Filipino community to hold fund-raising event in Seoul

By Emely Dicolen-Abagat, Ph.D.

Posted at Nov 21 2012 12:49 PM | Updated as of Nov 21 2012 09:38 PM

Contestants for the 2012 Mr. and Ms. Kalinangang Pilipino in Seoul, South Korea.

SEOUL, South Korea - The Hyehwa-dong Filipino Catholic Community (HFCC) is holding a fund-raising event to showcase Filipino culture, talent and beauty.

HFCC, the Filipino organization under the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center for Filipino Migrants and the biggest Filipino Community in South Korea, is in its 5th year of organizing the search for 2012 Mr. and Ms. Kalinangang Pilipino.

The pageant will be held on November 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm. at the Tongsong High School Auditorium, Hyehwa-dong.

This year’s search highlights the participation of multicultural spouses. The organizers recognized the ever-increasing role that multicultural families play in the promotion of Filipino culture in this country.

In this year’s search, 14 candidates, 3 of whom are from multicultural families, will vie for the title of 2012 Mr. and Ms. Kalinangang Pilipino. 

The female candidates are: Liezel Mayuga, Jessah Mae Rosales Kim, Josielyn Yoon, June Rose Perez Sinajon, Sheila Mae dela Cruz, Geraldine Persia, and Ayessa Carla Villanueva. The male candidates are: Isidro Antiquiera, Mark Josef Yuzon, Kempee Eyas, Jake Rivera, Nash Ang, Ryan Urbina, Marlon Aguila

Little Damayan Troupers, a group of Filipino-Korean children from multicultural families will also perform the tinikling, Philippines’ traditional dance. Performing in the same event are Filipino singers and performers such as Shaddai Solidum, Mary Joy Lor Tungala, Anna Lopez Sta Ana, and Peter Lloyd Sales Cabillo.

The event is an annual activity of the HFCC to raise some funds to help Filipinos in Korea who are in dire need of financial assistance in cases of hospitalization, emergency deportation, death, and other urgent needs and outreach activities of the Philippine center such as relief services and scholarship.

Moreover, this is also a cultural venue where Koreans and other foreign nationals can discover more about the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage and values through dances, songs, costumes and traditions.

Tickets to the event, which includes a raffle, are 10,000 Korean won. For tickets and inquiries, please contact Fr. Alvin B. Parantar, MSP, the Chaplain of the Hyehwadong Filipino Catholic Community. You may also call   010-4323-0870 or   02-765-0870 or email [email protected]