Seoul, South Korea — The Philippine Embassy in Seoul highlighted the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between the Philippines and South Korea with its participation in the 2019 Seoul Friendship Festival at the Seoul Plaza on August 31, to 01 September 1, 2019.
The Embassy actively participated in three events – the World Food Fair, the World Culture and Tourism Fair, and the Music Café.
At the World Food Fair, the Philippine booth promoted Philippine fresh fruits, such as cavendish bananas and pineapples donated by Del Monte Fresh Produce Korea Ltd. Meanwhile, the Philippine Agriculture Office in Seoul and Dole Korea Ltd. promoted papayas and senorita bananas, fresh produce that were introduced to the Korean market in 2015 and 2018, respectively. The San Miguel beer enjoyed by festival visitors was courtesy of San Mi Korea. Chicken and pork adobo, an iconic Filipino dish, was also popular with the visitors at the Philippine booth.
The Philippine Department of Tourism-Korea (PDOT-Korea) organized a booth at the World Culture and Tourism Fair with a “beach theme.” Aside from tourism information dissemination, PDOT-Korea hosted entertaining activities such as Virtual Reality viewing and roulette and rock-paper-scissors games. At the end of the fair, PDOT-Korea raffled off two roundtrip airline tickets to the Philippines courtesy of Cebu Pacific Air.
This year, for the first time, the Embassy participated in the Fair’s Music Café with the Cordillera Brotherhood Organization (CBO) performing the cañao, war, courtship and banga dances at the Open Lounge of the Seoul City Hall. CBO’s wonderful performances highlighted the rich and diverse culture of the Philippines. The CBO also performed cañao with Ambassador to South Korea Noe A. Wong in front of the Philippine booth, which attracted the interests of many visitors at the Fair.
The Seoul Friendship Festival is an annual event hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to promote cultural diversity through fun activities and performances. It is considered the largest multicultural festival in Seoul representing over 60 countries.