By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Hallyu, or the Korean Wave, continued to spread in many countries with the number of fans reaching 9.28 million in 2013.
The number of hallyu fan clubs and groups worldwide reached 987 last year, according to the Global Hallyu Data 2013 report released by the Korea Foundation.
Korea Foundation made a survey in 96 countries including the Philippines to get the data.
According to the report, countries in Asia and Oceania that includes the Philippines, Singapore, New Zealand, Japan, Thailand and China have the most number of hallyu fans with 6.8 million.
This was followed by countries in North America and South America including the United States, Canada, Peru, Chile and Argentina with 1.25 million fans.
Third is Europe with 1.17 million fans followed by Africa and the Middle East with about 60,000.
In terms of Korean fan clubs and groups, North America and South America have the most number with 464 followed by Asia and Oceania with 234, Europe with 213 and Africa and the Middle East with 76.
The number of hallyu-related fan clubs and groups increased from 783 in 2012 to 987 in 2013, according to the report.
The report cited the rise in popularity of Korean dramas, or Koreanovelas, and K-pop in the Philippines.
It said GMA Network and ABS-CBN have been airing Korean dramas since 2003 when GMA Network aired “Autumn In My Heart.”
From 2003 to 2013, a total of 191 Korean dramas were aired in the Philippines, the report said.
The popularity of Korean dramas have prompted the two broadcast stations to have their own adaptations.
It said K-pop began to become popular in the Philippines in 2009. SHINee performed in the country in 2009, which paved way for other Korean groups to visit the Philippines.
Last year, among the K-pop artists that visited the Philippines included 2PM, Super Junior, CNBLUE, EXO, Girls’ Generation and Infinite.
The report said among the most popular K-pop artists in the Philippines are Girls’ Generation, Super Junior, Big Bang and TVXQ, and the most popular Korean actors are Lee Min Ho, Kim Soo Hyun and JYJ’s Yoochun.
It said in the Philippines, there are more than 100 hallyu fan clubs and groups.
The report listed 11 major fan clubs in the Philippines. These are the Philippine K-pop Convention Committee (PKCI), Korean Drama Society in the Philippines, Cassiopeia Philippines, Big Bang Philippines, Super Junior United Philippines, Wonderful PH, SHINee World Philippines, Soshified Philippines, 2OneDay Philippines, BEAST Philippines and 2NE1 PH.
The report also cited the popularity of Korean language classes, Korean films and Korean food in the Philippines.
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