Filipinos have long embraced the Korean culture in many ways—from its food, products, and dramas to K-pop. Koreans, meanwhile, continue to visit and explore the Philippines as one of the top foreign tourist arrival contributors in the country.
This year Filipinos and Koreans will once again showcase fondness for each other’s traditions at the 2015 Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival on October 4 at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila.
Hosted by the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) and the Embassy of Republic of Korea, together with the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines (UKCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the event will feature performances from the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group and the Korean performance team, Uhee Nori. A Hanbok fashion show with music from the Chunhyang-jeon production will also be mounted by the K-Musical pupils of KCC.
The Ramon Obusan Folkloric Group has been one of Cultural Center of the Philippines’ leading resident companies since 1986 and has presented over a thousand traditional folk dance performances in the Philippines and abroad.
Uhee Nori is group of young and passionate performers of Korean classical music from the National High School of Traditional Arts. They are professional artists who try their best to streamline Korean traditional arts and play so that more people around the world could enjoy the Korean traditional performances.
K-Musical students of KCC will be the lead of the Hanbok fashion presentation. Alongside the fashion show, they will be performing the Korean musical Chunhyang-jeon. Chunhyang-jeon is based on a 17th century novel about a beautiful girl named Chunhyang and is one of the best known traditional love stories of Korea. Capping off the event are performances from K-Pop idol group FameUs and Asha.
Besides the performances of the said groups, there will also be a speech contest, and a singing and dancing competition for both Korean and Filipino participants. Raffle prizes, and a Korean photo exhibition will also be available for the audience to enjoy.
Admission is free and is on first come, first served basis. For more information call the United Korean Community Association 886-4848, 0920-923-8730 or Korean Cultural Center at 555-1711.