Monday, January 26, 2015

Diet and Health Study for Filipino Spouses in Korea

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Korea is not only a green pasture for the eyes of the Filipino, some women in the Philippines find it a perfect place to find a partner. That is why among the foreign wives married to Koreans, Filipino women ranked 3rd in the list. While some Filipino-Korean homes (or known as multicultural family) are living a happy and harmonious life, we could not deny the fact that there are also some women facing challenges in their married life. Let’s face it, marrying a Korean man could be a dream come true for Filipino women, but like any other relationships, not everybody has a happy ending.

I take this as a very sensitive issue and I am in no position to talk about this, but as per observation is concerned, Filipino women who are married to Korean men and decided to live with their Korean husbands here in Korea are facing a lot of adversities. From an observer’s perspective, I know that multicultural marriage in Korea is not a walk in the park. One must go through a lot of interviews, submit a lot of documents and must pass the scrutinizing eyes of the officials of Korean embassy.
The meticulous and cumbersome process of getting married to a Korean is just a start of the challenge for a Filipino spouse. After the marriage, it is your responsibility as a spouse to adjust yourself with the Korean culture and when I say “culture” that means food, language, traditions and whatnot. You must also deal with your in-laws and the relatives of your husband.

One of the most obvious effects of these adversities is the development of chronic disease among Filipino women and their children. The demand of adjusting to new environment and lifestyle is the primary factor why health issues arise. However, we could not just blame it all to the adaptation of lifestyle. Health problems may also cause by using genetic make up and by using other Korean products that is not suitable for them.

It is important for Filipino spouses to get themselves checked to make sure that they are healthy both in emotional and physical aspects. Because of the changes in the environment and the new lifestyle, they are prone to stress that could sometimes lead to possible chronic disease. There are a lot of ways to get help when it comes to your health condition and one of these is through FilWHEL or Filipino Women’s Diet and Health Study.

FilWHEL aims to help Filipino spouses by examining the clinical and lifestyle factors related to chronic disease development. The test will provide accurate information that could be used to assess you in your health status. They will provide information regarding prevention initiatives to help improve maternal and child health.

If you are a Korean spouse and you want to get involved in this event, there are series of tests to be conducted this year 2015. This is a chance to be checked and assessed by experts. Remember that prevention is better than cure. Before you get into serious illness because of your struggles as a spouse in all aspects of your life, attend this event.

For more information about the mechanics of this health study and whom to contact, check the Filipino Women’s Diet and Health Study Event page on Facebook, just click the link below and click JOIN if you want to avail the free check up:

Link to the Event:
Information about the event:

REGALO: Cash sa halagang 30,000 won!!!

Magandang araw po sa inyong lahat! Sa lahat po ng ating mga kababayang Pilipina na may asawang Korean (hiwalay o divorced ay maaaring sumali), ang announcement na ito ay para po sa inyo. Inaanyayahan po naming dumalo sa isang research study.

LAYUNIN: Ang pag-aaral na ito ay naglalayong mas lalo pang mapangalagaan ang kalusugan ng mga Pilipinong babae at ang kanilang mga anak.

ANO: “Filipino Women’s Diet and Health Study (FiLWHEL)” Phase II(Lead by Sookmyoong Women’s University and Hanyang University Guri Hospital)

March 1, 2015 (Sunday)
May 17, 2015 (Sunday)
March 22, 2015 (Sunday)
May 31, 2015 (Sunday)
April 5, 2015 (Sunday)
June 14, 2015 (Sunday)
April 19, 2015 (Sunday)
June 28, 2015 (Sunday)
Note: Maari po kayong pumili ng pinaka-komportabling petsa para magparticipate. Kailangan po lamang pumili ng isang araw para lumahok.
SAAN: Hanyang University Wangsimni Hospital, Hanyang University Guri Hospital, at kong marami po kayo sa inyong area: 50 ka tao o mahigit pa (example: specific location in Kyeonggi and Seoul area, Incheon, and other places) kami napo ang pupunta sa inyo. Kong marami po kayong mga kaibigan o kakilala, pakilista nalang po ang mga pangalan at cellphone number, at kompletong pangalan na ginamit sa FACEBOOK at ischedule natin ang pagpunta sa inyong lugar. Pakikontak nalang po kami kaagad! First-call, first serve!
PAANO: Mayroon po tayong sasagutan online tapos punta po tayo sa hospital or center para sa blood test, dietary assessment, at ibang mga procedures para macheck po ang ating katawan at doon po ibibigay ang konting cash gift na 30,000 won.
At para po doon sa mga nakajoin na last time, meron din po tayong sasagutan subalit konti na lang at hindi na po kailangan pupunta pa sa hospital or sa center. Online survey na lang po. Meron 10,000 won cash at small gift.
-Kailangan pong magfasting (walang pagkain/juice/coffee-tubig lang ang pwedi) at paninigarilyo sa loob ng walong oras bago ang blood test.
-Iwasan din po nating uminom ng alak, dalawang araw bago ang blood test.
-Pakidala po ng mga vaccination record ng inyong mga anak (kong meron pa).
-Bills ng koryente or tubig (para makuha naming ang exact address na kailangan sa pagsend ng mga resulta).
-Bote/balat ng gamot o vitamins (kong meron po kayong iniinom).
-Huwag po kayong magsuot ng one-piece dress (whole dress) o stockings (ok lang ang medyas). Para hindi po tayo mahirapan sa ibang procedures.

Contact us: 02-6748-7561/010-6240-0601

And for the record, this event is FREE of Charge. You can even get cash and gifts if you will attend this. If you love yourself and your children, go to this event. The information about your health that will be provided by this study is a lot of help to prevent the development of chronic disease. Remember that you need to have a good health to combat all the challenges waiting for you as a spouse. Since you are a Filipino, it is in your blood to not surrender despite the vulnerabilities.

Keep fighting! You are beautiful.


  1. A must attend for all Filipinos out there. will share this for others to know!

  2. This is a good information for all Filipina living and married in Korea that they have to take care of themselves, remember they are living far away with their family, so they have to put priority with their HEALTH.

  3. Multicultural marriages can really be tough and requires the adjustments. This forums can help raise concerns for Filipinos.

  4. I agree Interracial marriage is tough and needs extreme adjustments . The forum will be of good help sa mga Pinay out there in Korea. A must one to attend.

  5. Since I'm also married to a non-Filipino, I can understand the challenges both parties face when embracing each other's cultures. It's hard but do-able.

    It's great to hear that in Korea, there is a way for Filipinas (married to Korean men) to participate in a diet and health study. I also hope there are support communities and groups too.

  6. Thank you everyone for your support in our Study. There are/were studies being conducted/conducted involving multicultural community focusing on immigrant women's health such as Chinese, Vietnamese, ect. but not with Filipino women. So we are very happy when the principal investigators of this study are very interested in our community. They plan to make our community not just as participants of the study but to ensure our women will have a healthy and fulfilled Filipino-Korean home.

    1. welcome maam... Thanks for spearheading this. This will surely help Filipino spouses here in Korea


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