Friday, December 27, 2013

2NE1 to hold world tour in Manila in May

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop girl group 2NE1, composed of CL, Park Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy, will be launching their second world tour next year and the Philippines is one of the stops.
YG Entertainment, 2NE1′s agency, announced that the girls will start their 2014 World Tour in March.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Google’s most searched K-pop groups, Korean personalities in the Philippines

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Boy band EXO and SHINee’s Choi Minho became the most searched K-pop group and Korean personality in the Philippines in 2013, respectively.

Google Philippines released its annual year-end Zeitgeist, a collection of the top search queries by Filipinos on

(Clockwise from top left) SHINee's Minho, EXO, Jang Geun Suk, Girls' Generation, Yoo In Na and SHINee. (Photos courtesy of and EXO's Facebook page)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Billboard names top 10 K-pop songs of 2013

Billboard magazine announced its 2013 Year-End Charts list, which includes the year’s top artists and songs.
For the K-pop Hot 100 chart, Billboard chose SISTAR19′s “Gone Not Around Any Longer” as the No. 1 K-pop song of 2013.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Gwiyomi craze, Psy top YouTube videos in the Philippines in 2013

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The Gwiyomi song, “Harlem Shake,” breaking news including the explosions at Boston Marathon, natural disasters including typhoon “Yolanda” and silly memes defined the viewing experience on YouTube in the Philippines for 2013.
The viewing experience on YouTube for 2013 in the Philippines was defined by (clockwise from top left) Gwiyomi craze, ‘Harlem Shake,’ Psy’s ‘Gentleman,’ Lee Grane on ‘The Voice of the Philippines,’ Ylvis’ ‘The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)’ and typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Screen capture by Bulletin Entertainment)

Friday, December 6, 2013

Sandara Park, brother Thunder raising money for ‘Yolanda’ victims

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s Sandara Park and her brother, MBLAQ’s Thunder (also known as Cheondung), have launched an online campaign to raise money for people affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
Sandara Park and brother Thunder (Photo courtesy of Sandara’s Twitter account)

Thursday, December 5, 2013

G-Dragon-Missy Elliott song picked as one of 2013′s best

2NE1 to appear on US show ‘The Bachelor’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean pop group 2NE1 will be appearing as guests in the new season of the American dating show “The Bachelor.”
The reality TV show will premiere on Jan. 6 next year on ABC with 32-year-old Juan Pablo Galavis, a former professional football player, as the bachelor.
“The Bachelor” Juan Pablo Galavis (top) and 2NE1. (Photos courtesy of “The Bachelor”/ABC and

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Kim Hyun Joong wins Buzz award for fifth straight year

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean star Kim Hyun Joong won at the Yahoo! Asia Buzz Awards for the fifth year in a row.
The actor and singer won the top idol award at the ceremony held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong.
Kim Hyun Joong at his drama showcase (Photo by

Monday, December 2, 2013

Korean stars fined for illegal gambling

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Three Korean celebrities were found guilty by a court of betting on illegal online gambling.
The Seoul Central District Court ordered entertainer Boom, singer Andy of boy band Shinhwa and comedian Yang Se-hyung to pay fines based on the amount of money they gambled.
(From left) Boom, Andy and Yang Se-hyung. (Photos by

Jang Geun Suk donates ₱4M to ‘Yolanda’ relief drive

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Hallyu actor and singer Jang Geun Suk has donated 100 million won (P4.12 million) to help survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
Jang Geun Suk, who currently stars in the Korean drama “Beautiful Man,” gave his donation to UNICEF.
Korean star Jang Geun Suk (Photo by
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