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Calling Female Foreign Residents of South Korea for “Ms. Multicultural 2015”


The FILIPINO KOREAN SPOUSES ASSOCIATION (FKSA), a highly recognized non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the lives of Filipino-Korean families in South Korea, together with UNITED FILIPINOS WORLDWIDE FOR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT (UFWCD), is spearheading the “SEARCH FOR MS. MULTICULTURAL 2015”, a friendly competition that aims to improve the camaraderie of foreigners living in South Korea. The pageant, with the theme “FRIENDSHIP, PEACE AND UNITY”, will be held on March 22 at Nongyup Convention Hall in Gangdong Gu, Olympic, Seoul City.

Last year, FKSA successfully held a similar pageant with the title Mr. and Ms. Valentine. Only Filipinos were given the chance to join the pageant, but this year, ALL female foreign residents of South Korea from 22 to 35 years of age are encouraged to participate. This is a great opportunity for foreign women to make friends, showcase their talents and share a part of their culture to the Filipino-Korean community.

To join, a participant should be:

  • A foreign woman of any nationality from 22 to 35 years of age (marriage migrant, student, worker or multicultural child) who is either a Korean citizen or a valid visa holder  (ARC/SOFA).
  • Willing to undergo pageant training in preparation for the multicultural contest
  • Preferably recommended by any group/organization and/or individual (The contestant should provide her own attire/costume for each category, but she can ask the support of the organization that recommended her.)
  • With good moral character to represent multicultural families in South Korea 

Interested participants must fill up an application form to be sent via Email, so the first step is to contact any of the following organizers:

(Deadline of submission of application ends on January 23, so if you think you have what it takes to be the next Ms. Multicultural in South Korea, hurry and grab that phone now! ^^)

  1. FE KIM – 010-8789-2921 Email address: 
  2. GENNIE KIM – 010-2760-7319 Email address:
  3. ROBELYN DIAMZON – 010-4029-1465 Email address:

There will be screening of applicants on February 1 at 1:00 in the afternoon. It will be held in HanaDarin Center, 3rd floor of the Hanna Bank Building (Subway Line No. 4, Hansung University Station Exit 3 or 4). (For more information, please feel free to contact the numbers listed above.)

The winners of the pageant will receive the following prizes:

Ms. Multicultural 2015 – 1,000,000 KRW, plus trophy and crown  

1st Runner Up – 700,000 KRW, plus trophy and crown

 2nd Runner Up – 500,000 KRW, plus trophy and crown

Special Awards will also be given for:

Best in Talent                   

Best in Casual Dress              

Best in Evening Gown

Best in National Costume           

Minor Awards include:

Ms. Friendship                  –  

Ms. Photogenic                   

Ms. Personality

Ms. Charity

Each contestant who will be chosen for special and minor awards will receive 50,000 KRW.

*** The highest seller of raffle tickets for FKSA/UFWCD fund raising projects will be awarded Ms. Charity and is automatically one of the top five (5) finalists.

Ladies, what are you waiting for? Join and have fun! ^^




Sister Angel Libron of Filkorcomm Guri Exodus to Receive Presidential Award

The first time I have heard of Sister Angel Libron, I was at a hospital in Guri with my husband, and was told that I had to visit the doctor every week, sometimes on weekdays. That time, I was just learning Korean, so the doctor assumed that I needed someone else to assist me if my (working) husband could not do it. The doctor told me of a Filipina nun who usually comes to his clinic to help Filipina patients who can barely speak Korean. He couldn’t remember her name, but he said that she is the only Filipina nun in Guri who does that, so it wouldn’t be difficult to find her in Guri migrant center. A year after, I unintentionally found her on Facebook. I knew when I read her profile and saw her welcoming smile that she is the compassionate nun my doctor was referring to. I sent her a message, and she replied right away. We met in person after a couple of days and had a meaningful conversation. From that first meeting, a valued friendship ensued. Sister Angel is known for her humanitarian efforts in helping the Filipino community in South Korea, but more than that, she is a great listener and adviser, a sincere friend, an inspiring individual, a survivor, a woman of action. 


When she bid farewell to the Onam community, I have seen how the people she has helped truly love her. The tears and speeches were enough proof of how much her efforts and contributions to the community meant to everyone.

Now Sister Angel is being given the recognition she truly deserves, and we are more than delighted and proud of her. Sister Angel is one of the recipients of this year’s Presidential Awards, a set of citations given to 33 outstanding individuals and organizations overseas for their personal and professional achievements, as well as for their contribution to the development of the Philippines and the welfare of their fellow Filipinos.

Sister Angel is to be given the Banaag Award, a commendation for Filipinos who or associations that have significantly aided a sector or lead the cause of overseas Filipino communities. I cannot think of a better recipient for this award than Sister Angel. She has helped build church communities for Filipino migrant workers, one of which I have attended a couple of times. She has rescued distressed migrant wives and provided assistance to foreign wives and their children. In her nomination, Gerlie Codilla-Kwon, one of the leaders of Filkor Community in Guri, was able to gather testimonies from 23 organizations and individuals Sister Angel have aided (6 from the HIV/AIDS ministry, 10 Filipina Marriage Migrants, 3 Migrant workers, 1 community, 2 charitable aid, 1 professor). 

Perhaps not many people know that Sister Angel had her own battles to fight at some point in her life, but she remains undaunted and continues to serve and share her time, strength, love, prayers and wisdom with others.

Sister Angel will receive her award at Malacanan Palace on December 5, together with her mother.

Sister Angel, the Filipino community in South Korea thanks you for your dedication. Congratulations and may God bless you more.  

Besides Sister Angel, other awardees from South Korea are Daegu Filipino Community Council, also for the Banaag Award, and Jasmine Lee for the Pamana ng Pilipino Award.

To view the other Presidential awardees, please refer to the following articles: 

P-Noy to Confer Presidential Awards to 33 Outstanding Overseas Filipinos and Organizations

33 overseas Filipinos and groups to get presidential awards