Dozens of spectators were given a taste of Korean culture at the Pedro P. Tenorio Multi-Purpose Center on Oct. 4, with performances of local and visiting groups that highlighted the 2012 Korean Festival.
The Daejeon Rainbow Little Singers and the SMI Chamber Orchestra from Korea, as well as the Saipan Korean Folk Music Poongmulpae drew cheers and applause, even a standing ovation, from members of the audience.
Thursday's event was part of the Korean Festival Day, which was instituted in May 2007 by the President of Korea to encourage some 7 million Koreans who live overseas to celebrate the importance of their culture.
The event is observed from Oct. 1 to 7, coinciding with the World Festival of Harmony by the Korean government's ministry of foreign events, according to JP Entertainment.
Last week's performers staged a two-hour show following the theme, “Heart beating Korea” for the Korean youth who will become future leaders of this East Asian country.
Saipan Mayor Donald G. Flores welcomed the visiting groups and emphasized the role of music and dance in art and culture, which gives the people a “sense of national identity” and provides a “sense of unity” as it bridges the gap between two different cultures.
“This is a leading example of how music and dance can bring two countries together, sharing and appreciating the same interests with the same goal to express oneself, inspire and entertain others,” added Flores.
The mayor extended his appreciation to the Public School System for providing buses for the Korean performers. The visitors also had a chance to interact with students at Kagman Elementary School during their stay on island.
JP Entertainment, which organized the event, thanked Flores, the principals of Kagman Elementary School, Chacha Oceanview Jr. High School, Marianas Baptist Academy, and Saipan Korean School, Saipan Poong Mul Pe, Saipan Times, Tasi Tour, and I-Tour for their participation in the festival.