Monday, November 18, 2013

MANILA BULLETIN: Boy band A-Prince, Eddie Chun, Pinoy scholars raise P232,000 in Korea for typhoon victims

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop boy band A-Prince, Eddie Chun band and the Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea (PIKO) have raised a total of 5.67 million won, or about P232,000 won, in a charity concert in Seoul for the victims of Typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
Boy band A-Prince with Filipino scholars after the concert (top) and while holding donation boxes at the event. (Photos by Jonjon Samson)

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Nichkhun makes fans aflutter, helps typhoon victims at fun meet

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
When boy band 2PM member Nichkhun arrived in the Philippines last Nov. 7, Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”) was already threatening the Visayas region with storm signal warning raised to No. 4, the highest level.
2PM’s Nichkhun and his fans at the BENCHSETTER Fun Meet. (Photos courtesy of BENCH’s Instagram and Philippine K-pop Committee’s Twitter)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Korea donates $5M to PH; K-pop fans help ‘Yolanda’ victims

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The government of South Korea will be donating $5 million (about P219 million) worth of humanitarian assistance to the victims and families affected by Typhoon “Yolanda” in the Philippines.
K-pop fan clubs, on the other hand, are helping in the relief efforts through donation drives and volunteering.
Fans of (from the top) Girls’ Generation, CNBLUE, 2PM, DBSK and others are helping in providing assistance to the victims of Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ in the Philippines (Photos from Facebook pages of Girls’ Generation, CNBLUE and 2PM, and

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Please DONATE for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines

From the Philippine Red Cross

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Asian Games Centennial Music Gala in Boracay featuring JYJ postponed

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
The Asian Games Centennial Festival (AGCEF) scheduled to be held in Boracay in Aklan from Nov. 27 to 29 has been postponed following the onslaught of super typhoon “Yolanda” (internatioonal name “Haiyan”) in the country.
Part of the AGCEF was the Asian Games Centennial Music Gala that was supposed to feature K-pop boy band JYJ, composed of Jaejoong, Yoochun, and Junsu, and other Asian artists.
Boy band JYJ (Photo courtesy of 2014 Incheon Asian Games Organizing Committee)

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Korea to provide US$5M worth of humanitarian aid to 'Yolanda' victims

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea extends its deepest sympathies and support to the victims and bereaved families affected by Typhoon Haiyan (“Yolanda”), which struck the Philippines last November 8, 2013.

Korean celebs probed for illegal online gambling

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Six Korean celebrities are being investigated by authorities for illegal online gambling.
Comedians Lee Soo-geun and Yang Se-hyung, actor Tak Jae-hoon and, singer Tony Ahn, entertainer Boom and Andy of boy band Shinhwa were summoned by the Seoul Central District Prosecutor’s Office on suspicion of betting on illegal online gambling.
Clockwise from top left) Lee Soo-geun, Andy, Boom, Tak Jae-hoon, Tony Ahn and Yang Se-hyung.
(Photos by

Monday, November 11, 2013

Asian stars send their prayers for ‘Yolanda’ victims

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
Asian stars have expressed their sympathy and prayers for the Philippines and for the families affected by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” (international name “Haiyan”), which caused widespread devastation and killed hundreds in the country.
Clockwise from top left) 2PM’s Nichkhun, Aziatix, Lee Min Ho, Sandara Park and Ricky Kim (Photos by Jonathan Hicap and Twitter accounts of Aziatix, Lee Min Ho, Sandara Park and Ricky Kim)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

K-pop concert in Singapore cancelled

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
A much-awaited K-pop concert in Singapore that would have featured acts like EXO, SHINee and KARA was cancelled by the organizer due to “contractual obligations” to a Korean broadcasting company.
Fans are angry and scrambling to get ticket refunds after Fatfish Entertainment announced that the “MBC Korean Wave In Singapore 2013″ concert would not push through.
Teen Top, B1A4 and miss A at the press conference in Singapore for the concert last August (Photos from the MBC Korean Music Wave in Singapore 2013 Facebook page)

Friday, November 8, 2013

2PM’s Nichkhun: Personal Style and Pinoy Love

By JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
K-pop star Nichkhun, a member of boy band 2PM, praised Filipinos for being warm and friendly, and said that he was really looking forward to see his fans up close at his fun meet.
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