Join UP SUGOD as it brings you the very first Hallyu-Con. You'll be sure to experience loads of K-pop goodness, joy, and fun.
If you’re wondering what Hallyu means, it refers to the surge of Korea in the entertainment industry that sparked tremendous interest from other countries, particularly Southeast Asia. This surge is thought to have started around the late 1990s with Korean TV dramas like Winter Sonata (starring Bae Yong-jun and Choi Ji-woo), and it further spread through movies like My Sassy Girl (starring Cha Tae-hyun and Jeon Ji-hyun) and the K-pop music of artists such as the Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation or SNSD, 2NE1, Big Bang, and just this year, Psy.
Because of the Hallyu phenomenon, the SUGOD batch organization for UP Cebu's graduating class presents the first Hallyu-Con K-pop Festival this November 17, 2012. The event will be held at the AS Lobby of UP Cebu in Lahug. The venue is right beside UP high school.
The event is intended to celebrate Hallyu, literally translated into English as the Korean wave (which was a term coined by Chinese journalists to refer to the phenomenon), and to unite K-pop enthusiasts in Cebu. Hallyu-Con will have K-pop trivia contests, a K-pop-themed fashion show, an open-mic session, and Idol Star Showdown. Guest bands will serenade attendees and other guest performers including Say A!, SNSDe and Rainbow Angels are going to get the audience moving. Fifteen finalists are set to perform their covers of K-pop songs in the Idol Star Showdown, and they are listed below in the order of presentation during the event date:
- Mirror of Desire
- Sweet Melo
- Hyper Gora-Ara
- Empress Zone
- Goddess Guild
- Yeol S.P.Y
Prizes for the morning games include random K-pop albums from artists that may (or may not) include CNBLUE, Orange Caramel (subgroup of the girl band After School), Super Junior, and TVXQ. A prize will also be awarded to the lucky contestant who brings the best A-game, where A stands for aegyo. Aegyo, for those who aren't familiar with the expression, has to do with a Korean concept of cuteness and childlike charm.
Groups of three friends can join the K-pop trivia contest. One lucky group will win three random K-pop albums. If you want to sing your favorite Korean song with your friends, then you may do so at Hallyu-Con. For the open-mic session, you may tell the organizers what you want to sing and they'll play the instrumental and even hand you the lyrics. Better yet, you may bring your own mp3s.
SUGOD is also the organizer of this year's Otaku Fest. It spearheads Hallyu-Con in cooperation with Idealogy and the current student council of UP Cebu.
An entrance fee will be collected from the general audience. The fee is Php10 for UP students enrolled for the current semester and Php30 for those who are not with UP Cebu. For more information, you may get in contact with the event organizers by sending [email protected] an e-mail message or connecting with them through their official Facebook community page.
Below is an official press release about Hallyu-Con:
2NE1, Girls’ Generation, Big Bang, Wonder Girls. These are few of the notable Korean groups who have been able to break language barrier and captivate worldwide audience.
Include Psy in the list for being responsible of the Gangnam Style (which the popular Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) Dancing Inmates performed a version.)
The Korean popular music (KPop) evidently advances in our country. With its own niche, it influences a subculture among teenagers.
With that, SUGOD (Supreme Union of Good and Optimistic Dreamers), the batch organization of UP Cebu’s graduating class, invites everyone to join the first Hallyu-Con (KPOP Festival) on November 17 at the AS Lobby of UP Cebu, Lahug.
Hallyu-Con aims to celebrate the Korean wave and to unify Cebuano K-Pop enthusiasts. It includes an Open Mic session, K-Pop Trivia Contests, K-Pop themed Fashion Show and Idol Star Showdown. There will be guest bands who will serenade the spectators and other guest performers who will make them move their hips.
SUGOD, who is also the organizers of this year's Otaku Fest, spearheads Hallyu-Con in cooperation with Idealogy and UP Cebu Student Council 2012–2013.
Come and join us as we give you loads of K-Pop goodness! Entrance is Php10 for UP students enrolled for this semester. Non-UPians have to pay Php30 to join the fun.
For more information and updates, visit Hallyu-Con 2012 Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/hallyucon2012)
See you there!