Kyline Alcantara is South Korea's new tourism ambassador in the Philippines

by Nikko Tuazon
May 2, 2022
Kyline Alcantara, Korea Tourism Organization
GMA-7 actress Kyline Alcantara hopes to meet Lee Min Ho and Lee Jong Suk in person: "Lee Min Ho, he's an icon! And Lee Jong Suk, his charm ibang-iba po talaga lalo na sa Two Worlds."
PHOTO/S: Nikko Tuazon

SPARKLE GMA Artist Center talent Kyline Alcantara is now a step closer to achieving her dream of visiting South Korea.

On Thursday, April 28, 2022, the 19-year-old Kapuso talent was officially appointed the honorary ambassador of South Korean tourism in the Philippines.

Kyline revealed feeling a mix of emotions when the Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) approached her to help promote the #GandaKorea campaign.

She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), "Sobrang, as in na parang, sabi ko sa handler, 'Ate Molly, if iyan talaga joke sobrang masa-sad ako.'

"'Cause it's really unexpected. Sobrang unexpected talaga niya and unbelievable also."

During the press launch, KTO's director Hyung Joon Kim said they've chosen Kyline because she has shown a great interest in their country and for her "wide range of charms and talent."

Read: Kyline Alcantara: The star who never gave up

HALLYU FAN

Kyline said at the presscon that she has always been a big fan of Korean pop culture, sharing further about catching the Hallyu (Korean Wave) fever from way back when she was 11.

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"Ever since, fan talaga ako ng K-drama, yung acting nila, kung paano nila gawin yung isang series or isang movie, yung sa fashion nila, fan talaga nila ako.

"Ever since I was 11 years old, sabi ko nga po kanina.

"And bilang honorary ambassador ng Korea sa Philippines, it's such a big thing for me and my career, so I'm really, really thankful."

She revealed that the K-drama that really made her passionate about everything Korean was Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo (2016), which starred Lee Jun Ki, Kang Ha Neul, and IU.

Asked who among the Korean celebrities she has dreamed of meeting in person, she quickly said, "It's either Lee Min Ho or Lee Jong Suk... Or kahit sino po as in. Kung gusto niyo po BTS, lahat sila okay!

"Lee Min Ho, he's an icon! And Lee Jong Suk, his charm ibang-iba po talaga lalo na sa Two Worlds."

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Kyline also hoped to meet Weightlifting Fairy: Kim Bok Joo star Lee Sung Kyung.

She told PEP.ph, "Siya yung bida sa Weightlifting Fairy. Siya kasi sinabi ko nga kanina, she's everything.

"She can be cute, she can be fierce, she can be a sassy person, she can be fashionable. So she's such an inspiration for me also."

TOURING KOREA

South Korea is still not open to tourists, but it will soon accept visitors from the Philippines.

Kyline already has in mind some places to visit in the "Land of the Morning Calm."

"Every time I travel po sa isang country, gusto ko talaga maramdaman yung culture nila or makilala pa yung culture nila.

"So I would love to go to Bukchon Hanok Village. Yung mga bahay nila dun is mga restored and preserved traditional houses in Korea."

Kyline is also looking forward to shopping on the streets of Seoul.

She said, "Yun ang fashion district nila dun kasi trendsetter talaga, you can not deny na trendsetter talaga sila."

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For sure, visiting filming locations in South Korea will be part of her itinerary.

"Siyempre, yung mga nafilm-an na places sa Korea, like this famous passage sa Goblin, yung tunnel."

Asked who among her friends does she wish can join her on this trip, she said, "It's Mavy [Legaspi] kasi parehas po kami na super love yung fashion ng Korea.

"And parehas kaming mahilig kumain. That's why we have chubby cheeks so siya po talaga."

Before Kylie, Kapamilya stars Jessy Mendiola and Sue Ramirez were named South Korea's tourism ambassadors in the Philippines.

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