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


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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  • jpastor

    Korenovelas feed Pinoy emotions while the same feed TV stations and novela producers pockets.
    In any case PH need to have fighter jets to build confidence in its territorial defense.

  • reddfrog

    Some pinoys are cultural parasites. Yun lang.

    • Cyrus Vincent Tronco

      Then create a Filipino culture that we can be proud of! Our drama’s are predictable the movies in the cinemas have very predictable story line devoid of any complexity. Our Politicians are corrupt and our fore fathers are the same, just read our history. I have read the histories of past Presidents from Quirino to Aquino same old story same old problem corruption.

      What is in our culture to be proud of? Nigas kugon, Crab Mentality, etc?

      I’m just saying you can’t blame the People if they adopt other culture’s aren’t we after all in the age of globalization?

      • reddfrog

        Then eradicate colonial mentality. Pinoys look at their own as bakya and baduy. All cultures have their good and bad. Why focus only on the bad and use it as an excuse to hate or disregard your own culture? And let me tell you korean telenovelas are pathetic, with predictable storylines. K-pop are formulaic bubblegum with many so-called stars having to work their way up via prostituting themselves to their bosses.
        It’s way dirtier then pinoy pop. You just don’t see it. Adopt, yes. Admire, yes. But you do not abandon your own culture nor think of it as inferior.

      • Cyrus Vincent Tronco

        Did people actually abandon our culture? I do not think so, we are still Filipinos. I for one still considers myself one and proud of it though I abhore Filipino movies.

        I have no idea regarding Kpop and Koreanovelas since I don’t want any of those, I do read Korean Comics. I take in various cultures from taste to pallet.

  • go88

    That’s really Something to be Proud Of. Not as glorious as being fond of pagpag but still an achievement.

  • Kong An Lan

    Koreanovelas, K-pop, and Jinri Park!

  • Tral

    Korea (true name: Chaoxian or Chosen) was a Chinese province until 1910, when Japan subsequently colonized it and forcibly separated it from China.

    Liuqiu Qundao (now called Ryukyu Islands/Okinawa), a Chinese protectorate also fell prey to Japanese imperialism.

    CHAOXIAN and LIUQIU, return to the bosom of the MOTHERLAND!

  • opinyonlangpo

    Thats nice but I observed that China has much much more closer ties to Philippines than South Korea. There are more Chinese owned businesses in the Philippines, more Chinese population, there is even China town, so many Chinese blood government officials, even the president has Chinese blood, more Chinese Filipino intermarriages, more Chinese goods too in the Philippines, not to mention Chinese blooded crooks too like Napoles, many Chinese films also. Anyway, it is good to have closer links to South Korea but it will never match the Chinese links.

    • Tral

      Korea is a province of China since ancient times until 1910.

      That’s why it never featured prominently on its own in ancient history.

      • opinyonlangpo

        If that is true then one day there is also a possibility that China will claim both Koreas based on historical facts. Also means that Taiwan has a chance to become a republic too. So China is really that big historically.

      • Tral

        China actually used to cover the entire area of modern-day China, as well as vast areas of what is now Russia, Korea, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Thailand.

        However, it has a policy of giving up territorial claims in exchange for peace and friendship. Since the 1950s, it has gave up several thousands of square miles of land to Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Pakistan, India, and North Korea.

        This is one lesson to the Philippines – INSTEAD of threatening to bring the United States to rein in China – it should just instead focus on treating China as a FRIEND!

        History shows that CHINA is EXTREMELY GENEROUS in terms of LAND and ECONOMIC AID to those countries who seek to be China’s Friend – but it has likewise been shown to be RUTHLESS to those who TRY to TRAMPLE and SHAME it.

        The Philippines has been warned!

        It could be a FRIEND to China (and be given the ENTIRE SPRATLYS), or be a Foe, and GO DOWN THE DRAIN TOGETHER WITH THE UNITED STATES!!!

        That is something Philippine government officials has NEVER learned, unfortunately.

        With what AQUINO and DEL ROSARIO are doing, they’re bringing the Philippines into the BRINK OF WAR!!!

      • opinyonlangpo

        That is what the Filipinos call pinoy pride. But being a friend to China is still the best option. China can wait for the next two or three future Philippine presidents to negotiate, if no war breaks out.

      • Tral

        Given that at least 25% of Filipino population have some Chinese ancestry, it’s NOT WORTH IT to make WAR with a Big Brother (aka China). Rather, it’s best to MAKE FRIENDS with China.

        Peace is GOOD, not just for the Philippines, but also for the World.

        If the Philippines gets the Spratlys and Scarborough, it will just be RENTED OUT to the Americans – further infuriating CHINA and threatening to unleash a WORLD WAR III.

      • opinyonlangpo

        That dispute is negotiable but Philippines doesn’t want to engage China in bilateral negotiations. It is very beneficial for the Philippines to do so.

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