Korean Invasion in Baguio City
As you see today, Koreans are almost everywhere in the Philippines (even on Philippine TV) especially now here in Baguio. According to the Bureau of Immigration records there were over 10,000 Koreans in the Philippines last year and 4,000 of them are living or studying in Baguio City, consisting mostly of South Koreans. Starting since 2003 to the present, the Korean population in baguio grew by at least 50%. Baguio is one of the Korean's favorite destinations in the country because of its cool climate and the availability of english tutorial centers or language schools. We Filipinos are good in english and are very hospitable by nature but the sad thing is that these aliens have taken too much advantage of the weak implementation of our laws by setting up businesses at our expense.
Usually before, places like Manila, Cebu, Davao and Pampanga(Angeles City) are the popular places in the Philippines that foreigners most visit but they're not really familiar or haven't heard of Baguio City then. However, Koreans have discovered the place where the weather is fair for them and such a refreshing place to stay with a liberated society. The ambiance and the warm welcome of the people from Baguio most likely encouraged the Koreans more to explore the high place.
Most of the Koreans have already established good businesses there usually importers of cultural products because of fear of bankruptcy and as well as to promote tourism in the area. Some Koreans stays for education (mostly to learn to read, write and speak english). Since the cost of living here in Baguio City is way too cheaper than their original place their satisfaction here is easily obtained. From clothing to cosmetics, from accessories to souvenirs, Korean items have become trendy in Baguio especially the South Korean arts, fashion and entertainment. Some koreans also find it fad and witness the nightlife in bars where girls (or some boys) are good entertainers, hospitable and serve them like kings or queens. Instead of watching free porno videos, walk-in bars in Baguio is more accessible.
It's actually good when new people come and visit our hometown to explore, get to know the place and make the most out of it. It's a good thing too because the businesses that they’ve started here helps for our economy to rise by promoting tourism and some local employment.
But case in point, some Koreans (well not all) have an attitude problem. Their manners are not as appropriate as us, Filipinos. Like the laws we have in the country are not being followed by them or at times disrespectful if not ignorant of them. There are also misconceptions or rumors about Koreans like they are being marked as "smelly, noisy, undisciplined and repulsive people, which are becoming silent local talks amongst the Filipino people they interact around with. But still anyway, they are contributing to our economy directly and indirectly. We actually do benefit from each other and I think that’s what’s more important.
I just wish they could acquire our culture and learn our ways of discipline and loyalty. Everybody and anybody is entitled to be somebody and to something. I just wish they would be more open and considerate knowing that they’re not really from here but then again I still think we should welcome them with open arms and loving hearts but not with open legs if you know what I mean. Don't discourage them, encourage them. They're not like the other foreigners who avoid Philippines because of bad publicity, well they know our country enough for their own benefit above else. Their presence is still an advantage because at least they provide jobs to us. Some are nice and polite but there’s some Korean guys who think they are the best in town.
“Proud to be Filipino”
One thing that makes me proud to be a Filipino is that we are a very tolerant race. We readily accept other cultures without prejudice and I think that's the main reason also why a lot of Filipinos can be found worldwide because they are good in adjusting to any situation. I just don’t like the fact that other nations mistakes us as being inferiors because of our nice traits like our unmatched hospitality. Anyway for me overall I think it’s nice that many Koreans are embracing and considers Baguio City as their second home.