CTU SAN FRAN delegates swept most of the contests during the 2nd Korean Expo 2022 held at CTU Main Gymnasium on June 10-11, 2022. Day I exemplified the intercultural exchanges between the Philippines and Korea while Day 2 is scheduled for a Medical Mission at CTU Gymnasium. The opening ceremony was graced by Korean Consul General Song Sewon, Vice-Consul Heo Jin, Dance Professor Kim Aekyung, Professor Choi Chang Soo, Vice-Mayor Donald “Dondon” Hontiveros, VP- Research and Development Dr. Adrian P. Ybañez, VP for Admin and Finance Dr. Jerlito Letrondo, CTU VP for Production Dr. Edgardo Tibay, CTU Main Campus Director Dr. Joseph Pepito and the various campus Internationalization directors. Speechfest, K-Pop Singing, K-Food Cooking, Fashion Forward, and Kimchi Demo were the contest segments included in the program. On the first day of the expo gathers faculty-coaches, students, and Koreans to promote each other’s culture.
The Speechfest competition exposes participants to the reality that speaking up about any recent phenomena (5-7 mins.) is the way to go in promoting intercultural mobility. K-Pop Singing contest allows for the enrichment of Korean literary spirit through K-pop songs (sung in a cappella) that have captivated millions worldwide. K-food Cooking makes participants look into the meticulous ways of preparing various Korean foods that enthrall many people while the kimchi demo engages attendees to witness how kimchi, a popular Korean cuisine, is prepared by contestants. Another segment showcases how authentic kimchi is prepared by Korean themselves. Fashion Forward displays the contestants how they rethink fashion combined with Filipino and Korean trends in one unique corporate apparel accentuating the “work” mode in the post-pandemic era.
The speeches gathered witty public speakers from different campuses. Ms. Hearty Fhel Pleños, a BTLED 2A student, from CTU San Fran wowed the audience with her spontaneous and straightforward answer and brought home the crown. Marwin I. Lucero, a BSHM 3C student, garnered 3rd place for the kimchi demo and Joey L. Alcazara, a BSHM 3A, claimed 3rd place for K-Food Cooking. Famela S. Tacud, a BEED 4A student, stunned the audience with her fabulous corporate look and grace in her hanbok attire and coveted the 3rd spot. Trishia Robles, a BEED 4A student, in her powerful cappella rendition of Lee Young-Hyeon’s Resignation reverberates the entire gym earning her the 2nd spot in the competition. CTU San Fran delegates were accompanied by the coaches and IAI Director, Dr. Vincent S. Borres.
Words by Collin C. Garrido (CTU San Fran ICPA)