By: Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Seoul

SEOUL, 26 May 2019 - The Philippine Embassy in Seoul joined the celebration of the National Heritage Month to promote consciousness, respect and love for the legacies of Filipino indigenous culture.

Ambassador Noe A. Wong (center) and Dwight School Seoul Head Mr. Kevin Skeoch with the Kalumon Performing Ensemble and members of the Filipino Community
The Philippine Embassy in Seoul and the Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC), in cooperation with Dwight School Seoul and Philippine Women's Club, organized the performance of the Kalumon Performing Ensemble on 21 May 2019 at Dwight School Seoul, an international foreign school and a member of The Dwight Schools. The Kalumon Performing Ensemble is a community-based cultural performing group from Davao City that promotes indigenous and contemporary music, dances, and songs.

Kalumon's repertoire included Tambulan, the Bagobo tribe's Pag-uma, Mindanao song, Yuta with T'boli Dance, Silong sa Ganding, the Tausug tribe's?s Pangalay with Agila and the Maranao Tribe's Singkil. The performances were enthusiastically received by the audience composed of approximately 300 Dwight Seoul students, parents, faculty members and school officials led by Head of School Mr. Kevin Skeoch. Dwight School Seoul also live streamed Kalumon's performance which was thereafter uploaded to YouTube.

In his remarks during the event, Philippine Ambassador to Korea Noe A. Wong invited the audience to visit the Philippines to experience its unique culture and hospitality, and to see for themselves its natural wonders and historical sites and to discover why everyone says "It's more fun in the Philippines."

This year's National Heritage Month theme, "Mga Pinuno sa Pamana (Leaders for Heritage)," served as a challenge to each and every individual to take the lead in preserving and promoting Philippine cultural heritage.

Philippine Proclamation No. 439, s. 2003 declared the month of May as National Heritage Month and one of its aims is to create in the people a consciousness, respect and love for the legacies of Filipino cultural history. END