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

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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: faith0503@gmail.com 
  2. GENNIE KIM – 010-2760-7319 Email address: gennie0329@naver.com
  3. ROBELYN DIAMZON – 010-4029-1465 Email address: rodlyn1002@yahoo.com

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! ^^

 

MICA Bids Farewell to Superstar K

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I could not watch the episode of Supertstar K6 last Friday, but the outpouring of negative reactions from Filipinos in South Korea that I have read on Facebook was enough for me to conclude that MICA was eliminated from the show. My first reaction was, “Why so soon?” I was expecting the group to stay a bit longer and at least make it to Top 3, but I suppose my husband was right. He told me from Day 1 of the live show that no matter how great the girls are as singers, they will most probably not win the contest because at some point, they will be asked to render Korean songs from which their elocution will be scrutinized by the judges. I have read some comments from Filipinos saying that Koreans tend to favor fellow Koreans in competitions against foreigners, that is why MICA was eliminated. I don’t even want to go there and sound bitter, though I am disappointed. I believe MICA deserves a spot in Superstar K6, but I am not one of the judges and I don’t hold all the votes. Korea has different standards when it comes to competitions. We will have to leave it at that.

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As for MICA’s performance last Friday, the girls sang “난 알아요” (Nan Arayo/I Know) by Seo Tai Ji, and were given the scores: 86-89-82-89. Their performance showcased their flexibility in performing different musical genre. The song had some rap parts in English and Korean. The girls’ upbeat performance not only included rap and vocal belting, but also a lot of dance. It was like a production number. I made my husband watch the girls’ performance on Youtube to ask for an unbiased opinion from a Korean. He said the only problem with MICA’s rendition of “난 알아요” was pronunciation, especially on the rap parts. The girls were given just a couple of days to learn how to rap in Korean, but they managed to pull it off. I have been learning Korean for four years now and my pronunciation is still not that good. Despite getting the second  lowest scores, MICA gave an outstanding performance. It may not have been enough to please the judges, but MICA did not give a boring performance by “playing it safe” or performing the kind of song that we usually hear them sing. Their performance was not flawless, but the girls took the risk to perform something different, and it’s what makes them winners.

This is not the end of your journey to stardom, MICA. The best is yet to come. ^^

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