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Binge-worthy K-Dramas recommended by GMA-7 celebrities

by James Patrick Anarcon
4 days ago
K-Dramas most-watched by GMA-7 celebrities: Crash Landing On You (top), Reply 1988 (bottom left), and Itaewon Class (rightmost).
PHOTO/S: JTBC / tvN

Filipinos have long gotten hooked on K-Dramas, and many showbiz celebrities have caught on the craze.

Some celebrities have posted reviews and opinions about the shows they've watched, or they currently follow, with recommendations for the Korean drama series they've enjoyed the most.

Here are the Kapuso celebrities who have responded to the survey of PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) about their picks of binge-worthy K-Dramas.

BEA BINENE

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I started watching maybe first week of March, after my Korea trip last February.

"Kasi iyong Korea trip na ‘yon, bachelorette ng kaibigan ko tapos yung mga kasama ko, puro K-Drama fan.

“So, nagpunta kami sa ibang location katulad doon sa Namsan Tower, sa Goblin, ‘tapos hindi ako maka-relate.

"So, noong pagbalik ko after ng Fukuoka trip, pinanuod ko iyong Crash Landing On You (CLOY), tapos, iyon, doon na nagtuluy-tuloy.”

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What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“It’s a whole new world for me because K-dramas give you a little bit of everything.

"It's something new, so far, sa mga napapanood ko, wala pang storyline na magkapareho.

“Every K-drama that I've watched was like an escape. They make you kilig.

"They surprise you, make you hungry, and appreciate their culture.

"The stories are super heartwarming, plus the characters' outfits, and of course, the oppas!”

What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

“It's too many to mention! Depende kasi sa gusto mong genre. Parang di ko kaya na top 3 lang.

“I liked CLOY (and may special place siya sa heart ko kasi ‘yon iyong unang-una kong napanood na K-Drama. Naging gateway siya sa aking K-Drama journey, haha)...

“Sobrang daming highly recommended K-Dramas, depende talaga sa interest mo.”

Bea's long list of recommendation includes: Descendants of the Sun; Legend of the Blue Sea; Strong Woman Do Bong Soon; Suspicious Partners; While You Were Sleeping; Oh My Venus; Dr. Romantic 2, and Her Private Life.

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She adds, "Of course, Park Seo Joon's K-Dramas like Fight For My Way, What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim, and She Was Pretty."

YASMIEN KURDI

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I’ve been a fan of K-Dramas for a long time already. Stairway To Heaven was the first K-Drama I got hooked on if I remember it right.

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"Actually, hobby ko talaga ang manood ng K-Dramas.”

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What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“Aside sa ang gu-gwapo ng leading men, ang ganda ng istorya ng K-Dramas kasi unique at unpredictable iyong stories and endings.”

What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

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Crash Landing On You, Hotel Del Luna, Hi! Bye Mama.”

BENJAMIN ALVES

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I’ve always been a fan of K-Dramas but only found the time to binge-watch them during this period.”

What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“I love the commitment and treatment of the scenes na even if the scene is cheesy or cliché.

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"it never feels or comes off that way because the treatment of the actors and directors is always sincere.”

What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

Crash Landing On You because the scenes in Switzerland alone is worth the watch

Itaewon Class - 3 letters: PSJ (Park Seo Joon)

The King: Eternal Monarch - loving the weekly episodes.”

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KYLINE ALCANTARA

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I’ve been a fan ever since. I’ve watched several K-Dramas but then I got busy with work, so I wasn’t able to watch for a long time.”

What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“The stories talaga. It’s how they give kilig and good vibes and how refreshing their stories are that they will keep you watching.

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"They have this magic so you will really fall in love with their series.”

What are your top three recommended K-Dramas?

Crash Landing On You, Goblin, and W.

"Well, they have to find out why people are so into these K-Dramas, why they’re top trending.

"And why women wanted Hyun Bin, Gong Yoo, and Lee Jong Suk to be their ultimate oppas.”

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KRISTOFFER MARTIN

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“Nanunuod na ako before ng K-Drama pero mas naging avid fan ako nitong nag-ECQ. Hindi ako nabo-bore because of watching.”

What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“Una sa lahat, nakakakilig. Iyong cinematography, napakaganda. Iyong storyline, laging kakaiba na kahit sci-fi na siya, maapektuhan ka pa rin.

"The way the actors portray their roles, sobrang nakakadala.”

What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

"Goblin dahil ito iyong unang-unang K-Drama na tinapos ko talaga nang mabilisan, iyong napupuyat na ako dahil hindi ko mabitawan ang mga cliffhanger.

"Fight For My Way dahil sobrang gaan. Iyong iyak at bigat sa Goblin, binawi nito kasi sobrang light ng treatment.

"Dahil dito naging idol ko si Park Seo Joon dahil sobrang versatile niya;

"Hotel Del Luna. So far, ito ang pinaka-favorite ko. Rom-com sci-fi na sobrang ganda ng pagtawid ng story from beginning to end.

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"Saludo rin ako sa cinematography nito and CGI [computer-generated imagery] kasi, ang aliwalas sa mata.

"Dito ko minahal si IU [female lead]. Dalawang beses kong inulit iyong series na ‘to and same effect siya sa akin nung first time kong pinanood.”

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MIKEE QUINTOS

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I’ve been watching K-Dramas since before Netflix but I didn’t have time for it when I had to juggle studies and work at the same time so my interest only went back during the ECQ!”

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“It’s interesting how you can see a formula in the dramas but overall, I love how you don’t even notice that you’re getting attached to the characters because it’s actually very relatable! “

What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

“If you want the not-so-usual K-Drama, I recommend Itaewon Class! Their OST [orignal sound track] is my all-time favorite and the actors are really good!

Reply 1988 is very family-oriented. I love how they showed different points of views on real-life family struggles. The romance isn’t that bad either!!

“If you want a fun romance, my top two are What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim and Goblin! They’re on the same level for me!”

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SHAIRA DIAZ

When did you become a K-Drama fan?

“I guess kahit hindi pa lumalabas iyong Boys Over Flowers, mahilig na talaga akong manood.

"Kasi noong bata ako, naalala ko nanunuod na ako kasama ang lola ko ng Spring Waltz (2007) and Lovers in Paris (2004) kaya mahilig na talaga ako sa K-Drama bata pa lang.”

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What got you hooked on these K-Dramas?

“Iyong plot nila kakaiba, maganda at hindi paulit-ulit. Mapapansin mo sa title pa lang, ‘Bakit kaya ito yung title, ano kaya yung story?’

“Nagagawan nila ng kuwento iyong mga simpleng bagay. Kahit na fantasy, kaya nilang gawing realistic na mahu-hook ka talaga.

"Iyong mga shots and lighting sa kanila, alaga talaga, at kapag kilig na iyong eksena, nagli-linger talaga.

"Like binibilang ko ilang shots para doon sa scene na nagyakapan lang sila, kahit tulo ng luha, may sariling shot.

“Maganda iyong script nila at pinag-isipan talaga. Kapag may tanong ka sa isip mo, magugulat ka na lang sa next scene, sinasagot na nila.

“Plus iyong mga OST nila, ang gaganda to the point na ime-memorize ko na rin kahit ‘di ko maintindihan tapos hindi lang isa, madami, depende sa mood ng eksena!

“At magagaling lahat ng actors and actresses kahit support at talents lang walang tapon.”

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What K-Dramas will you recommend for viewers to watch?

Crash Landing on You, Itaewon Class, and Vagabond!

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K-Dramas most-watched by GMA-7 celebrities: Crash Landing On You (top), Reply 1988 (bottom left), and Itaewon Class (rightmost).
PHOTO/S: JTBC / tvN
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