Organized by Korean Women’s Association of the Philippines, UP Korea Research Center and sponsored by the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, the first-ever Filipino Speech Contest was successfully held recently at the Benitez Theatre, UP Diliman College of Education.
The Filipino Speech Contest brought almost 100 people attendees including Dr. Aldrin Lee, OIC-Director, UP Korea Research Center and Lee Hyun-joo, President of Korean Women’s Association in the Philippines.
In the Filipino Speech Contest, which aims to celebrate the 70th anniversary of bilateral relations between Korea and the Philippines, 12 Korean contestants delivered their speeches using the Filipino language with their own peculiar story.
Besides the speech contest, a special segment for singing and dancing performances of Jude Matthew Servilla, UP Arirang, and National Middle School of Traditional Korean Arts was also held. The performances aim to highlight the true meaning of cultural exchange between Korea and the Philippines.
Jung Hyun-woo of Manila Korean Academy won the junior category for his speech about the “Three reasons why the Philippines have an important meaning in his life.” For the senior category, Kim Ju-hyeon of University of Santo Tomas won the grand prize by telling his story on “how he got to stay rooted in the Philippines through the Filipino language.”