Koreans in the Philippines
October 8, 2008 9:47am CST
I've noticed that many Koreans opted to move here in the Philippines. Maybe for a while, maybe forever. I just don't understand why there's a sudden flock of Koreans here in the Philippines. They say it's because of our cheap education plus English is our medium of instruction. Hence, the proliferation of English schools everywhere that caters to these nationals. Are you comfortable seeing Koreans around the metro? Have they been nice to you? Would you rather have them here for a long time? Your thoughts, please.
10 Oct 08
I think it all started when we cater Korean dramas. because we have been a market for their drama in a way they know we can understand them and in a way we know a little of their culture thus giving them less difficulty thriving here in our country. I never met any Koreans before and I really don't mind them, actually there are times that people thought that I am from Korea LOL
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8 Oct 08
Like they said...education in Pinas is way cheaper than in their home country. i guess another reason is the exchange of money too. they are able to live a good life here in our country. plus our mentality when it comes to foreign people....we treat foreign nationals special.
8 Oct 08
I agree that we treat foreign nationals special. Many people are in love with the way we treat our visitors. It's like they're kings and queens! If in their home country they are being ignored, expect that they'll be treated like hollywood stars in Pinas. We're too friendly for our own good. ;)
8 Oct 08
i agree when you said that our educational system is cheap, although some filipinos can't afford it, koreans on the other hand can. eversince we we're colonized by the americans, the english language was added in our curriculum which serves us an advantage. although it gave us some negative impact, still we owe this one. going back, i must say in a straight forward manner, i'm not comfortable with the koreans flocking our place. no offense & no pun intended as this is my opinion & my personal experience. i'm not a racist but i know for a fact that we filipinos also share discrimination in a foreign land. so going back on the topic, when i was in my freshman year in college, Baguio was a peaceful place for the Igorots; apart from other filipinos visiting, staying & migrating to Baguio (because of the climate & educational system). all of a sudden when i was in junior year, i noticed a number of korean kids roaming around Baguio. soon aside from the call center booming the industry, the #1 job (part time/full) are korean schools growing out. some are legal & some are not. at 1st it was Ok as it paved way for our employment & friendship to the korean government. but then it got worst, not only are koreans kids flocking us but also adults. what makes it worst is that since they are foreigners, they are given a "special privilege or treatment". as the common b*llsh*t filipino tradition, we welcome them wholeheartedly. but i don't. i hate it when they flock our malls like crazy! these kids running to & from like they own the place! i hate it when they can't communicate to you properly. i hate it when they are so rude & abuse our laws. there's this one time we we're driving & one korean kid without looking at the stop sign run fast across the street. we almost hit it. the adult korean didn't care at all. i mean my god we almost killed a korean & we could have been jailed. it's a GO sign for crying out loud. & that's not a philippine law, how much more into breaking our own laws? so anyway, i can't shoo them away as i'm still educated enough not to do that & besides in general they still help in our economy. what i can only do is to live my own life & not mind them. it's a good thing aguio City put up a law wherein any of them who violates the rule can be put in jail, no ifs & no buts.
8 Oct 08
You are right about the education -- particularly becoming more fluent about English here in the country. It's a bit uncomfortable seeing and knowing that most of them have properties already in the country. It's in a way good since it generates employment to our country. But, even so, I think like any of us, Koreans are nice. I once tutored a Korean female in 2001. She's nice to me.
8 Oct 08
That's great to know that she has been nice to you. Regarding our English skills, I cannot help but be proud of our English education. Other Asian countries have been complimenting our skills, as we have better accents, we are more comfortable in English, and we sure are good teachers. ;)