PH-Korea Sports Festival launched

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William I. Ramirez gives South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong Man a copy of his book about President Rodrigo Duterte as a token of appreciation during a press conference on Tuesday (March 12, 2019), where the PSC will partner with the Embassy of Korea in staging the “Tortoise Marathon” and other related cultural events in June. This is in connection with the 70th anniversary celebration of the Philippine-Korea diplomatic relations.  (PNA photo by Jess M. Escaros Jr.)

The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Korean embassy on Tuesday sealed a partnership for the holding of the first ever Korea-Philippines Sports Festival to celebrate the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the Philippines and South Korea.

The partnership was formally announced by PSC Chairman William Ramirez and Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-Man in a press conference held at the PSC office at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex in Malate, Manila.

“We at the PSC are grateful to partner with the Korean Embassy in this celebration, mainly because of the rich history both the Philippines and Korea have shared for a long time,” Ramirez said.

Ramirez said the Korean Institute of Sports Science has been persistent in helping national team coaches and practitioners in lectures of sports science, sports psychology and sports policy.

Consul Park Joong-Suk, Byun Jae Heung of the United Korean Community Association in the Philippines (UKCA) and Youn Man Heong from the Korean Sports Association of the Philippines (KSAP) also attended the press conference.

With the theme ‘March Together’, the Korea-Philippines Sports Festival will be held on June 8 with football, soccer and baseball among the 12 sports to be played at PhilSports Complex in Pasig.

“Sports is a vital component to connect people together, that is why we are inviting Filipino locals, especially the families of Korean War veterans to join the games with us,” Han said as he thanked the PSC for its support.

Meanwhile, cultural performances will also be showcased on the second day of festivities together with the hosting of the ‘Tortoise Marathon’.

Han said he is hoping for the success of the sports event to make it a regular activity between the PSC and the Korean embassy.

Korean Cultural Center First Secretary and Director Dr. Lee Jincheol, Consul General Kim Hong-Kon and Consul Park Joong-Suk initially made a courtesy call and meeting with Ramirez last March 5. (PR)