Korean students entertain man’amkos during visit


Korean students from Jeju Christian School visited the Office of Aging yesterday to share their culture by performing musical dances and other acts to the islands’ man’amko.

Jeju Christian School coordinator Kate Park said they visited the Office on Aging and performed in front of the man’amko because it’s part of their curriculum as a Christian alternative school.

“We want to give our students a chance to know God and to make him known. This is our motto: To know God and make him known,” she said.

Rengesual Yobech, the coordinator of the visit, said the students engaging the elderly of Saipan is part of their message of hope.

“We share the message of hope and entertain our man’amkos and give them something to enjoy as well as [sharing] the message of hope. So, that is the really big purpose here,” he said.

Park said the group of students between 13 and 15 years old arrived on Saipan last Monday.

Their presentation to the man’amko included a variety of genres like drama and comedy and dances like the fan dance, hansam dance, and samulnori.

Aging director Walter Manglona thanked the students of Jeju Christian School for the thoughtful visit and their superb performances.

“We always welcome the people from the community or people from abroad who like to come here and entertain our seniors. We routinely get visits from various groups ranging from schools, to private sector, to non-profit, even some churches all over the island. Just performers in general that like to come here and share some of their crafts, art, and culture to the man’amkos. I can tell by the reactions of our clients that they are appreciative and they enjoyed the program,” he said.


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