By Ma. Cristina Arayata
MANILA — Sixty-nine years ago, more than 7,000 Filipino soldiers were sent to Korea during the Korean War.
Among them were the late husbands of Leticia Tamayo Collado and Victoria Tuscano. Their husbands, who survived the war, are among those honored for their bravery and sacrifice.
Now at their late stages in life, Collado and Tuscano continue to be treated for what their husbands did in Korea. Recently, they went to the Cultural Center of the Philippines to attend the Peace Concert that the Korean and Philippine government entities organized to honor the unsung heroes of the Korean War.
“The Korean War Memorial Peace Concert” also aimed to inform the youth about the soldiers’ sacrifices, that these have contributed a lot to the peace that they are currently enjoying.
“More than 7,000 Filipino soldiers came to South Korea to defend its freedom and democracy. I strongly believe that this Korea will not be enjoying its freedom and economic prosperity without the noble and great sacrifice of the Filipino people and veterans. Indeed, they deserve the title of a hero,” said South Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Han Dong-man in his speech.
He said the next generation must know the value of freedom and the nobility of the veterans.
As such, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Philippines, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, and The Patriotic Cultural Association of Korea organized the Peace Concert last June 25.
Han told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) this will be the only time that a Peace Concert would be organized in Manila, also because 2019 marks the 70th year of bilateral relations between the Philippines and Korea.
Collado said the Korean government has been helping the families of Filipino veterans. She said her child graduated dentistry through the support of the Korean government.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra and the Seocho Philharmoniker of Korea shared the stage during the concert. Among their performances included “Bimok”, the Korean folk song to commemorate Korean War veterans, as well as the Korean “boating song”, “Arirang Fantasy”. (PNA)