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By Alithea De Jesus

Given the current pandemic that forces the government to enforce social distancing and community quarantine,  the Embassy of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines, together with the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, will be celebrating 29th year of the Philippines-Korea Cultural Exchange Festival online for the first time.

A wider digital audience is expected to join the virtual concert that aims to highlight the unparalleled friendship and the rich culture of the Philippines and Korea. The exciting show would be streamed exclusively on KCC’s Facebook and YouTube channel this October 31, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Hosted by Sam Oh and Pao Ocampo, the online concert is set to offer upliftment through performances and entertainment to the viewers at home under its theme “We Rise Together.”

The event is actually the culmination of a month-long celebration of the cultural exchange between the two countries. Joining the event are astonishing performers SB19, Dasuri Choi, KZ Tandingan, Star Hunt Academy Trainees, World Music Band ID from Korea and Celso Espejo Rondalla from the Philippines.

Prior to the main show, the audience would be entertained by Mona Gonzales, Wave Lee, Ann Sandig, Sandra Jung and PhilKor 2019 Grand winner Venisse Nicole Siy.

Expect performances from the PhilKor Festival vocal and dance talent competition finalists and the announcement of the winners per category based on the number of views, online vote, and the judges’ evaluation. The grand prize winner will take home Php 50,000 while one winner per category will take home Php 30,000.

Viewers will also get the chance to take home prizes by participating in the hashtag activity brought together by event sponsor SMART. The contest is open to Filipino and Korean participants where the 10 lucky respondents to the question would be selected as winners of Smart goodies.

Catch the livestream on Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines‘ Facebook page ( and YouTube channel ( October 31 at 3:00 p.m.

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