News
 International
 National
 Embassy News
 Arts & Living
 Business
 Travel & Hotel
 Medical Tourism New
 Taekwondo
 Media
 Letters to Editor
 Photo Gallery
 Cartoons/Comics/Humor
 News Media Link
 TV Schedule Link
 News English
 Life
 Hospitals & Clinics
 Flea Market
 Moving & Packaging
 Religious Service
 Korean Classes
 Korean Weather
 Housing
 Real Estate
 Home Stay
 Room Mate
 Job
 English Teaching
 Translation/Writing
 Job Offered/Wanted
 Business
 Hotel Lounge
 Foreign Exchanges
 Korean Stock
 Business Center
 PR & Ads
 Entertainment
 Arts & Performances
 Restaurants & Bars
 Tour & Travel
 Shopping Guide
 Community
 Foreign Missions
 Community Groups
 PenPal/Friendship
 Volunteers
 Foreign Workers
 Useful Services
 ST Banner Exchange
  National
UPKAA Pays Courtesy Call to Philippine Envoy
By Rowena dela Rosa Yoon
Associate Editor & Australian Correspondent
Ambassador Susan O. Castrence (3rd from left) of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul poses with UPKAA members.

The UP Alumni in Korea Association (UPKAA), a network of Koreans who have studied and achieved academic degrees from the state-owned University of the Philippines, paid a courtesy call to the newly appointed Philippine Ambassador, Her Excellency Susan O. Castrence at the Philippine Embassy in Hannam-dong recently.

Represented by the association's Honorary President, Dr. Kim Tae-myung from Hannam University, incumbent President Park Nak-jeong from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, and Dr. Park In-oh, UPKAA met with Amb. Castrence, a UP alumni herself, at the embassy located in Hannam-dong. Discussions were held to brief the new ambassador on the activities and prospective programs of the alumni association.

As a gesture of appreciation to their alma mater, the visit was also aimed at exploring possibilities that will allow the UPKAA to help in boosting Philippine-Korea friendship and bilateral ties in any way they can. Noting the strong blood ties the two countries have exhibited all these years, the ambassador and alumni agreed that UPKAA can help even more. She said on the sideline that friendship between the two countries is rooted in the Korean War — which prompted the Philippines to send troops to stand side by side with the United Nations in its battle to repel the Communist-backed North Korean invasion.

Recently, Koreans have topped the second slot of foreign arrivals in the Philippines, slightly competing with the Japanese and lagging behind Americans which remain the number one guests in the nation. Korean arrivals totaled 500,000 as of the end of 2005 — comprised mainly of English-language students, university students, pleasure travelers, and businessmen. With the trend towards overseas retirement, the Philippines has also been cornering Koreans to retire there. The Korean population in the Philippines has already reached an aggregate total of 40,000, more or less.

Meanwhile, Filipino industrial trainees and migrant workers have also been a major force in helping to pump a Korean export-driven economy. Many Filipinos have also cemented their ties with Koreans in marriage, the ambassador quipped. Dr. Kim and the ambassador also affirmed how strong the two nations' ties are.

During the visit, UPKAA also made a cash donation to help aid the victims of the recent mudslide tragedy in Leyte Province. Using the embassy as a conduit to channel some financial help, the small donation is hoped to help in the recovery efforts. The lady ambassador obtained her bachelor's degree in Foreign Service and graduate studies in Public Administration from the said university.

The ambassador was eventually invited as a special guest during an UPKAA meeting in Sinchon on April 19.

UPKAA was created about seven years ago to provide network of UP alumni in Korea. Currently, there about a hundred members, most of whom are university professors, businessmen, and government bureaucrats coming from Seoul, Busan, Daejeon, Daegu, and other major cities all over Korea. Filipino UP alumni in Korea are also invited to join in. Regular quarterly meetings are held to update members on the association's plans and activities. For more information, visit website: http://www.upkaa.org or e-mail: tmyungkim@hanmail.net.



Related Articles
    Dalai Lama Gives Hope to Refugees
    Saemangeum Haunts Conservationists No End
    Australia Tops Latest Poll as Honeymoon Spot ...
    Cebu Re-Asserts Fame as Top Island Destination
    Bloody Ad May Fail But Victoria Shines Through
    Grampians: Rising from the Ashes
    The Wineries of Yarra Valley
    Philippine Bridal Fashion Dazzles Weddex '06
    Traversing the Great Ocean Road
    Philippine DOT Eyes Other Markets for Cebu
    Unearthing Gold and Riches at Sovereign Hill
    Victoria: A Bloody Marvelous Destination
    Manila to Showcase Jumbo Jeepneys
    "Chuimsae Movement" Inspires Peace, Harmony
    "Well-being" Mania Goes Tropical
    In Search for a Place to Retire
    Luxurious Indulgence at Hotel Philippine Plaza
    Road Show Flaunts Philippines' Resorts
    Philippine DOT Branches Out to Seoul
    Thai Carrier Grounded at Incheon Int'l Airport


Rowena dela Rosa Yoon serves as an Associate Editor & Australian Correspondent for the Seoul Times. She is a communications specialist with extensive professional experience in journalism, public relations, and corporate communications. She wrote for Manila Bulletin and Korea Herald. She has a MA degree in Communications and Media Studies from Monash University (Australia), a postgraduate degree in Comparative Literature from University of the Philippines, a BS degree in Journalism from Lyceum of the Philippines, and a Diploma of Information Technology from Victoria University (Australia). She is a current member of the Melbourne Press Club.

 

back

 

 

 

The Seoul Times Shinheungro 25-gil 2-6 Yongsan-gu, Seoul, Korea 04337 (ZC)
Office: 82-10-6606-6188 Email:seoultimes@gmail.com
Copyrights 2000 The Seoul Times Company  ST Banner Exchange