Lee Min Ho missed his Filipino fans


Lee-Min-Ho20150301For the fourth time in four years, Korean superstar Lee Min Ho visited Manila once again drawing hordes of his fans this time to Greenhills Shopping Center in San Juan City.

On February 24, Min Ho, as brand ambassador, personally graced the opening of the newest and third KyoChon restaurant in the Philippines located at the said mall.

Founded in 1991, KyoChon officially arrived in Philippine shores in 2014 and shortly after its opening, it promised to bring Min Ho for a meet and greet with Filipino fans.

For the past several months, KyoChon held a online promo that gave fans the chance to meet Min Ho—most popular and remembered for his role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers. Thousands joined by posting their pictures in Facebook that depicted their dream to meet their idol.

While only 30 fans won the contest, thousands still flocked outside Greenhills Theater where a stage for the occasion was set up. Reports told that some even went to the venue as early as 9 a.m. just to see their idol up close and personal.

After the long wait, Min Ho finally arrived. He greeted “Mahal ko kayo!” adding, “Na-miss ko kayo!”—getting inaudible screams from the audience in return.

San Juan Vice Mayor Francis Zamora officially welcomed Min Ho to the city with a plaque of appreciation. Later on the night, the vice mayor’s wife and son joined the actor for a photo. Mrs. Keri Zamora confessed she is a fan of Min Ho herself.

Also sharing the stage with Min Ho was fellow Korean Sam Oh. The Philippines-based host interviewed him while serving as interpreter at the same time.

Asked to talk about KyoChon, Min Ho said, “KyoChon is really my favorite restaurant and in Korea. It has 950 branches all over the country. I am really happy to represent a well-loved brand in Korea.”

He also hoped that Kyochon would also be a hit in the Philippines so that in his next visit, he would see more branches.

So what is his favorite at Kyochon, Sam asked? “The honey glazed chicken,” he replied picking the restaurant’s classic flavor. He also likes the spicy flavor when he feels “aggressive,” and the Soonsal series, boneless chicken breast strips coated in special rice batter.

The actor also talked about his movie Gangnam Blues, which will open on March 4 at the new SineAsia Theater. SineAsia is set to provide the newest and most unique library of Asian films for the Filipino audience. All films will be tagalized for the customer’s ease of watching.

In his first lead role in a movie, Min Ho plays an impoverished orphan who became a mobster in the 1970 Gangnam District.

Min Ho shared that he was confident that Filipinos are familiar with the term “Gangnam,” a district in South Korea and part of the title a highly popular song by Korean singer Psy.

A noir action film, Gangman Blues depicts the tumultuous history of real estate development behind Seoul’s now most famous district.

After the interview with Sam, Min Ho then finally met with the winners of the Kyochon Philippines contest. He personally handed each a signed poster.

He was also greeted by Kyochon executives from South Korea, who came for the event, as well as local counterparts in the Philippines. Together, they led the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Greenhills branch.

In parting, Min Ho promised, “I love performing for my fans. I hope that the next time I meet my Filipino fans, I get to perform for them.”


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