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Seoul trader is millionth S. Korean visitor


South Korean tourists enjoy horse-back riding in Baguio City’s Wright Park on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2012. On Thursday, Dec. 27, Department of Tourism officials welcomed the country’s one millionth South Korean visitor, a businessman from Seoul, at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. PHOTO BY RICK ALBERTO

MANILA, Philippines—A businessman from Seoul who arrived Thursday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 is the country’s one millionth South Korean visitor this year.

Department of Tourism (DOT) officials led welcome rites for Kook Nam Han, 37, a resident of Seoul, who arrived on board Philippine Airlines flight PR-467 at around 11:30 a.m. He was welcomed by a banner proclaiming him the one millionth South Korean visitor and by a woodwind band from Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Tourism Undersecretary Daniel Corpuz and Manila International Airport Authority general manager Jose Angel Honrado led the welcome rites.

Cruz said Kook will receive free accommodations from Edsa Shangri-La and Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, a Cebu package tour from DOT, and various products from Duty Free Philippines.

“I want to thank all Filipinos for welcoming all Koreans. Filipinos are a kind-hearted people, just like the Koreans. That’s why Koreans go here because Filipinos are kind to us,” Kook told reporters in a brief interview.

Cruz said the welcome rites served to honor the contributions of Korean tourists and investors to the country’s tourism industry.

DOT statistics showed that Koreans were among the top foreign visitors this year, averaging 90,000 monthly.

Koreans go to the Philippines for vacation, honeymoon, business and English language lessons, according to the DOT.

Most Korean tourists go to Boracay and Cebu beach resorts, Bohol and the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the DOT said.

From January to October this year, 832,437, or 23.93 percent, of the total 3.48 million visitors to the country were Koreans.

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  • grapesofwrath

    Wait. Koreans have been coming here since God knows when and he is just the millionth visitor? Or is he the millionth for the year? Pwede klaruhin?

    And where the hell is EDSA-Mactan Cebu? WTF?!

    • eorlando

      Read the whole article “carefully” before you complain. 

      • grapesofwrath

        More like tell Inquirer to write their articles carefully para di na nila kailangan baguhin and send a wrong message to guys like eorlando, who read the article two hours after I did. By that time, it has already been corrected.

        Please read my reply to mj munez. Thanks. Happy New Year!

    • rayingga

      patulong ka sa goggle para matranslate sa tagalog ng hindi ka nahihirapang intindihin

      • grapesofwrath

        You mean Google? No, I don’t need that. Besides, Google’s translation is next to useless.

        Please read my reply to mj munez.

        Cheers. Happy New Year.

    • mj munez

      lol, pinapahiya mo lang sarili mo…
      wag munang magcomment kapag hindi mo naintindihan, basahin muna nang paulit-ulit hangang malinaw na sayo… at kapag hindi mo pa rin naintindihan, balik ka ng elementary or high school, pakadalubhasa ka sa reading comprehension..

      • grapesofwrath

        Di ko kayo papatulan dahil ang nabasa niyo ay edited na after my comment. Eight hours before mo nabasa, wala pa ang word na “this year” sa first paragraph, and “Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa” was “EDSA-Mactan Cebu”.

        So please lang…

        Anyway, kudos to the staff of Inquirer for correcting your articles, but you should indicate if you have edited the original posts like BBC and New York Times do para walang mga condescending reactions like this one from mj munez.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6EF5PUVD7WK3V3XLP2FYAQZ4O4 Jomjom

        I agree with you. These guys who bashed you for your early comment did not know what you were commenting about. I saw the first version and you are right.. the article was written so sloppily.

    • Guest

       Can you read? Didn’t the article say “this year”? That is a very clear defining parameter. Don’t be foolish.

      • grapesofwrath

        Yes. I can read. And I read well. Else, I would not be commenting.

        Unless you read this article the same time I did, you do not know what I was talking about. Matagal nang na-correct saka mo lang nabasa. Thanks to readers who point out errors. So quit the bashing. And please read my earlier reply to mj munez. I know you can read. It has been there before your comment.

        Anyway, happy holidays.

  • lolo_Jose

    MANILA, Philippines—A businessman from Seoul who arrived Thursday morning at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 is the country’s one millionth South Korean visitor this year….AYAN apo, copy paste ko na para sa iyo.

  • lolo_Jose

    Un sa pangalawa mong tanong, ako mismo naguguluhan sa iyo apo, saan mo ba nakuha yan
    EDSA-Mactan Cebu na tinatanong mo? Ang nakasulat diyan ay ganito:Cruz said Kook will receive free accommodations from Edsa Shangri-La and Shangri-La’s Mactan Mactan Resort & Spa, a Cebu package tour from DOT, and various products from Duty Free Philippines.

    • grapesofwrath

      Lolo, I think your post was supposed to be a reply to mine. May “Reply” button po. But anyway, please read na lang my reply to mj munez. Happy new year po.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Hear this: Monthly visitor to Singapore  is 3 million
    So what’s the fuss about?

    Aaaaaahhhhhh, didretso yan sa Spa para masahe pagkatapos tsutsupain yan at iiyot sa mga babae natin.

    Hindi turista ang tawag diyan kundi seks perbert.

  • CmdrAdobo

    hinay hinay lang sa mga turista, tataas ang mga bibilihin.

    lots of these pepole are loud and rude ant think they own philippines.

  • http://twitter.com/bigg_dawg big dawg

    haay… mga pinoy tlga, walang alam na reaction kundi nega agad… bago bago naman tayo. kaya tayo walang asenso dahil sa dami ng humahatak sa atin pababa. mga comments puro nega agad

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JEMNLLYAP5EA7SM3A6QUOGV62Q Chris

      Agree. isa na yan si klepto. malamang yan yng ginagawa nya.

      • grapesofwrath

        LOL! Yeah. Haha. Kapag turista, spa agad? Then kapag spa, “tsupaan”? Ang baboy lang ni Klepto. Hahaha. He should change his username to Nympho. LMAO!

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