On June 22-28 2012, the Catholic University of Daegu (CUD), the largest Catholic-affiliated university in South Korea sent five (5) of its students, namely, Seokkyung Na, Eunmi Joo, Eugene, Ian Kim and Camilla Hyeju Kim, to Northern Samar, for a week-long multi-cultural program.
The Korean students were welcomed by Dr. Juneth F. Miranda, faculty of the University of Eastern Philippines (UEP) College of Business Administration, Chairman, and CEO of the Fundacion Grameen Filipinas, Inc., the partner institution of the CUD’s visit and Mr. Brenfred N. Romero, faculty of the UEP College of Arts and Communication.
The CUD students showed the proper ways of hand washing and brushing of teeth among the children housed at the Lingap Center in Barangay Dalakit, Catarman, Northern Samar. They also introduced traditional Korean games to the child-beneficiaries. With the support of the students enrolled in Environmental Science, under Dr. Divina M. Galenzoga, UEP College of Science faculty, the Korean students were able to do community sweeping on the major streets comprising UEP Zone II. The Barangay officials of the latter facilitated the planting of mangroves of the Koreans at the nearby sea of the area. With the expertise of Dr. Materno S. Quibranza, faculty of the UEP College of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Natural Resources (CAFNR), the CUD students’ activity on conventional water filtration was made possible among the household mothers in Barangay Doňa Lucia, Mondragon, Northern Samar. In the same village, the Koreans did a feeding program to school children.
On their desire of sharing the culture, language and humble beginnings of South Korea, the student-visitors handled an hour lecture to students at the Saint Anthony Academy in Mondragon, and at the College of Nursing students enrolled in the course, Humanities: World Civilization and Literature.
There were many fiestas in the province during the visit of the CUD students. Hence, they were able to experience by themselves how fiesta is being celebrated.
Miranda and Romero served as facilitators in all the activities conducted by the Korean visiting students. “We were supposed to go to Cebu City, but, my professor, Dr. Asterio Miranda, who’s also working as a teacher here in UEP, advised us if we could just bring the program here in Northern Samar ,” said by Kim. “We’re also here for us to know if UEP can be a good partner of our school for future programs,” said further by Hyeju, the team leader.#