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Posted : 2014-01-14 19:12
Updated : 2014-01-14 19:12

Filipino charity event provides laughter

Joel Closa, center left, and Giselle Sanchez pose with members of the 601 Habit, a foundation consisting of Filipina wives living in Korea.


A fundraising drive led by Filipino socialite-international student Joel Closa took place in the heart of Seoul last weekend.

The charity event, "Merienda Komedya de Yolanda," showcased a comedy routine featuring Giselle Sanchez, a very famous actress-comedian from the Philippines, and local artists.

Sanchez happened to be in Korea for her family's winter vacation and planned to greet Filipino overseas workers but then ended up volunteering to perform at the charity show.

The event was held at Commiskeys inside the Yongsan U.S. Army base. Some notable government officials and celebrities attended and supported the fundraiser helping a very active nongovernmental organization, the 601 Habit, a foundation consisting of Filipina wives based in Korea who help the Philippines by providing fishing boats to families.

Also present was the big Zumba community in Seoul led by Lynn Smith.

Jasmine Lee, a lawmaker of the ruling Saenuri Party, was spotted helping and assisting people during the event as well.

The Philippine Embassy was well represented by its Defense and Armed Forces Attache Col. Eddie Ereneo D. Maninding. The event enabled the delivery of at least four fishing boats and some financial funding for other foundations.

"More than the show's fun and laughter, friends came with a big heart to help and reach out to people back home," Closa said after the event.

"Our charity event won't just end today. All my friends are all committed for more fundraising activities and other charity work here in Seoul," he added.

Closa is finishing his second graduate school degree in Asian Studies at Sejong University, and has been active in hosting and producing social events for international communities all over the country since 2008.


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