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The Philippines-Korea Cultural
Exchange Festival returns online

Both countries celebrate friendship—and Chuseok in September

September is all about celebration for the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, as it commemorates togetherness, artistry, and beauty through events that allow people to understand more how Koreans give importance to such values.

Returning this 2021 via an online event is the Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival.

Organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, with the United Korean Community Association (UKCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), We Stand Together Online Concert will be on Sept. 25, 2021, Saturday, 3 pm Philippine time.

The event will feature performances by Filipino and Korean artists, and can be streamed for free via the Korean Cultural Center on the Philippines’ Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as the UKCA and NCCA Facebook Pages.

Apart from commemorating years of strong ties between the two countries, the 2021 PhilKor Festival also seeks to highlight the undeniable Filipino and Korean talent. The Online Talent Competition segment of the festival is divided into Voice and Dance categories. Filipino participants (solo or group) may enter the voice competition by performing a Korean song, while Korean participants (solo and group) may join the voice category by singing a Filipino song. For the dance category, Filipino and Korean participants (solo or group) may perform any Korean pop, traditional, or cultural song.

The Grand Winner in the Online Talent Competition will take home P50,000 in cash, while the Vocal Category and Dance Category winners will receive P30,000 each. Winners will be announced at the Online Concert proper.

Apart from the PhilKor Festival, September is also a memorable month because of Chuseok or Korean Thanksgiving Day on September 21. It is considered the biggest holiday in Korea that gathers families for various celebrations and traditional activities. This month’s Traditional Thursday by KCC will center on learning this and other ceremonial traditions, as well as the story behind the well-loved Chuseok.

Meanwhile, dive deep into Korea’s contribution to the arts, as KCC has prepared a special screening featuring modern and contemporary art by the MMCA all Sundays of September via KCC social media.

K-Beauty is one aspect of the Hallyu Wave that has also been embraced by Filipinos. This time, for the fifth episode of its online shorterview series K-Stans: Along With K-Culture, KCC will feature experts in beauty and skin care to discuss how the Korean wave has reigned supreme in that industry.

KCC will continue to push its boundaries to provide the best events and activities for Filipino K-Culture enthusiasts at home.

Follow the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines on Facebook and @kccphil on Instagram and Twitter for more updates about the Embassy and KCC’s events and activities. For more information, contact: [email protected].

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