Cultural managements

Korean Cultural Center sees closer collaborations in next 10 years

THE Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in the Philippines held a groundbreaking ceremony to commemorate the opening of its new office on March 23, led by Ambassador Kim Inchul.

Among the luminaries were Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat; Mayor Lino Cayetano of the City of Taguig; Arsenio Lizaso, President of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts; Jocelyn Andaya, Director IV of the Department of Education for the Office of Curriculum Development; Frank David Fabros, Director of the Special Projects and External Affairs Unit of the Film Development Council of the Philippines; and Brigadier General Miguel Villamor, who heads the Association of Veterans of the Philippine Expeditionary Forces in Korea.

KCC celebrated its 10th anniversary last year. Since its establishment in 2011, it continues to create activities, events, and projects related to its goal of broadening understanding and appreciation of Korean culture and promoting active cultural exchange between Korea and the Philippines.

Over the past decade, KCC has actively expanded the understanding and appreciation of Korean culture in the Philippines through Pinoy Kpop Star, Korean Film Festival, Global Taste Korea, and Korean Culture Caravan. And for the next 10 years, the center plans to expand these goals with cultural collaboration between Korea and the Philippines, while promoting Filipino culture to the former.

KCC Director Im Young-a remarked on the two countries’ collaboration, “While the past 10 years of KCC in the Philippines has focused on introducing Korean culture to Filipinos – of course, we will continue to do so – so for the next…we will also try to introduce Filipino culture to Koreans, so that we can grow together through our countries’ cultural exchange.

She also presented the new theme of the KCC in its new headquarters: “This year, with the reopening of the cultural center, we are preparing several important projects under the [‘Phil-Koraboration’ theme]. Murals involving Filipino artists, [and] a “media art” showcase… from both countries will be open to the public. There will be a Korean cultural caravan visiting our future generation, with a cultural street festival where people can experience the culture of both countries. A workshop of film industry experts is also waiting to answer your questions.

To begin the cultural bond, KCC is currently home to “Punghwa: Light of Asean” – a kinetic media art installation created by interactive media art studio SILO Lab, which features lights and sounds that reflect the shared penchant for Korea and the Philippines for “culture of light: “a practice of wishing for bright light in the dark sky. It symbolizes hope, confidence and bravery for a new normal after these difficult times.

The doors of KCC were opened to the public on March 25. No reservations are required for guests, but the center follows the guidelines of the Interagency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and requires them to present vaccination cards before entering, as well as undergo a mandatory temperature control. It is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday through May 31.

Image credits: KCC