The improving relations between the Philippines and Korea, indeed.
A media frenzy of sorts erupted after both the President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Aquino and Korean national Grace Lee, made separate confirmations that they were indeed dating.
Grace Lee, who has a Korean name of Lee Kyung-Hee, is a popular host and radio disc jockey in the Philippines. She has been in the Philippines since the age of 10 because of her dad’s business in the country. Since then, she has truly grown up in the Philippine culture as evidenced by her fluency in the Filipino language (I heard Grace Lee host the Block B interview last year and I tell you, her Korean has a weird Filipino accent!). She even graduated from Ateneo de Manila University with a Communications degree.
Since then, Grace Lee has made it big in the Philippine entertainment industry. Her first hosting gig was the TV show, “The Sweet Life” on defunct QTV11. She is also one of the disc jockeys on the infamous radio show “Good Times with Mo”. Aside from these, her hosting jobs include “Eateria”, “Diz Iz It”, “Balitanghali”, and “24 Oras Weekend Edition” — all under GMA7.
Major dailies have even claimed that this could be the start of a real life Korean Drama for Grace Lee. The Philippine President’s love life has been highly scrutinized after several break-ups with Filipinas like Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, stylist Liz Uy, stock broker Len Lopez, and teacher Bunny Calica.
This will definitely be a challenge for Grace Lee since many are interested in the President’s life, especially his high-profile celebrity sister Kris Aquino (who has a knack for thumbing down people). What could be a dream, could also turn into a publicity nightmare. But for me, what could be a major issue in their relationship is the huge difference in their age. Grace Lee is just 29 while the Philippine President is 51. Does she call him 오빠 (oppa) or 아저씨 (ajjeoshi)?
Thanks to Grace Lee for the photo.