What Happened During the Korean Festival 2014 in Iloilo?

Korean Festival Week celebration started from September 22-26. From Monday to Friday, a lot of stuff were prepared inside SM City Iloilo to let Ilonggo’s experience the beauty of Korean culture with the showcase of food, arts, talents and fashion.

Iloilo Kpop Organization helped in the showcase of talents with two contests on September 25th. The program started with an opening TROT number. Trot means “folk song” or songs of Koreans during the early 1910s to the 70s.

The emcees Dasmille Buendia and Iveca Ignacio (Iloilo Kpop Organization Staff) also wore their simply-made Hanbok (Korean Traditional Costume) to create a mix of tradition and modernization.


The first contest was the second season of The Search for the Next Super Idol, which has lesser contestants this year than last year due to the schedule of the event, which is a Thursday. It was held on a Saturday last year.

The contestants were:
Nikka covering N of VIXX
Nikka N

Blanche as CL of 2ne1

Blache CL

Crizza as Hyuna of 4minute

Crizza Hyuna

Marc as Taeyang of BIGBANG

Marc Taeyang

The second contest was entitled WHO IS NEXT: KPOP DANCE COVER BATTLE. There were 7 competing groups of girls and boys. There was a twist in their performance. They need to incorporate a first generation idol or a trot song in their performances. Once again, that is to emphasize the mixture of tradition and modernization.

Efix as f(x) – lacking Sulli – dancing to RED LIGHT

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Beat By Arts as Best Absolute Perfect (B.A.P) dancing to ANGEL 1004.

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C2K as BESTie dancing to HOT BABY

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Project A as SECRET dancing to I’m in Love

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SPICE covering SPICA


Flair giving Happiness as Red Velvet

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GeeDee with Girls Generation’s Mr.Mr.

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The two contests were judged by Sherin Ashtrid Hidayat the president of University of the Philippines Visayas Rhapsody, and a stage actress from Prima Galaw who protrayed Kim of Miss Saigon and Ariel of Little Mermaid;  Carmel Calzar, former Taeyeon cover artist and a member of Philippines’ first Girls Generation cover group TuhTuh Girls; David Quioge, the leader of Iloilo Kpop Organization’s first cover boy group, Kakkoi Boys; and the chief judge was Abz Pajemolin also known as DJuke, who is a well-known hiphop artist in Iloilo and won last year season of the Search for the Ultimate Super Idol as Jay Park.

Blanche Salarda who portrayed the Baddest Female CL won the Search for the Next Super Idol Season 2. Watch her performance:

The Girls Generation cover group, GeeDee, can’t believe with their first 1st Win in years. Watch their performance here:

2nd and 3rd Place in Super Idol 2 were Crizza as Hyuna and Marc as Taeyang while 2nd and 3rd Place in the Kpop Dance Cover Battle were taken by Beat By Arts and Project A.

There was a Korean Fashion Show afterwards with Korean ESL students on the runway and a production number with the emcees and all the contestants.

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And the show ended with a cover of Jay Park by Abz Pajemolin.

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Congratulations to all the winners! Hope to see you again next year for another Korean Festival!



Article by: Iveca Cale Ignacio
Photos from: Eunice Prudente and Diosa Rodica Facebook Accounts
Videos from: Rate Works

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