MANILA, Philippines - A Filipina, who has lived in Busan, South Korea, for the past 13 years, has been honored for her volunteer work in helping the elderly.
Dorothy Ricardo, a native of Isabela, was the runner-up for the Hopeful Family Award at the 6th Korea Exchange Bank (KEB) Global Family Awards.
Ricardo received 5 million KRW (around P215,000) as prize.
The Hopeful Family Award is given to housewives in multicultural families who have volunteered to help neighbors and improve the welfare of other multicultural families.
"The presence of migrant families and foreigners from all walks of life provides opportunities for Korea to become a truly multicultural society in this era of globalization,” Philippine Ambassador to South Korea Raul S. Hernandez said in a congratulatory message to the winners at the KEB awards.
"Important events such as this paint a clearer picture of migrant families in Korea as not just recipients of aid, but also valuable contributors to Korean society and economy," he said.
Representative Jasmine Lee, Philippine-born Korean National Assembly legislator and a leading advocate of Korea’s multicultural policy, and Lee Bok-sil, Vice Minister and Acting Minister of the Ministry of Gender Equality & Family (MOGEF), also delivered congratulatory messages.
The KEB Global Family Awards aims to highlight the importance of the well-being and adjustment of multicultural families in South Korea.
Other awardees were nationals of Vietnam, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Mongolia, China and South Korea. Several multicultural family centers were also recognized such as the Ansan Multicultural Family Support Center, Gwangsan-gu Office (GwangjuMetropolitan City) and DaejeonImmigrant Woman Rights Center.