No one is immune from Korean-drama fever—even celebrities. Take the case of singer-actress Kristel Fulgar, who’s totally vocal about her obsession to Korean-Dramas.
The 24-year-old actress shared her top five favorite K-Dramas released from 2018 up to this year on one of her vlog entries that was published last Sunday, June 23.
There she said, “K-Drama fan po talaga ako as in. ’Yong panonood ko ng K-Drama ’yon ang stress reliever ko, ‘yon ’yong nagpapasaya sakin kapag malungkot ako. Basta iba ’yong effect niya sakin sobrang nakaka-relax and ‘yon ‘yong ginagawa ko kapag may free day ako, actually kahit may work na-isisingit ko pa din talaga ’yong K-Drama.”
And through binge-watching K-Dramas, Kristel fell in love with everything Korean—from culture to language to food.
Thus, she is now learning how to speak and write the Korean language, Hangul; and she is now also trying to do Korean song covers. She’s also been visiting different Korean BBQ restaurants and, when her schedule allows, she takes trips to South Korea once in a while.
If you’re a K-drama fanatic like Kristel, we know you can relate!
Here are Kristel’s top five picks among all the K-Drama’s that were released from 2018-2019. See if you agree:
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?
What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim? is a 2018 South Korean TV series starring Park Seo-joon and Park Min-young. The story revolves around an ambitious Vice Chairman of a huge corporation and his highly competent secretary. The two later on fell in love with each other.
It is not only one of the highest rated Korean dramas in the history of cable TV, but it is also the most-searched Korean language drama of 2018 on Google in Korea and third in Taiwan.
“Sobrang cute ng storya, as in. Pero sa tingin ko hindi ko siya sobrang magugustuhan kung hindi si Park Seo-joon ’yong bidang lalaki. Super kinilig talaga ako sa kanya since Fight For My Way, his film prior to What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim?, parang ginawa siyang master of romantic comedies pero hindi nakakapagtaka ’yon kasi ang galing niya, kuha niya ’yong puso natin.” said Kristel.
Thirty But Seventeen
Thirty But Seventeen stars Shin Hye-sun, Yang Se-jong and Ahn Hyo-seop. It’s about a 17-year-old girl who fell into a coma and woke up 13 years later. After being “asleep” for so long, she tried to navigate her life with a mental age of a 17-year-old, but in the body of a 30 year-old woman.
“’Nong una akala ko boring siya but eventually nakuha niya ako. Ang ganda ng takbo ng storya, paano kung ikaw ’yong nasa posisyon ’nong girl na na-coma ka ng matagal na panahon na akala mo 17 years old ka pa lang pero 30 ka na. Kung iisipin ang hirap nga ng ganoong klaseng life pero na-manage niya with matching comedy, drama and nakaka-inspire siya.”
The Beauty Inside
The Beauty Inside is topbilled by stars Seo Hyun-jin, Lee Min-ki, Lee Da-hee and Ahn Jae-hyun. The story tackles the life of an A-list actress who’s caught up in an unusual phenomenon— she transforms into different persons at a certain point every month.
“Ang cute cute cute ng Beauty Inside.” Kristel gushed.
She went on: “’Yong plot pa lang ng story very interesting na. Imagine mo magpapalit ka ng katauhan, magpapalit ka ng istura. Isa na namang istorya na likha ng mga Koreano na hindi ko alam kung saan nila napulot...pero ang galing! Ang galing ng pagkaka-isip at pag-execute.”
Clean with Passion for Now
The series, which stars Kim Yoo-jung and Yoon Kyun-sang, is actually a classic case of opposite attraction. It’s about a germaphobe CEO of a cleaning service who meets a girl who’s almost always dirty and eventually developed a brooding romance while the story progresses.
Kristel felt a strong connection with Kim Yoo-jung, one of the main characters in Clean with Passion for Now, because she entered the world of show business at a very young age just like her.
Touch your Heart
Touch your Heart is Yoo In-na and Lee Dong-wook’s back-to-back on-screen tandem since their appearance in the popular TV series Goblin. In this series, Yoo In-na played the role of the top actress who became jobless for two years and tried her luck at a law firm--hoping it will be her breakthrough to get a role in major television series—where she met her love interest, a lawyer, portrayed by Lee Dong-wook.
“Medyo naka-relate din ako. Di ko alam kung bakit. O talagang nire-relate ko lang ’yong sarili ko pero feeling ko sa mga K-Drama fans diyan alam niyo ’yong feeling na ’yong kapag nanonood kayo minsan nai-imagine niyo ’yong sarili niyo na kayo ’yong bida. Ako lang ba yun? Pero feeling ko ’yong iba ganun din eh.” said Kristel.
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