Ambassador Hyuk Lee (center) with (from left) Prof. Patrick Campos, Prof. Roland Tolentino, Tito Valiente and Director Seong-un Hwang at the 2013 Hallyu Forum. (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

JYPE founder Park Jin-young to get married anew

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The founder and CEO of JYP Entertainment, which manages K-pop groups 2PM, 2AM, miss A and the Wonder Girls, is getting married for the second time next month.
Park Jin-young (Photo: www.newsen.com)

Monday, September 16, 2013

‘Jewel in the Palace’ marks 10th anniversary

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A decade after it made history by becoming one of the highest Korean dramas of all time, “Jewel in the Palace,” or “Dae Jang Geum,” is still popular today in many countries.

JYJ - 'Only One' M/V (2014 Incheon Asiad Song)



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Saturday, September 14, 2013

This Thai commercial will make you cry ทรูมูฟ เอช " การให้ คือการสื่อสารที่ดีที่สุด " Giving



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Friday, September 13, 2013

G-Dragon’s ‘Coup d’etat’ invades Billboard charts

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Big Bang leader G-Dragon’s latest album “Coup d’etat” has entered several charts on Billboard including the Billboard 200.

Filipino tourists to South Korea expected to increase following relaxed visa rules

When the South Korean government relaxes its visa rules starting September 1, the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Manila Office expects more Filipino tourists to Korea.
Nam Dae Mun Market in Seoul (Photo by Jonathan Hicap)

Korea Travel Notes: Seoul Night Bus: Complete Routes and Stops

Korea Travel Notes: Seoul Night Bus: Complete Routes and Stops

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{PHOTOS} EXO's Kai and Xiumin on Super Junior's Kiss the Radio program

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ex-Super Junior’s Hangeng joins fight vs human trafficking

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Chinese superstar Hangeng, former member of boy band Super Junior, is using his celebrity status to raise awareness and prevent human trafficking.
The singer and actor recently launched “Human Traffic: China,” a new documentary on human trafficking in China.

What are Ryeowook and Eunhyuk doing?

Ryeowook and Eunhyuk

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

K-pop Republic leaves fans wanting more

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin

As early as 8 a.m. last Sept. 7, many Filipino fans were already at Araneta Center in Quezon City for the K-pop Republic concert, one of the most anticipated K-pop events of the year.
One of the them was 13-year-old Erica Ocampo, who came from Malolos, Bulacan.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Winners at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2013

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A drama series from Israel won the grand prize while Hollywood actress Lucy Liu won as best actress in the Seoul International Drama Awards 2013 held on Sept. 6 at the National Theater of Korea.
“Prisoners of War 2,” which became the top rated drama in Israel, bagged the top prize selected among all the nominees for TV movie, mini-series, serial and series categories.
Kim Yun-jin, Lee Jun-ki, Suzy and Jaejoong at the Seoul International Drama Awards 2013. (Photos by www.newsen.com)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

JYJ's Jaejoong - RED CARPET @ Seoul Internaitonal Drama Awards 130905




Korea's 'Rooftop Prince,' EXO, SHINee, SNSD top Google searches in the Philippines

(Clockwise from top left) Cast of "Rooftop Prince," SHINee, EXO and Girls' Generation
By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The Korean drama "Rooftop Prince" became the most searched TV show in the Philippines for the first half of 2013, according to Google Philippines, which released its Google Zeitgeist list for January to June 2013. It is a list that showed what Filipinos searched online on Google.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

2013 Hallyu Forum to focus on film, cooperation between Korea, Philippines

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The film industries in South Korea and the Philippines and the cooperation between the two countries will be the main topics at this year’s Hallyu Forum, which will be held on Sept. 17 at Pandanggo Hall of the historic Manila Hotel.
Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) will be holding the Hallyu (or the Korean Wave) Forum as the launch pad for the 2013 Korean Film Festival in the country.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

JYJ to visit the Philippines in November

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop boy band JYJ will visit the Philippines in November as honorary ambassador to promote the 17th Asian Games that will be held in Incheon, South Korea, next year.
The popular group is scheduled to do a roadshow to promote the Games in four countries starting this month.
JYJ members Junsu, Jaejoong and Yoochun with Asian Games Organizing Committee President Kim Young-soo (Photo courtesy of 2014 Asian Incheon Games website)

Monday, September 2, 2013

Super Show 5 in Manila Q & A on ticketing + seat plan by Happee Sy

For fans who have questions regarding Super Junior's Super Show 5 in Manila slated on Oct. 24 at the Mall of Asia Arena, Happee Sy of Pulp Live has
posted answers to common queries regarding the concert. 


C-JeS Announcement on JYJ's Activities as Honorary Ambassadors for Incheon Asian Games 2014

Hello.This is CJeS Entertainment.
JYJ are currently working as honorary ambassadors of the Incheon Asian Games 2014 (hereafter IAG).

Hyori gets married + wedding pics; model-golfer couple divorced

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop diva Lee Hyori, 34, and her boyfriend, musician Lee Sang Soon, 39, secretly got married in a private ceremony on Sept. 1.
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