A CULTURAL award giving body in South Korea has chosen Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival as the recipient of the 6th Korea Festival Contents Grand Prix Asia Popularity Award.
Since 2013, the Korea Festival Contents Association has selected each year the most outstanding festivals in South Korea to develop their local economy.
A separate recognition, the Asia Popularity Festival Award, is designed to select the most successful festivals in the continent to promote its prestige and grandeur.
Past awardees include Japan’s Aomori Nebata Festival and Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival; Zhigong Lantern Festival of China; and Naadam Festival of Mongolia.
For this year, Sinulog has been selected as the most popular festival in Asia.
A letter of invitation dated Feb. 7 was received by the Office of Mayor Tomas Osmeña from Cha Jung Hyun, president of the organizing committee.
“I hope that you can promote your proud festival to Korea and the world through our award,” reads a portion of the letter.
The mayor and his wife Councilor Margarita Osmeña flew to South Korea yesterday morning to receive the award on behalf of the City Government. The awarding ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. today in Seoul.
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