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Want to learn the Korean language at a premiere university in the Philippines during weekends? Here’s for you:  Ateneo Korean Studies Program or KSP is offering weekend Korean Language classes this March as part of its Extramural Courses for 2nd Sem, SY2017-2018.

KSP is an autonomous office in Ateneo De Manila University which is in charge of developing, promoting  and organizing Korean studies courses, events and special activities to introduce Korea both to Ateneo and the Filipino public. It is formerly known as Ateneo Initiative for Korean Studies (AIKS) and was established since April 2012.

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Ateneo Korean Studies Program logo

KSP is opening the two courses below to PUBLIC for a fee, with classes starting this March 4, 2017.

COURSE 1: Hallyu Korean: Learning Korean through K-pop & K-Drama
Fee: PHP3500
2017 March 4 to April 22 | Saturdays only (except Black Sat)| 9:00-12:00
7 sessions: 3 hours per session | 21 hours

This course is offered to Filipinos who are interested in learning Korean through K-pop and K-Drama. It aims to introduce learners to basic Korean vocabulary, grammar and expressions while learning Korean songs and watching drama clips. To be taught in Korean, the last session will be dedicated to class presentations.

This sounds so interesting right? Learning Korean the hallyu way.

COURSE 2: Intensive TOPIK Review (Test of Proficiency in Korean) Class
Fee: PHP3500
2017 March 11 to April 8 | Saturdays only (except Black Sat) | 9:00-12:00,2:00-5:00
5 sessions: 6 hours per session | 30 hours

This course is offered to Filipinos who are planning to take the Test of Proficiency in Korean I (TOPIK I) for Beginners. This includes vocabulary, grammar and reading lessons as well as mock TOPIK examinations. It aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to pass level 1 and/or 2 of TOPIK, which is the official test of Korean proficiency administered by the Korean government.

Check out some guidelines below:

***Only those who have taken at least 30 hours of basic Korean classes are ENCOURAGED (though not required) to enroll in this course.
***Only those who will be able to attend at least 80% of the sessions will be issued a certificate of completion on the last session
***Once payment is made, payment can no longer be refunded in partial or full and/or transferred to other courses

Online registration is required. To register and for payment details click here: goo.gl/eVBrtn

Deadline for Registration is FEB 25. For more details and queries you can check out Ateneo Korean Studies Program Facebook page or contact Ms. Jamie Abucal via jabucal@ateneo.edu / 3511620.

I have once attended a conference hosted by KSP in 2015 when it was still called AIKS, their flagship annual activity, the 2015 AIKS Korean Studies Conference. I learned a lot from attending the conference and it opened me to topics related and beyond hallyu (K-pop/Korean drama) I never knew before through the different paper presentations.  Check out some photos below.

I will be attending the Hallyu Korean class so see you to those who will register.  Remember the deadline is FEB 25. Happy learning Korean in Ateneo. 

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A Mini Fan Gathering to Remember!

Korean actor Ji Chang Wook (well known for Korean dramas Healer and The K2), recently kicked off his 2017 Asia Tour with 2017 JCW 1st Fan Meeting in Bangkok last Jan 21. The day after his successful Thailand fan meeting, fans of Ji from the Philippines gathered to celebrate and share their love for the handsome Korean star.

Ji Chang Wook Philipines (JCW Ph), a Philippine fan club of Ji Chang Wook based in Manila organized and held its first fan gathering dubbed as “Ji Chang Wook Ph 1st Fan Gathering in Manila” on January 22 at Ulkeun Korean BBQ House, Malate Manila. As a confessed fan of him since last year (oh yes I’m a late bloomer fan), I can’t miss this event though I live far from the venue.

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JCW PH 1st Fan Gathering in Manila poster

The event started with some opening remarks from the head admins of the fan club gathering. It was followed by a “getting to know” segment where each of the attendees introduced themselves and mentioned when/how they started to know and love Ji Chang Wook. Mostly became fans from watching Healer and The K2 series (much like me) but some were hooked even beyond Empress Ki period drama days.

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Games, Photo ops and more!

The fun and excitement continued as JCW-related games and raffle were played. Everyone actively participated in the trivia game as well as the popular Filipino quiz ‘Pinoy Henyo’, where in a pair of participants team up to guess the word that is flashed on the forehead of one of them by saying/asking clues answerable by Yes or No. The words are of course related to Mr. Ji such as title of dramas he did as well as the characters he portrayed.  JCW-inspired locally made items like posters and mini standees were given as prizes.

While our Kim Je Ha is back to Korea from Thailand at the time of this event, his life size standee made every attendee fan kilig as if the manly handsome actor is just right in front of us. See below happy faces as each made their way to pose with ‘him’. ♥♥♥

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Early dinner was served while each table ‘spazzed’ over the recent activities of the suave good-looking actor, mostly about his Thailand FM.

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Ji Chang Wook Ph 1st Fan Gathering in Manila – Dinner time

Since the announcement of 2017 Ji Chang Wook Asia Tour last December through Arirang World Facebook page, every Filipino fan can’t help but wish Philippines would be included. The hype that there’s a possibility of Manila being one of the stops in Ji’s Asia Tour started on that very same post when Arirang tagged the facebook page of Ji Chang Wook Philippines along with other countries’ fan club pages.

Our wishing game is further strengthened when local TV network ABS-CBN got the rights to air his latest action drama series The K2 in Philippine television.  The buzz that Philippines has also bought the rights (or is in talks) to his box office hit and first leading role film Fabricated City to be shown here adds more excitement and positive hopes to us Filipinos that we will be seeing Wookie in flesh before he enlist and fulfill his military duties. ♥♥♥

The fan gathering lasted for about 3 hours.  Each attendee got to take home a loot bag of souvenirs items from the event (locally made button pins, wallet-size photos, etc.) sealed with photo booth photos.

Check this out for the complete set of pictures from the photo booth:
Photobooth Pics – Ji Chang Wook Ph 1st Fan Gathering

Yours truly didn’t go home without some take away fangirling memories. ^_^

And but of course the day won’t be complete without group photo ops. ♥♥♥

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Ji Chang Wook Philippines 1st Fan Gathering in Manila Group Photo (photo credits to Regine Daplas)

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Ji Chang Wook Philippines 1st Fan Gathering in Manila Group Photo (photo credits to Regine Daplas)

We here in the Philippines are patiently waiting for our chance to see our Healer, bodyguard and favorite action-drama actor like what the lucky Thai fans experienced for the first time. ♥♥♥

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Ji Chang Wook with his Thai fans at JCW 1st Fan Meeting in Bangkok (credits: Feoh Thai Facebook)

For the mean time it’s a sure thing that we will support Ji through his projects that will soon be shown here and any new drama or film lined up for him. Aja and keeping our fingers crossed!  ♥♥♥

Thank you so much Ji Chang Wook Philippines for hosting this 1st Fan Gathering in Manila.

To those who have missed this event, JCW Ph is planning to hold a bigger one this April. Like and follow them on Facebook and twitter below for updates on this and recent JCW news:

FB Page: Ji Chang Wook Philippines
Twitter: @JCWPhilippines

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Young actress Sue Ramirez made her appearance at the Travel Tour Expo 2017 on February 11, 2017 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia, Manila. This is her first public guesting as the new Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism by Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), a government agency dedicated to tourism promotion of the Republic of Korea, since she was appointed last Dec 2016.

Read more here: Sue Ramirez appointed as New Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism

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Sue Ramirez as Honorary Ambassador for Korea Tourism (photo from KTO Manila)

Sue invited everyone to visit the different booths at the Korea Tourism Pavilion at the travel expo and also to book a trip to Korea. The lovely Korea Tourism ambassador also performed onstage and sang “You Are My Everything” (Gummy), one of the songs in the official soundtrack of the mega hit 2016 Korean Drama Descendants of the Sun.

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Sue Ramirez performing at the Travel Tour Expo 2017 main stage (photo from KTO Manila)

Ms. Ramirez then went straight to the Korea Tourism Pavilion and held a meet-and-greet session where around 50-100 fans and attendees at the travel expo got their chance to have some photo ops and signature from the actress.

Sue is one of the celebrity guests invited by Korea Tourism Organization Manila (KTO Manila) to help promote Korea on the  3-day annual travel expo. Comedian and TV host Ryan Bang and I Love OPM Grand Touristar Yohan Hwang were the other guests who appeared at the expo.

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Sue Ramirez and the crowd at her Meet and Greet session (photo from KTO Manila)

Mr. Inshik Park, Director of KTO Manila expressed his delight at the appointment of Ms. Ramirez as their honorary ambassador.  According to Mr. Park, Sue is the right choice as the she is very interested in Korean culture and as a rising star in Philippine showbiz with a million of followers in her social media accounts she has a great reach to promote Korea.

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Sue Ramirez with KTO Manila Director Mr. Park (3rd from left) and staff (photo from KTO Manila)

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Sue Ramirez with KTO Manila Director Mr. Inshik Park at her appopintment as Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism (photo from KTO Manila)

I was able to line up at the meet and greet and finally met her face to face.  As a fan of her, a lover of everything Korean and a KTO Manila WOW Korea Supporter (tasked to promote Korea tourism in social media) back in 2013, I am so happy to have this chance and felt like we are alike in so many ways. ♥♥♥

More photos here from my camera:

As of writing Sue is now in Seoul South Korea for her first ever trip in the enchanting Korean drama land as posted in her official Instagram account (@sueannadoodles) and at KTO Manila Facebook page.

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Feb 15, 2017 ig post of Sue Ramirez captioned #SueLovesKorea (@sueannadoodles)

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Sue Ramirez in Seoul (source: KTO Manila facebook page)

For Sue Ramirez’s travel in Korea  follow her on social media at her official accounts below: 

Instagram: @sueannadoodles
Twitter: @sueanna_dodd
Official FB Page: Sue Ramirez Facebook Page

Also kindly visit and like Korea Tourism Organization Manila Office Facebook page or follow them on twitter @KTOManila for more of Korea travel and tourism information as well as Sue’s activities as Honorary Ambassador for Korean Tourism.

 

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