CFO’s Korea Cultural Orientation Seminar

If you’re a Filipino and you have a Korean fiance/fiancee, you are required to attend CFO’s Korea Cultural Orientation Seminar. It’s a two-day program that introduces Korean culture and what to expect being married to a Korean.

If I remember correctly, the two counselors also conducted person-to-person interview with the ladies on the second day of the two-day seminar. That’s when they would decide whether to give the certificate or not. The certificate is necessary before leaving the country on an F-2 visa. The immigration officials at the airport checked mine before I left.

The Philippine Embassy has posted the schedule of the seminars for this year. You can check it through their News & Event section with the title Schedule of CFO’s Korea Cultural Orientation Seminar.

I don’t really remember what I learned through that seminar. I had to work at night and I had to attend the seminar during the day. I wonder if they said anything about the difficulty of starting a sales career here if you can’t speak Korean.

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  1. wow. tamang-tama po talaga ito sa akin. thank you po for posting this. Next week na po kc ako pupunta ng Manila for my seminar. Jan.12~13 which falls on Wed. and Thurs. After po ba ng 2 day seminar ko can I go directly na po sa ba sa CFO office for my counseling on Jan.13? Im from Davao pa po kc. Sana matapos lahat ito within 2 weeks ^^ Para if ever man maka.attend ako ng 2 days seminar and another 1 day for counseling sa Jan.15 I can apply my visa at the embassy. I estimated my stay in Manila for only two weeks.

  2. oppps.I just read in their site a while ago.Visa processing will take 10 working days due to many applicants during the winter season. T.T

  3. Hi..just want to add…don’t forget to ask about the sticker that must be in your passport before you leave the office where the seminar will be conducted. I did almost have a problem at the Manila airport when the immigration officer didn’t find that sticker.

  4. also, you have to attach the smaller CFO certificate in the back of your passport for it will be demanded by the immigration officer in Manila Airport.

    1. hi kiej,
      thanks for your message. but i can have my sticker if i already have my visa right?
      how about the the smaller CFO certificate, is that the green one? thanks ^^

      1. hi Cha! sorry to hear about the 10-day visa processing.. but yes, the sticker will only be attached once you get your visa. you can immediately head to the CFO office once you get your visa.
        smaller cfo cert is the green one…

      2. hi Cha! sorry to hear about the 10-day visa processing.. but yes, the sticker will only be attached once you get your visa. you can immediately head to the CFO office for the sticker once you get your visa.
        smaller cfo cert is the green one…

        1. miss jehan,

          Tanung ko lang anung nest gagawin pag nakuha ko na nso marriage cert ko? ppunta pba me sa embassy dito?

  5. ask ko lang po sana ano po mga indemand na work dyan for filipina. graduate po ako ng business administration naghahanap po ako ngaun ng work dito s phils. and 1 or 2 years plan ko po mag work korea. Plan ko po mag tutor but bawal po pala. thank you po.

    1. hello mozel!

      usually, teaching english language ang in demand na work dito for foreigners pero if you have the qualifications of an E7 visa, mas broader ang opportunities mo.

  6. Hi,

    Just to share my experience at SMEF-COW Cebu. Among in our group only for those who are bound to Korea were asked for additional requirements. In addition to that, they have to attend also the 2 days Korean culture orientation. Others who are bound in Western countries just have to attend a 1 day seminar and were able to get the Guidance and Counselling certificate at the end of the day. They are really strict..

    1. It’s the same as when I attended the seminar eight years ago. Only those bound for Korea and Japan have to attend the two-day seminar.

  7. Good evening!
    I’m Charish from Cebu. I’d like to ask what additional documents are asked for those bound for Korea. I’m married to a Korean and planning to have the seminar next month.
    I’m looking forward to reading your reply/replies.
    Thank you so much!

    1. hi, charish!

      You may jot down the documents na na-mention sa mga comments na nasa sa link na ito:
      Getting married: Philippines or Korea? Part 1

      Good luck!

  8. Hi! Ms. Betchay, I’ve seen and red many articles from you. I am so thankful for all the information that you continously sharing with us. It is indeed very helpful and informative.I will be coming to Korea soon. As usual, I am married to Korean nationals. I met him in the Internet and I ‘ve known him for 2 years and 5 months.With all the negative stories that I saw in the internet, I am still afraid to come there.?! I am not afraid with my husband but I am afraid of the culture that the Korea had. My husband is living in gun-wi gun, gyeongsangbuk-do. Can you give me some details about that place? I have searched some info in the internet but all comments are good and nice. I want to hear from you Ate Betchay the real features does gyeongsangbuk-do has? Hope to hear a response from you.Thank you and GOD bless po.

    jing .=>

  9. If your planning to attend the seminar be sure that your there about 7 am, the registration start 7:30 am at the guard. Everyday they accept only 15 people who will join the seminar, if ever you arrive late and your numbers 16, then automatic you will be entertain the next day. The seminar starts 9:30 am, that’s introduction, explanation about the objective of the seminar and give examples of a certain situation about Filipino people who move abroad. Then in the afternoon, you need to be back 1:00 pm for the one on one counseling. So be prepared in advance to some basic questions about the love story of your life.

    The objective of this seminar is to help the said clientele make informed decisions and prepare them for the realities of cross-cultural marriages.

  10. I attended the CFO seminar a year ago and as what i can remember, they’re a bit strict with your requirements especially those that are bound for Korea and Japan. I guess, it’s something to do with the language barrier and the huge difference in culture. I’m from Cebu too and I’ve stayed here in Korea for a year now. I’ve heard a lot of terrible stories about Filipina wives being maltreated and in worst case scenarios, ending up in a casket. What I’m trying to say here is that there is really a good reason why the CFO is a bit strict with the requirements and sometimes they really have to check your relationship background with your spouse.. (eg. Where, how, when u met your husband) there were four of us during the seminar and I think only 3 of us got the certificate since the other girl admitted that she only met her spouse through an agency. I felt sad for her but at the same time I thought it’d be wise to get to know her husband more first and try to think what she is really getting herself into. For some, money and the hope of having a good life for your family in the Philippines looks very promising but it comes with a big sting at the end.. So choose wisely and stay safe. God bless you all!

    1. Hi Jjlove! Thank you for sharing your experience. Marriage is something that we really should think about and not just go with our emotions or needs, especially when marrying someone from a different country with a different culture and language.

  11. Np po ate betchay.. 🙂 I’m glad to express about these things to everyone else. Thank u din po for this blog. This is such a huge help for circulating information.. ^^ God bless po! 🙂

  12. hello po..marami po akong ask bout sa siminar sa cfo…ksi nxtweek go po aq dian taga olongapo po aq..f korea po anung sched.po ng simenar every day po ba un at saka wt time po dapat pumunta dian my rgistration pa po dba..t.y poh

  13. hi my name joan. I just wanna get some info to all of you.. who got already done to take there seminar.. i already marriage to korean.. my husband said i have to take cfo seminar to get a certificate from them. i just worry about my requirements because of date, my husband got his legal capacity on aug.6 2012 so we submit aug.7 to cityhal then we take a seminar and application for marriage so we sigh up. then they said we have to wait for 10days b4 marriage, after 10dys we recived certificate paper for marriage thats is agu17 then we do our marriage on same date. so our marriage date is aug17.. but the problem is our notice date is july2 and our marriage application is july2 that cityhal give to us.. my worry about if the cfo did not acsept our application it is poseble? pls give me some adviced then i will change my docoments b4 take CFO simenar.. thanks

    1. Hi Joana! What’s important is that your husband was in the Philippines when you got married. Others had problems because the date of their marriage didn’t match the time their husband was in the Philippines.

  14. gudpm,,anabel poh.ask ko po kelan sched.ng seminar kasi ang tagal ko na po kasi ngparegister nung aug.22 pa until now wla pa q sched ng seminar.cfo katipunan ako ngparegister ang sbi sken ittxt nlng aq,pero wla pa din tumawag ako dun katipunan wla na pla dun,d man lng inform sa amin,tagal na poh kmi nghintay..korea poh pupuntahan ko na bansa..

    1. Hi, Ms. Anabel. Tuesdays and Thursdays (15 slots) 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm ang sched ng seminar. Agahan mo ang pagpunta kasi limited to 15 ka tao lang ang maaaring mag-participate sa nasabing seminar. Kapag di ka nasali, bka the next week ka na makakapag seminar.

      Here’s the address:
      CFO Manila
      Citigold Center, 1345 Pres. Quirino Avenue
      corner Osmeña Highway (South Superhighway)
      Manila, Philippines 1007
      Tel. No.: (02) 552-4700
      Fax No.: (02) 561-8332
      E-mail: info@cfo.gov.ph
      Website: http://www.cfo.gov.ph

      Source:
      http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1348:fiancee-spouses-and-other-partners-of-foreign-nationals&catid=140

  15. good am,1 month na po ako nag hihintay ng call from cfo need ko na po ang certificate….nag attend po ako ng seminar sa prism noong june 6 and 7….pumunta ako ng cfo sept 7,2012 sabi nila tatawagan nalang untill now nag hihintay ako

  16. mam cindy kailan ko po mkuha ung certificate ko.katipunan po ako ngparegister,ngseminar po ako ng 2days nung october 6 and 7 ???

  17. gudpm po..mam betchay ask q po f may schedule na ng seminar,tagal ko na po kasi ngparegister,maeexpired na poh requirements asawa q,3months lng kasi sa embassy..sa katipunan po aq ngparegister nung aug.22 poh,mam bigyan nyo na po aq sched ng seminar..thanks poh…

  18. hi po mam betchay pwd po bah paki sabh kaymam cindy na kailangan ko na po makuha yung certificate ko po kasi yung papaers po nang husband ko ay expired na po nung july pa po ako nag register kasi po matagal na po kami nag chat at wait niya na po ako please lang po

  19. hi mam bechay lagi po ako pumupunta sa cfo sabi nila mag hintay lang daw po ng tawag ei 1 month na po ako nag hihintay….ano po ang gagawim ko mam?

  20. hi po gud eve po ang hirap po nang kalagayan po nang mama ko kaya ko po hindi ko po siya nadala sa cfo sa dahilan na may diabetis po siya sa paa yung kinakain na po yung kuko atr laman niya hindi ko pa po na papagamot nang husto kaya humihingi po ako nang pasensya kay mam cindy at kay mam ivy kung hindi man po mkapunta ang mama ko sana maintindihan niyo po i hope na maunawaan niyo po ang kalagayan po nang mama ko po

  21. mam ivy mam cindy patay na po ang pap ko po at ang 2 ko po ate ay may aswa na po at may nag aaral pa po samin gusto ko po sana matulungan niyo po ako at nag mamakaawa po ako na makuha ko na po yung certificate ko po buong puso po ako mag papasalamat po sa inyo kung makakkuha po ako nang certificate!malaki po ang matutulong niyo po skin

  22. mam cindy mam ivy tatanawin ko po na utang na loob ko po sainyo kung mapagbigyan niyo po ako nang certificate…sana maitindihan niyo po ako mahirap lang po kami at laki po ang pasalamt ko po sa aswa ko dahil tinutulungan niya po ang pamilya ko po gusto ko po maksama siya at masuklian po nang pagmamahal ang aswa ko sa korea kaya gusto ko po na pumunta nang korea..nag mamkaawa po ako sa inyo..i hope maintindihan niyo po ako more power all cfo..god bless

  23. bibihira lang po ang tao na mapamahal sa ibang lahi mahal na mahal ko po yung aswa ko po kaya gingawa ko po lahat kahit mahirap dapat tiisin 4months na po kami nag chat nag aswa ko po ayaw ko po siya paasahin kaya ginagawa ko po ang lahta para maka punta po sa kanya mahl ko po aswa ko kahit korean po siya ..i hope na mtulungan niyo po kami upang ipag patuloy ang pagmamahalan namin dalawa nang aswa ko po sana matawagan na po ako.ito po number ko po 09099921979 at ito po fb ko po analisayang search lang poyan makita niyo po kung ganu namin kamahl ang isat isa

  24. umiyak naga po siya sakin dahil namis niya na po ako at ako din po nag kis nalang po kami sa cam para kahit chat lang pinapadama ko po sakanya ang pagmamahl ko kahit malayo kaya hindi po ako titigil pumunta sa cfo para makuha po ang certificate ko sabh nga po pag maytiyaga may certificate…thanks po kay mam cindy kahit nakulitn na po siya entertain niya parin po ako maraming maraming salamt po talaga!….

    1. hi analisa! paki-contact ng direkta ang CFO… hindi ako konektado sa kanila at wala akong katungkulan o kapangyarihan sa mga bagay na ‘yan…

  25. hi mam, nun july pa po ako 2 day workshops s katipunan, nsa quirino n po papers q up to now, wala p po call if kelan q makukuha cert q. hoping n matulungan nyo po ako tnx….

  26. mam e2 po pla # q 09126509825,maraming beses n po me ngfolowup s quirino, mam complete aman po papers q, bkit ndi p po ako tinawgan tgal n po aq antay cert mam, pls bigyan neu n po kme cert.anu p po b dpt namen gwen pwa makakuha …

  27. good afternoon po,ako po si madelyn jeon nakapag seminar na po ako noong AUGUST 26&27 hanggang ngaun hindi ko pa po nakukuha ung certificate ko ilang beses na po aq pabalik-balik sa cfo sabi po maghintay lang daw po ako ng tawag nila pero wala pa po sila tawag hanggang ngaun po,eto po pala E-MAIL ko madelynrosete@yahoo.com eto naman po ung tel.no. ko po 09391744116/09466374035,sana matawagan nyo na po ako,hihintayin ko po tawag nyo,salamat po.

  28. madelyn rosete po pangalan ko pero noong ng fill-up po ako ng form sa cfo madelyn jeon ang nilagay ko pong name ko.hihintayin ko po tawag nyo,tel.no ko po 09391744116/09466374035,salamat po.

  29. good afternoon po, ako po si madelyn jeon nakapagseminar na po ako noong AUGUST 26&27 pero hanggang ngayon hindi ko pa po nakukuha yong certificate ko po,ilang beses na po ako pabalik-balik sa cfo pero sabi po nila maghintay lang daw po ako ng tawag nila pero hanggang ngayon wala pa po silang tawag,eto po ung tel.no ko po 09391744116/09466374035,eto po naman un E-MAIL ko po madelynrosete@yahoo.com sana matawagan nyo na po ako,hihintayin ko po tawag nyo salamat po.

  30. mam betchay kau po kc ung lge updated kya po kung pwd po sna pkisav nman po ky mam cindy kung kailan po pwd mkuha ung certificate ko po.ngseminar po ako nung Oct. 6 and 7., thanks po…

  31. gandang tanghali po c MYLA YIM po i2 nakapag seminar na po ako last june 22,2012 at nakapag worshop last july 11-12,2012 tagal na po ako 2matawq sa CFO hanggang ngaun wla pa po ung certificate ko .. kelan po ako mkakakuha ng certificate hintai ko po ung tawag nyo e2 po ung no.ko 09089235682/09154563690 at e2 po ung email ko myla_calda@yahoo.com sana po matawagan nyo po agad kase nag aaway na po kmi ng asawa ko.. salamat po

  32. gandang tanghali po c MYLA YIM po e2 kukuha po sana ako ng CFO CERTIFICATE nagseminar na po ako noong last june 22,2012 at nag workshop na po ako noong july 11-12,2012 tagal na po ako naghihintay ng tawag ng cfo hanggang ngaun po wla pa e2 po ung no.ko 09089235682/09154563690 at e2 po ung email ko myla_calda@yahoo.com sana po matawagan o ma email po agad nag aaway na po kaze kmi ng asawa ko ..salamat po

  33. good afternoon this MYLA YIM i’ve finish my seminar last june 22 2012 and i’ve finish my workshop last july 11/12,2012 in KATIPUNAN almost 3 months i’ve waited the call of CFO but until now i dont have a CFO CERTIFICATE please call me or email me because my husband is very angry to me i’ve waited so long this is my email address myla_calda@yahoo.com and this is my phone number 09089235682/09154563690

  34. ma’am please call me i need to go to korea soon my husband is very angry to me please . he ask me if i really like to go to korea. ma’am please i need to get the CFO CERTIFICATE thanks !!!

  35. Good day mam Cindy!

    hi im criselda ramos lee
    i had attended the 2-day workshop last oct 27-28
    may i ask po when is my schedule for the final interview and for the release of cfo-certificate…
    thank you
    and more power po.

  36. Hi! I just went there last week. I was aware of the two-day seminar but I didn’t know I had to attend two days more for the guidance and counseling. (so total of 4 days to get the certificates plus the registration when you get your visa.Total of five!).The sad part is the next schedule is on Dec.15-16 which is more than a month from now.CFO Paco Manila is the only office they have now.PRISM and SMECOW are already closed.Those people who applied in these locations are referred to the main office in Paco. I met some women who have that kind of situation. They waited for a long time they said.So definitely that’s one of the reasons why there are no available slots for this month.Already full even it’s on weekends.From what I observed, most attendees are clueless when it comes to the requirements and the “other documents” which is indicated on the website. As for the guidance seminar, I had a great time meeting other people. The speaker was a bit funny,too.This kind of seminar is helpful,but it’s still lacking of the information that we really need to know when we get to our destination.I don’t know what they will talk about during the counseling session and the workshop,but I do hope CFO considers the schedule or availability and financial situation of the attendees,too.It would be better if we could do it in one day. Some women came from far places like Bataan,Zambales,Olongapo and other provinces. Some slept outside the building just to get a slot.Some women are still working or have children.We sacrifice a lot just to get these certificates because it’s a requirement to get a visa.But now I’m thinking,is it really worth it?I’ll find out soon….

  37. hi po mam matagal na po akong nag seminar nuong july 28.29 mam sana namna po bigyan niyo po ako nang pagkakataon na makausap ko po si mam ivy sana naman po makausap ko na po yung mag counseling saakin!

  38. GUD EVE MAM CINDY,NAKAPAG SEMINAR NAPO AKO NANG NOV 10 AND 11.SANA PO AY MA SCHEDULE NYO NA KO.WAIT KO NALANG PO TAWAG NYO.SALAMAT PO.

  39. Hello po sa lahat ng nagtatanong ng kanilang Guidance and Counseling Certificate (GCC). Nais ko pong tumulong kaya magco-comment po ako. Dumaan din kasi ako sa seminar na yan bago ako napunta dito sa Korea. Nagtataka rin nga ako kumbakit masyadong nade-delay ang pag-issue ng naturang certificate gayung dati ay nakukuha naman agad pgkatapos ng activities sa ikalawang araw.

    Hindi po empleyado ng CFO si Ms. Bechay. Blogsite niya lamang po ito. Isinusulat niya mga experiences, opinion, at mga impormasyong nalaman niya para makatulong sa iba.

    Hindi po kayo maririnig ng CFO dito. Mas maigi hong tumawag o personal na bumisita or mag-email direkta sa CFO mismo.

    Ito po yung link ng directory ng CFO: http://www.cfo.gov.ph/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1329&Itemid=842

    May mga numbers ho diyan – celphone, landline, or email address na maaari n’yong tawagan. Sana ay masolusyonan na problema niyo.

  40. Good evening! Thanks AnewME for posting this. Just want to share my CFO experience.
    I attended the Guidance Program last Nov.8 and took my counseling session on Dec.1.My workshop was last Dec.8-9 and by Dec.10 I got my certificate.It’s kinda fast compared to other attendees who need to get a confirmation e-mail after one or two weeks.I think it depends upon the counselor. Mine was Ms.Erlinda and our batch was the first group she handled. I’m kinda grateful because she made this experience a bit easy..She prioritizes those women whose stories are real or reliable.(only based on my observation) She’s a psychologist that’s why. In addition, she asked for very few documents only.If you are able to provide the docs on your counseling session, she will give you the schedule of workshop which is the coming week.When you finish the workshop for two days, by Monday you can get the certificate.
    I’ve heard a lot of bad stories about CFO,so I tried to prepare everything.(legal capacity,marriage license, notice and application)There are some women who already attended the workshop but still haven’t gotten the certificate yet though many months have passed. I hope this story changes your mind a little bit if not gives little bit of hope.. Thanks for reading.
    More power Ms.Betchay! ^^

  41. hi po..ask ko lang po sana kung pwede po ako mag pa schedule for final counciling…nung AUG.25 and 26,2012 pa poh ako umattend ng 2days seminar..paki email nalang po ako sa facebook account ko po..khezzyHan_10@yahoo.com..at ito rin po n0.ko 09103064970 at 09266912521.. Maraming Salamat po..asahan ko po ang pagreply nyo..take care poh.

    1. Khezzy Han, Naiintindihan ko ang frustration mu pero hindi connected ang site na ito sa CFO. Blog lang ito ni Ms. Betchay na nagbibigay ng information or background sa ilang topics na makakatulong satin.Gusto kita tulungan kaya ishi share ko lang anu puede mu gawin. First, saang CFO branch ka ba nagworkshop? Iisang na lang kze ang nagfu function sa Manila ha. Yung main office nila sa may Paco . The rest natanggal na. Ang alam ko, ineendorse yan ng mga branches. Then anu ba ang instructions sa inyo? Magantay ng email, text or tawag?Lahat ba ng binigay mung email,number ay tama? Kze mi mga case na hindi natatanggp dahil mali ang binigay. So check mu din.If ganyan na katagal,bka mi miscommunication.Next, verify mu ung counselor mu. If may contact number ka or email, kontakin mu. Finally, if wala talaga punta ka ng CFO office. Usually itatanong ng guards dun cnu counselor mu and anung purpose. If she’s still working sa Main, then good for you kze puede mu agad matanong but if hindi na, then iinform mu sila sa situation mu… Sana makatulong to kahit papano. Madami akong nakasabay na matagal ng nagaantay ng sched for counseling and workshop. AJA! ^^

  42. magandang araw po…ask ko lang poh sana kung kelan po ako pwedeng magpasked para po sa last counseling..sa katipunan po ako nag pa register..at nung AUG.25 AND 26,2012 pa po ako nakapag 2days seminar..sana po matulungan nyo po ako..kelangan ko na po ng certificate…ilang buwan napo akong naghihintay ng tawag at email nyo po…sana po, mabigyan nyo na po ako..maraming salamat po…

  43. gud eve po…mam ask ko lang po sana kung kelan po ako makakapag last counseling….tagal ko na po kcng naghihintay ng tawag at email nyo po…inaasahan ko po na sana po ay matulungan nyo po ako, at mabigyan ng certificate….maraming maraming salamat po…god bless po sa inyong lahat..

  44. tsaka gusto ko na pong makasama ang asawa ko….lagi nya po akong tinatanong about po sa cfo…at kung kelan ko po makukuha ang cfo certificate ko po…hinihintay na po nla ako sa korea….sana po matulangan nyo ako….hindi po ako magsasawang mahintay sa tawag at sa email nyo po…sana po matulungan nyo po ako..god bless po..

  45. gud am mam, cindy i just want to ask when is the next sked of counseling i just finish all my requirements i attend feb 14 2013 im mrs, mary grace jo hopping for your respond thank you

  46. Gud am mam cindy im mary grace jo i already attend korean ceminar feb 14, 2013 i already give the documents you need, when i can have the next scedule for the certificate hoping for reply thank you

  47. Hi mam cindy Daisy pi ito.mam pa2schedule po sana aq mam ive been there last Feb.21,13 i had my requiremnt..u can msg.me here mam cindy at magaro.daisy@yahoo.com or my cp #09299529630 thank you so mch po wait ko po msg.nyo mam god bless!!

    1. mam cindy…im rienalyn lopez yoo..sorry if im only now message…coz i have work…can i ask if when can i go to cfo..to bring my requirements…i already complete..i will wait your reply…tnx you for understanding to me..

  48. mam cindy good morning po.Rienalyn lopez Yoo po ito.pa2schedule po sana ako para s counselling po.1st visit ko po feb.7,2013. email add ko po…lopez.rhen@yahoo.com or my cp # 09393772126 …wait ko po reply nio…tnx po ng marami…

  49. hhi guys ask ko lang kapag nagsabi ka ba ng totoo na galing ka agency ano ang mangyayari? Di ko ksi alam kung ano ssabhin sa unang interview. Auko nman mag alibi. Plan ko na ksi mgpnta ng Cfo nxtweek ee. Pks reply

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