RCS Tertiary level students imbibed a more accurate understanding about the South Korean culture courtesy of friends from Two-Wings Church, a missionary group from South Korea. The cultural immersion was held at the Bahay ng Alumni, Roosevelt College Cainta, on June 25, 2014, at 1:00 pm.
Twenty-eight South Korean students bonded with about the same number of RCS tertiary students and both groups learned much about each other’s cultures in a friendly manner.
The audience listened to the reflections delivered by the South Korean representatives
After the performance, a student shared some light reflections and told stories about life and its meaning
Talented South Koreans sang some Christian songs
RCS TED students took time out to have a photograph with some of the South Korean missionaries
Two students rendered a Filipino song for their South Korean friends
Many smiles, many spots: the number of dots on their faces represents the number of times they lost in the “Rock, Paper, Scissors” game
Peace! These South Korean girls are beautiful and are always prepared for a photo op
Three beautiful women: Julie, together with two Student Council heads
Asia and Jio with Julie
It looked like South Koreans did not need any luck; they seemed trained!
The players gathered for the second game. Sipa, a traditional Filipino game, is more challenging.
Another cute picture of the smiling Rooseveltians
After the game, it was time to gather for the camera. This one looks more like a class picture.
The two groups are shown here playing their first game, “Rock, Paper, and Scissors”
The South Koreans seemed a little bit more prepared for the game; they won in the friendly competition
Participants were asked: Are you ready for the first game?
RCSTED Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Elsa C. Tuazon, gave a remarkable inspirational speech
RCS TED English instructor, Prof. Ringwald Sarmiento, delivered the opening remarks during the Cultural Immersion among the Filipinos and the South Koreans
Then came the South Koreans’ turn to introduce themselves
The Rooseveltians introduced themselves to their new South Korean friends
The South Koreans facilitated the whole program. Everybody, both the South Koreans and the Rooseveltians, introduced themselves to get well acquainted. A game of “sipa” a traditional Filipino game was played. The South Koreans won while the Rooseveltians laughed at their embarrassment for losing the game. Other games played were bato bato pick, the Filipino counterpart of rock paper scissors, and the winning challenger got a chance to put stickers on the losing opponent’s face.
Rooseveltians serenaded the South Koreans with a Filipino song “Chinito” and the South Koreans sang a folksong, too.
The South Koreans taught many things to the Filipino students. For example, they explained that both Philippine and South Korean cultures value family practices. In South Korea and in the Philippines as well, as far as the writer’s perception is concerned, a family’s own wellbeing is much more important than the needs of the individual. Members of the family are tied to each other because the actions of one family member reflect on the rest of the family.
In conventional homes in both countries, up to four generations may live in the same family dwelling. The eldest son (or daughter) is expected to assume responsibility for the care of parents when they can no longer provide for themselves. Daughters, when married, are expected to move from their family home and join the husband’s family household.
Traditionally, the father is the head of the family and it is his responsibility to provide food, clothing, and shelter, and to approve the marriages of family members. Rooseveltians discovered these similarities during the cultural immersion.
The South Koreans capped the meeting by handing out Choco pies, a South Korean chocolate treat, to everyone, and then, they got Turon, a Filipino delicacy, in return. The students of RCS TED found out that South Korea has a very enduring, long, and beautiful history. It was interesting to note that the South Korean culture was built over centuries of tradition and was influenced by other cultures in the area as well. It is based on family, respect, and responsibility.
Despite some differences in cultures, both the South Koreans and the Filipinos saw the value of respect for the elders as leaders of the family, responsible for making decisions that affect the rest of the family members. This shows us how beautiful family values may differ but are still the same in many places in the Far East.
(by Ringwald Rommel P. Sarmiento II)