Most of you I’m sure have already planned how you will celebrate Valentine’s Day with your significant other. Maybe some of you would eat in a fancy restaurant, watch movies together, or have a romantic picnic somewhere. But a good number of people I know will spend Valentine’s day watching their favorite Koreanovelas.
I used to be a fan of Koreanovelas, I remember staying up late just to watch Lovers in Paris, Full House, Kim Sam Soon and of course the totally fierce, All About Eve. But then, since teledramas are not really my thing, I eventually lost interest in them. Even now that everyone still seems to be so into Koreanovelas, I haven’t had the luxury of time lately to fully immerse myself in this whole thing even if I wanted to. But I feel that it will only be for a short matter time now before I will eventually give in and take up my friend’s offer to watch her whole Koreanovela collection.

Lovers in Paris

What really amazed me about Koreanovelas is the way they have quietly seeped into the Pinoy consciousness. They have gained such a strong following among bagets, pabagets and even forgets. Haha. It’s funny how they have managed to collapse social barriers among masa and the elite. I remember hearing a conversation among two people who looked like they came from two different backgrounds one time. They obviously found something in common to talk about–their favorite Koreanovelas! Even people who don’t see eye to eye managed to strike a common ground when talking about what is the next best Koereanovela to watch.:)

All About Eve

When I asked my friend Sheena why she loves watching Koreanovela so much, being the total fan girl that she is, she shared that it’s because their story lines are simple and realistic yet at the same time creative and original. Unlike local teleseryes where a kidnap scene, a shooting scene, hospital scene or bida unbelievably surviving a fatal accident/ threat to his life scenes are always part and parcel of the climax, in Koreanovelas, the ending is often so well crafted that you would not have predicted it at all. Sometimes they even leave it hanging for viewers to conclude for themselves. My friend also liked how they effortlessly managed to weave their culture, values and tradition in their Korean dramas. My friend have in fact learned a lot of interesting information about Korea and how they do things there from these shows.

Full House

What I like most about them though is how the actors managed to hopelessly tickle our hearts silly with just their simple dialogue and minus the pacute and silly smiles or poses. I believe it takes a great skill for an actor to be able do that. I also like how the actors appear to be so natural in the camera as compared to our own teleserye stars who often are fully made up even when the scene calls for them to be in their pambahay.:) I also love how they give importance to modesty. Their love scenes are only implied and they only go as far as a smack on the lips or conservative kiss on cam. Whereas, most of our primetime teleseryes often leave little to the imagination.

Kim Sam Soon

I guess what makes these Koreanovelas click is the way they have managed to purposely create their telenovelas as more of an art that would delight audience rather than just pure entertainment. From creative writing, fantastic cinematography, skilled acting and well thought out direction, these Koreanovelas have indeed set the trend that all other telenovelas should follow.
And now we’ve come to the best part, for Valentine’s Day and for a totally Korean experience, Blancnotes is giving away a top of the line Korean Health and Beauty Gift Set.

Note: Box will not be included when I ship these prizes, only the contents will be shiped.

To join the raffle simply follow these important steps/reminders:
1. Like Blancnotes and share this giveaway on your facebook wall using this format:
“@Friend1 and @Friend2, share your favorite Koreanovela and get a chance to win a totally Korean Health and Beauty Gift Set from @Blancnotes.”
How to Tag: When you are writing your status update, just include the “@” symbol beforehand. As you type the name, for example Blancnotes, a drop-down menu will appear that would allow you to choose from your list of friends and other connections. Just choose Blancnotes. The “@” symbol will not be displayed in the published status update or post after you’ve added your tags.
2. Share your favorite Koreanovela and tell us why you love it using the comment box below together with your name, email add and the facebook URL of your post:
Example: My favorite Koreanovela is Full House because it is full of
funny and kilig moments.
Name: Blanca Dela Cruz
email add:
Facebook post URL:

3. Share this giveaway on twitter.
4. Giveaway ends on February 14, 2011.
5. This is open to Philippine residents only.
5. Winner will be chosen randomly via

About Me

I am better known as Nan’s widow, Bianca Angela’s mom, and Woodrose’s Mrs. Dela Cruz.  I am a full time teacher and mentor, a freelance writer for various print and online publications, a marathoner, and a curator of inspiring faith stories.
I am also the author of the best selling book, Grace Upon Grace: A widow’s journey.:)


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