Social distancing, recommended as a key to stopping the spread of COVID-19, brought forth South Korea-based actor-filmmaker Nash Ang’s new passion project, the Pinoy Seoul Radio.
As the Philippines faced a Metro Manila community quarantine that was later extended to the whole of Luzon island, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) like Ang worried for their loved ones as they themselves faced the coronavirus disease pandemic in their host countries. To address this growing concern, Ang decided to put up the radio platform on his Pinoy Seoul website.
The Filipino innovator of several social enterprises including Pinoy Store, Dance Pinoy, and Pinoy California, and the chief organizer of the 1st Korea Pinoy International Film Festival announced on March 15, 2020, the test broadcast of “Pinoy Seoul Radio”.
24-hour online radio
Pinoy Seoul Radio is a 24-hour online radio, currently broadcasting the best of the Philippines’ and Korea’s music with programs such as “OFW Homesick Playlist” and “OPM Classics for Overseas Filipinos” curated specifically to Filipino diaspora across the world.
There are also live programs with DJs based in South Korea and the Philippines. MC Raro, now a worker in Korea, was able to resume his former Philippine job as a radio disc jockey and is now DJ MC21 on Pinoy Seoul Radio. Korea-specific programming includes “The K-Pop Show with Poli”, an entertainment show about all things Korean.
What is particularly unique about Pinoy Seoul Radio is its heavy rotation of Social Distancing tips as public service announcements voiced by Nash Ang himself, who made the Philippine headlines in 2019 as an actor who brought a Philippine language into Korean star Song Joong Ki’s Arthdal Chronicles K-Drama series.
Live programs about the COVID-19 updates and other latest news are also being planned.
Good News Pilipinas Live! will soon join Pinoy Seoul Radio to spread the good news about the Philippines and Filipinos.
With Pinoy Seoul Radio, Nash Ang goes back to his roots as a graduate of broadcasting at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. He is now able to bring together his radio broadcasting training together with his digital expertise.
Nash Ang revealed to Good News Pilipinas that he created the online radio platform himself with its own virtual machine server sponsored by Microsoft.
Social distancing campaign
Ang shares that he started thinking about an online radio in February as the COVID-19 was escalating around the world and his mother was stuck in Korea after her plane ticket back to the Philippines was canceled. Ang himself was less busy with the cancelation of events and performances and the work stoppage in Korea.
“Ano na pwede ko macontribute bilang isang creative initiator and Startup founder, are there other ways to communicate?” was in Ang’s mind as she went over the idea of another online platform.
“Ganun dapat lagi every time may ginagawa akong project kelangan may social impact or anything, something na magbebenefit ang community,” he adds.
And so Pinoy Seoul Radio – which Ang says intentionally sounds like “Kaluluwa ng mga Pilipino” – was born, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that kept people at home and online.
Together with a strict social distancing campaign, Pinoy Seoul Radio helps prevent the spread of the pandemic virus in an entertaining but effective way, says Ang.
Pinoy Seoul Radio internet broadcast service is now testing online, click here.
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