In celebration of the Korean National Foundation Day, the
Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Cebu had successfully hosted the
reception of Korean National Day in Cebu last October 2, 2018, Tuesday, at the
Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s Grand Ballroom.
The event was graced by more than 250 distinguished guests from the
diplomatic corps, public and private sectors in which Consul General OH Sung
Yong had expressed his utmost gratitude for the consistent support to the
Distinguished dignitaries were led by Cebu Provincial Governor, Honorable
Hilario Davide III. Hehad expressed his sincere gratitude during his
congratulatory message, “There are a lot of milestones all throughout Korea’s
history worth reminiscing and celebrating tonight. One of them is the beautiful
and lasting friendships Korea has established with many countries – the
Philippines, its neighboring countries in South Asia, and Africa to name a few”.
Consul General OH Sung Yong emphasized in his message, that next
year, the two blood-tied allies, the Republic of Korea and the Republic of the
Philippines will celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of its diplomatic
He added, “We continue to foster and support the various mutual
exchanges in the fields of infrastructure, agriculture, finance, defense
industry, education and culture. Significantly, in the tourism sector wherein
Korea’s contribution in Central Visayas is incomparable above all other nations”.
He suggested, “Let’s try
together to reach the goal of 1 million Korean national arrivals in Central
Visayasthis year through ensuring safety and security”.
He said that the Korean government has doubled its official development
assistance (ODA) to the Philippines to 1 billion US Dollars for the period 2017
until 2022. It would be used for the development of new Dumaguete airport, building
the new Cebu International Container Port project in Consolacion, Cebu,
construction of the multi-purpose dam of Jalaur River in Iloilo and donation of
25 patrol vehicles to PRO 7 for the Visayas region.
highlighted that bilateral cooperation between the two countries has to be
During the reception, the guests had the chance to experience
Korea’s various culture. Some of the Korean traditional handmade crafts “hanji”
and a traditional home called “Choga-jib” were displayed. Also, a photo booth
was stationed where guests can get photos of themselves dressed in a “hanbok”,
a traditional Korean dress and a video presentation of “Four Season Colors of
Korea” was played.The guests were also entertained by different performances of
“Samulnori”, a Korean traditional performance by
Manila Samulnori Team, Korean percussion performance called “Nanta” and a song
performance “Arirang” by a Professor Sharon Quinterto-Manalo. Lastly, Korean
wines, beverages and foods were also served.