MANILA, Philippines – Korean boy band Boyfriend will visit Manila this month as part of the first-year anniversary celebration of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines.
The center has lined up five events until August to mark the event.
Boyfriend will be the special guest on July 28 when the center holds the Hallyu Fest at 6 p.m. at the SM Mall of Asia Centerstage. The center says the day is dedicated to all Hallyu, or Korean Wave, fans in the Philippines.
The fest will showcase the K-pop Cover Dance Group Contest, which is being held in the Philippines and other countries to celebrate the Visit Korea Year campaign. The winning group will represent the Philippines in the K-pop Dance Cover Festival that will be held in Gyeongju, Korea during the Hallyu Dream Festival in September.
In addition, the Hallyu Fest will also feature a Drama Cosplay Competition, photo contest, raffles and games.
Boyfriend debuted in Korea last year and is composed of twins Youngmin and Kwangmin, Donghyun, Hyunseong, Jeongmin and Minwoo.
The group won the best new artist awards in the 26th Golden Disk Awards and 21st Seoul Music Awards this year.
KCC Philippines will also hold other events.
On July 10, the center will visit Pasig to show its Korean Culture Caravan, which aims to promote Korean culture through specially designed short lectures, performances and interactions. It will also showcase Korea’s traditional games, traditional music and basic language instruction.
The center, together with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korea Ceramic Foundation (KOCEF), will launch “Living Ceramics: The Modern Touch of Korean Heritage” on July 13 with 15 Korean artists participating. The exhibit will showcase the celebrated Korean ceramic tradition, which has been infused with modern touches and techniques throughout the history of Korea’s heritage and ceramic culture.
In addition, the 2012 Pinoy K-pop Star will be held on July 21 at the center in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. The winner will represent the Philippines in the K-pop World Festival in Korea in October and compete with winners from other countries.
The inaugural K-pop World Festival in Korea last year saw the Philippines’ entry, Karla Carreon, winning the grand prize in the vocal division.
As a finale to the anniversary celebration, the center will hold the Philippine-Korea Exchange Day on August 10. The event will allow participants from Korea and the Philippines to interact with each other to learn about their respective cultures.
It will include seminars on living in Korea and the Philippines, as well as culture and language classes for both nationalities.
The Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines opened in July 2011, the 20th center around the world. It is headed by Director Seong Un Hwang, who is also the Counsellor for Culture and Public Relations of the Korean Embassy in the Philippines.
Source: Manila Bulletin & BoyfriendPhilippines (FB)