October 23, 2010

Brothers in arms

Installed on the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Korea and the Philippines on September 6 of this year, the Filipino-Korean Soldier Monument at the Rizal Park was created by Filipino sculptor Juan Sajid Imao. The text on the plaque in front of the fenced area where it stands reads:
    A fitting tribute to the Filipino soldiers who fought side by side with the Korean soldiers during the Korean War (1950–1953). About 7,500 combat troops known as the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea or PEFTOK, the 4th largest force under the United Nations Command, were sent to defend South Korea from a communist invasion by North Korea. The monument shows two Filipino soldiers helping a wounded Korean comrade to symbolize the greatness of the Filipino spirit despite the war and the special camaraderie shared by the two nations.

Filipino-Korean Soldier Monument


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19 comments:

Sylvia K said...

A marvelous, interesting and informative post to go along with the great reflections! I always enjoy learning more about our world! Terrific photo! Hope you enjoy a great weekend!

Sylvia

Carol said...

That's a beautiful sculpture, and so cool to catch a reflection in it. Nice to know the history that goes with it also.

Al said...

That's a modern, yet moving, sculpture, and a very interesting post. My wife is from South Korea, so I'm always fascinated with anything to do with Korea.

bfarr said...

An interesting piece. Very industrial.

Louis la Vache said...

An unexpected but most appreciated selection for Weekend Reflections, Hilda.

Costea Andrea Mihai said...

hello! i see beautiful photos from Manila on your blog! thank's for share us!

Dina said...

What a horrible war it was, but the idea and shapes and reflection of the statue are beautiful.

'Tsuki said...

Interesting sculpture ; I like war memorial, and this one is very beautiful and usual.

Olivier said...

une belle sculpture tres moderne.

Kaori said...

Very interesting! I like the lines of this sculpture :-)

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

For some reason this sculpture reminds me of the Soviet era. A very solid visual impact. Looks like it was made from melted bullet casings!

Pam said...

They look a bit like futuristic robot soldiers. I think I can see your reflection, Hilda. Nice history lesson, thanks.

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Have a relaxing weekend with hubby ;)

Cezar and Léia said...

So far in the past and still so current! It's sad that we still have so many frontiers and so much difficulty to live with and respect each other...
God bless you!
Cezar

Francisca said...

A very unique reflection, Hilda. I've been noticing a little tension mounting between Pinoys and S Korean residents here. It would be nice if everyone could recapture the brotherly spirit evoked by this statue.

Birdman said...

Strong piece of sculpture to commemorate this bond.

EG Wow said...

A sculpture that evokes emotion, Hilda, it seems very appropriate to me. I like how the angles are reflecting light.

Ebie said...

I love the subtle reflections of the sculptures.

This work of Art is a unique way expressing love, peace and brotherhood.

gilbert said...

wow a beautiful masterpiece great works thanks for your sharing

JM said...

Very cool sculpture.