kopino, kophino, 코피노

The issues of Korean-Filipinos in the Philippines or conveniently 코피노 kopino (kophino) is one of the top search terms in Daum this morning. I remember watching a documentary several months ago on KBS about it. The children were abandoned by their Korean fathers who went to the Philippines as tourists or students. They are being raised by single mothers who are mired in poverty. Sadly, they don’t get a lot of support from both the Korean and Philippine governments. Since they are not acknowledged by their Korean fathers, they are not entitled to acquire Korean citizenship AFAIK.

As posted earlier, some Korean men travel to the Philippines for sex tourism. Why do Korean men have to travel that far for sex? Prostitution is illegal in both countries but it still exists. The Korean government made it more difficult for Korean men to pay for sex when it initiated a crack down on prostitution dens and massage parlors a few years ago. I remember Korean prostitutes protesting in front of the National Assembly because of this three or four years ago?

Not all the children are products of prostitution. In the television program that I saw, a few of the women interviewed had relationships with Korean men who left them when the men learned that their pregnant. Cowards!

A few years back, “korekorea” was also an issue.

20 thoughts on “kopino, kophino, 코피노

  • December 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm
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    This is so sad. I don’t really understand why Korean men would do such thing. Seems like Filipinos are too hospitable and vulnerable which is both bad I think. If only I could help… 🙁

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    • March 30, 2011 at 2:42 pm
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      Hello This`s Philip Lee i`m korean.

      Really sorry instead of korean

      I`m working in Korea Law firm, if need a my help law problem in korea a kopino familys or a foreign worker i do free a counsellor of Law.

      thank you have good day!!!

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      • July 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm
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        Greetings!
        Thanks for this post. I am wondering if you could help me sort out with things concerning my son.
        I’d like to hear any advice from you.
        Please correspond to my email.
        I would really appreciate your reply.

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      • April 29, 2012 at 8:50 pm
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        hi mr.philip lee
        my name is natsumi and i really need
        your help pls email me and ill tell u the
        whole detail…i feel so helpless but now
        you give me hope..

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      • September 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm
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        I posted my story because I have gone everywhere for help and no help!
        Hello, My name is Loreta Edillo I am legally married to a korean citizen and we have one child that is 7 years old.

        I went to korean with my husband in Dec 2005 were we lived with his mother and father.

        Our son was born in 2008, my husband would come and go most of the time leaving me to take care of his mother and father.

        My husband ran away when I was pregnant he came back one time when my son was 3 months old, the parents state they dont know where he is! He left me to care for my child and his partents.

        When my son was 2 years old I brought him to the philippines to live with my mother so I could go back to work to support my son!

        I worked to brick factory and chicken factor till Dec 2013 when my visa ran out.

        When I went to immigration in Korea they stated my husband reported me as a run away and would not renew my visa. In fact he ran away and did not support me. I had to live with his family just so I could eat.

        I have tried a couple of time to apply here in Philippines to get a visa to take my son back to korea. Tried 3 times they say I dont have enough money.

        I can not afford to pay to have my son get a dual citizenship here so I must pay 4000+ peso every two months for him to live here legally. In the past year I have paid almost 150,000 pesos to keep my son legal just about every cent I have.

        I when I call his family and ask for help they refuse and state they dont know where my husband is, they refuse any help.

        In fact my husbands family was so mad at him for running away they put my father-in-laws name on my sons birth certificate as the father.

        Please advise!
        R/S
        Loreta Edillo
        lotaedillo@gmail.com

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  • December 12, 2008 at 4:46 pm
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    blinded by love or blinded by korea as a dreamland?i also saw the documentary that you were referring to and i was so furious about it……these women maybe naive but the korean men who left them had no balls to stand up for their own flesh and blood (their kids)……how i wish something can be done to help these kids.

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  • December 13, 2008 at 12:05 am
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    My husband was too cross when he saw the program. These men, as what he said, were the ‘trash’ of the nation. They should take responsibility for the consequences of their actions.

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  • December 13, 2008 at 12:33 am
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    Hi, betch.. I personally know someone who experienced the same thing. This should set a reminder for all those naive women to be more responsible in dealing with their emotion. Afterall, those men are just tourists/students, and at some point they WILL GO BACK to their country (they tend to forget this fact).

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  • December 13, 2008 at 1:18 am
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    I’ve just heard this term this morning when one of my students mentioned it. It really is a societal problem but this case happens not only in Philippines. Other countries might have the same problem, as well. Pointing fingers to whose fault it was doesn’t change a fact. What has done, has done. It is our territory so Filipinas must be wiser this time. Let’s admit the reality that this kind of men really exists, regardless of nationalities. “Be careful”, as what my student has said. So, I think that summarizes all. (“,)

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  • December 13, 2008 at 3:01 am
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    I’ve just heard this term this morning when one of my students mentioned it. It really is a societal problem but this case happens not only in Philippines. Other countries might have the same problem, as well. Pointing fingers to whose fault it was doesn’t change a fact. What has done, has done. It is our territory so Filipinas must be wiser this time. Let’s admit the reality that this kind of men really exists, regardless of nationalities. “Be careful”, as what my student has said. So, I think that summarizes all. (”,)

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  • December 17, 2008 at 9:01 pm
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    Reading this article hurts me…
    I dont wanna end up like them.
    At 22, I’m not naive, just in love.

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  • June 14, 2009 at 3:36 am
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    It’s sad that Koreans like to travel in the Philippines for sex tourism. It’s true.
    Kasi naman ang mga babae sa atin mapakitaan lang ng kaunting salapi bibigay na kaagad. Sana naman magkaroon and mga kababaihan sa atin ng dignidad.
    Hindi lang naman pera ang napapaikot sa mundo.
    Paglalaruan lang kayo ng mga sakang na ito. Pagsasawaan pa.
    Ang tingin nga nila sa Pilipina sex worker eh! Juicy girls! Yuck!

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  • October 3, 2009 at 4:35 pm
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    hi! i, myself, was in a relationship with a Korean. I knew it wouldnt last as he had to come back to Korea. good thing he knew his limitations and responsibilities, i might have been a victim of this too if he was a trash… girls can get carried away with their feelings sometimes, lucky are we if could find men who would really respect us…

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  • October 27, 2009 at 2:17 am
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    Long time resident of the PI . Retired US military . Lived in Pampanga. Angeles , Pampanga is a big Red Light area. The Japanese and Korean men are openely courted as free spending customers for the Angeles bars . Vans meet them . Hotel reservations are made . Bar girls waiting. Big business. Many of the bar girls get pregnant turning one hour tricks. No birth control. The Koreans hit the bars in groups. Take the girls out in groups. Young girls get pregnant and have no idea who the father is. They do not really know the customer. Sometimes 4 or 5 a night. The PNP do nothing . The Koreans go back home after one week. Encouraged to return . The bar girls, some 15 or 16 , are slaves. Fields ave , Pampanga is all about money . Makati, Puerto Gallers, etc, also. Why doesn’t the Philippino governement shut down the bars ? After all , prostitution is a Pinoy felony

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    • October 27, 2009 at 11:32 am
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      Hi Joe! I grew up in Fields Ave… right in the middle of the red light district. We had a restaurant until Mt. Pinatubo erupted. I know what you’re talking about. Why would the city government, in particular, close the bars when… ?

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  • January 2, 2010 at 10:51 pm
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    I just heard this “kopino” word from one of my korean students maybe two weeks ago. This issue irritated me a bit because I didn’t have any idea regarding it. It was also shocking that another student even thought that prostitution is legal here in the Philippines. What the heck! (Hello! Can somebody tell me which country allowed this prostitution legal???)

    I don’t know how can we stop this thinking but for those victims (which my student said around 200,000) I symphatize for them. This is self-degrading. But there are a lot of ways for us to revive Filipina’s reputation.. PROVE THEM WRONG!

    Filipina’s in Korea can help us prove them wrong by uplifting themselves there. Filipina’s here in the Philippines can also participate by avoiding doing somethings that can make them (koreans) think that we are easy-to-get. We can do a lot of things. Add your idea here one by one.. =)

    Cheers for those courageous Filipinas in Korea, Cheers for the Filipinas here in the Philippines who serve these koreans with whole heart.

    WE ARE SERVERS BUT WE ARE NEVER LOSERS! =)

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