In light with the pandemic Covid-19 we are all experiencing, the Philippine Kpop Convention Inc. and its affiliated Kpop fan clubs started projects to extend help for the community in the simplest way we can.
[Press Release] iQiyi Original K-Series Jirisan Revealed: Gianna Jun & Ju Ji-hoon’s first meeting & Ju’s chat with script writer Kim Eun-hee on Jirisan to shape new look Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon, Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se, Cho Han-cheil, Joo Min-kyung and Go Min-si to protect those in need on the peak
Jirisan, iQiyi Original Korean drama series starring Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon, and created by director Lee Eung-bok (Descendants of The Sun, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal, Kingdom), debuts new stills today (October 21st). Spotlighting the moment Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon first meet, the latter did not even have enough time to change out of his formal wear before scrambling on mission with the park rangers as a rookie. Encountering the neat and capable Gianna Jun, their intertwined destinies set out from that moment on. Jirisan is set to premiere on Oct 23 globally and exclusively on iQiyi, simulcast with Korea.
On Jun and Ju’s on-screen relationship, the production team described them as “aren’t quite colleagues”, “not really senior-junior”, and “toeing the line”. The pair perfectly brings out the amazing chemistry of the lead characters.
In Jirisan, Ju Ji-hoon stars as Kang Hyun-jo, a former army officer out of the military academy, who arrives at Jirisan National Park as a new ranger, but keeps a secret. Asked to describe his role, Ju chose the words ‘Jirisan’, ‘perseverance’ and ‘youngest’. “As the youngest among the park rangers, Kang Hyun-jo likes ‘people’. He came from Seoul to Jirisan because of ‘people’, he possesses greater perseverance and sense of responsibility to help those in need, than others,” Ju shared.
Ju also talked about his meeting the show creatives to chat and shape his character. Believing in immersing in shoot locations to act well, Ju revealed that in the summer before production commenced, he visited Jirisan also in part to help the busy Kim feel rejuvenated. On that trip, they shared many stories from in and out of the production, which turned out to be great help to Ju shaping his role.
Building fans’ anticipation for his latest series return with Jirisan, Ju Ji-hoon said, “In my career to date, this is the role with the most unique character, job and setting. There are many firsts for me and it can be regarded as my ‘brand new look’.”
In addition to Gianna Jun, Ju Ji-hoon, Sung Dong-il, Oh Jung-se and Cho Han-cheul playing rangers of the Jirisan National Park Haedong branch office, Joo Min-kyung and Go Min-si are also core team members. Joo plays Lee Yang-sun, an administrative employee supporting the rangers, while Go Min-si is also a rookie ranger who adds freshness to the team of seven protecting those in need on Jirisan. Jeon Seok-ho is in the role of police officer Kim Eung-soon while Lee Ga-sub plays park volunteer Kim Sol, both of whom work often with the rangers in search and rescue.Jirisan follows the team of national park rangers who are responsible for search and rescue on Jirisan. Experienced ranger (played by Gianna Jun) and rookie ranger (played by Ju Ji-hoon) are set to unravel the secrets of the peak. The iQiyi Original K-series will exclusively simulcast with Korea from October 23rd,with new episodes airing Saturdays and Sundays at 8.00pm on iQiyi International app or iQ.com worldwide.
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[Press Release] SM Supermalls, ARISE Philippines and Korean Embassy celebrate International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction
Webinar on importance of cross-border partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration for DRR
SM Supermalls, in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines and ARISE Private Sector Alliance for Disaster Resilient Societies – Philippines, hosted a webinar last October 13 on disaster risk reduction (DRR) in celebration of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction.
Titled “Working Together Beyond Borders: A Webinar in Observance of the International Day for Disaster Risk Resilience,” the virtual event focused on the critical role that cross-border partnerships play in DRR strategies and initiatives, featuring key representatives from various organizations in the public and private sectors.
During the event, distinguished speakers and experts led the discussions about the various efforts of their respective organizations in promoting DRR in the Philippines and beyond through partnerships: Country Director of the Philippine Office of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Jaesang Hwang; Counsellor for Development at the Australian Embassy in Manila Thanh Le; and UPS Foundation’s Director of International Programs and Chair of ARISE Global Hans Peter Teufers.
In their opening messages, SM Prime Holdings Chairman of the Executive Committee and ARISE-Philippines Co-chair Hans Sy, and ARISE-Philippines Co-chair VADm. Alexander Pama each underscored the importance of partnering with DRR-relevant organizations within and outside the country, in order to enable more impactful DRR efforts that will benefit Filipinos in the long term.
This is in line with Target F of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (SFDRR), which aims to “substantially enhance international cooperation to developing countries through adequate and sustainable support to complement their national actions for implementation” of the framework by 2030.
“Over the past six years, ARISE-Philippines has continuously undertaken programs and activities in line with its mandate to energize the private sector to advance the agenda for a disaster resilient Philippines,” Sy said. “For this year, however, and relative to this year’s Target F of the SFDRR, we have started to reach out to international organizations and other governments represented here in the Philippines to pursue a more wide-ranging network of partners to reach our common objective towards disaster resilience for our country. This activity today is one of those efforts to achieve this target.”
“As a developing country that is extremely vulnerable to multiple hazards, we need all the help that we can get even as we’re hopeful and excited to engage in partnerships, particularly with possible partners from outside the Philippines,” VAdm. Pama said.
“Korea and the Philippines have been working closely together to strengthen governance and infrastructure for disaster risk management at the local and central levels. Korea has also been working together with the Philippine government to enhance disaster preparedness for effective response to disasters. To attain this goal, Korea has contributed USD 410 million to date. This contribution has helped in building stronger resilience and risk mitigation mechanisms in local communities, saving lives impacted by disaster,” the Korean Embassy said.
KOICA Philippines Country Director Jaesang Hwang highlighted Korea’s commitment to enhancing the Philippine’s preparedness for effective response to disasters and contributing to promoting partnership among various stakeholders from the government, civil society, private business and international organizations for disaster risk reduction.
KOICA has been implementing multiple projects with PAGASA to develop and upgrade Flood Forecasting and Early Warning (FFEW) systems in 5 areas covering NCR, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite and Laguna since 2007. Through these projects, the FFEW system accuracy is increased by 80%, the time for flood evacuation is lengthened by 60 minutes, and the time required for disaster response work is reduced by 78%.
Australian Embassy in Manila’s Counsellor for Development, Than Le, encouraged businesses and communities to move away from having a reactive response to disasters, and instead adopt a proactive, local government and community-driven approach to disaster risk resilience. He also presented the Australian Government’s Project SHIELD (Strengthening Institutions and Empowering Localities Against Disasters and Climate Change), wherein the National Resilience Council, a leading ARISE Philippines member, is a partner implementor.
In his closing speech, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction – Asia and the Pacific Chief Marco Toscano-Rivalta called upon businesses to join the movement in creating a more disaster resilient region. “We encourage businesses in the region to take the opportunity of the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction to work together beyond borders. Only then can we address the range of risks that threaten economic growth and the achievement of the SDGs, and we can make true progress toward a safer and more resilient world.”
Vice President for Corporate Compliance at SM Prime, Program Director for SM Environment and Sustainability, ARISE-Global Board Member Engr. Liza Silerio urged stakeholders to join the global DRR movement, as “each and every one of us plays an important role in addressing disasters and climate change impacts,” she said.
“Climate change is happening and is expected to worsen, so we have to act collectively. More importantly, we need to further harmonize on initiatives by governments, the private sector, and the international cooperation, and complement existing action plans to achieve a disaster-resilient society,” Silerio concluded.
Visit www.smprime.com/sustainability-overview to learn more about the other sustainability programs of SM Prime Holdings.
[Press Release] iQiyi Original K-series Jirisan debuts new trailer of Gianna Jun racing against time to save lives and Ju Ji-hoon reveals special ability to ‘see those in need’
iQiyi Original Korean drama series starring Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon, and created by director Lee Eung-bok (Descendants of The Sun, Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal, Kingdom), presents latest trailer for its first episode.
The gripping edit features national park rangers Gianna Jun and Ju Ji-hoon racing against time and putting their lives on the line to save trapped victims, and Ju revealing he has a mysterious ability.