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S. Koreans unfazed by hostage incident

South Koreas see the Aug. 23 hostage crisis in Rizal Park as an isolated incident and will continue visiting the Philippines, South Korean Ambassador Hye-min Lee said yesterday. Visiting The STAR yesterday, the ambassador also said the Philippines has a “very high” economic potential, with its “very very competent human resources” a major edge. Lee arrived in Manila on July 5 and presented his credentials to President Aquino on July 13, making him the first ambassador to do so under the new administration. Also yesterday, the department of Foreign Affairs(DFA) said South Korea considers the Philippines as a tourism and education destination as shown by the increasing number of Korean visitors. South Korean Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Yu Myung-Hwan concluded a four-day official visit to the Philippines to affirm their commitment the enhance ties in various fields of cooperation.

In 2009, an estimated 600,000 South Korean tourists came to the country. During his stay in the country from Aug. 26 to 29, Yu paid courtesy calls on President Aquino, Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Foreign affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo, interior Secretary Jessie Robredo, and other government and business officials. The DFA said the meetings recognized the special friendship between the Philippines and South Korea, dating back to the deployment of the Philippines Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) in September 1950, to join the United Nation-led coalition in the defense of South Korea in the Korean War. During his meeting with Aquino, Yu said South Korean investors continue to have confidence in the business environment of the Philippines especially in shipbuilding, energy, electronics, manufacturing, and tourism.

Yu noted Mr. Aquino’s commitment to reduce corruption and cut red tape to improve the country’s business and investment environment.On the first day of his visit, the new chancery of the Korean Embassy at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City was inaugurated.Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and South Korea were formally established on March 13, 1949.

Korea and the Philippines are true lovers
By MariconEbron

When it comes to the Philippines, Koreans almost always think of the country's staunch support of their country during the 1950-53 Korean War, and the 60-year long-standing relations between the two countries that have lately crystallized in the rush of Koreans to the Philippines in search of rich and exotic tourism experiences. 

Koreans Flock to the Philippines to Learn English
By Jonathan M. Hicap 
Korea Times Correspondent

MANILA ― They come in their thousands every month, eager to learn what is considered as the language of some 1.8 billion people worldwide. 

For South Korean students, the Philippines is now a haven as far as learning the English language is concerned. 

Koreans ‘invade’ the Philippines 
By Margie Quimpo-Espino
First Posted 18:33:00 06/17/2007

Filed Under: Economy, Business &Finance,Tourism
MANILA, Philippines -- KOREANS are the number one tourists in the Philippines today.
Government figures show from 378,602 Korean tourists in 2003, the number went up to 572,133 in 2006, a 51-percent rise.

More Koreans retiring in Philippines 
By Ronnel Domingo
First Posted 05:15:00 07/26/2007

Filed Under: Tourism, Retirement
Golfers and students are not the only Koreans coming to the Philippines. The retirees are, too.
Figures from the government’s retirement and tourism agencies showed that since 1987, 3,225 Koreans have availed themselves of the Philippine Retirement Authority’s special retiree program.

South Koreans unfazed by hostage incident
By: Pia Lee Brago
MANILA, Philippines –  South Koreans see the Aug. 23 hostage crisis in Rizal Park as an isolated incident and will continue visiting the Philippines, South Korean Ambassador Hye-min Lee said yesterday.


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