- A Korean national was lauded by the Filipino community after graduating with a degree in Filipino.
- 23-year-old Kim Jeeyoon said she wanted to study Filipino due to her interest in its culture and language.
- Filipino professor Jovy Peregrino posted Kim’s graduation photos which earned many praises from various platforms.
Even with many Filipinos loving K-pop and Korean dramas, a Korean national recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Filipino, capturing the hearts of thousands of netizens for her achievement.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, 23-year-old Kim Jeeyoon said that she received a lot of greetings from people after her Filipino professor, Jovy Peregrino of the University of the Philippines-Diliman, shared her graduation photos on social media.
“I received lots of celebration from [people in the] Philippines who don’t know about me before. It is [a] great honor to me,” said Kim, who finished her degree at the Busan University of Foreign Studies in South Korea.
“It’s super simple. I felt interest in Filipino culture and language. My Filipino professor was also super nice and kind. He showed the various colors of the Phillippines to us,” she told CNN Philippines.
It was her two-month stay in Bulacan in 2015 that convinced Kim to major in Filipino. She first took a basic Filipino course with the help of Peregrino and returned to the Philippines in 2018 as a visiting student of UP Diliman.
Kim graduated on August 23.
“I was so happy to study Filipino culture and language during my university days. All people I met in the Philippines are so nice and kind,” Kim said.
“Pagbati. Kim Jeeyoon sa iyong pagtatapos sa Busan University of Foreign Studies major sa Filipino. Ikinararangal kita. Mabuhay ka,” Peregrino said in his post.
(Congratulations Kim Jeeyoon for finishing your Filipino major at the Busan University of Foreign Studies. I am proud of you. Long live.)
Peregrino shared Kim’s photos on Facebook last August 24, which garnered over 2,000 likes and 830 shares, apart from getting picked up by local news outlets.
Kim is currently enjoying her free time after graduation, but given the chance, she said she wishes to work in the Philippines.