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  • In the Philippines, Yoon Eun Hye is arguably the most admired and recognized Korean actress, thanks to the success of her dramas.

    A former member of the successful girl group Baby V.O.X., Yoon Eun Hye has reinvented herself to become one of Korea's top stars, a ratings queen and one of the most powerful celebrities in Korean entertainment.

    Get to know more about the fascinating Yoon Eun Hye to better understand her unmistakable charm.

    Acting prowess

    In 2006, Yoon Eun Hye landed a pivotal role as Shin Chae Gyung in "The Princess Hours."

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    Fans of the popular manhwa or comic novel were initially opposed to her casting. But Eun Hye went on to win their hearts with her praiseworthy performance as the awkward yet lovable princess. The role made her into a household name.

    Her follow-up drama "The Vineyard Man" did not do as well because of tough competition. Yet Eun Hye continued to reap accolades, winning best new actress in the KBS Drama Awards.

    But perhaps her most memorable role was in

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  • Hallyu superstar Lee Min Ho ("Boys over Flowers," "City Hunter") delighted the Filipino fans who call themselves Minoz during his  one-hour fan meeting on Nov. 16, 2012 at the Araneta Coliseum.

    Lee Min Ho, the quintessential hot young Korean actor, did not disappoint the thousands of Filipino fans who waited in long lines, some as early as the night before, to catch a glimpse and spend some precious moments with their favorite Korean star.

    Lee Min Ho, known for his exemplary acting talents and undeniable good looks, is the new image model for Philippine lifestyle brand Bench which celebrates its 25th year anniversary this year.

    Read: Lee Min Ho's most memorable roles

    During the Benchsetter Fun Meet  hosted by Sam Oh, the Hallyu star answered selected questions that fans had tweeted through the Bench official Twitter account.

    Fans asked about:

    • Favorite food. He loves the Korean stews his mother prepares.
    • The first thing he does in the morning. Feed his dog, Choco.•
    • What he likes to
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  • K-Pop fans rejoice! The year 2013 will start off with a big K-Pop bang!

    Rumors have been circulating for months and finally, there is a confirmation. Happee Sy of Pulp Live! recently tweeted: "Lineup for Dream Kpop Fantasy: Girls Generation, EXO K&M, Infinite, U-KISS, Tasty, Tahiti. Date: Jan. 19, 2013. Venue: SM MOA Open Grounds."

    This is definitely a dream come true for many K-Pop fans, especially as Girls Generation, EXO and Infinite will be performing in the country for the first time.

    Want to know more about who's coming? Read on!

    Girls' Generation

    Girls' Generation, also known as Sonyeo Shidae, is a superstar K-Pop idol group managed by SM Entertainment (Super Junior, SHINee). Girls Generation has 9 members, namely Taeyeon, Jessica, Tiffany, Sunny, Hyoyeon, Seohyun, Sooyoung, Yuri and Yoona. These girls don't just sing, they also dance, act, model and host. Some of their top hits include "Gee," "Genie," "Oh," "Mr. Taxi," "Hoot," "Run Devil Run," and "The Boys."

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    Girls'

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  • Sandara Park (SportsKorea)

    Last Oct. 24, Filipino K-Pop fans were blown away by phenomenal Hallyu superstars Big Bang in an unforgettable concert at the Mall of Asia Arena. What the fans didn't anticipate was the arrival of another K-Pop superstar, Sandara Park of Hallyu group 2NE1, who flew in to support her YG Entertainment labelmates.

    Sandara Park, also known as Dara, holds a special place in the hearts of many Filipino K-Pop fans. Having lived in the Philippines with her family from 1994 to 2007, Park is comfortable with Pinoy culture and fluent in the language.

    In 2004, after placing second to Hero Angeles in ABS-CBN's "Star Circle Quest" reality talent competition, she launched a successful entertainment career, until 2007, when it was revealed to a stunned public that she would be part of a new girl group, 2NE1, that would go on to become a runaway K-Pop success.

    Unannounced visit to Manila
    Park flew into Manila virtually unannounced on Oct. 23 She teased fans with a tweet at 5:38 a.m. of the same day,

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  • Hallyu superstar Big Bang graced the Philippines recently for the Manila stop of their BigBang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012. VIPs, the name of Big Bang fans, flocked to the Mall of Asia Arena on Oct. 24 to witness the K-Pop concert of the year as G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung and Seungri performed for thousands of VIPs.

    Recently, I shared Part 1 of my Top 10  Big Bang Manila concert moments. Here's the second half of my  list.

    >>> See photos of the Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012  in Manila

    5. Taeyang: The Dancing Dynamo. The dancing prowess of Taeyang is legendary among Big Bang fans.  Witnessing his energy and dynamism up close is a completely different experience. From start to finish, Taeyang amazed fans as he swayed, swagged, popped and tumbled (twice!) for all his VIPs to behold. His solo performances which included "Look Only at Me" and "Wedding Dress" made Taeyang's amazing talents shine even more.

    Check out this video of Taeyang dancing and popping during the concert.

    4.

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  • Park Jeong-su, better known to K-Pop fans as Leeteuk, charismatic leader of Hallyu group Super Junior, enlisted in the military on Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

    For months, Leeteuk's enlistment was highly anticipated by Korean and international ELFs, as Super Junior's fans are known. The charming singer/host announced early 2012 that he would be enlisting in the military before the end of 2012. This announcement prepared his fans accordingly, bidding farewell during Super Junior's sojourns around the Asian region, promising to stay strong and deliver better music upon his release in 2014.

    Leeteuk's easy-going and talkative nature made him a delight on television. Best-known for replacing Kang Ho Dong as the host of "Star King," Leeteuk was also the regular host of the radio show "Super Junior's 'Kiss the Radio,'" with Super Junior's principal dancer Eunhyuk. Leeteuk was also a regular guest on "Strong Heart," where he presents the special segment, "Teukigayo," alongside Eunhyuk and

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  • K-Pop blue bloods Big Bang staged their BigBang Alive Galaxy Tour concert in the Philippines on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

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    After years of waiting to see G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Daesung and Seungri perform in the flesh, Filipino fans called VIPs finally saw their idols in a concert they will cherish for a long time.

    The show was a fantastic mix of music, visuals, dance, fan service, and shared energy that it is a challenge to remember everything. The K-Pop kings performed close to 30 songs from their deep discography. The performancs were made more awesome by the huge, galaxy-themed stage and backdrops and of course, the fantastic (and I mean, FANTASTIC) fashion. Big Bang truly knows how to make their VIPs scream with delight.

    So, for all VIPs out there who want to keep the memory of that evening alive, here are my Top 10  favorite moments from the concert:

    >> To view photos of the Manila Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour stop,

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  • K-Pop royalty Big Bang arrived in Manila from Taipei on October 22 and the VIPs, Big Bang fans, are going crazy.

    Filipino VIPs warmly welcomed Big Bang members G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P., Seungri and Daesung at the airport complete with a huge banner and a major Twitter party. The hashtag #MABUHAYBIGBANG trended not just in the Philippines but also the world. The Big Bang Alive Galaxy Concert in Manila is set for October 24 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

    There is no doubt that fans are excited to see Big Bang in action as news about the awesome concert has circulated over the Internet in the past few months.

    Big Bang initially kicked-off their global tour, "BIGBANG ALIVE GALAXY TOUR 2012," in Korea where they played for more than 30,000 fans, with three shows selling out instantly.  They stormed Japan playing 13 sold out shows for more than 210,000 fans and made history in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Beijing with 3 shows and more than 32,000 tickets sold. Recently, news broke out that Big

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  • Lee Min Ho (SportsKorea)Korean superstar, actor Lee Min Ho, best known for his roles as Gu Jun Pyo in "Boys Over Flowers," Jeon Jin Ho in "Personal Preference"  and Lee Yoon Sung in "City Hunter," will be coming to Manila in November and Filipino Minoz, as his fans are called, are going crazy!

    Lee Min Ho, who is currently starring as Choi Young in his latest drama "Faith," will be coming to the country for a grand fan meeting at the Araneta Coliseum on Nov. 16. The actor, known for his remarkable good looks, undeniable acting talent and perfect career moves, is the latest addition to the roster of high-profile celebrity endorsers of Philippine lifestyle brand Bench which celebrates its 25th year anniversary this year.

    Lee Min Ho joins Super Junior members Siwon and Donghae as brand representatives for Bench, which created the Twitter hashtag #GlobalBenchsetter for this campaign. Given the grand scale of this fan meeting, the last Bench-sponsored fan event, a Trinoma mall affair featuring Siwon and Donghae and

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  • Members of South Korean boy band Super Junior perform onstage during the 2012 Gangnam Festival on October 7, 2012 in Seoul, South Korea. (Photo by Han Myung-Gu/WireImage)Thousands of Everlasting Friends or ELFs, the official name of Super Junior fans, are set to gather at the SMX Convention Center Function Room 4 for the First Philippine SJ Convention.

    Super Junior, the undisputed top K-Pop idol group in the Philippines, holds the distinction of being the first K-Pop artist to reach gold status in the country with their album "Sorry, Sorry." Their follow-up release "Bonamana" went gold within 10 days.

    The First Philippine SJ Convention is organized by Super Junior United, a conglomerate of various Super Junior fan clubs in the Philippines. The group has organized many successful fan gatherings in the past including the SJRace (2009), SJUniversity (2009), SJPX2:Repackaged (2010), SJXpress (2010), and SJPremiere (2011).

    Super Junior United is also known for its creative booths during the Philippine K-Pop Convention most notably the ELF Zone. However, with the growth of their community, they decided a convention was in order.

    For fans eager to hang and

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