The dedication of this Korean War memorial in the Philippines have given both countries the opportunity to highlight the long friendship between the two countries:
TRADE, socio-economic, cultural and security relations between the Philippines and South Korea continue to flourish and deepen.
The latest sign of this is the inauguration of the PEFTOK-Korean War Memorial Hall (PKWMH) at the Libingan ng mga Bayani in Taguig City by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
President Aquino by this act on Thursday honored more than seven thousand officers and men of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) who fought in the Korean War. These men (and women) did so to defend South Korea from communist North Korea and its allies then the Communist Soviet Empire and still communist China.
The PEFTOK soldiers also helped rebuild the Republic of Korea (which is the formal name for South Korea) from the ravages WWII.
The President was assisted at the inauguration, unveiling the the PKWMH dedication marker, by former President Fidel V. Ramos who is a Korean War veteran himself, and Korean Ambassador to the Philippines Hye Min Lee, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, Korean Minister Park Sung Choon of the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs, and United Korean Community Association in the Philippines President Lee Won Joo.
The PKWMH serves symbolizes the deep and special friendship between the Philippines and Korea for more than sixty years. [Manila Times]
For those that haven’t done so yet I highly recommend reading my prior posting about the PEFTOK.