A number of Korean, like, Ryan Bang, Sandara Park, and Jinri Park, have succeeded in penetrating the local showbiz:
Grace Lee and Sam Oh have succeeded in becoming a news anchor/ host.
Hoping to follow in their footsteps is newcomer Shine Kuk, the 21-year-old Korean who first came to our awareness when she won the “You’re my Foreignay” contest of Eat Bulaga! last year.
Afterwards, she appeared on Unang Hirit, I-Juander, Ryzza Mae Show, Motorcycle Diaries, Sunday All Stars, among others.
Recently, Shine was launched as one of the newest batch of Regal Babies—composed of 17 young boys and girls who all went through a series of acting workshops and screenings.
GETTING TO KNOW SHINE. She described herself as a Korean by blood, Pinoy at heart.
“I really love Filipinos. I love to respect their culture and speak Tagalog. I’m trying to speak in Tagalog.
“I’ve been here five years. Medyo hirap mag-aral ng Tagalog pero I wanna really talk deeply, heart by heart, like a Filipino."
She continued, “Dapat you have to own the language so I really try Tagalog, singing Tagalog songs, talking to my friends kahit mali ako sometimes.”
Asked why she wants to join showbiz, she answered, “Gusto ko maging multi-talented artist, who can act, sing sometimes and dance, and [be a] komedyante, to make really people laugh.”
She looks up to Anne Curtis.
“Meron siyang X-factor,” Shine beamed. “I see she’s really an artist, she really can connect with the audience.”
And now that she is among the 17 hopefuls included in Regal’s pool of talents, Shine hopes to be given the opportunity to do what she loves.
SECRET TO BEAUTIFUL SKIN. Koreans are known for their fair and pore-less skin.
PEP took the opportunity to ask Shine her beauty secrets and regimen to maintain her “artistahin” skin.
“I really drink a lot of water. I drink four liters of water everyday,” she began.
“I wash my face once a week with lemon and ice water. It will really whiten your skin.”
She continued that using ice water on the face helps tighten the pores, while the lemon whitens the skin.
She doesn't just wash her face regularly, she does it thoroughly especially after a sweaty workout or after removing her make-up.
To make sure that all traces of makeup are removed, Shine advised washing it twice with a cleansing foam.
When asked about her brand, she revealed: aloe vera facial foam from Etude House.
She added that most Korean brands are good, the key is to find the product that suits your skin best.
Come nighttime, she applies toner, then whitening lotion, and eye cream around her eyes, plus another cream for her neck area.
Now here's her "natural" beauty drink.
“I do [this] once a month, like straight for five days," she said.
"Ferment one liter of water with ten pieces of calamansi, eight leaves of mints, one cucumber, a piece of ginger, and keep it in the refrigerator for a day.
"And the next day, consume it.
“It’s good for the metabolism and good for your skin."
And another important part of any beauty routine, according to Shine, is having enough rest and avoiding stress.