Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Inc. (PIKO, Inc., Filipino Scholars in Korea, Inc.) is a non-profit organization committed to the promotion of fellowship and cooperation among Filipino students participating in educational and cultural programs in the Republic of Korea. It is organized by Filipino students in Korea guided by the principles and values of the Republic of the Philippines.
The organization aims not only to strengthen the Filipino spirit in a foreign land but also to recognize and appreciate the beauty of other cultures, especially that of Korea. Moreover, the organization commits itself to the following:
PIKO started out in the summer of 2005 when the Labor Attaché in the Philippine Embassy suggested that an organization of students is formed as there are already active Filipino migrant organizations in Korea. From 2005 to 2006, Dr. Dennis K. Gomez and his Filipino colleagues at Seoul National University (SNU) tried to build a network of Filipino students and academicians all over South Korea. In late 2006, they met up with a group of 50 students and set up an Interim Steering Committee before holding the first formal election of the Pinoy Iskolars sa Korea, Inc, or PIKO, Inc. (Organization of Filipino Scholars, Inc). Finally, in December 2006, PIKO held its first-ever General Assembly. PIKO had the vision that it can expand to promote the more active participation of Filipino academicians in cultural activities in Korea.
On its 13 years of existence, PIKO has been serving Filipino students all over South Korea. Also, the organization has connected with more students because of the creation of nine regional chapters from the different parts of the country, namely: Busan, Cheonan, Daegu, Daejeon-Chungbuk, Gwangju, Jinju, Seoul, Suwon-Yongin, and Wonju.
And to continue its vision and mission, the organization continues to conduct activities that promote unity and camaraderie, exchange of information, and studies between students. Other activities were dedicated to cultural events as well as social issues that concern the Filipino community, and the Philippines.
The organization will remain adaptive to changes in the Korean and Philippine societies to carry on its duties to its members, the Philippine Embassy, the Filipino communities, and the Republic of the Philippines. The organization will continue to strive to become a better platform for students to express their thoughts and ideas. And PIKO will continue to raise the Philippine flag high and proud.