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Korean mayor and schoolchildren visit Holy Angel University

Forty-two grade and middle school pupils from Seogu District, Daegu Metropolitan City, South Korea visited Holy Angel University on October 12, 2012 in connection with the international youth exchange program between Seogu District and its sister-city, Angeles City, Pampanga.

The Korean schoolchildren, who were in the country for a five-day trip as home-stay guests of Filipino foster parents, were accompanied in their visit to the University by Seogu District officialsled by Mayor Seongho Kangand Fides April Miranda, Executive Director, Angeles City Youth and Students Bureau.

In a prepared video message,Dr. Arlyn S. Villanueva, University President, greeted the visitors from Seogu District and expressed the confidence that the visitors will return to Korea “with an abundance of beautiful and fond memories” of their visit to the University and of their stay in the city.

Earlier, Dr. Jaime Cortez, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, received Mayor Kang and Seogu District executives during a courtesy callat the University Board Room. They were joined by Dr. Marga Carreon, Dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education, and Ronaldo Lapis, Coordinator for International Affairs and Alumni Relations.

During the brief meeting, Dr. Cortez and Mayor Kang agreed to study and explore areas of cooperation between Seogu District and the University which will benefit Korean and Filipino schoolchildren.

The visiting schoolchildren toured the campus and visited its various facilities and attractions, which included the University Library, University Theater, The Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angel, the Juan Flores Exhibit, the Vicente Manansala Museum and the Center for Kapampangan Studies Museum and Gallery. Holy Angel Travel Services (HATS) interns and Korean HAU college students guided the schoolchildren in their campus tour.

A cultural presentationstaged by the University’s Performing Arts under Dr. Raymond Patterson provided the high point inthe Korean delegation’s visit. Angeles City Councilor Maricel Morales and school officials of Westfield International joined the audience in watching the performances by the HAU artists.

Jenny Shin, a 13-year old Korean student enrolled in the University’s short-term English Language Program and an incoming Grade 8 student at HAU, spoke before the schoolchildren and talked about her experiences as an international student living in Angeles City, among which included “…the great campus life inHoly Angel University.”

The cultural program ended with Mayor Kang and HAU students engaged in a spirited dance showdown, Gangnam style, that popular Korean number which has taken the world by storm.

Date Posted: 10-17-2012