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5 Korean Celebrities You Didn’t Know Lived In The Philippines

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Whether they lived in the Philippines to build their businesses or to simply study English, these Korean celebrities found something even better: another place they can call their home! Tbh, it’s truly heartwarming to see them talk fondly about their stay here whenever they’re asked about it.

And who knows? You might have even bumped into them at some point and had no idea! Check out the list of Korean stars who have lived in the Philippines below:

ASTRO’s Cha Eun Woo

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If you’re wondering why Cha Eun Woo sang the hit OPM song “Kathang Isip” so well, it’s because the K-drama hottie once lived in the Philippines! During his fan meeting back in 2019, he revealed that he studied for six months in the country. We all know him from My ID is Gangnam Beauty, but Cha Eun Woo is actually one of the many K-pop idols who ventured into K-drama as he is a part of the K-pop group ASTRO!

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iKON’s Kim Jin Hwan

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Korean celebrities speaking in Tagalog is enough to make our hearts swoon, but can you imagine a Korean cutie speaking in Bisaya? Well, let us introduce you to iKON’s Kim Jin Hwan who lived in the Philippines for seven months. In an interview for 2017 Arirang Radio, you’ll find him surprising fans with his knowledge of the Bisaya language. IMO, it’s pretty impressive for him to learn a language that quickly!

Yook Sung Jae

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The Goblin actor Yook Sung Jae feels very attached to the Philippines—and not just because he’s visited the country many times as an actor and as a member of the K-pop group BTOB. During his fan meeting back in 2018, he revealed that he actually briefly lived in Cebu a few years back. I guess that’s why he also continues to try and study not just Tagalog, but also Bisaya. So adorbs!

Highlight’s Son Dong Woon

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Apart from Sandara Park, Son Dong Woon of Highlight (formerly BEAST) is one of the first Korean celebrities who revealed their connection to the Philippines, and he’s not afraid to show it! During BEAST’s 2016 fan meeting in the Philippines, he endearingly introduced himself as “Dong Woon from Sta. Rosa” to which his bandmate, Yoseob, responded “Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is Yoseob. I’m from Korea."

BONUS: Sandara Park

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Our Pambansang Krung-Krung (“National Crazy Personality”) Sandara Park will always have a special place in our hearts, as she does for the Philippines! She never fails to look back on her experience here, even tweeting from time to time in Tagalog, craving for Jollibee, and thanking her fans for the DVDs of all the latest Pinoy rom-com movies. She even treats her friends to exclusive signed albums! So sweet!

This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Candymag.com editors.

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The most thrilling and delightful moment of any school day is opening up your baon during breaks. There is always so much excitement in unveiling your homemade meal and snacks housed inside matching heat-insulating containers. Because preparing packed meals is an age-old tradition of showing parental love, loved ones pour effort into curating a nutritious meal accompanied by a selection of side dishes, desserts, and beverages daily; it reminds us that we are being taken care of, even from far away.

Baon plays a significant role in a Filipino childhood. Almost every Filipino child comes to school with baon made especially for them by their parents or household helpers. Even Filipinos in the labor force continue to bring baon for varying reasons: to save money, recycle leftovers, cater to personal taste, or attend to special needs. Nonetheless, eating your baon is a heart-warming experience that allows Filipinos to bring a piece of home along with them wherever they go.

Even other cultures practice making packed lunch. In Japan, mothers create bento--Japanese meals in partitioned boxes. Because of the popularity of bento, trends have emerged, such as the Kyaraben, or character-themed bento. Naturally, Japanese parents and students began competing for who had the cutest and tastiest bento, and this is similar to what I have witnessed in my own childhood. I remember seeing my classmates sharing their snacks and lunches. They would compare and boast about their parents' or yayas’ cooking. In my case, I never had the chance to join in the competition or indulge in homemade cooking. Up until this day, I have never brought any baon to school.

For a long time, I envied others. As trivial or petty as it may seem, not having baon became a problem for my grade school self. During that time, I had to sit in a separate cafeteria away from my friends because the kids who bought food were assigned to sit elsewhere. You could consider me spoiled, but I wanted to experience something most kids did. I had food at home, so what made it so hard to bring some with me to school?

Now that I am on my final year in high school I have come to realize the benefits of purchasing my own food. Since I spent on food everyday, I learned to budget my allowance at a young age. Over the years, I learned to practice self-control whenever I wanted to eat more greasy fries and drink sweetened beverages. I have tasted the strangest viands at the school cafeterias, and I have repeatedly satiated myself over my latest delicious discoveries. Despite the struggles, I am thankful that I have never had baon because of what I have learned. Not to mention, I never had to experience eating cold food.

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