Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Super Junior's Siwon invites Miss U Pia Wurtzback to next concert

By JONATHAN M. HICAP 
Super Junior’s Siwon has invited Miss Universe Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines to be his guest on the boy band’s next concert after learning that she’s his fan.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Leeteuk congratulates Miss U Pia Wurtzbach | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

Leeteuk congratulates Miss U Pia Wurtzbach | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Thursday, October 22, 2015

[M/V] XIA - 꼭 어제 (Yesterday)



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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Meet your favorite Korean stars at MBC World theme park in Seoul

By JONATHAN HICAP
Seoul, South Korea – The first broadcasting theme park in South Korea is now open and it will let you interact with your favorite K-pop stars, actors and actresses in a virtual setting.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

[MV] BTS (방탄소년단) _ DOPE(쩔어)



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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Kris Wu lands Vogue China cover with Kendall Jenner

Pop star and actor Kris Wu, former member of K-pop boy band EXO, has scored another coup by gracing the cover of Vogue China magazine with model and reality TV star Kendall Jenner.
Photo: Vogue China

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Actor Song Joong-ki discharged from the army

By JONATHAN HICAP 
Korean actor Song Joong-ki was discharged from the army on May 26 after serving 21 months on active duty.
The 29-year-old star, who rose to fame via the Korean drama “Sungkyunkwan Scandal” in 2010, stepped out of a military camp in Gangwon Province in South Korea at about 8 a.m. and was greeted by fans and media.
Photos by www.newsen.com

Monday, May 25, 2015

Chloë Moretz wraps up Seoul visit | mb.com.ph | Philippine News

By JONATHAN HICAP 
Actress Chloë Moretz has wrapped up her Seoul visit, which included appearances on the Korean reality TV show “We Got Married” and on “SNL Korea.”
Moretz arrived in South Korea last May 19 together with her brother Trevor and mom Teri. While there, they were able to experience Korean culture including wearing the traditional dress “hanbok.”
(Clockwise from left) Chloë Moretz in Seoul with brother Trevor and with Korean-American singer Eric Nam (Photos from Moretz and Nam’s Instagram accounts)

Korean singer shows off ‘wonderful’ photos of PH

By JONATHAN HICAP 
The 26-year-old Korean singer Jung Joon-young, who finished in the top 3 of the talent show “Superstar K4,” has posted “wonderful photos” of the Philippines on his blog.

Jung Joon-young in Batangas and at Bonifacio Global City
(Photos courtesy of Jung Joon-young’s blog)

Friday, May 22, 2015

Korean actor Lee Je-hoon visits PH to help

By JONATHAN HICAP 
Korean actor Lee Je-hoon visited the Philippines to meet children and families who were affected by typhoons and participate in the reconstruction of a mangrove project in Cebu.
Lee Je-hoon went to the country as part of the “Love Challenge” project by OXFAM Korea and Korean TV channel MBC, a global sharing initiative which seeks to generate donations for projects covering disasters, water, hygiene, food and women.
Photos courtesy of SARAM Entertainment

Saturday, May 9, 2015

(Video 4 Part 2): VIXX (빅스) in Manila



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Thursday, April 23, 2015

K-pop icon search ‘KISPinoy‘ launched with U-KISS, Laboum

By JONATHAN M. HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Filipinos who aspire to become K-pop stars now have the chance to do so through reality-based talent search “KISPinoy” or “K-pop Icon Search” launched on April 22.
Gracing the presscon held at K-Pub BBQ in Taguig were K-pop stars U-KISS and Laboum and award-winning Korean actress Seo Young-hee, as well as judges Rico Blanco and Nicole Asensio. Show hosts Richard Gutierrez and Jinri Park, “KISPinoy” founder and producer Matthew Choi, composer Won Sangwoo from NH Media, president Yu Jeonghoon of YU&IQ Entertainment in Korea, and Wilma Galvante, TV5 entertainment division head, also attended the event.


“KISPinoy” is open to Filipinos who are at least 13 years old on audition date. It is said to be the biggest K-pop talent search in the country and it will air weekly on TV5 starting June 27. There will be a Korean judge on the show every week.
The champion and possibly one of the top 10 finalists will win a multi-million peso recording and management contract in Korea. From a pool of 100 selected contestants, the group will be trimmed to 30.
Asked what they look for in contestants, Blanco said he doesn’t have a set of requirement in mind.
“Great talent is when you don’t know where it’s coming from and you just get blown away by it. I would like to remain open,” he said.
Asensio echoed the notion.
“I can’t really tell you what exactly I’m looking for because I don’t know what to expect,” she said. “But I do know that we have a bunch of talented people and I do know from a little K-pop that I had the privilege to listen to, it spans many genres. There is no specific genre I’m looking for, no specific look or character.”





Asked why organizers picked the Philippines to launch the K-pop star search, producer Choi said, “We think the Philippines is the best place to launch our series.” He said Filipinos are very talented when it comes to singing.
“Personally I love this country,” he quipped.
What will the “KISPinoy” winner do in Korea?
“The winner will go to Korea and stay there to have training, not just in singing but to know the culture, language, different expressions. (The winner) will train just like any Korean artist,” he said, with the main goal of releasing an album.
U-KISS advised “KISPinoy” contestant to be confident.
“Just try your best and don’t give up because one day the results will be good for you and we will always support you guys,” Kevin said.
People can audition by recording their songs and dance performances in booths that will be set up in selected SM malls in the country. The recordings will be sent to Korea for screening.




The audition dates and venues are April 25, SM City Pampanga; April 27 and 30, Pampanga (venue to be announced); May 2 and 4, SM Southmall; May 4 and 5, Davao City (Almendras Gym); May 7 and 9, SM City Cagayan De Oro; May 9 and 11, Mandaluyong (City Hall Gym); May 12 and14, SM City North Edsa; May 13 and 15, SM City Cebu; and May 21 and 23, SM City Dasmariñas and SM City Bacolod.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A Message from VIXX to the Philippines



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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

FT Island, Miss A set for comeback with new albums | Manila Bulletin | Latest Breaking News | News Philippines

FT Island, Miss A set for comeback with new albums | Manila Bulletin | Latest Breaking News | News Philippines

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Dara’s web drama to air March 29

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 

2NE1’s Dara is excited over her web drama “Dr. Ian” announced to air on March 29.
She took to Twitter to update her fans about it, posting, “My first drama! Dr. Ian Coming to you on March 29th.”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Most favorite Korean celebrities, singers revealed in poll

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Gallup Korea has released the result of a survey that determines the most liked personalities by Koreans in celebration of its 40th anniversary.
The survey asked 1,700 respondents aged 13 years old and above who their favorite celebrities, film stars, singers, athletes, comedians and presidents are.
(Clockwise from top left) Actor Kim Soo Hyun, singer Cho Yong Pil, comedian Yoo Jae Suk, athlete Kim Yuna and film actor Choi Min Sik (Photos: www.newsen.com)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

K-pop stars grace opening of K-Star Road in Gangnam

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop stars descended on the famous Gangnam area in Seoul for the opening ceremony of K-Star Road, home to various entertainment agencies, shops, restaurants and attractions.
The K-Star Road is a kilometer stretch in Cheongdam and Apgujeong in Gangnam that features giant toys that carry the names of K-pop groups such as Girls’ Generation, 2PM, FT Island, CNBLUE, SHINee and Super Junior.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ZEST confident, ready for rape investigation

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The agency of ZEST wants police investigation to immediately happen so they can prove their innocence in the rape complaint filed by a woman against a member of the rookie boy band.
Last March 5, a woman in her 20s filed a rape complaint with the Gangnam police against a ZEST member.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Kai falls into lift hatch in Seoul concert | Manila Bulletin | Latest Breaking News | News Philippines

Kai falls into lift hatch in Seoul concert | Manila Bulletin | Latest Breaking News | News Philippines

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Super Junior-D & E releases first album

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin 
Super Junior-D&E composed of Donghae and Eunhyuk, have released their first studio album titled “The Beat Goes On.”
Digital copies of the album were released online last March 6. The physical copy was released on March 9.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Kai falls into lift hatch in Seoul concert

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
EXO’s Kai was injured when he fell into a lift hatch during a recent concert that formed part of their “EXOPLANET #2: The EXO’luXion,” tour launched March 7 at the Olympic Gymnastics Arena.
The incident was caught on a video posted by a fan on YouTube.

Friday, February 27, 2015

‘Best of Best’ concert to feature Super Junior, Girls’ Generation

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop idol groups Super Junior, Girls’ Generation and Red Velvet will be coming to Manila in April for a concert.
Dubbed “Best of Best in Manila,” the concert will be held on April 12 at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lee Min Ho in Manila (Feb. 24, 2015)



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Thursday, January 15, 2015

B1A4’s Malaysia fan meeting being investigated for ‘inappropriate behavior’



Malaysian authorities are investigating the fan meeting of K-pop boy band B1A4 in Kuala Lumpur last Jan. 10 after a video showed the boys hugging and kissing Muslim fans on the forehead on stage in violation of Islamic code of conduct.
Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/b1a4s-malaysia-fan-meeting-being-investigated-for-inappropriate-behavior/
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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) Manila honors partners

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The continuing popularity of Hallyu, or Korean Wave as evidenced in the proliferation of Korean dramas and K-pop music across the globe have led to South Korea being among most favored destinations of 2014.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

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