Sunday, 17 December 2017

Seoul Blog: The Philippine Women's Club Celebrates 'Paskong Pinoy sa Korea'!

(PWC members, families and guests; 
 photo courtesy of the PWC FB page)

“When you’re with Filipinos, you’re with family!”

That's the message of the Philippine Women's Club (PWC) to everyone who attended its Christmas party held at the Seoul Global Cultural Center right in the middle of the busiest shopping center in the whole of South Korea, Myeongdong!

                    (Consul General de Jesus)
                      (Christmas sing-along)

That message is absolutely true! In my 13 years of joining Christmas parties organized by Pinoys in Seoul, it’s more than just fun games, food, and exchanging of gifts that gather everyone together. There’s this bond that transforms everyone from just being friends to being family.

            (Shake and rattle the ping-pong balls!)
                        (Lucky draw prizes)

Though the whole celebration is primarily to let the registered guests enjoy the Filipino style of celebrating Christmas, the party was also a venue to help promote a campaign by Sunfull Movement against cyberbullying, a harmful online disease that just pops up everywhere in social media. 

The current Consul General of the Philippine Embassy in Seoul, Mr. Christian de Jesus, also helped kick off the party by sharing with the audience the greetings of 'Merry Christmas' in different Philippine dialects.

           (The kids competing at the sack race!)
                (Name the Christmas carol contest)
       (A booth for a family Christmas photo!)

The whole afternoon program was stuffed with fun parlor games for kids and adults, lucky draws that gave away movie tickets, stuff toys and other gifts, a booth for family photoshoots courtesy of a Filipino group of photographers, a sing-along (obvious, Filipinos love to sing!) exchanging of gifts, and the parents' gift-giving to their kids!

            (Christmas carol singing competition!)

             (Exchanging of gifts among adults)

Of course, there was food! And as one American guest exclaimed, "You guys know how to party!", there was a long table full of Filipino snacks and delicacies, like barbecues, cassave cakes, different rice cakes, buko pandan, and other yummy pinoy food that would probably cause me to drool if I write them all here. Ha-ha-ha!

                (Pinoy delicacies for everyone!)

From the top of my head, the PWC members include Wendy Palomo, Katherine Corteza, who's the 2017 Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awardee from South Korea, Rina Arinas-Imm, Razel Kim, Anne Campos, Samie Bee, and other hardworking ladies whose names I can certainly add here later (paging Wendy!).  

       (A cute kid's Christmas sweater matches the                 Santa on the yummy chocolate cake!)

The mission of the PWC is to promote the Philippine culture through activities and event, such as this Christmas party, and by participating in social responsibility and outreach programs. You can also join their future activities by signing up for events on their Facebook page:

       (The members of the Philippine Women's Club 
               with the Sunfull Movement officials;
               photo courtesy of the PWC FB page)

Congratulations and thanks to the Philippine Women's Club for a fun party!

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