RP-ROK Relation


Yesterday, June 12, 2007 was the 109th Year Anniversary of our Independence from Spain. I already made an entry of it titled “A Glimpse of Freedom.” 

 Every year our Philippine Embassy/Consulate will invite the community to commemorate the said occasion and dubbed it as “Filipino Community Night”.  Unlike from previous years, I don’t feel like attending this year’s celebration. It maybe because I have more important things to do besides from the fact that I will be having a medical general check up this Friday or perhaps I am not in the mood to dine with our Embassy staff while those unfortunate OFWs at the deportation center in Jeddah are not comfortable with their present situation. 

 So instead of taking some still shots at the Embassy this coming Friday for my next blog entry, think it is an opportunity to take a glance of what was transpired in the other part of the globe in this Year’s Independence Day celebration.

 Republic of Korea

 Korea is not just a nice country, Koreans are loving and friendly people. I remember when I was in my elementary grade my favorite cousin from Butuan married a Korean guy and up to now they’re still very much deeply in love with each other.

 Filipinos too are fond of Korean Telenovelas; actually whenever I’m on vacation I loved watching it together with my family.  Here in Saudi Arabia, I met some Koreans in one of the gatherings I attended hosted by an American friend. They’re fun to chat with and have a sense of humor, a trait common to us Filipinos; the reason I think Sandara Park became famous in Philippine cinema especially to our young ones.

 Last June 8, 2007 at (Hyatt Hotel) Seoul, Korea a special celebration of Philippine Independence Day was hosted by Ambassador Susan Castrence and Embassy Staff. Diplomats from other countries and South Korea officials were invited together with few leaders from Filipino Communities. It so happen that our (UFWCD) United Filipinos Worldwide for Community Development President Mrs. Fe Kim based in South Korea were among those who attended the celebration. 

 Yesterday, June 12, 2007 was the 109th Year Anniversary of our Independence from Spain. I already made an entry of it titled “A Glimpse of Freedom.” 

Every year our Philippine Embassy/Consulate will invite the community to commemorate the said occasion and dubbed it as “Filipino Community Night”.  Unlike from previous years, I don’t feel like attending this year’s celebration. It maybe because I have more important things to do besides from the fact that I will be having a medical general check up this Friday or perhaps I am not in the mood to dine with our Embassy staff while those unfortunate OFWs at the deportation center in Jeddah are not comfortable with their present situation. 

So instead of taking some still shots at the Embassy this coming Friday for my next blog entry, think it is an opportunity to take a glance of what was transpired in the other part of the globe in this Year’s Independence Day celebration.

Ambassador Castrence with Mr. & Mrs. Park/Mr.& Mrs. Fe Kim

 

Mr. & Mrs. Fe Kim/Mr. & Mrs. Park with Labor Attache Sabulao

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea (ROK) began in 1949, with the Philippines deploying Filipino soldiers to South Korea. Today there are approximately 50,000 Filipinos living in South Korea.

 Filipinos in ROK are small in numbers compared to Saudi Arabia where there are estimated 1 Million Filipinos

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and the Republic of Korea (ROK) began in 1949, with the Philippines deploying Filipino soldiers to South Korea. Today there are approximately 50,000 Filipinos living in South Korea.

Filipinos in ROK are small in numbers compared to Saudi Arabia where there are estimated 1 Million Filipinos (OFWs and dependents) but I believed Korea in the future would be the next haven of overseas Filipino workers considering Philippine-ROK continuous strong ties both political and economic linkages.  

 There’s another celebration this coming Sunday (June 17, 2007) to be held at Hamilton Hotel, Iteawon, Seoul. This is a Joint celebration of the 109th Philippine Independence Day  and 12th year of Migrant Workers Day to be attended by the different Filipino communities with cultural presentation.

Filipinos (OFWs and dependents) but I believed Korea in the future would be the next haven of overseas Filipino workers considering Philippine-ROK continuous strong ties both political and economic linkages.   

 There’s another celebration this coming Sunday (June 17, 2007) to be held at Hamilton Hotel, Iteawon, Seoul. This is a Joint celebration of the 109th Philippine Independence Day  and 12th year of Migrant Workers Day to be attended by the different Filipino communities with cultural presentation.

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