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Park Bo-gum, Park So-dam, and Byeon Woo-seok's newest series will stream on Netflix

Jun 01, 2020 - 11:20 AM

The new series will premiere outside of South Korea via Netflix

UPCOMING SHOW. Park So-dam, Park Bo-gum, and Byeon Woo-seok will star in 'Record of Youth.' Photo via Netflix/courtesy of each talent's management

Breaking news and barriers: South Korea's first main female anchor

Feb 19, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Lee So-jeong, news anchor of South Korea's national public broadcaster 'News 9' bulletin, breaks a decades-old boys' club in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated

This picture taken on February 6, 2020 shows South Korean news anchor Lee So-jeong attending a rehearsal of a primetime newscast at KBS, South Korea's national public broadcaster, in Seoul. Five times a week, Lee So-jeong is beamed into living rooms across the country leading its "News 9" bulletin, after she shattered a decades-old glass ceiling in a society that is technologically and economically advanced, but still culturally male-dominated. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

'Crash Landing On You' finale clocks highest viewership ratings in channel's history

Feb 17, 2020 - 9:58 AM

It even beat out the finale ratings for 'Goblin,' which also aired on tvN

HIT SERIES. 'Crash Landing On You' breaks records in South Korea. Photo courtesy of Netflix

'Running Man' is coming to Manila in 2020

Dec 30, 2019 - 12:16 PM

Manila is the show's first stop in 2020

RUNNING MAN. The show comes to Manila in 2020. Screengrab from Happee Hour on YouTube

Jung Yong-hwa of CNBLUE to perform in Manila

Dec 07, 2019 - 11:28 AM

CNBLUE's lead vocalist Jung Yong-hwa is returning to the Philippines for a solo concert in March 2020

Alternate lives: Korean orphans' quests for answers

Aug 24, 2019 - 12:30 PM

International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to local mothers and American GI fathers, from a country that emphasized ethnic homogeneity

This picture taken on July 31, 2019 shows Korean-American adoptee Glenn Morey during an interview with AFP at an exhibition hall for his latest film project on adoption in South Korea, Side x Side, in Seoul. International adoption from South Korea began after the Korean War as a way to remove mixed-race children, born to Korean mothers and American GI fathers, from an ethnically homogenous country with widespread racism. More recently the main driver has been babies born to unmarried women, who still face stigmatisation in a patriarchal society. Jung Yeon-je / AFP

North Korea fires short-range missiles in latest provocation

Jul 25, 2019 - 8:12 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Seoul's National Security Office of the presidential Blue House says both of the two missiles are 'analyzed' to be 'new type of short-range ballistic missiles'

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South Korean cult leader jailed for raping followers

Nov 22, 2018 - 9:01 PM

Pastor Lee Jaerock's victims were 'unable to resist as they were subject to the accused's absolute religious authority,' says a judge of the Seoul Central District Court

ARRESTED.South Korean Pastor Lee Jaerock arrives at the Seoul Central District Court to attend his trial in Seoul on November 22, 2018. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

Netflix's 'Kingdom' gets 2nd season go – even before 1st season airs

Nov 08, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Looks like the entertainment giant is more than confident about the success of this South Korean original

SOON ON NETFLIX. 'Kingdom' from South Korea get a 2nd season nod – even before the 1st season premieres. Still courtesy of Netflix

Seoul deploys warship to Libya after South Korean, Filipinos kidnapped

Aug 02, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Munmu the Great is now on its way to Libya to secure the release of 3 Filipino engineers and a South Korean who were abducted in an attack on a water project site in western Libya on July 6

Sistar's Hyolyn is coming to Manila for ToyCon 2018

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:57 AM

The Korean singer is performing on June 9

Roger Federer makes 7th Aussie final as Chung Hyeon retires

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:05 PM

This is Federer's 7th Australian Open final as he chases his 6th Melbourne title and a record 20th Grand Slam victory

FINALS AGAIN. Switzerland's Roger Federer waves after South Korea's Chung Hyeon retired from their men's singles semi-finals match on day 12 of the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 26, 2018. Photo by  William West/AFP

Koreans in Pampanga arrested for credit card fraud

Nov 21, 2017 - 4:44 PM

A local court in Angeles City also orders the confiscation of computers used to access the credit card information of Koreans and Chinese people abroad

OPERATORS. CIDG Pampanga operatives seize computer units and other gadgets from 3 residential units occupied by South Koreans in Angeles City on November 20, 2017. Also in photo are some of the Filipino 'computer operators' working for the Koreans. Contributed photo

South Korean president elated that Filipinos love Korean culture

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Filipinos riding the 'Korean wave' help improve ties between the Philippines and his country, says South Korean President Moon Jae-In

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and South Korean President Moon Jae-in pose for a photo prior to the start of the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

FA50 fighter jets grounded after air strike mishap in Marawi

Jul 13, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Air strikes will continue using the other aircraft of the Philippine Air Force

Armed Forces of the Philippines Spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla announces that the government forces have already taken control of Marawi City during a press briefing at the New Executive Building, Malacañang Complex, Manila on May 29, 2017. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. returns looted royal seals to South Korea

Jul 01, 2017 - 4:16 PM

This marks the 3rd time that Washington has returned South Korean treasures

ROYAL SEALS. This picture taken on June 30, 2017 and released by South Korea's Cultural Heritage Administration via Yonhap shows Kim Yeon-Soo (L), director of the National Palace Museum of Korea, and South Korean lawmaker An Min-Suk (C) posing with Thomas Homan (R), acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, during a handover ceremony of two ancient Korean royal seals at South Korea's Embassy in Washington. Photo by Yonhap/AFP

10 public high schools in Metro Manila to offer Korean language this year

Jun 23, 2017 - 9:48 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones says it would be good for Filipino students to continue the tradition of knowing about Korea

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Koreans arrested in PH over Interpol red notices

Apr 03, 2017 - 5:13 PM

Police arrest 3 South Koreans – two for fraud cases back in their home country and another for violating the Philippines immigration laws

INTERPOL NOTICES. PNP chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media 3 Korean nationals arrested by Philippine police. Photo courtesy of the PNP PIO

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Mar 27, 2017 - 9:24 PM

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Mar 21, 2017 - 7:55 PM

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Korean vs Korean in Pampanga? Cops say yes

Mar 06, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The Pampanga police file a criminal complaint against Jung Young Hun before an Angeles prosecutor

KIDNAPPING CHARGES. Jung Young Hun alias 'Tomas' was last publicly visible on January 31, 2017 when he attended the case conference with investigators as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Aguirre: 'Korean mafia' could be behind Jee Ick Joo slay

Feb 23, 2017 - 2:46 PM

Citing information he received from an unnamed former NBI official Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II claims that some people in the South Korean embassy are already compromised by this Korean mafia


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Feb 23, 2017 - 10:59 AM

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LIVE: Senate hearing on 'tokhang for ransom'

Feb 23, 2017 - 7:52 AM

South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo reportedly was a victim of tokhang for ransom and died in the hands of the Philippine police

Kidnapping, robbery charges eyed vs Korean tipster in Pampanga

Feb 08, 2017 - 5:34 PM

The Korean tipster gets a 10 cut from illegal police operations says the Central Luzon police chief

TIPSTER? Thomas Jung, the Korean identified by Central Luzon Police as working with scalawag cops, attends the case conference with investigators on Tuesday, January 31, to file his statements as a witness. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler

Jee Ick Joo memorial to be held inside Camp Crame

Feb 03, 2017 - 7:14 PM

Philippine and Korean officials will attend the memorial at the headquarters of the Philippine National Police where the Korean businessman was killed by cops

CAMP CRAME. The headquarters of the Philippine National Police. File photo

LIVE: Senate hearing on Korean businessman slay

Jan 26, 2017 - 12:54 PM

South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo reportedly died in the hands of the Philippine police

Angeles City police chief axed over men’s crimes vs Koreans

Jan 25, 2017 - 6:00 PM

When the Koreans were victimized by extortionist cops there was no official in the station City police director Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor lacked in supervision

LACKING IN SUPERVISION. Senior Superintendent Sidney Villaflor has been relieved as Angeles City police director for his men's extortion activities against Koreans in Angeles City, Pampanga. He is on floating status. Contributed photo

WATCH: Koreans in Angeles City appear unfazed after kidnapping-murder case

Jan 25, 2017 - 3:58 PM

For a Korean businessman based in Angeles City the laid back life in the Philippines is still a better choice than high octane South Korea

Important to punish Korean's murderers, U.S. envoy says

Jan 25, 2017 - 12:25 AM

This is a horrible case of a South Korean businessperson being murdered US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim says

'HORRIBLE CASE.' US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim on January 24, 2017, stresses the need to punish the murderers of a South Korean businessman in the Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

[Newspoint] Murder in the cathedral

Jan 23, 2017 - 11:34 AM

Why this brazenness why this air of impunity why this roguery?

DILG's Sueno on Korean's murder: Heads to roll

Jan 21, 2017 - 7:56 PM

Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno also says We will not let these few rotten members of the PNP undermine the gains of the anti illegal drugs drive particularly Oplan TokHang

'HEADS WILL ROLL.' Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno vows to hold perpetrators accountable over the murder of South Korean businessman Jee Ick Joo. File photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

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South Korean scandal widens as two presidential aides arrested

Nov 06, 2016 - 1:19 PM

The two former aides of South Korean President Park Geun Hye are accused of helping Choi Soon Sil Park s friend and the center of the political scandal that hit the country

Uganda switches sides, dumping North Korea for South

May 30, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The declaration comes after a meeting between Uganda s President Yoweri Museveni and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun Hye

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (R) drinks a toast with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L) meet at State House in Entebbe, on May 29, 2016. Museveni vowed to cut military and security ties with North Korea in line with UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, a Seoul official said on May 29.  / AFP PHOTO / -

First South Korean wins Man Booker International Prize

May 17, 2016 - 11:25 PM

Author Han Kang is splitting her prize money with her translator who only taught herself Korean 3 years before

FIRST SOUTH KOREAN WINNER. Author Han Kang from South Korea poses for photographs after being announced the winner of the 'Man Booker International Prize 2016' with the fiction novel 'The Vegetarian.' Photo by Hannah McKay/EPA

Giant pandas from China arrive in South Korea

Mar 03, 2016 - 4:55 PM

A female panda named Aibao and a male panda named Lebao get a red carpet welcome in Seoul

A panda named as Lebao (pleasant treasure) is seen during a welcoming ceremony for a pair of giant pandas born in China, at a cargo terminal of the Incheon International Airport, west of Seoul, on March 3, 2016. A pair of giant pandas, a state gift to South Korea from Chinese President Xi Jinping, arrived in Seoul on March 3 to a red-carpet welcome. AFP PHOTO / JUNG YEON-JE / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE

North Korea likens South's president to an 'ugly bat'

Mar 02, 2016 - 6:10 PM

Pyongyang again launches a vitriolic attack on South Korean President Park Geun Hye

epa05174619 South Korean President Park Geun-hye speaks during a regular meeting with her top aides at the presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul, South Korea, 22 February 2016. Park called on officials to ensure the safety of South Koreans, citing North Korea's possible terror attacks against the South. EPA/YONHAP SOUTH KOREA OUT

North Korea's Kim Jong-Un calls for more rocket launches

Feb 19, 2016 - 12:51 PM

The advance toward space is North Korea s strategic goal says North Korean leader Kim Jong Un

MORE ROCKET LAUNCHES. An undated file picture released by the Rodong Sinmun, the newspaper of North Korea's ruling Workers Party, shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un observing a multiple-rocket launching drill at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo by Rodong Sinmun/EPA

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PH peso 2nd least volatile Asian currency so far in 2015

Jul 14, 2015 - 11:44 PM

The peso has moved within acceptable range despite the Greek bailout and China’s stock market collapse

'Screen South Korean tourists amid MERS threat'

Jun 08, 2015 - 6:56 PM

Valenzuela Representative Sherwin Gatchalian says the Philippines Department of Health should learn from their poor screening of passengers during the Ebola virus scare in 2014

SCHOOLS CLOSED. Hundreds of schools in South Korea have been closed to prevent the spread of the MERS virus. A Philippine congressman urges authorities to strictly screen tourists and students who are coming from the Southeast Asian neighbor. File photo by Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

N. Korea says successfully test-fired underwater ballistic missile

May 09, 2015 - 10:06 AM

Development of a submarine launched missile capability would take the North Korean nuclear threat to a new level allowing deployment far beyond the Korean peninsula

Parents of S. Korean ferry victims complete marathon protest march

Apr 05, 2015 - 7:21 PM

Almost a year after relatives of the victims demand an independent investigation into what caused the fatal disaster

In this file photo, South Korean Coast Guard officers conduct a last-minute rescue operation around the sunken ferry Sewol at sea off Jindo Island in the southwestern province of South Jeolla, South Korea, 16 April 2014. Yonhap/EPA

New year mishaps, AirAsia update, 'thriftier' Filipinos | The wRap

Jan 01, 2015 - 8:35 PM

China stampede fire in Philippines greet 2015 Relatives of AirAsia crash victims give DNA samples to help identify bodies in Indonesia A study shows Filipinos were thriftier in 2014

Filipino fatalities in Bering Sea boat mishap now 5 – DFA

Dec 11, 2014 - 4:25 PM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says it is arranging the repatriation of the 3 Filipino survivors of the South Korean boat sinking off the coast of Russia

STILL MISSING. 7 Filipino crewmembers on the Oriong-501 South Korean fishing vessel are still missing 4 days after the tragedy. File photo from Yonhap/AFP