International Women's Day Celebration 2012

To all the Filipinas who would like to join in celebrating the International Women’s Day (March 8th actually)…

International Women’s Day, originally called International Working Women’s Day, is celebrated in many countries around the world every 8th of March. It is a day when women are recognized for their achievements without regard to divisions, whether national, ethnic, linguistic, cultural, economic or political. It is an occasion for looking back on past struggles and accomplishments, and more importantly, for looking ahead to the untapped potential and opportunities that await future generations of women.
In South Korea, we are celebrating it to pay tribute to all the Filipinas- working in different companies and factories, married to Koreans, household helpers, and all employed in the different places here. This forum aims to inform Filipinas, in whatever kinds of jobs they are engaged in, with enough information about their rights and privileges as women in this country. – Prof. Abagat

There will be a celebration on Sunday, March 11th at the Hyehwadong Catholic Church from 3:30 PM, after the Mass. Prof. Emily Dicolen-Abagat of Gyeongju University will be the host of the program. Filipina women leaders will talk about issues concerning the Filipina in South Korea. Everyone is invited to attend.
Here is the program for tomorrow:
Consul General Sylvia Marasigan of the Philippine Embassy will talk about the Status of Women in South Korea Salient Points of the MOU with Ministry of Gender Equality and Family and Anti Mail Order Bride
Sr. Angel Libron, SSPS will share on the Apostolate on Women
Labor Attache Fely Bay will discuss the Rights of Women Workers in Korea (factory, entertainment, household helpers, etc)
and Jasmine Lee will tell us about the Privileges and Benefits of the Multicultural Families (Spouses and Children) Provided by the Korean Government
All issues concerning the Filipino women in Korea are covered. Other issues concerning women in general, such as losing weight or are understandably not included in the list of the topics on Sunday ;p
Please attend this event. I’m sure you’ll learn a lot from the speakers ;p


  1. You will get together in the Hwewhadong Catholic Church to celebrate the International Women’s Day. The word “Hwewhadong” is catching my attention intensely.
    I have some unforgettable memories in Hwehwadong and left part of my heart in Hwehwadong because I used to live in Hwehwadong and went to school , aka my alma mater in Hwewhadong as a boy.
    So my human connections, both in Korea and in the US and world, begin at Hwehwadong. Most of my present friends are from my alma mater in Hwewhadong. So Hwewhadong is a kind of intellectual sanctuary for me and my friends, aka within my boyhood human circles.
    In this context, when I hear Filipinos are running the Sunday market on the sidewalks in Hwewhadong, I am so embarrassed and feel pain in my heart since Hwewhadong is my intellectual sanctuary and I have some unforgettable memories and I left part of my heart in Hwewhadong.

  2. Hi Ms. Betchay. We plan to stay near jongno ang anguk stations for vacation. May we know how to get to Hyehwa Catholic church? Is there a bus we can ride and what time are the Sunday services? Thank you

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