As part of its mission to promote the Korean culture in the Philippines, the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) held its first Taekwondo Exhibition on Thursday at the KCC building at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
Titled “Soul of Korea: Tae kwon do,” the exhibit featured the history and development, as well as different techniques and principles of the Korean martial art of taekwondo.
“I am particularly proud that the KCC is bringing to the Philippines a principal component of our culture,” said Kim Jae-Shin, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines during the opening ceremonies.
Both countries have a long history of friendship, which goes back to the Korean War, where the bonds that binds both nations have gone beyond diplomatic. The
Philippines-South Korea relations encompass political, economical, defense cooperation as well as cultural and people-to-people exchange.
The exhibit highlighted the dateline of events and international activities that led to the globalization of taekwondo that literally translates “the way of the kick and the punch.” It aims to enhance the status of the martial sport in the country and share the spirit of taekwondo to Filipinos.
“I envision this exhibit will help increase the awareness and interest of Filipinos in taekwondo,” KCC director OH Choong Suk said.
Also on display during the exhibit are tae kwon do-related materials and technologies used in the sport of taekwondo such as electronic protectors, sandbags and various types of uniforms.
The exhibit is a joint project of the Taekwondo won Park in Korea and the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA).
“It is the first Taekwondo exhibit in the Philippines and I hope that this exhibit will help more Filipinos understand and be interested in taekwondo,” PTA Chairman Hong Sung-Chon concluded.
The PTA poomsae and demonstration team had an exhibition during the opening ceremonies.
KCC also announced during the event that it is offering basic and advance taekwondo classes every Saturday.
The exhibit will run until August 19 at the second floor of Mancor Corporate Center, BGC, Taguig City. Admission is free.