Korean National Day to be celebrated in the Philippines on Oct. 3

Published September 28, 2021, 5:50 PM

by Jonathan Hicap

The Korean Embassy in the Philippines will be celebrating the Korean National Day in the country on Oct. 3.

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the event will be held online.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul (right) and Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Korean Embassy in the Philippines)

The Korean Embassy aims to promote participation from Filipinos nationwide and vividly showcase various aspects of cooperation between Korea and the Philippines.

Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Inchul and Foreign Affairs Sec. Teodoro Locsin Jr. will deliver the opening address and congratulatory remarks, respectively, at the event.

During the celebration, three participants of the embassy-held essay and photo contest will be featured.

The contest was organized to showcase Filipinos’ amazing stories and unique experiences with Korea and its people.

The embassy received over 400 entries showcasing Filipinos’ untold stories, highlighting the Korea-Philippines cooperation in different fields including cultural exchange, education and official development assistance (ODA).

According to the embassy, it was astounded and touched to see how the Korean Wave including K-pop, K-drama, Korean food and Korean studies, is well-loved in the Philippines.

It looks forward to building more heartwarming memories in establishing a long-lasting and robust friendship between the two countries.

Rowena Rosal, the “Igting” company supervisor, will be interviewed along with the essay contest winners.

The “Igting” company is a social enterprise sewing center established through the partnership between Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and Camp Asia.

The partnership aims to create jobs for women from relocated urban families in Bulacan.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Korea-Philippine development partnership, and “Igting” is one example of how this partnership impacts the Philippine socio-economy, and improves the livelihood of the individual Filipinos.

TV and radio personality Sam Oh and comedian Ryan Bang will be wearing T-shirts made by “Igting” as they host the National Day celebration.

The event will also feature various showcases including a taekwondo demonstration by the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA), and a greeting from one of the organization’s members, Filipino Olympian Kurt Bryan Barbosa.

A musical performance by Korean baritone Park Byeong-In and his wife, Filipino soprano Rachelle Gerodias, will conclude the celebration.