Saturday, December 20, 2014

‘MAM Awards’ recognizes Manila Bulletin scribe for best migration story

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO), led by Secretary Imelda Nicolas, feted the winners of the Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards held at the SSS Magsaysay Hall of the Social Security System (SSS) headquarters in Quezon City, last Thursday.

Monday, December 8, 2014

BTS in Manila

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Congratulations 2014 Migration Advocacy And Media Awards Winners!

The Commission on Filipinos Overseas congratulates the 10 best media works from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, as this year’s Migration Advocacy and Media (MAM) Awards winners. Now on its fourth year, the MAM Awards, which was conceived in 2011 by the CFO, aim to recognize the significant role of the media in raising public awareness on issues related to Filipino migration, the challenges of migration and development, and advocate the cause and promote a positive image of Filipinos overseas.

1. BEST PRINT AWARD  (ARTICLE)
PH, KOREA ACT TO PREVENT SHAM MARRIAGES 
Author: Jonathan Hicap
Publication: Manila Bulletin
Philippines
An article about marriage migration and the initiatives made by the Philippine and South Korea governments to end fake interracial marriages.
mamp1 

Friday, November 21, 2014

141120 규현 - 광화문에서, KYUHYUN - At Gwanghwamun



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

[MV] 5URPRISE(서프라이즈) _ From my heart



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Monday, October 27, 2014

Pinay group gets the boot on ‘Superstar K6’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Four-sister Filipino singing group MICA got eliminated on the Korean TV talent search “Superstar K6,” ending their journey as top 8 finalist.
In the Oct. 24 episode of “Superstar K6,” MICA, composed of sisters Mylene, Irene, Celina and Almira, performed Seo Taiji and Boys’ debut single “I Know.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ex-KARA members start solo careers

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
Jiyoung and Nicole, who both left the group KARA early this year, have started solo careers in Japan and Korea, respectively.
Jiyoung signed with Sweet Power agency in Japan last August to launch a career as actress. She has already appeared in the live action TV program “Hell Teacher Nube,” which is based on the manga series of the same title.
Nicole (left) and Jiyoung (Photos: newsen.com and oricon.co.jp)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jessica Alba attends Seoul Fashion Week

Hollywood actress Jessica Alba visited South Korea to attend the 2015 Spring/Summer Seoul Fashion Week.
Alba arrived at Incheon International Airport in the early morning of October 21 and attended the Metro City Fashion Show held at Dongdaemun Design Plaza, a new landmark in Seoul which opened last March.
Photos: www.newsen.com

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Lee Byung Hun apologizes to wife over scandal

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
Lee Byung Hun, the Korean actor who gained international recognition via the films “G.I. Joe” and “Terminator,” publicly apologized to his wife, actress Lee Ming-jung, after his name was dragged into a scandal involving a model and a member of a K-pop group.
www.newsen.com

Korean music festival tragedy: 16 dead, 11 injured

The Korean police raided the offices of the sponsor and organizer of the 1st Pangyo Techno Valley Festival on October 19 as investigation was launched to know their culpability following the concert tragedy.
Sixteen people died and 11 were injured when a ventilation grate they were standing on collapsed during the K-pop concert in Gyeonggi Province in South Korea last October 17.

Monday, October 20, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: ZE:A’s Siwan grabs first solo lead in ‘Misaeng’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
When Yim Siwan debuted as a member of K-pop boy band ZE:A in 2010, he also jump-started his acting career with some supporting roles in several Korean dramas.
He has made a great leap since, scoring his first-ever solo lead role in “Misaeng,” a drama series that started airing on CJ E&M’s tvN on Oct. 17.

Friday, October 17, 2014

14 feared dead in K-pop concert accident

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
At least 14 people are feared dead when a ventilation grate collapsed during a K-pop concert in Gyeonggi Province, according to Korean media.
The Pangyo Techno Valley Festival featuring 4Minute, T-ara, Junggigo, 2BiC, TransFixion and Cherry Filter was ongoing on Friday, Oct. 17, in Bundang, Seongnam City when the accident happened.
(Top) 4Minute and (bottom) the ventillation grate that collapsed. (Photos: newse.com and news.tf.co.kr)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sungmin confirms: I’m getting married on Dec.13

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Super Junior member Sungmin, 28, has confirmed reports about his impending marriage to musical actress Kim Sa Eun in December.
In his letter to fans posted on the official Super Junior website, Sungmin confirmed that the wedding will take place on Dec.13.
Super Junior’s Sungmin and Kim Sa Eun (Photos: SBS FunE)

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

BTS coming to Manila for concert

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop boy band BTS, or Bangtan Boys, will be heading to Manila for a concert in December.
The seven-member K-pop group will be holding their first solo concert “2014 BTS Live Trilogy in Manila Episode II: The Red Bullet” on December 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena, according to Happee Sy of Pulp Live World Productions.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

PAL flies to New York in March 2015

Philippine Airlines is flying to the Big Apple, New York City, on March 15, 2015, marking the carrier's much-awaited network expansion to the US east coast.
In announcing the New York service, PAL Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Dr. Lucio C. Tan said, "This auspicious start of regular flights to New York will coincide with PAL's 74th founding anniversary."
The four-times-a-week service – Manila-Vancouver-New York – will operate at Terminal 1 of New York’s JFK International Airport. PAL will have full traffic rights between Vancouver and New York.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FCUZ (포커즈) [CHA-GA-WA]MV



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Friday, September 12, 2014

BREAKING: Dashcam Footage of Seungri Car Accident



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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

2PM “미친거 아니야?(GO CRAZY!)” M/V



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CEU mass com grad is Pinoy K-pop Star winner

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Twenty-year-old Jean Kiley Manguera has never been to South Korea. Come October, not only will she travel to that country but more importantly, she will represent the Philippines in the 2014 K-pop World Festival in Changwon.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Agency denies Kim Hyun Joong beat up GF

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Top agency KeyEast Entertainment has denied that actor and singer Kim Hyun Joong inflicted injuries on his girlfriend, who filed assault charges with the police last week against the star.
(Photo: www.newsen.com)

Friday, August 8, 2014

Korean Embassy expresses deep concern about increasing criminality ​

BAE MINJU, a Korean businessman in the Philippines, died when his car was being stolen by armed men last July 27, 2014. His wife was kidnapped but later released unharmed, and the family driver was arrested for possible involvement in the crime. This is the ninth documented crime-related death of a Korean national in the Philippines since January of this year. In March, 21-year old college student LEE JI WON was abducted and murdered by suspects that include the taxi driver. It was a brutal and senseless crime that rattled the Korean community in the Philippines.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Alexander Lee Eusebio happy with solo career

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop artist Alexander Lee Eusebio is content with what he has achieved, three years after leaving U-KISS and launching his solo career.
“I’m happy because I got to experience a lot,” Alexander told Bulletin Entertainment in an exclusive interview.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Red Velvet’s debut MV sparks controversy

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
New K-pop girl group Red Velvet, composed of Irene, Seulgi, Joy and Wendy, is gaining buzz with the video for their single “Happiness” making headlines for allegedly containing disturbing images pertaining to the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks as with the 1945 bombing of Hiroshima.

Monday, July 28, 2014

JYJ 'BACK SEAT' M/V



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Friday, July 11, 2014

15,000 fans want JYJ to perform in Games

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Thousands of outraged fans worldwide have signed a petition demanding organizers of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games to honor its commitment and let popular K-pop boy band JYJ perform during the opening ceremonies on September 19.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Crayon Pop opens for Lady Gaga’s US concert

K-pop girl group Crayon Pop, whose car engine cylinder-like choreography in their music video became viral last year, became the opening act for pop star Lady Gaga’s concert the US.

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/crayon-pop-opens-for-lady-gagas-us-concert/

Friday, June 27, 2014

K-pop concerts spread around the world

K-pop concerts have spread from East Asia and Southeast Asia including the Philippines to other regions in the world in the last four years.

Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/k-pop-concerts-spread-around-the-world/

Monday, June 16, 2014

JYJ COMEBACK Teaser



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Sunday, May 18, 2014

(Video 4): 2NE1 AON Manila: Lonely



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2NE1 AON Manila: Do You Love Me



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Saturday, May 17, 2014

PRESSCON: 2NE1 celebrate 5th anniversary in Manila

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s Manila concert slated tonight at the Mall of Asia Arena falls on the same date as their debut performance five years ago on SBS “Inkigayo.”
The group members are thrilled with the coincidence.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Exploring the Hundred Islands in Pangasinan



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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Jasmine Lee: A Filipino in South Korea’s Assembly

By JONATHAN HICAP 
The world came together to help the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) which devastated many parts of Leyte and Samar, killing 6,300 people, and causing P89.6 billion in damages. A Filipino-Korean, Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee, the first naturalized Korean to get a seat in the National Assembly, immediately worked to persuade South Korea’s National Assembly to pass a resolution to give assistance to the victims.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/jasmine-lee-a-filipino-in-south-koreas-assembly/
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Friday, May 9, 2014

A-PRINCE Cover of Daniel Padilla Nasa'yo Na Ang Lahat



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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

EXO K 중독 (Overdose) Music Video



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EXO-M 上瘾 (Overdose) Music Video



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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BoA's debut Hollywood movie bombs at the box office

K-pop star BoA's debut Hollywood movie "Make Your Move" failed at the box office in the US and South Korea.
The dance movie, headlined by BoA and Derek Hough, earned a measly $120,200 in 10 days in the US since its release last April 18, according to Box Office Mojo.
Its opening weekend from April 18 to 20 earned $81,172 from 142 theaters or an average of $572.
BoA and Derek Hough in "Make Your Move." (Photos: "Make Your Move" Facebook page)

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ricky Martin, EXO, Coco Lee win at 18th China Music Awards

A parade of stars graced the 18th China Music Awards and Asian Influential Power Grand Ceremony held in Macao recently.

International stars David Beckham and Ricky Martin were among those present at the show held at Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena last April 23.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TVXQ’s new album certified platinum

K-pop boy band TVXQ’s new album has sold 252,000 copies in Japan, earning a platinum certification.
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Monday, April 14, 2014

SHINee fans furious over food gift controversy

Fans are outraged after food items sent to South Korea by Polish fans for SHINee’s Jonghyun ended up in the stomachs of writers of a broadcasting station.

140413 백현 BAEKHYUN +ALL (Japan)



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Thursday, April 10, 2014

EXO to return with new mini-album

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Popular Korean boy band EXO will be making a comeback this month with a single dubbed “Overdose,” a hip-hop and R&B-tinged dance song written by The Underdogs.
According to SM Entertainment, this will be followed by the release of a new mini-album.

Lee Min Ho voted No. 1 ‘Asian male god’ in China

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean superstar Lee Min Ho was voted by fans as the No. 1 “Asian male god” in a poll conducted by Chinese news site www.ddyule.com.
The actor garnered a total of 10,013,151 votes to top the poll, in which he was also the sole nominee to breach the 10 million votes.

Monday, April 7, 2014

T-ara to hold first ever concert in the Philippines

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop Girl group T-ara will make its first-ever visit to the Philippines for a concert, as they announced via their official Facebook page.
The visit, which is tentatively scheduled around “June-July,” is part of their 2014 tour dubbed the “Kingdom Under Fire 2 Joint Concert.”

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lee Byung Hun cast in new ‘Terminator’ film

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean actor Lee Byung Hun, 43, has been cast in the Hollywood film “Terminator: Genesis,” the fifth in the “Terminator” franchise.
Lee Byung Hun (Photo by www.newsen.com)

Friday, April 4, 2014

2PM’s Nichkhun, Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany now a couple

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2PM’s Nichkhun, 25, and Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany, 24, are now officially a couple, with their respective management, JYP Entertainment and SM Entertainment, confirming the matter in a statement and asking fans for understanding and support.
(Top) Nichkhun and Tiffany during the secret date in Gangnam last month; both were emcees at the Korean Wave Music in Bangkok in 2011 (Sports Seoul and MBC)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

JYJ, C-JeS artists donate notebooks to Leyte, Batangas children

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean boy band JYJ and other artists under C-JeS Entertainment have partnered with humanitarian organization World Vision to extend a helping hand to less affluent students of Leyte and Batangas in the Philippines.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Muntinlupa’s Miss Philippines Earth bet promotes eco-tourism

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Sarah Theresa Stewart, who is representing the City of Muntinlupa in the 2014 Miss Philippines Earth beauty pageant, is focusing on eco-tourism as advocacy.
The 20-year-old lass appealed that tourism should not be merely about promoting beautiful sites, food and shopping.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

‘Avengers 2′ director apologizes to Seoul residents

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Film director Joss Whedon took to YouTube to address Seoul residents with the principal shooting of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” kicking off on March 30.
“We are going to mess it up a bit and inconvenience people for a few days and I apologize for that,” he said in a video post. “I know what’s that like. I live in Los Angeles and it happens to me all the time and it’s not fun. I hope that it will be worth it.”

Robert Downey Jr. will play Iron Man in “Avengers 2,” part of which was filmed at Mapo Bridge in Seoul on March 30 (www.newsen.com)

Monday, March 31, 2014

[Crayon Pop] 크레용팝 '어이' Uh-ee M/V



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4Minute wins first comeback trophy

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop quintet 4Minute notched their first TV music chart triumph since making their comeback with their new mini-album “4Minute World,” which contains five tracks including the lead single “Whatcha Doin’ Today.”
The girl group performed the title track on SBS “Inkigayo” on March 30, competing with other artists including CNBLUE, Girls’ Generation, 2NE1, Orange Caramel, Boys Republic and JJCC.
4Minute showing their first comeback trophy (Twitter)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

G-Dragon, Rain, Hangeng win at QQ Music Awards

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Asian pop star Rain, Big Bang’s G-Dragon and former Super Junior member Hangeng are among winners at the recently concluded QQ Music Awards, organized by China’s biggest music streaming site, QQ Music.
The awards ceremony, held at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, drew popular artists from across Asia including Jay Chou, JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai.
(Clockwise from top left) Rain, G-Dragon, Hangeng and Lyn (QQ Music and YG Entertainment)

SM Entertainment founder under tax evasion probe

A scandal is brewing at SM Entertainment but this time it's not one of its artists that is involved.
The center of the controversy is none other than Lee Soo Man, the founder of SM Entertainment, the biggest entertainment company in South Korea.

Lee Soo Man (www.newsen.com)

Friday, March 28, 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

2NE1, BTOB to appear in ‘America’s Next Top Model’

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model” hosted by supermodel Tyra Banks is filming in South Korea for the program’s upcoming season and among those tapped to appear as guests are K-pop groups 2NE1 and BTOB.
2NE1 in Hong Kong and BTOB with ‘America’s Next Top Model’ judge J.
Alexander in Seoul (Facebook page and www.newsen.com)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Jackie Chan’s K-pop boy band debuts

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Film star Jackie Chan is now also managing artists, including a K-pop boy band known as JJCC, or Double JC.
The boy band just released their first single “At First,” making their debut performance on Korean TV music show “M Countdown.”
JJCC and Jackie Chan (www.newsen.com and Jackie Chan’s website)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lee Min Ho mania sweeps Manila

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean superstar Lee Min Ho’s return to the country – a visit that lasted three days, from March 21 to 23 – drew an estimated crowd of 10,000 fans to the Smart Araneta Coliseum for a meet and greet organized by clothing brand Bench.
Photos: BENCH

Cafe set of Korean drama still draws fans

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The popularity of Korean dramas has turned the locations where they are shot as tourist attractions. One such place is the cafe where the hit Korean drama “1st Shop of Coffee Prince” was filmed.
“1st Shop of Coffee Prince,” which aired in Korea from July to August 2007, starred actress Yoon Eun-hye and actor Gong Yoo.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Super Junior-M_SWING_Music Video (CHN ver.)



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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sunye to live in Haiti

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Sunye, leader of the Wonder Girls, took to the group’s online fan cafe to announce her plans to move to Haiti with her husband, James Park, in their effort to spread the Gospel to that Caribbean nation.
Sunye (right) and her husband James Park (www.newsen.com)

Friday, March 21, 2014

Lee Min Ho is back

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Korean superstar Lee Min Ho arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport around noon today.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

DJ Gennie Kim eases Pinoys’ loneliness, problems in South Korea

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Seoul, South Korea – Since March last year, Filipino-Korean DJ Maria  Genevie “Gennie” Kim has been giving valuable advice, news and  information to Filipinos in South Korea through her radio program,  ”Philippine Language Multicultural Family Music Radio,” also known as  the “Multicultural Family Broadcast for Filipinos,” which streams via  the internet.
DJ Gennie Kim at the radio station (Photos: Gennie Kim and Jonathan Hicap)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Super Junior M ‘Swing’ in new album

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Super Junior M, the subunit of Korean boy band Super Junior that consists of Siwon, Donghae, Kyuhyun, Ryeowook, Eunhyuk, Sungmin, Henry and Zhoumi, is making a comeback with a new mini-album dubbed ”Swing” to be released March 21.
Super Junior M at Araneta Coliseum last February (Jonathan Hicap)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

2NE1 is still on fire

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
It’s been five years since K-pop group 2NE1 debuted with “Fire” in 2009.
This year, 2NE1, composed of CL, Bom, Sandara Park and Minzy, is on the comeback trail with their new album “Crush.”
2NE1 (www.newsen.com)

EXCLUSIVE: JYJ members talk about individual projects

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Apart from their responsibilities as members of JYJ, the members of the popular boy band have pursued individual activities ranging from films, TV series, theatrical roles and solo albums. In an interview with Bulletin Entertainment, JYJ’s Jaejoong, Yoochun and Junsu shared some of their solo pursuits.
(Clockwise from top left) Yoochun in ‘Three Days;’ Jaejoong and Junsu performing at their solo concerts (SBS and C-JeS Entertainment)

Friday, March 14, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: JYJ gearing up for new album, concerts this year

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Popular K-pop boy band JYJ will be quite busy this year with a ramped up list of activities they have lined up.
“Finally, we will bring you a new JYJ album in the second half of this year and, of course, there will be tours for concerts,” JYJ told Bulletin Entertainment.
JYJ (Photo by C-JeS Entertainment)

Thursday, March 13, 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Pinay actress Sunshine Estores balances career, family life in South Korea

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Bucheon, South Korea – Filipina Sunshine Estores landed her very first acting part as a troubled expat in the hit Korean drama “Melody of Love,” during her first audition ever, October last year.
Sunshine considers it a great blessing, especially since the last few years have been quite a struggle for her and her Korean husband, Kim Dong Seop.
Sunshine Estores

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Fans brave cold weather to watch K-pop shows

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Seoul, South Korea – Korean music TV shows showcasing the most popular K-pop singers continue to draw local and international fans.
Bulletin Entertainment witnessed how these fans would even brave the coldest of weathers to see their idols in person.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Ku Hye Sun, Big Bang’s Seungri in new drama

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Ku Hye Sun, the popular female lead of “Boys Over Flowers,” and Big Bang’s Seungri will be working together on a new drama series dubbed “Angel Eyes,” which will start airing in April on Korean TV channel SBS.
This will be the 29-year-old Sun’s new drama in two years. She last starred in “Take Care of Us, Captain,” in 2012.
‘Angel Eyes’ star (clockwise from left) Ku Hye Sun, Lee Sang-yoon and Big Bang’s Seungri (www.newsen.com)

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Girls’ Generation tops Forbes Korea’s 2014 celeb list



By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Forbes Korea magazine has released its annual “Korea Celebrity 40″ list, which ranked the country’s most influential and popular celebrities according to product sales, media exposure, broadcasting activities and professionalism.
(Clockwise from top left) Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, EXO and miss A’s Suzy (Facebook, www.newsen.com)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Monday, March 3, 2014

2NE1′s world tour kicks off in Seoul

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1′s “All or Nothing” world tour got off to a big start on March 1 and 2 at the SK Handball Arena in Seoul, South Korea, with an estimated 12,000 domestic and international fans in attendance.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Gold Disc Awards 2014 winners announced

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Japanese girl group AKB48 and boy band One Direction won as Artists of the Year at the recently concluded Japan Gold Disc Awards 2014.
Several K-pop artists also emerged as winners in the prestigious awards, including TVXQ, Girls’ Generation and BAP.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Girls' Generation 소녀시대_'Mr.Mr.'_Music Video



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2NE1′s ‘Crush’ achieves ‘all-kill’ status

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
2NE1 swept the Korean music charts following the release of their new album “Crush” last night.
The single “Come Back Home” landed at No. 1 on several Korean real-time charts to achieve “all-kill” status.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Choi Ji Woo signs with YG Entertainment

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Top Korean actress Choi Ji Woo, credited for popularizing hallyu (Korean Wave) in Japan, the Philippines and other parts of Asia through her dramas, “Winter Sonata (2002)” and “Stairway To Heaven (2003),” has signed an exclusive contract with YG Entertainment. She joins the agency’s huge stable of talents that includes actors Cha Seung Won, Im Ye Jin, Jang Hyun Sung, Jeong Hye Young, Ku Hye Sun and Yoo In Na.
Korean actress Choi Ji Woo (www.newsen.com)
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