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NCCA, KCC hold ASEAN-Korea Dance Exchange

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Performers from ASEAN-Korea countries dance to ‘tinikling’ (KCC) /mb.com.ph

Performers from ASEAN-Korea countries dance to ‘tinikling’ (KCC)

The Philippines held a dance exchange recently to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the ASEAN-Korea Cultural Exchange.

Organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in partnership with the Korean Cultural Center (KCC) Philippines, the “Beyond Borders: ASEAN-Korea Dance Exchange,” held at the Star Theater at CCP Complex, showcased cultural performances from ASEAN-Korea countries Singapore, Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Cambodia.

Performers from the ASEAN-Korea countries (KCC) /mb.com.ph

Performers from the ASEAN-Korea countries (KCC)

The show featured a wide range of dances from classical, neoclassical to contemporary, wowing guests and diplomats from Cambodia, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Oman and the Philippines.

Among those who attended were Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Kim Jae Shin and his wife Lee Jong Min, Korean Cultural Center of the Philippines Director Lee Jincheol and Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja-Elizalde.

(From left) Korean Ambassador Kim Jae Shin, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Lee Jong Min and KCC Philippines director Lee Jincheol (KCC) /mb.com.ph

(From left) Korean Ambassador Kim Jae Shin, Ballet Manila’s Lisa Macuja-Elizalde, Lee Jong Min and KCC Philippines director Lee Jincheol (KCC)

Adelina Suemith, NCCA OIC-executive director of NCCA, said that despite many differences, similarity happens in dance as it plays a role to show beyond traditional forms. The dance exchange was held to break new grounds for mutual understanding and respect between different cultures.

The event ended with ASEAN country performers dancing to the popular Filipino folk dance “tinikling.” Macuja-Elizalde also entered the stage waving and dancing together with the whole ASEAN-Korea Dance Exchange Crew.

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