South Korea president cites Filipinos’ love for Koreanovelas, K-pop

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Ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hye. AP FILE PHOTO

SEOUL—Even the newly elected leader of this rising economic superpower acknowledges how Filipinos’ affection for Koreanovelas and K-pop groups have helped bridge the two cultures.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye expressed confidence that South Korea and the Philippines would be able to improve its economic, political and military ties with President Benigno Aquino III’s visit to her country.

Hosting a state dinner in Mr. Aquino’s honor at the Blue House on Thursday night, Park said her meeting with the President was able to “significantly expand the fabric of trust and shared understanding about our journey toward a new future for the development of both our countries.”

“I join the people of Korea in offering our sincere welcome to you, Mr. President, as the first leader to pay a state visit to Korea since my government was inaugurated,” Park said as she led the toast for Mr. Aquino.

“The special bond that President Aquino has long had with Korea indeed has helped bridge our hearts through trust and confidence,” she said.

The Korean leader said her country and the Philippines had become “true partners for prosperity… across the whole range of areas.”


Korean connection

“Filipinos today share similar emotional experiences with their Korean counterparts through Koreanovela, through K-pop and through Korean food,” she said, noting that more than 1 million Korean tourists visited the Philippines last year.

She said Koreans were “being enchanted not only by the beauties of your nature, but also by the warmth of your people.”

Park, the first female chief executive of South Korea, cited the role of the President’s late father, Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr., during the Korean War in the 1950s.

Then only 17, the martyred former opposition leader traveled to Korea as a young war correspondent for The Manila Times.

“He roamed the fields of battle together with some 7,400 Filipino troops who were sent to Korea. And through his writings, that would later become history, ‘let the world know how the war was unfolding,’” Park said.

“As I see it, that sacrifice and dedication have been passed down to the next generation, paving the way for our precious meeting today.”


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  • Hey_Dudes

    Your honor, you can believe even this lowly senior citizen loves watching your Bekjae emperor aka. peha including the lovely Ajummas TV serials. I am impressed with Jewels in the Palace, Dong Yi, The Horse Doctor and many others. Congratulations Ms. President.

  • RedRose_13

    Maraming taon ang bibilangin bago natin maabot ang kinalalagyan ng South Korea. Dapat talaga sa atin pagtitikbakin ang mga corrupt na politicians para di tularan.

  • Anti-Pork lover boy

    Coming from the SK president….that’s aaaaawwwwwwwwwwwwwww:)

  • warlaw

    may corrupt din bang government officials sa south korea? asenso na sila…..

  • warillaman

    Well, they should help the Philippines now by investing and worst case scenario defending our country, afterall we help them before and we didn’t ask anything in return. it is only fitting they are returning what we have contributed.

    • Maglalawis

      LOL! Bakit natin sila sisingilin ng utang na loob gayong obligasyon naman natin bilang kasapi ng UN na tulungan sila sa panahon na yun? Wala tayong karapatan maningil sa kanila. Remember, the Korean War was a war between North Korea (allied with communist Russia and China) against the United Nations (led by the US).

      • Mhay

        Maglawis, basahin mo maigi ang comment na yan, for sure ang mga against kay Ninoy yan.. wala na talaga mangyayari sa Pinas, kung meron kakampi ang Pinas, hahadlangan kung ano ano ang pinagsasabi, nanunumbat, naniningil, hayyy sana isang araw maging boba nalang lang ibang Filipino para d na maging against sa governmenr kung nakakabuti naman ang ginagawa ng ng Government

  • Avery_23

    Why by those jet fighters when there are more pressing needs? What is aquino gonna do with them?

    • pinoyobserver

      Panahon para lumabas ka sa kuwebang pinagtataguan mo ng taon taon.

      • Avery_23

        How much did bribe you to say that?

    • rayingga

      Those jets will be used to kill you and your tribes, idiot.

      • Avery_23

        See these barbaric tribes of PNOY?

  • The Putrid Pekpek of Cory

    We love you President Park. Your dad may be a ruthless brutal dictator but that’s what the times called for in South Korea in those days. Our very own beloved dictator Marcos also had to stamp out social misfits, recalcitrants, subversives, anarchists and nihilists of the first quarter storm and their subsequent permutations throughout the 1970s. During your father’s time, SK was dirt poor and ravaged by war. Our beloved dictator Marcos also pried this country away from the hands of neocolonial oligarchs, sugar barons and feudal landlords, giving us a chance at industrialization. Through the steady hands of your authoritarian dad, SK was steered away from abject poverty and is today an OECD country. And now, you are bringing SK to greater heights. If not for Lupus, our beloved authoritarian Marcos would have seen his efforts to fruition. Today more than ever, we also long to have the daughter of our former dictator come to power and take the presidency. She, too, will bring our country to greater heights and make this nation great again. Like you, she too cuts a slender figure, possesses a kindly countenance and her beauty unscarred by demented attacker. We love you President Park. We love you Ms. Imee, our presumptive president.

    Go girl power!!!

    • desi derata

      Park Chung Hee did not rob South Korea’s treasury dry. Park started the modernization and industrial advancement of South Korea.

      Ms Park praised the legacy of the young Benigno Aquino Jr, not the profligacy of marcos and his evil family.

      Please do not compare Mr Park and marcos, nothing noble can be said of marcos, nothing at all. If you like the wealth of the country stolen by the children of marcos, you should aspire for the coming of time where all Filipinos will be as stupid like you and most Ilocanos.

      • The Putrid Pekpek of Cory

        You’re wrong. Numerous academic works and studies have been done on the subject of Park Chung-Hee’s corruption and they proved to be comparably massive, too. Here are three reference materials, among many others:

        a. Ezra Vogel’s ==> Park Chung-Hee
        b. Lee Byeong-Cheon’s ==> Developmental Dictatorship
        c. globalsecurity (dot) org/military/world/rok/corruption.htm

      • Avery_23

        Marcos built the infrastructure of the Philippines. The aquinos built chaos and destruction!

      • Guest


      • Avery_23

        Are you stupid? Get your facts right! It was Marcos that built the infrastructure of the Philippines!!! The aquinos destroyed them out of spite!

      • Brax82

        I think it is you who’s still asleep…

      • rayingga

        Child of darkness drive away from us, avery-23 you dont have room in this new Philippines.

      • Avery_23

        There is no room for non-corrupt people in the news Philippines, only corrupt one such as Rayingga and PNOY!

      • Brax82

        So true, and thanks to NoyNoy’s incompetence namulat na ang mga Pilipino na maraming nagawang mabuti si Macoy na hindi na highlight because of the yellow propaganda… Noytards attack! lol!

  • md’c™

    Not all filipinos. I DO NOT. In fact, I hate it, they’re so unpolished and so cheesy. I do not own a Korean car either since I lived in the US, never bought any Korean vehicle for the simple reason they all badly failed the national insurance accident and head on accident tests, and most of them are copies from many parts of different brands.

    But do not get me wrong, hating those does not translate to hating So Korean culture and people. Its just not my style nor my upbringing. I like the Korean food sometimes but not all and some korean electronics. So, its not all bad. One day, it may change but not in the near future.

    I used to have mostly american and eu cars, now driving japanese. I still prefer european or japanese cars or some Americans, hollywood movies and tv shows, american and brits. They are a lot less trash tv’s.

    • rayingga

      Ewan ko sa iyo, we are trying to establish a good relationship in between two countries pero ikaw almost negative ang dating mo. If you are not satisfied sa South Korean products just keep quite after all hindi mo naman pala binibili, so ano ang nawala sa iyo. One million tourist (Koreans) that visited the Philippines last year is more than enough para matuwa ka dahil nakakatulong sila sa ekonomiya ng bansa. Yang bansang tinitigilan mo ngayon kailan nila itinuring na tunay na partner at kaibigan ang Pilipinas? Kailan sila nag offer ng mga bagong kagamitang pandigma? Wake-up, l little brown american.

  • gerp

    Jets are necessity for defense and offense…to establish air superiority which is essential in battlefield…it has a ground-attack capability against ground defense structures, battle tanks, figher boats and vessels…it can do carpet bombings to hidden bases in the mountains or forest..and many more… imagine without Jets in the battlefield…it is a war of dignity only but not winning the war…kaya maraming sundalo na nakikipaglaro na lang because they knew it is a 50/50 chance to win the battle… if the military were not part of the corrupted system…will there still be NPA’s, MNLF, MILF, Abu Sayyaf?… will there be ordinary people to join these armed groups?…nahhh!


    Insider’s report from a member of Pnoy’s entourage in skorea…
    Sources said that the Philippine president was heard asking President Park for help regarding his decelerating ratings in the Philippines. Pnoy personally requested the south korean president to allow him to asked from korean film makers for more korean soaps to be shown on Philippine TVs in order to boost his ratings among prime time audiences; by which the south korean president laughingly agreed…

    • MarengMar

      Talagang desperado na ang pangulo natin. Puro para sa ratings nalang lagi inaatupag nya. Kawawang pinas.

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