CELEBRATION OF THE PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE DAY IN SEOUL
Last Sunday, I and my husband attended the fiesta at the UN Compound. It was a joint celebration for the Independence Day and Migrant Workers’ Day. Unlike last year’s event, this one was really small. A reliable source told me that it was because a Filipino group had their own separate party.
The event last Sunday was coordinated by the Philippine Embassy. We were there at exactly 2:30 PM but the program did not start until after an hour later. My husband was supposed to go to the library but I asked him to stay and watch the presentations, instead.
I saw a couple of familiar faces from last year, unfortunately I forgot what their names were. It’s such a shame because they remembered mine :D. A lot of the men wore barong and the women were in their baro’t saya. I looked so casual with the pair of blue jeans, blouse and sandals that I wore.
The program was divided into three parts. The first part was for the speeches, the second was for the song and dance presentations, while the last part was for the bands. I really just went there for the bands but we left just before the second part ended.
The different Filipino groups showed their talents in singing and dancing. What really stood out, though, was the Korean teenagers’ version of “Maglalatik”. I remember that it was well applauded. The leader of that group said that he loves the Philippines so much that he’s thinking of living there permanently.
There was also a Filipino choir that performed called “After Glow”. They have been to numerous countries around the world and they were so impressive. I didn’t concentrate on the other numbers because I was talking to a friend who came all the way from Wonju City.
My husband, who loves the Philippines probably more than I do :D, enjoyed the show so much that he forgot that he had to go to the library. He just remembered it when somebody sang a song so out of tune.
I really miss the Filipino bands. My husband told me to stay and enjoy but I had a lot of things to do that day. Overall, the festivities was really good.