Two Saturday nights were filled with the right blend of K-pop, K-Drama, K-Travel, K-Beauty, and K-Culture as the Philippine Kpop Convention Inc. (PKCI), in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), Korea Foundation for International Culture Exchange (KOFICE), Hallyu Com-On, and Korean government’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism – hosted the annual free-event ‘Happy Hallyu Day’ online.
More than two hours per night were dedicated to Korean Wave talks, entertainment, and giveaways. The contest winners for K-Celebrity Kosplay, New Normal K-Fashion, and K-Singing were officially announced. The viewers were also able to interact through games and got the chance to win Hallyu packages.
Setting the K-Hiphop and K-Drama mood were the opening performances from the admired local talents – the De Guzman Brothers, Mykee Li, and Venisse Siy.
The talks were consisted of Cami de Leon’s fun lesson in Korean words commonly used in online messaging and fangirling, Laine of @glowcounsel gave tips on getting that glow up before going on online classes or meetings, Sandra Jung became a cook and taught us the benefits of Kimchi, and Marj Ramos-Clemente recommended her K-drama travel spots to visit after the pandemic.
Good friends, Cherish Unni and Kring Kim, shared their passion for Kpop and the Korean culture which eventually led them to establish their careers in the Korean industry as a sought out Filipina actress in Korea and as a premiere Korean entertainment MC and content creator respectively.
The Star Hunt Academy trainees brought in their performing skills as the boys danced to Seventeen, Exo, and BTS tracks while the girls performed Red Velvet, Twice, and BlackPink hits. They also prepared a mini-interview for people to get to know more about them.
Celebrity K-Fans, Kaori Oinuma and Fumiya Sankai, joined the fun by spazzing their love for their favorite Kpop groups Exo and Twice. Long time K-pop fans, Gigi Melodias, Chi Manimbo, and Patrick Lim shared their fan life experiences as well.
Kpop Dance Diva, Dasuri Choi, wowed everyone again with her powerful moves and had a quick Kpop dance tutorial to Stray Kid’s “god’s menu.” ‘Oppa Heartthrob,’ Yohan King, serenaded the audience with a K-drama song cover and his original song, ‘Oppa.’ He also shared his love for the Philippines and appreciation for the Hallyu enthusiasts.
Closing the two-part show was an interview with the award-winning Ppop group, SB19, who also performed their latest songs ‘Hanggang Sa Huli’ and ‘Love Goes from their just-released first album.
With the postponement of the 11th Philippine Kpop Convention and the uncertainty on when any live events are going to happen again, ‘Happy Hallyu Day 4: A Virtual Party’ was a spark for PKCI to continue to create events for the Hallyu enthusiasts, especially K-pop.
All segments and performances are now officially up on Philippine Kpop Convention Inc. YouTube channel in which will soon be containing more K-pop related content.
The online event is supported by PKCI’s Affiliated K-Pop fan clubs, AJA Korean Talk Language Center, Lucky Me!, Agoda, Farm Skin Philippines, and Sparkling Magazine.