Two Pinays awarded multicultural prizes in South Korea
Two Filipinas were recently recognized by a South Korean foundation for their efforts to improve their lives in South Korea despite cultural differences and for their contributions in improving the society at large.
Park Su-jin, 34, and Meriam Divinagracia Manuel, 49, won KR?8 million and KR?5 million, respectively, from the Hana Nanum Foundation, the official charity foundation of Korea’s largest foreign exchange bank Hana Group.
A news release from the Philippine Embassy in Korea said Park was the winner while Divinagracia was a runner-up in the Happy Family Award, a category for those who successfully settled into Korean society and lead a successful family life.
Aside from the two, seven other individuals and two groups were awarded during the 8th Hana Global Family Awards held in KEB Hana Bank Head Office in central Seoul on Thursday last week.
Philippine Ambassador to Korea Raul Hernandez, who participated in the event, congratulated the two Filipinas, who are both marriage immigrants.
Other winners were Vietnamese-born Ho Chi Wan, who was honored with the grand prize, the MOGEF Award. Other awards included the Hopeful Family Award and the Happy Helper Award given to nationals of Vietnam, Thailand, Uzbekistan, and China.
“Hana Nanum Foundation will continue to contribute to and expand welfare activities to help settle the sharing (nanum) culture,” said Hana Nanum Foundation Chief Director Kim Han-jo.
The Hana Global Family Awards aims to highlight the importance of the well-being and adjustment of multicultural families in South Korea, as well as to encourage and promote an open, pluralistic Korean society.
It also provides these families the opportunity to be recognized based on their achievements and capabilities. —KBK, GMA News