Ateneo Student Wins Annual Korean Speech Contest In The Philippines

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Angeleen Lee, a third year AB Psychology student from the Ateneo de Manila University, became the latest grand prize winner of the annual ‘2017 Korean Speech Contest‘ held at University of the Philippines (UP) College of Engineering Theater on April 29.

ateneo student wins annual korean speech contest in the philippines

​(From Left: BANG Jong Ryeol, King Sejong Language Institute and KCC instructor; KCC Director LEE Jicheol; 2nd prize winner Aubrey Ortega; grand prize winner Angeleen Lee; 3rd prize winner Precious Ann Pendon; KIM Jong Ho of the Korean International School; KTO Director PARK In Shik; and SONG Ah Reum, First Secretary of Korean Embassy)

The 20-year-old student bested the nine other finalists from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Pampanga, and Baguio, earning herself a P15,000 cash prize, scholarship from Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines (KCC), gift certificates, and a round-trip ticket to Korea, courtesy of Korea Tourism Organization (KTO).

In her speech titled My Treasure: My Tall Height, Lee talked about how accepting her tall height and gaining self-confidence affected her life.

In Korean, Lee said:

The fact that my height was something I couldn’t change and had to accept, made me realize that I, myself, with all my imperfections and weaknesses, were things that I should accept as well. And only when I accepted these things about myself was I able to take action to slowly improving on these weaknesses.

Her speech was followed by a question-and-answer portion where judges asked diverse questions in Korean.

Lee started her formal Korean language training in Ateneo, and is currently taking minor classes in Korean Studies.

Placing second in the competition is Aubrey Ortega of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, followed by Precious Ann Pendon from Iloilo City. Both won P10,000 and P 5,000, plus a scholarship at KCC and gift certificates, respectively.

The annual ‘Korean Speech Contest’ is organized by the KCC, together with the United Korean Community Association (UKCA) and UP.

The Korean Speech contest aims to promote the Korean language to Filipinos. It encourages the learners of Korean language to enhance their skills in the speaking language. Alongside with the event, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) also gave free samples of popular Korean dish Tteokbokki to the guests.

This year’s panel of judges was composed of Kim Jong Ho, Principal of the Korean International School; Park In Shik, Director of KTO Manila; Bang Jong Ryeol, Instructor at King Sejong Language Institute and KCC; Song Ah Reum, First Secretary of Korean Embassy, and KCC Director Lee Jin Cheol.

Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines is happy to announce the winners of the recently concluded annual Korean Speech Contest in the Philippines.

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