Transcultural Nursing: A Day with the Koreans

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SPU Manila, CNAHS, Korean students, Catholic University of Daegu

Date: April 17, 2015Posted by: GIRLIE F. GUIUAN

By Vanessa Millar

As Level IV nursing students, a part of our duty rotation is to have a two-week immersion in an SPU Manila community. Our batch, “Les Anges de la Misericorde,” was assigned in Brgy. Taywanak Ilaya, Alfonso, Cavite. On 13 July 2014, the Korean nursing students, together with their two clinical instructors from Catholic University of Daegu, South Korea, joined us for their one day immersion in Alfonso, Cavite, to see and experience the life in a rural community in our country, as well as to get a glimpse of our Filipino culture.

During the first day, the Korean nursing students, together with Mrs. Girlie Guiuan and our batch, started the day with a Mass in the Chapel of the Crucified Christ before we set off to Cavite. One part of their tour was to go to Kawit, Cavite, to visit the house of Emilio Aguinaldo, the first President of the Philippines. As the Korean students explored the historical place, the Level IV students guided them to learn a part of Philippine history, appreciate and enjoy the beauty of the historical place, and take souvenir pictures.

After the tour of the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine, we went to the Mahogany Market in Cavite for the Koreans to see what a wet and dry market place in Philippines looks like. Also, they were able to buy ingredients from the vegetable stalls for the food that they were to prepare for dinner.

After having lunch, we headed for Alfonso, Cavite and along the way, the Koreans were able to appreciate more the scenic view of Taal Volcano before arriving at the St. Paul Center for Renewal (SPCR) in Brgy. Taywanak, Ilaya for a courtesy call. Around five o’clock in the afternoon, the Koreans went to the barangay court to meet the youth of Brgy. Taywanak. As part of our activity for them, they were able to experience playing a Philippine game, “Patintero.” As we taught the Korean students how to play the game, they became eager and competitive. They had a fun time playing “Patintero” with the youth of Brgy. Taywanak. The activities ended with a dance number prepared by the Korean students as a sign of gratitude and a group picture taking together with the youth. At night, the Koreans prepared a delicious Korean dish while some of us prepared a Filipino dish that we shared for dinner.

As our day ended, there were still more activities that awaited the Koreans in their stay in our country. Their activity with us ended the next day during our duty in the Alfonso Health Center, where they were able to see the activities and the set-up of a community health center in our country. The Koreans left us with beautiful memories and at the same time we were able to give them new learning and experiences, which they could bring back to their country and share with others.