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Korean pop titans BTS conquers the West

Jun 15, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Worldwide success BTS is the first ever K-pop group to top music charts in America and Britain

B.I leaves K-pop group iKON after attempted illegal drug purchase

Jun 12, 2019 - 4:45 PM

'I am so ashamed and apologetic to fans who were greatly disappointed and hurt because of my wrong words and actions,' the group leader says

ANOTHER SCANDAL. iKON's leader leaves following reports be bought illegal drugs in 2016. File photo from iKON's official Facebook page

JaDine to star in Philippine remake of Korean flick ‘Spellbound’

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:17 PM

The love team is back on the big screen!

Photo by Jay Ganzon/Rappler

Netflix’s 'Arthdal Chronicles' isn’t your Korean 'Game of Thrones'

Jun 02, 2019 - 8:00 PM

'Perhaps there are similarities in the characters’ costumes or even the cinematography, but to accuse Arthdal Chronicles of being a copycat is quite a stretch'

Photo courtesy of Netflix

Soong Joong-ki, Jang Dong-gun, Kim Ji-won, Kim Ok-vin talk about their 'Arthdal Chronicles' characters

Jun 02, 2019 - 3:30 PM

The four Korean stars talk about their strong characters and how Korea's is unique and memorable

NOW ON NETFLIX. The world of Arthdal comes to life on 'Arthdal Chronicles.' Photo courtesy of Netflix

Here's why 'Arthdal Chronicles' is your next Netflix must-watch

Jun 01, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Learn more about the Netflix series here!

'ARTHDAL CHRONICLES.' Korea’s 'first ancient historical drama' will also stream on Netflix. Still courtesy of Netflix

WATCH: Seo Kang-jun talks about acting and why Korean dramas are so popular

Jun 01, 2019 - 7:57 AM

Rappler also asks the Korean actor how he likes to unwind, and the places he'd like to visit in the Philippines

DREAM ROLE? Korean actor Seo Kang-jun answers questions on acting and more in this quick interview. Rappler screenshot

Song-Song fans celebrate as Song Joong-ki talks about wife, Song Hye-kyo

May 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Their Song-Song hearts are happy!

Here's everything that happened at Seo Kang-jun's first PH fan meet

May 29, 2019 - 9:30 AM

All the fun and kilig details right here!

SEO KANG-JUN. Korean actor Seo Kang-jun sings for his Filipino fans during his fan meeting on May 25 at the New Frontier Theater. All photos from CDM Entertainment

If his life were a movie, Seo Kang-jun says it would be about a guy who tried his best

May 25, 2019 - 11:15 AM

The 25-year-old Korean actor, who is on his first Philippine visit, also says he's humbled by the thought that he's considered as an 'international star'

FIRST TIME. Korean actor Seo Kang-jun says it's his first time visiting the Philippines. Screengrab from Rappler video.

LOOK: 2NE1 members reunite to celebrate 10th anniversary

May 18, 2019 - 12:46 PM

'What’s up? We 2NE1!' CL, Sandara Park, Minzy, and Park Bom greet Blakcjacks as they mark the 10th anniversary of their iconic girl group

WATCH: BTS channels The Beatles in 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert'

May 16, 2019 - 2:49 PM

The K-pop sensation pays tribute to The Beatles in the same theater where the Fab Four made their US television debut

BEATLES TRIBUTE. K-pop sensation BTS isn't shying away from comparisons to The Beatles. Screenshot from The Late Show's Facebook page

Lee Sung-kyung is coming to Manila

May 14, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Lee Sung-kyung will be in Manila on July 27

PH SHORES. Lee Sung-kyoung is coming to Manila. Photo from her Instagram

BLACKPINK returns to Manila for meet and greet event in June 2019

May 10, 2019 - 7:54 PM

BLACKPINK in our area (again!)

K-pop group GOT7 to perform in Manila

May 08, 2019 - 12:19 PM

The 7 boys are returning to the Philippines for their ‘Keep Spinning 2019 World Tour'

Court grants bail to alleged mastermind in Jee Ick-joo case

May 07, 2019 - 6:02 PM

The Angeles City Regional Trial Court Branch 56 grants the petition for bail of Police Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Dumlao III, who was tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte himself as the mastermind in the kidnap-slay case

WILL FACE CHARGES. Police Superintendent Rafael Dumlao III swears to his affidavit during a hearing at the Department of Justice (DOJ) on March 1, 2017. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler.com

BTS is Top Group at 2019 Billboard Awards

May 02, 2019 - 11:14 AM

'This is all possible because of the little things we shared together,' RM tells BTS' loyal 'Army'

BILLBOARD WIN. K-pop sensation BTS at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards. Photo from Billboard's Twitter

Red Velvet headlines K-Pop World Music Festival 2019 in Manila

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:44 PM

NCT127, Sohee, Kim Dong-han, and Elris are also part of the concert happening on June 9 at the Mall of Asia Arena

Park Bo-gum postpones Manila fan meet due to recent earthquake

Apr 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

‘I’ll pray for the Philippines,’ the Korean actor says in a tweet

PARK BO GUM. The Korean actor announces the postponement of his scheduled fan meet in Manila. Screenshot from Twitter.com/BOGUMMY

Dingdong Dantes to star in 'Descendants of the Sun' Philippine adaptation

Apr 22, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Dingdong Dantes is set to play the male lead role, which was played by Korean actor Song Joong-ki in the original version

North Korea convenes top-level meeting over 'tense situation' – KCNA

Apr 10, 2019 - 10:50 PM

It comes ahead of the opening of the country's rubber stamp legislature on April 11

TOP-LEVEL MEETING. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has called a full meeting Wednesday, April 10, of a top committee of the ruling Workers' Party. File photo by KCNA/AFP

Scandal-hit Korean Air chairman dies at 70, shares soar

Apr 08, 2019 - 12:58 PM

The company says Cho 'died peacefully' in a Los Angeles hospital on Sunday but did not provide details about his cause of death

CHO YANG-HO. South Korea's flag carrier Korean Air chairman Cho Yang-ho speaks to the media as he arrives at the Seoul Southern District Prosecutors' Office for questioning over suspected tax evasion, in Seoul on June 28, 2018. File photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

K-pop group Twice to hold concert in Manila

Apr 08, 2019 - 10:28 AM

The K-pop group is coming in June

BTS to appear on 'Saturday Night Live' in April

Mar 15, 2019 - 11:26 AM

BTS meets SNL? We can't wait!

South Korean star Jung Joon-young also quits as K-pop sex scandal spreads

Mar 13, 2019 - 12:22 PM

'I admit to all my crimes,' Korean star Jung Joon-young says after announcing his immediate retirement

FIRST LOOK: 'Kingdom' season 2

Mar 04, 2019 - 7:02 PM

Ready for more scares and intrigue?

Image courtesy of Netflix

Korean celeb couple Kim Tae-hee and Rain expecting second child

Feb 27, 2019 - 11:20 AM

Congratulations to the soon-to-be parents of two!

Seo Kang-jun is coming to Manila

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:28 PM

Will you be coming out to see him?

HELLO, MANILA. The 'Entourage' start is coming our way! Image courtesy of CDM Entertainment

Korean War could be declared over at Hanoi summit – Seoul

Feb 25, 2019 - 5:26 PM

'I believe that the possibility is there,' says Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesperson for South Korean President Moon Jae-in

INTER-KOREAN SUMMIT. North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) shakes hands with South Korea's President Moon Jae-in (R) at the Military Demarcation Line. Photo from AFP/Korea Summit Press Pool

'Nut rage' Korean Air heiress accused of child abuse by husband

Feb 21, 2019 - 7:34 PM

The husband, surnamed Park, is suing Cho Hyun-ah 'for child abuse and inflicting of bodily injury, among other things'

NEW ACCUSATION. In this file photo, former Korean Air executive Cho Hyun-Ah is surrounded by journalists after she received a suspended jail sentence and was freed by a Seoul appeals court in Seoul on May 22, 2015, after she had been jailed for a year in February for disrupting a flight in a rage over macadamia nuts. Photo by Jung Yeon-je/AFP

'Pyongyang not the enemy': South Koreans fed up with military service

Feb 20, 2019 - 5:04 PM

Almost all able-bodied South Korean men are obliged to fulfill sentry duties, often in remote locations along the heavily militarized border.

This picture taken on January 14, 2019 shows South Korean soldiers (R) checking new military conscripts during an induction ceremony at the army training centre in Nonsan. US President Donald Trump is due to meet the North's Kim Jong Un in Hanoi for a high-profile summit to make progress on denuclearisation of the peninsula, and a possible peace treaty. If that happens, the future of the South's controversial conscription system -- which forces recruits to serve for months in often remote locations along the militarised border -- will likely be up for debate.  Jung Yeon-je / AFP

Korean tourist arrested in Pampanga for grave coercion

Feb 09, 2019 - 3:02 PM

(UPDATED) Kim Yooshik and two other Koreans residing in Angeles City allegedly tried to threaten an Angeles City bar owner to turn over her business to them

EXO’s Kai is reportedly in Cebu, posts photos on Instagram

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:28 PM

The K-pop star shares photos that appear to be taken in Cebu

TOURIST. EXO's Kai has been spotted in Cebu. Screenshot from Instagram.com/zkdlin

Abe vows Kim meeting to 'break shell of mutual distrust'

Jan 28, 2019 - 2:31 PM

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe promises to meet with North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and restore diplomatic relations between the two countries

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers a policy speech at the start of the extraordinary Diet session in Tokyo on January 28, 2019. (Photo by Martin BUREAU / AFP)

Binge-worthy: Netflix's new K-drama, ‘Kingdom’

Jan 25, 2019 - 4:00 PM

The zombie historical K-drama offers lots of political intrigue, visceral horror, and jaw-dropping cinematography, but major cliffhangers hinder the series

GENRE-BENDING. Netflix's 'Kingdom' combines the thrills of a zombie story with the lush romance of a historical K-drama. Photo courtesy of Netflix

The BTS boys are being turned into dolls

Jan 08, 2019 - 11:43 AM

Toy manufacturer Mattel has announced an upcoming official doll line featuring all 7 BTS members!

North Korea defectors' details leaked in hacking

Dec 28, 2018 - 6:23 PM

The recent data breach is the first large scale hacking of North Korean defectors' personal information, affecting nearly a thousand

HACKED. About a thousand North Korean defectors are in danger of potential threats from the North after the recent hacking. File photo from Shutterstock

'Home Sweetie Home' apologizes for dialogue on Super Junior

Dec 23, 2018 - 1:21 PM

'We intended to establish their seniority, but we admit that we should have used better terms to say it,' says Home Sweetie Home in a Facebook post

SUJU DIALOGUE. Filipino sitcom 'Home Sweetie Home' apologizes for dialogue about K-pop group Super Junior. Screenshot from the show

K-pop's BTS 'worth $3.6 billion a year' to South Korea

Dec 18, 2018 - 5:46 PM

The boyband's contribution to their country's economy is worth 26 mid-size companies

NATIONAL TREASURES. BTS is expected to generate an economic value in the trillions if they maintain their popularity. Photo from Facebook.com/bangtan.official

North Korea warns U.S. sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

Dec 17, 2018 - 9:29 AM

North Korea's warning on Sunday, December 16, comes days after the US said it was imposing sanctions on 3 senior North Korean officials over human rights abuses

DENUCLEARIZATION. US President Donald Trump file photo by Saul Loeb/AFP. Kim Jong-un file photo by KCNA via KNS/AFP

'Memories of the Alhambra' is your next Netflix K-drama obsession

Dec 03, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The latest Korean drama stars Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye

NEW K-DRAMA. AR meets K-drama in this new Netflix offering. Photo courtesy of Netflix

Park Bo-gum is coming to Manila in 2019

Nov 27, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The South Korean heartthrob is making his much-awaited visit this April!

Momoland to stage free concert in Ilocos Sur

Nov 27, 2018 - 4:33 PM

Want to catch Momoland live – and for free? It's time to plan a trip to Ilocos Sur.

MOMOLAND RETURNS. K-pop group Momoland at a press conference in Taguig City on August 17, 2018. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Lee Jong-suk talks about his dramas, aegyo, and more during PH fan meet

Nov 24, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Here's what went down at Lee Jong-suk's fan meeting in Manila!

LEE JONG-SUK. The 'While You Were Sleeping' actor meets his Filipino fans on November 18 at the Araneta Coliseum. Photo by Jam Aguilus/Rappler

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

Prices, top picks: Innisfree in the Philippines

Nov 22, 2018 - 3:52 PM

Budget-conscious K-beauty fans, don't worry — there are A+ Innisfree products available for every budget

IN PHOTOS: K-beauty brand Innisfree's first Manila store

Nov 22, 2018 - 2:02 PM

Your favorite Korean roadshop brand is finally in Philippine shores

What you need to know about DepEd's foreign language electives

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:17 PM

The education department says its Special Program in Foreign Language 'aims to enhance the ability of learners to engage in meaningful interaction in a linguistically and culturally diverse global workplace'

Momoland coming back to Manila

Nov 19, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Get ready to go 'BAAM' and 'BBoom BBoom' once again

WELCOME BACK. K-pop group Momoland is set to come back to the Philippines in 2019. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

North Korea defector soldier is general's son – Japan newspaper

Nov 19, 2018 - 4:56 PM

Oh Chong-song's dramatic dash across the border at the Panmunjeom truce village in the DMZ – under fire from his comrades – made global headlines last year

(FILES) This file image of a screengrab made from video footage released by the United Nations Command on November 22, 2017 shows a North Korea defector running out from a vehicle at the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The North Korean soldier who defected to the South in a hail of bullets last year is a general's son but says most Northerners of his age have no loyalty to Kim Jong Un, according to a Japanese newspaper on November 19, 2018. HANDOUT / UNITED NATIONS COMMAND / AFP