There won’t be any better theme for the Korean day event than “Nolja!”
Nolja is the Korean word for “play” and it perfectly fits the festive day organized by the Korean students of University of the Philippines (UP) and Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC) last April 26 at UP Melchor Hall.
Various Korean cultural booths, Korean food and Korean-related activities were prepared for the attendees to enjoy. Where else could you Nolja? Here are some of the booths and activities prepared for the guests during the one:
Descendants of the Sun booth
Reminisce on the highest rating Korean drama ‘Descendants of the Sun’ and take a photo while wearing a soldier or doctor attire. This booth got really high attention since the drama itself is popular in a lot of countries including the Philippines.
Bibimbap (mixed rice meal), kimbap (seaweed rolled rice meal), patbingsu (shaved ice with beans) and tteokbokki (spicy rice cake) are a few of the Korean food that the organizers prepared for the guests. The pumpkin soup and the refreshing watermelon drink are also a must try!
Koreans, like the Filipinos very own “baro’t saya”, have their own traditional clothing called hanbok. Hanboks are known for their colorful and striking designs. In Korea, most of the citizens still wear it during special occasions such as wedding and seollal. The event gave the guests a chance to take their photos wearing the traditional clothes.
Learn hanggul and write your name in Korean with the Calligraphy booth! UP Korean students taught our culture enthusiasts how to write their own name in Hanggul!
Noodle eating challenge
Who can beat the extreme heat brought by the Spicy Korean instant noodles? Two thumbs up for those who took the challenge!
The rising kpop band Jmorning performed one of their ‘I love OPM’ piece, “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso.”
Traditional Korean Performance
The traditional gayageum (a string instrument) was performed by KCC teacher Ms. Minji Jung. The slow distinct sound made by the gayageum moved the feelings of the audience as the music serenaded everyone in the event hall. The nanta performance surprised the audience as it is also inspired by the well loved ‘Descendants of the Sun’. Nanta is a traditional drum performance and the KCC performance team eventually left the audience in awe.
As the highlight of event for the Kpop fans, the famous BTS cover group Se-eon ruled the stage with their dance performances. The usual screams and applause of their fans echoed around the event hall!
As it is the second day of UP international fair, the raffle activity for the KCC booth continued. Lots of attendees drop by at KCC booth and inquired on the classes, signed up for the KCC newsbytes subscription and went to know more about the events at KCC.
Events like Nolja would surely pave ways to bridge gaps between the Philippine and Korean culture. On a finer view, it opens opportunities for Koreans to understand Filipino ethics and culture as well. There are still lots of events awaiting us in the future. Nevertheless, this is a great milestone for the UP Nolja team to reach out to UP students in exploring the culture that united us; the Korean culture.