Korean culture fan book, tackling the growth of Hallyu (Korean wave) specifically in
the Philippines, is finally available from ABS-CBN Books, and we’re excited to
get our hands on them!
The book, titled Hello Hallyu, is
authored by Aya Villa-Real, a certified fangirl herself and co-founder of company
FanLive, which brings in Asian and Korean acts in the country. She shares, “I
have been into K-Pop and K-culture since I was in high school, and that interest
became a huge part of my career as well. So sharing my experiences with newer
fans and the fans who have been here for a while was really important because
some of us did go through a lot before Hallyu became popular just like how we
know it now. Writing Hello Hallyu
really made me realize how far Hallyu has gotten big in the Philippines and
also how the community and fans were vital in its growth.”
Hello Hallyu does not only dive deep into the history and evolution of K-Drama and
K-Pop in the Philippines, but also showcases fan content of our favorite Hallyu stars. That’s why it’s available in four different covers for
fans to showcase who they stan.
Here are the
Korean artists featured on the book's covers as well as those that are included inside Hello Hallyu:
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Park Bo-gum debuted in thriller film Blind (2011) as Dong-hyun, the younger brother of the main lead.
Park Bo-gum is extremely talented! He showcased his hosting and singing talents via the music variety show “Music Band” in 2015 with Red Velvet’s Irene, which earned him the Best Newcomer award at the KBS Entertainment Awards.
But his biggest mainstream break was through the K-Drama “Love in the Moonlight,” where he starred as protagonist Crown Prince Lee Yeong. The drama aired in South Korea in 2016, and then was acquired by ABS-CBN in 2017.
Because of the success of “Love in the Moonlight,” Park Bo-gum returned on the small screen in 2018 with Song Hye-kyo in “Encounter” as Kim Jin-hyuk. “Encounter” is one of the highest-rated dramas in Korean cable television history, and was also aired by ABS-CBN in 2019.
Momoland was formed under MLD Entertainment in 2016 through the reality show “Finding Momoland.” The original members of the group are Ahin, Daisy, Hyebin, Jane, JooE, Nancy, Nayun, Taeha, and Yeonwoo.
The group’s very first hit was “Bboom Bboom,” which won Momoland their first music show award on MNET M and made them the very first girl group to earn a Platinum Certification on the Gaon Music Chart.
Finally, in October 2019, Momoland signed a contract with ABS-CBN for future projects. It was announced that their member, Nancy McDonie, will star with James Reid in an upcoming series titled “The Soulmate Project.”
Noir debuted under LUK Factory’s management on April 9, 2018 with the album “Twenty’s Noir.” The group has nine members: Daewon, Hoyeon, Junyong, Minhyuk, Siha, Siheon, Seunghoon, Yeonkuk, and Yunsung.
Noir first visited Manila on December 21, 2018 for “Action Noir Tour 2018 in Manila.” They were also inaugurated as Gangwon Province’s ambassadors during the Philippines Association of Gangwon Province Founding and Sponsoring Night.
When EXO debuted with 12 members back in 2012, they were one of the biggest boy groups. Exo-K and Exo-M first came out together with the single “Mama,” which won them the Best New Asian Group at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
In 2013, Exo-K and Exo-M finally started promoting their first studio album, “XOXO,” together, unlike “Mama” which was promoted separately in South Korea and China. “XOXO,” which contained their first major hit “Growl,” sold over 1 million copies and was their breakthrough commercial success.
EXO’s first headlining tour in 2014, "Exo from Exoplanet 1 – The Lost Planet," was so successful that tickets for the concert sold out in a whopping 1.47 seconds, breaking the record for the quickest concert sell-out by a Korean artist.
In 2016, EXO began its worldwide domination, breaking record after record of album and concert ticket sales. Their single “Monster” hit number one on the Billboard World Digital Songs chart, and was shortly followed by “Lotto.” Their studio album Ex’Act also sold over 1.17 million copies, earning them the title of "triple million sellers" from the media.
In 2018, their single “Power” became the very first K-pop song to play at The Dubai Fountain at Burj Khalifa Lake, Dubai. They also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with K-pop singer-songwriter CL.
EXO is now officially one of the most successful Korean boy bands worldwide. They’ve ranked as one of the top 5 most influential celebrities on the Forbes Korea Power Celebrity List each year from 2014 to 2018, and they have been dubbed as the Biggest Boyband in the World and the Kings of K-Pop by several media outlets.
EXO’s latest studio album was released on November 27, 2019, with the title “Obsession.” This year, the group reunited to give their leader Suho one last send off as he enlisted in the military. Chanyeol, Chen, and Baekhyun are also expected to be called to begin their service this year.
author, Aya Villa-Real, as she hosts Hello Hallyu! LIVE on May 28, Thursday, 1
p.m., to officially launch the fan book. Aya will be joined by representatives from the Philippine
Noir and EXO fan clubs, and PKCI, the organization behind the biggest Korean
convention in the Philippines.