Extra! Korea

October 4, 2009

“Kopinos” (Korean-Filipinos) Search for Korean Fathers

Filed under: multicultural society — extrakorea @ 9:56 am

In case you don’t know, “Kopinos” (also known as “Kophinos“) are children of Korean fathers and Filipina* mothers. With increased Korean tourism (some of it sex tourism) to the Philippines, there are an increasing number of abandoned Kophino children, some of whom seek their fathers.

The issue of Kopinos has become a social problem in the Philippines and viewed as a disgrace in South Korea. According to Son, there are more than 10,000 Kopinos in the Philippines, although there is no official data on their exact number.

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The rise in the number of Kopinos is attributed to the upsurge in the number of Koreans visiting the Philippines. Koreans are now the No. 1 tourist group in the country. In 2008, more than 611,000 Koreans visited the country. In addition, there are 115,400 Koreans who are currently living in the Philippines.

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[Normi] Son [of the Kopino Children Association] said the rise in the number of fatherless Kopinos was a product of the mindset of Koreans who were visiting the Philippines to enjoy life but not to get married to Filipino women. Enjoying life, of course, means hitting strip bars, paying for sex and getting temporary Filipina girlfriends.

They never think of marrying Filipino women and just enjoy their lives here, she said.

But, for some Filipino women, they consider relationships with foreigners as their ticket out of poverty. Unfortunately, this often turns out to be wishful thinking as Korean men quickly abandon the women after a night of sex or when they learn they are pregnant.

* Technically, Filipino refers to men, and Filipina refers to women.


  1. how can south korean government help kopinos in the philippines?what are their rights?

    Comment by aira — October 17, 2009 @ 11:40 pm

  2. Is there any group or association that can help kopinos in Angeles City Pampanga?

    Comment by aira — October 17, 2009 @ 11:43 pm

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