A Night of Experiencing Korea


Last January 27, 2012, Asia Society Philippine Foundation, Inc., in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center, featured Korea during the second of the six session of the Asia in My Pocket.  It was held at the beautiful halls of the Korean Cultural Center, Taguig City.  The event was attended by professionals, business executives and people from the non-government sectors.

The Korean Cultural Center is decorated with materials reflecting both traditional and modern cultures of Korea.  The hallway is filled with flat-screen televisions which plays videos about the main components of the country’s culture.  There were exhibits of pottery, musical instruments and dolls at the main lobby, as well as photos and life-size images of Korean drama and K-Pop stars.  On side of the wall and on the ceiling lights hang the beautiful Jogakbo garments, a form of traditional patchwork.  The place has amplified the Korean atmosphere for the participants.

The first speaker was Hon. Myung Joon Kim, the Economic Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.  His initial discussion is about the economic relationship between the Philippines and Korea, how these two countries have engaged in several cooperative agreements.  He also discussed how the business in the country works, also with a little of history articulating the story on how the country overcame economic backlashes caused by the Korean War and the Asian financial crisis.  He then gave advices regarding the basic things to know when doing business in Korea, particularly in terms of laws.

The participants were then graced by Ms. Jang Eun Jo with a traditional Korean dance.  She showcased her elegant and fluid moves while wearing a Hanbok, a traditional Korean dress.  Ms. Jo is an instructor of traditional dance at the Korean Cultural Center.

A Korean buffet dinner from San Sung restaurant was then served at the main lobby.  Some of the courses were Kimchi, Bulgogi and Chili Chicken. Dir. Seong Un Hwang of the Korean Cultural Center gave a small speech about the Korean culture on food preparation, eating and dishes.  This was succeeded by his talk about the culture of Korea.  He cited the Korea’s beautiful tourist destinations, mouthwatering cuisine, outstanding sport personality, infamous KPop stars, familial ties and behavior.   

The last speaker was Mr. Niel Zerrudo.  He has worked in Korea for two years at the Arc Mills (Kyoung Dong Faith Co., Ltd.)as a Sales and Marketing Manager.  He shared his experiences as a Filipino during his stay in the country.  He attested to the professionalism of Korean when it comes to work and business.

The session was a true Korean experience.   They have tasted, felt and learned the Korean culture. (click here for more photos during the event)

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Singapore - February 16 (6pm); Malaysia - March 8 (6pm); Japan - March 22 (6pm); India - March 29 (6pm)