Koreans in the Philippines largely consisting South Koreans, form the largest Korean diaspora community , as of 2009, statistics of South Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade recorded their population at 115,400 individuals, up by 151% since 2005 in the Philippines. There are also an estimated 10,000 Kophinos—children of mixed Korean and Filipino descent—of whom 90% were born since 2003. Even without getting the percentage of their population, it's really obvious that they are big influence to the Filipino people, and every place we go in our country, we see Koreans scattered everywhere.
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. Together with the increase in tourists has been an influx of Korean residents. The Bureau of Immigration could not furnish the Inquirer with figures on how many Koreans were granted alien certificates of registration in the country. But one only has to look around to see the rising Korean population in the country. Over the past few years, establishments like English schools for Koreans, Korean restaurants, Korean groceries, Korean dress shops and even Korean churches have sprouted all over the Philippines. Many schools in the country already have a Korean student population.
We all know that studying here in the Philippines is cheaper than studying in other countries. But why the Philippines for English? Why can't it be Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, Vietnam or any third world country?
The reasons why there is an increasing number of Koreans in the country include wanting to learn to speak English and doing it in the Philippines is cheaper; studying college here and a lower cost of living.
Whatever the reason, Filipinos give positive and negative impact of the rising presence of Koreans in different parts of the Philippines.
In this research a case study method is used to clarify the problem. Case study is one of several ways of doing research whether it is social science related or even socially related. It is an intensive study of a single group, incident, or community. That is why, to know further about this topic, the researcher interviewed and Surveyed Korean students from CNN of Kalayaan Avenue, Quezon City and Ateneo De Manila about their reasons of studying English here and their purpose of also staying for good in the Philippines.
Ever since, the Philippines is always invaded by different Countries, Nationalities and Cultures. Starting from Magellan, the invasion of the Spaniards, Japanese, Americans and the occupation here of different nations like the Arabs, Chinese and now, the Koreans. These people have different purposes of staying in the Philippines, like the Chinese stay here for their businesses and the Arabs stayed here during the 80's to study. Just like the Koreans now a days, they stay here in the Philippines to study how to speak English.
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. Together with the increase in tourists has been an influx of Korean residents.
According to my Survey, Koreans are coming here to study to speak English because it's cheaper to studying in the Philippines and aside from that, they think that Filipino teachers speak good English compare to other 3rd world countries.
Our hospitable attitude also made them want to stay here for good, especially some of them already have a girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, and even a half filipino child here in the Philippines. The Koreans in the Philippines also enjoyed our culture and felt that this country is already a part of them and vice versa.
It's funny that we Filipinos like studying or living in other country and foreigners like living here in the Philippines. Maybe because there are things we can do or hide from the people we know when were in abroad and not in our country. That's why Korean visitors, students and "tourists" in the Philippines are sometimes misunderstood and they have been seen and observed as "too noisy, undisciplined and rowdy."
Because of their behavior many Filipino businessmen do not welcome the presence of Koreans in their establishments. In Baguio City, for instance, Filipino golfers refer the former American rest and recreation enclave as "Kim Jong Hay" because there are more Koreans than locals in Camp John Hay. A golf club in the northern part of the Philippines reportedly put a sign "Koreans are not allowed," a racist move. But, columnists say Korean visitors are not contributing to the economy.
Koreans here in the Philippines own Internet and gaming cafes, computer shops, restaurants, travel and tour companies, groceries, spas and salons, freight companies, language schools and even churches. The Philippine Entertainment world also imitate Korean Entertainment now a days, the Filipino actors, actresses and even the films/movies are also imitated, in short, they “invaded” the Philippines. Instead of Filipinos being rich in their own country, Koreans and Chinese are the faces of business in our country. And this all happened because of their dream to learn English language.
Some Filipino students do not give importance to their English subject in school, but if you come to think about it, foreigners come to the Philippines to learn English, and we students in this country should grab the opportunity of us having the advantage in the language.