PNoy to confer honors on Pinay lawmaker in Korea
MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino will confer the Order of Lakandula on Philippine-born, naturalized Korean lawmaker Jasmine Bacurnay-Lee during his state visit to South Korea.
Aquino will undertake a two-day state visit to South Korea on October 17, upon the invitation of President Park Geun-hye.
Jasmine Lee, who hails from Cavite and Davao City, is the first naturalized Korean to be elected to Korea's National Assembly.
"The award is in recognition of this achievement as well as her advocacies in promoting migrant women’s rights and multiculturalism," the Department of Foreign Affairs said.
The Order of Lakandula is one of the highest honors given by the President of the Philippines.
In 2012, Lee ran and won as a proportional representation candidate under the New Frontier Party (Saenuri Party), the same party as President Park.
Lee is a known advocate for multiculturalism in South Korea. A married migrant herself, Lee knows firsthand about the challenges they face in South Korea. She married Korean seaman Dong-ho Lee in 1994, and moved to Seoul where she did not know anyone or the language. She became fluent in Korean language while raising two children. In 2010, her husband died in a drowning accident.
The DFA said Aquino is the first leader to hold a state visit to Korea since Park took office in February.
The two leaders will hold their first summit meeting to discuss bilateral issues such as political dialogue, defense cooperation, trade and investments relations, official development assistance, consular and labor cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, among others.
On October 18, Aquino will meet with the Korean business community including executives of leading Korean conglomerates to discuss investment opportunities in the country.
The President is also set to meet the Filipino community in Seoul.