Korean Scandal: Moms in the Philippines

A topic that made it to the trending list of Daum tonight is that of Korean moms in the Philippines. On MBC’s Reality Eye, they featured a story on Korean moms accompanying their children to study in the Philippines. For about 3 million won (roughly 3,000 USD) a month, a Korean mom can experience “utopia”. She could afford to hire a housekeeper and a driver and send her child to a private school or hire a private tutor. Korean parents send their kids to the Philippines to study English or attend private schools. The Korean mom who accompanies her child to the Philippines to study is called “기러기 엄마” or goose mom.

However, a scandalous activity is exposed on MBC’s Reality Eye. Apparently, a few Korean moms also spend money on going to massage parlors or nightclubs. There they spend money on men. One man said he receives 20,000 pesos per week from his Korean benefactor.

Screen capture from MBC Reality Eye
Screen capture from MBC Reality Eye

On the screen captures above:

First photo caption: Many Korean moms come here.
Second photo caption: The Korean women only like our bodies.

It would seem that these Korean moms are enjoying their freedom in the Philippines. They don’t have to do household chores as they can pay for house help, food is cheap and education for their kids is in English.

On the other hand, Korean dads left in South Korea feast on instant noodles and experience depression from living alone.

9 comments

  1. I used to work in a hagwon back in the Philippines, I’ve seen this “situation” happen often for Korean moms in the Philippines and that was 13 years ago! Back when studying English in the Philippines was such a boom for Koreans. I have witnessed some Korean moms going to the extent of divorcing their Korean husbands.

  2. Not all of them are like that. Same with any other race. I really don’t like stereotypes. Its for ignorant people. So what if someone generalized all the Pinay moms from Korea, that all of em are Mail Order Brides.. But well hmmm….

    1. We already know that NOT ALL OF THEM ARE LIKE THAT. Korean media covered it because it is happening and it may be causing family problems. Hopefully, they could find a solution or bringing it out in the open may raise awareness.

  3. same lang..kz ang mga koreano dn nagnagpunta pinas uhaw dn sa laman..kz d sla malaya sa country nla..boring lyf nla dto sa korea kya nag iinjoy sla sa pinas.

  4. Hindi na nakakapagtaka ang ganyang isyu, sa katunayan’ masakit man pakinggan kahit ang mangilan sa kababayan nating pinay’ ginagawa din ang ganyang gawain. kahit may asawa na koreano’ nakikipag sex parin sa ibang lalaki. Biktima ako at ang mga anak q sa ganitong sitwasyon, ofw ang mister q at naloko sa isang pinay na citizen ng korea. Gawain daw tlga ng babae na yun ang manlalaki tlaga kc yung dalawang anak nya’ magkaiba pa ang ama. at yun din ang dahilan kung bakit sya dinivorse na asawa nyang koreano. nung malaman ng koreano na di pala sya ang ama ng bunso. ngayun lumalaban parin aq ng para sa karapatan namin. masakit man’ ganuon yata tlga sa korea. karamihan ng nababalitaan q ganyan ang gawain. na parang napaka ordinaryo lang sa kanila.

    1. Hi Eds! Nung nag-attend ako ng forum para sa mga Filipina na nakapag-asawa ng Korean, isa ito sa mga problema na binanggit ng isang pari. May mga may asawa na ng Korean pero nakikipag-relasyon pa rin sa iba. Ito yata ang dahilan kung bakit naghihigpit na ang Korea sa mga foreigner na naging Korean at balak mag-asawa ng iba ring lahi.

      Sana magtagumpay ka sa pagkuha ng karapatan mo.

    2. fight for your right miss ed ganun talaga dito kahit sang lupalop ng korea madaming pinay ang my kabit na pinoy ang masama ung pinoy ofw eh kinakalimutan ang obligasyon nila sa pamilya nilang nasa pilipinas..
      kaya nga humihigpit ang korean embassy sa pagpapakasal ng pinay at koreans ngayon..

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