New to K-Drama? Must-See Dramas to get You Started

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There will always be that one thing, be it a song, a movie, or a drama, that will get you hooked to something you'll be enjoying for a long time. For K-Drama fans, the drama or movie that introduced them to their favorite actors and actresses will always be memorable.

I've been a fan of anything Korean for more than a decade now, and yet the memories of that first time I saw Gong Yoo is still fresh in my memory.

I mean, who wouldn't fall for this face?


Here are five Korean dramas that every newbie should see.

Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy (also known as Hello My Teacher), 2005


Before he became popular (again) on Goblin, Gong Yoo first made waves with his character on The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince (with Yoon Eun-hye), but if you want to go farther back in his filmography, then you should watch him on Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy.

In this series, Gong Yoo played the role of Park Tae-in, a high school student (which he pulled off very well, despite …

Kpop News: Rest in peace, Kim Jonghyun

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Kim Jonghyun of Korean boy group Shinee passed away Monday. He was 27.

According to a report on The Korea Herald, Kim died in the hospital after he was found unconscious at a residence in Cheongdam-dong in Seoul.

Police said they received a call from Kim's sister Monday afternoon, saying his brother may have attempted to commit suicide.

Kim was found with a burning coal briquette nearby.

Police said they will investigate the incident as a suspected suicide.

Kim is a vocalist for Shinee.

(This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News Online)

KPop News: BIGBANG's Taeyang, Min Hyo-rin to get married next year

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Today is happy days for all fans of Korean boy group BIGBANG.
On Instagram, Taeyang, or Dong Young-bae, confirmed reports that he will be marrying his girlfriend of four years, actress Min Hyo-rin.
"Today, I want to share with you guys about the most important and joyful promise I have made in my life. I have pledged to spend the rest of my life with Min Hyorin, the one who has always stuck by me for the past four years," he wrote.
Taeyang also thanked all his supporters and hoped for their continuous support.
"To all the fans who always treated me as if I was family, to all of my Big Bang members, to all of my YG family, to everyone I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with and meet, I want to say THANK YOU. I will continue to live my life with responsibility and humility. My hope is that you will continue to support us and give your blessings for our future ahead as a couple."

KPop News: Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun reportedly leaving SM Entertainment

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It's a sad day for KPop fans everywhere as it was reported that three of the eight members of Korean girl group Girls' Generation have decided to terminate their contracts with S.M. Entertainment.

According to a report on Korea Herald, members Tiffany, Sooyoung and Seohyun have decided to terminate their contracts.

The five other members, Taeyeon, Yoona, Sunny, Hyoyeon and Yuri, on the other hand, have renewed their contracts.

With this recent development, it is unclear what will happen to the group.

SM Entertainment, however, assured fans that Girls' Generation will not disband.

Tiffany is reportedly going to the United States to study, while Sooyoung and Seohyun are expected to focus on their acting careers.

Girls' Generation released their latest full-length album in August to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

(This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News Online.)

BIGBANG's Seungri and NHR in Manila

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Last month, BIGBANG's GDragon ang Taeyang visited Manila for a concert. This time it's their maknae, Seungri, who visited the Philippines with his Natural High Record DJs Danu, Glory and TPA.

Seungri and the rest of the gang first performed in Boracay last October 6, then they set Valkyrie Nightclub in Manila on fire on October 7.

I love BIGBANG but Seungri has always been my bias, so I couldn't let this pass. It was fine to miss both GDragon's and Taeyang's concert, but I had to see Seungri again.

And it was the best decision ever.

Here also some videos from the night:

Aside from being so close to Seungri, the best part of my night was when I got a shirt from NHR.

KPop News: Seungri, GD, Taeyang, Daesung reportedly enlisting together in 2018

BIGBANG's G-Dragon, Seungri, Taeyang and Daesung will reportedly enlist together in 2018.

A report on Allkpop cited several Japanese news outlets, saying the four remaining members decided to enlist together.

If this is true, it means the group will be returning together sooner than expected. 대박!

The group and their management company, YG Entertainment, have yet to confirm the news.

Kpop News: Fans tweet support for BTS comeback

Fans of popular Korean group Bangtan Sonyeondan (BTS) took to Twitter to express their support and anticipation for the group's upcoming comeback.
BTS is set to have their comeback performance on Korean channel Mnet on September 21 at 8:30 p.m. Korean time (7:30 p.m. Manila time).
The group recently dropped their latest album "Love Yourself: Her" and their music video for "DNA."

Fans, also known as A.R.M.Y (Adorable Representative M.C for Youth), made noise to celebrate the group's return.
OPM icon Ogie Alcasid and celebrity daughter Leila Alcasid posted a cute exchange on Twitter, proving they are true-blue BTS fans. 
Leila also made a shout out to fellow A.R.M.Ys to get excited for the comeback.

BTS recently made headlines internationally for their collaboration with EDM duo, The Chainsmokers. The two groups worked together for the song "Best of Me," which is part of BTS' new album.

BTS is composed of Jungkook, Jimin, Suga, V, Jin, J-Hope, …