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Latin Culture Introduced in Seoul
Latin Envoys Hosts "Hello ALBA: Latin America"
By Song Jin-Ho
Senior Writer
Amb. Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada (2nd from righ) of Bolivia poses with Charge d'Affaires Yadira Hidalgo de Ortiz (2nd from left) of Venezuela, Amb. Oscar Gustavo Herrera Gilbert (right) of Ecuador, and with Dir. Gen. Jung Dal-Ho (left) of World Culture Open at a Latin cultural event held in Seoul on Nov. 28, 2015.

A Latin American cultural event was held at the N Building in Seoul's Jung-Gu area to introduce the South American culture to the local Korean people on Nov. 28 (Saturday), 2015.

The event titled "Hello ALBA: Latin America" was co-hosted by four Latin American countries of Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Dir. Gen. Jung Dal-Ho of Bureau of External Relations of World Culture Open.

Representing the Latin American nations, the ambassadors of the three nations hosted the event on the day. They were Amb. Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada of Bolivia, Charge d'Affaires Yadira Hidalgo de Ortiz of Venezuela, Amb. Oscar Gustavo Herrera Gilbert of Ecuador.

Amb. Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada of Bolivia

The Bolivian envoy made a welcome speech at the event and so did the Dir. Gen. Jung Dal-Ho of World Culture Open.

Traditional dances and a musical of the three Latin nations were thrown for more than 120 participants.

One Bolivian film "A Matter of Faith (Cuestion De Fe)" and one Venezuela film "The Blue Apple Tree (El Manzano Azul)" were shown to the audience.

On exhibition were pictures and touristic videos of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela were introduced.

Also on display were souvenirs and typical handicrafts from the member countries of "ALBA," "the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America."

Dishes of traditional Latin American countries were served for the participants.

ALBA – TCP is a platform for the integration of Latin America and the Caribbean, which take the human being as foundation and epicenter, under the principles of solidarity, complementarity, justice and cooperation.

Amb. Guadalupe Palomeque De Taboada (2nd from left) of Bolivia poses with other foreign envoys at a Latin cultural event held in Seoul on Nov. 28, 2015. Photos by Mr. Song Jin-Ho

It was established on Dec. 14, 2004 in Havana, Cuba and so far it is integrated by eleven countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, Grenada, Nicaragua, Saint Lucia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Venezuela.

"On this framework, "Hello ALBA: Latin America" aimed at becoming a platform for the local Koreans to observe and to experience the culture of these countries," said the Bolivian envoy around the end of the festival.

"Through this festival we tried to show the colorful and exotic beauty of Bolivia, Ecuador, and Venezuela, and the traditional music, dances, and gastronomy," the envoy added.

For details or inquiries call the Embassy of Bolivia in Seoul at 02-318-1767.

The above writer, Song Jin-Ho (Luis Song), serves as senior writer for The Seoul Times. A graduate of Dongguk University's Depart of Architectural Engineering Song worked for Dong-A Construction Co. for many years. He specializes in architecture, photography, and fashion.

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