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Calling all k-pop and k-drama lovers in the Philippines, who wants an event featuring everything about Korean Wave with FREE admission?  Well before you even wish it has already come true. 😉 Filipino fans of Korean entertainment will have a full-day feast on all things about Korean wave or “Hallyu” as the Philippine K-pop Convention, Inc. (PKCI), in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center (KCC), and supported by the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE), brings you “Happy Hallyu Day” on July 23, 2016 at Skydome, SM City North EDSA.

Happy Hallyu Day Event Poster

Official Event poster from PKCI and KCCPh

Various Korean-related activities from k-pop, k-drama, and travel to Korea and even on k-beauty and fashion await every attendee.  Get to enjoy being a fangirl/fanboy on activity booths from K-pop fan clubs and brands. Famous Korean cosmetic brands like Missha will have make-up demonstrations where guests can know how to achieve the same look as their favorite K-pop artists. Fans can also take their photos with life-size standees of various Korean artists. I do hope there will be a Song Joongki standee to selfie galore with (wink wink, let’s wish upon the stars in Uruk, hahaha). 🙂

See live performances from k-pop cover dance groups and singers as well as Traditional Korean cultural performances from KCC Ph’s in-house performance teams.  Guests can also take advantage of free seminars and workshops and learn how to dress, look and travel k-pop style. For K-pop fans who are travelling to Korea for the first time, a seminar on Traveling to Korea will be conducted by Sparkling Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Ms. Gigi Yia. If you missed her talk last May sponsored by KTO Manila then this is your chance now. A short talk and workshop on Korean style and K-pop-inspired fashion will be held by fashion stylist and Editor RJ Roque. I am so excited on both of these talks.

Attendees will have a chance to win exciting prizes too by joining raffle draws. And last but definitely not the least, there will be a Korean Drama quiz contest to anticipate and join.  Better do a refresh and review of your favorite k-drama facts before going to the event. 😉

Are you getting excited? Here’s one more: Admission is FREE! Surely every attendee would have a blast. “Happy Hallyu Day” is a special project funded by the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (KOFICE) and is part of KCC’s 5th anniversary celebration. KCC in the Philippines was established on July 19, 2011 to further promote the Korean culture and facilitate a wider and more expansive cultural exchange.  Let’s thank KOFICE, KCCPh and PKCI for this FREE event and wish KCCPh a very Happy 5th Anniversary!

More details and announcements as well as instructions on how to get passes are to be announces soon. Please keep posted on Philippine K-pop Convention, Inc. (PKCI) FB page at www.facebook.com/philkpopcomm or follow them on Instagram and twitter at @kpopconph. Mark your calendars and see you all k-fangirls on July 23 at SM Skydome from 10AM – 5PM and let’s celebrate Hallyu! ❤

The event is followed by KCC’s annual K-Pop talent competition, “Pinoy K-Pop Star at 6-9pm. 

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It was minutes past 6pm and the sun is still up preparing to set down when I arrived at BGC one early Thursday night of May 5.  I am so excited beyond words since I would say hello to something I am always craving for but this time it’s kinda something new, a new bingsuuu is in Café Seolhwa town! ❤

The fancy and modern Korean dessert place Café Seolhwa is well known for its signature snowy like a pure first snow and tastes as good as how it looks Mango Cheese and Berry Cheese Bingsu. These become the favorite desserts Instagram-ed of since it opened its bingsu doors March of last year at BGC.

Seolhwa Mango Cheese Bingsu

Mango Cheese Bingsu (c) @seolhwabingsu ig

Seolhwa Berry Cheese Bingsu

Berry Cheese Bingsu (c) @seolhwabingsu ig

As Café Seolhwa reach its one year of existence and service to bingsu addicts a whole new different kind of bingsu is created and ambitiously prepared (quoting from @seolhwabingsu IG)  by the magical hands of its owner.  Say Hello to CAKE BINGSU, yes a Cake Bingsu! It’s just a very apt new menu to celebrate Seolhwa’s anniversary and I am very privileged to have a first taste of it before it was made available and served at the counters.

Cafe Seolhwa Cake Bingsu teaser

Cake Bingsu teaser images (c) @seolhwabingsu ig

For the Cake Bingsu series Café Seolhwa introduces 2 new variants in their menu: The Gomawo or Thank You Bingsu and Heng Bok He or Happiness BingsuKnow more about these two new bingsu of Seolhwa’s menu and my verdict upon having my sweet first taste of them below:

Gomawo Bingsu  (Thank You Bingsu)

Gomawo means  “Thank You” in Korea so this Gomawo Bingsu or Thank You Bingsu is a way of thanking Seolhwa customers with a mix of coffee, chocolate, strawberry sauce and crème cheese married into a cake Bingsu.  Essentially it is a Tiramisu Bingsu being a coffee-choco cake in a bingsu form.

Gomawo Bingsu

Gomawo Bingsu as presented to Pinkyreg by Cafe Seolhwa ❤

At first you can taste the chocolatey flavor as the ice is chocolate flavored but afterwards it will leave you with the strong coffee taste.  This one is perfect for coffee lovers.  I haven’t tasted their Coffee Bingsu but this one makes you feel like drinking coffee, eating a cake and bingsu all in one.  Try it for yourself. 😛

Pinkyreg First Taste of Cake Bingsu

Pinkyreg’s first sweet taste of Gomawo Cake Bingsu, yum ^^ (taken from Seolhwa owner’s cam)

Heng Bok He Bingsu  (Happiness Bingsu)

Heng Bok He means “Happiness” in Korea and true enough this Heng Bok He Bingsu or Happiness Bingsu can make you happy.  It’s like chocolate for girls, an instant happy pill.  On top of the sweet fresh berry sauce is a mix of the soft yogurt cream.  The yogurt berry taste and the mix of all the flavors (sour, sweet, fruity, creamy) made it perfect.  As said in Seolhwa’s ig post it’s an “All day Heng bok he” or all day happy with this Yogurt Berry Bingsu.  You can judge it just by the look of it below, so yummy pretty <3!

Heng Bok He Bingsu

Heng Bok He Bingsu – such a heavenly happy sweet first taste ❤

These yummy Cake Bingsu series is now serving at the counters of Café Seolhwa BGC branch that started last May 16. Make it a gift to yourself for special occasions or just when you are craving for bingsu. 🙂  It has the Café Seolhwa’s signature magical fine snowy texture of the shaved ice, it’s distinct flavors with a cake foundation for a festive look and taste. I am not sure if it’s a limited edition menu or forever but you may not want to miss trying the Gomawo and Heng Bok He Bingsu so do drop by the BGC branch.  After all you can never go wrong with Cafe Seolhwa since after trying 8 bingsu places Café Seolhwa is still the best korean dessert place for me. ^_^

Wanna Have Some Seolhwa Cake Bingsu

Wanna Have Some Seolhwa Cake Bingsu?

Thank you once again Mr. Daniel Choi (Korean Manager) and Ms. Gowoon Jung (Owner) of Cafe Seolhwa for the privilege of the “first taste” of Cake Bingsu series and selecting me as one of the Seolhwa’s “First Supporters”Gomawo and indeed it was Heng bok he! 🙂

with Cafe Seolhwa's owner and manager and fellow first supporter

with Cafe Seolhwa’s owner and manager and fellow first supporter ❤

with Cafe Seolhwa's korean manager Mr. Danile Choi ;)

Mango Cheese Bingsu (c) @seolhwabingsu ig

Like Cafe Seolhwa’s FB page at http://www.facebook.com/seolhwabingsu and follow them on Instagram @seolhwabingsu for more updates.

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