The recently put up Korean Town in Manila held a community pantry for the less fortunate residents of Malate on Saturday (July 10).

The initiative was backed by the Korean Embassy, who sees it as an opportunity to strengthen the Philippines-South Korea relationship, specifically between the two country’s citizens. 

Students from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) served as volunteers and distributed the goods during the drive.

The Korean Embassy also sent out representatives during the pantry’s operation and donated kimchi, which is a popular fermented dish in Korea.

A total of 550 households were able to benefit from the grocery charity stall. Rice, ramen noodles, vegetables were among the goods that were distributed to residents of Malate.

This is already the second community pantry organized by Manila Korea Town with the first one being in May of this year. 

According to Lee Kyoo Ho, the consul general at the Korean Embassy in Manila, they’ll continue with their efforts to help vulnerable Filipinos by collaborating with local government units in the city, especially during this pandemic. 

“We will continue our joint efforts with barangay leaders and young Filipino friends to make Manila Korea Town become a town of ‘bayanihan,’ inclusiveness, resilience and cultural diversity,” he said. 

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Image credit:  Manila Korea Town’s Official Facebook Page