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Philippine warship from Korea starts trial

ONE of two warships that the Philippines ordered from South Korea was already out on trial and would likely be delivered to Manila by May, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana said yesterday.

Philippines, Korea to sign cooperation deals

THE Philippines and South Korea are expected to sign cooperation deals on education, social security, fisheries and tourism during President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s visit there next week.

‘Korean Wave’ celebrity couple to split, fans mourn

SEOUL — South Korean actors Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are splitting up less than two years after their fairytale marriage, the couple said on Thursday, shocking fans across Asia.

Park Bo Gum’s feel good fan meet

By Cecille Santillan Visto Fan Meeting Review Park Bo Gum: May Your Everyday Be A Good Day June 22, SM MOA Arena PARK BO GUM’s May Your...

K-Pop stardom lures Japanese youth to Korea despite diplomatic chill

SEOUL — Yuuka Hasumi put high school in Japan on hold and flew to South Korea in February to try her chances at becoming a K-pop star, even if that means long hours of vocal and dance training, no privacy, no boyfriend, and even no phone.

Koreas discuss reunions for war-separated families

North and South Korea on Friday held Red Cross talks to discuss resuming reunions for families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the latest...

Winter wonderlandKorea gets ready to host the Winter Olympics

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor PYEONGCHANG — Thirty years after Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics, this town in Gangwon Province is getting ready to...

Taking in a bit of Korean culture

Text and photos by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor SEOUL — While most tourists flock to shooting locations of Korean dramas or shop for Korean...

Seeing Seoul with fresh eyes

By Cecille Santillan-Visto KOREA’s ability to offer new sites and experiences even to returning travelers is one of the main reasons it continues to draw...

Business Busan

By Cecille Santillan-Visto BUSAN may well be Korea’s land of festivals with unique celebrations for every season. From the Haeundae Sand Festival, Polar Bear Swim...

Eating their way across Philippines

THE INTERNATIONAL edition of the popular Korean program One Night Food Trip, will premiere on Oct. 10 on tvN and will feature an episode...

Korea’s ports are calling

MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music, beauty products, the hanbok, the...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was once known as a honeymoon destination for...

Wondrous Gangwon

There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the beaten track to discover some...

Wondrous Gangwon

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto There is more to Korea than Seoul. It takes only an adventurous spirit and a willingness to deviate from the...

Korea’s ports are calling

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto MENTION KOREA and images of its culture — both modern and traditional — are readily conjured. Korean pop music,...

Jeju island: a destination for nature lovers and K-pop fans

Text and Photos by Kristine Joy V. Patag JEJU ISLAND, SOUTH KOREA — Off the coast of the Korean peninsula is an island that was...

Korea targets conventioneers with hallyu and modern facilities

By Krista Angela M. Montealegre A quiet afternoon at the branch of coffee chain dal.komm in Incheon was interrupted by a busload of foreigners, hoping to...

A Senior in Seoul

Text and photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto Korea is popular for dramas, pop music, trendy fashion and makeup -- come-ons for young and the middle-aged tourists....

All the way to the (Music) Bank

By Cecille Santillan-Visto SEOUL -- There are several music television shows in Korea that pit K-pop groups against each other. If a band’s new work is...

Descendants of the Sun star is new face of Korea tourism

“CAPTAIN YOO SI-JIN” is officially the Korean Tourism Honorary Ambassador for 2016 and will feature in television commercials and various promotional activities for South...

Iloilo’s Dinagyang Festival gets Korean spice

Text and photos by Louine Hope U. Conserva ILOILO CITY’s annual Dinagyang Festival, held every fourth weekend of January, is similar to Cebu’s Sinulog and...

The next big thing in Korean beauty: muscles

SEOUL — Looks no longer center only on the face in beauty-obsessed South Korea, where more women are hitting the gym to improve muscle...

Kids Korea

Text and Photos by Cecille Santillan-Visto WHEN TRAVELING with kids overseas, there are three main factors to consider — enough interesting sites to visit and...