GMA-7 actress Glaiza de Castro is definitely one of those "kinain na ng sistema ng K-pop."
The Kapuso actress, who recently played the role of Pirena in Encantadia remake, has gone back to South Korea for the second time.
She left for a week-long vacation in Seoul with her closest friends last Thursday, June 8.
Glaiza said this is her reward to herself after working on the primetime series for almost a year.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) interviewed the Kapuso actress for updates with the help of Lendl Fabella of GMA's corporate communications.
The Kapuso actress, who is a certified BIGBANG fan, also made time to see G-Dragon's solo concert.
Glaiza told PEP, "Nagpunta talaga ako para magbakasyon. Reward na rin sa sarili after Enca. 'Tapos nabalitaan ko na may comeback si G- Dragon at magko-concert siya.
"Siyempre gusto ko manood dahil alam kong darating ang araw na hindi ko na magagawa ang mga bagay na yun. So, andito lang talaga ako para mag enjoy."
One of the highlights of her stay in South Korea was when she made a detour to the Mokdong district of Seoul, the location of the hospital where BIGBANG's T.O.P. is confined.
BIGBANG's T.O.P. was rushed to the intensive care unit of Ehwa Woman's University Medical Center after suffering from "respiratory depression due to an overdose of prescribed tranquilizers."
In previous interviews, Glaiza has voiced out her fascination for K-Pop, particularly G-Dragon and T.O.P. of BIGBANG.
The news of T.O.P.'s drug overdose greatly affected Glaiza, "Hindi talaga ako mapakali at nanghina ako.
"Alam kong hindi ako maiintindihan ng iba kung bakit pero ang laki ng epekto ni TOP sa akin hindi lang bilang kpop star but as a true artist.
"I think lahat naman ng tao na may hinahangaan tapos mababalitaang may nangyaring hindi masama, maaapektuhan."
Glaiza wasn't able to see T.O.P. , but knowing that they're on the same place somewhat consoled her.
She told PEP, "Siyempre hindi. Hahaha. Hindi naman din talaga ako nag expect na makikita ko siya.
"Pero yung feeling lang na nasa isang lugar kayo at kahit paano ay makita kung anong nangyayari sa paligid niya, sapat na.
"Thankfully hindi siya as chaotic as I've imagined. Tsaka inisip ko, andito narin lang naman ako sa Korea, puntahan ko na.
"First time ko atang ipagdasal ang isang taong hinahangaan ko, yung as in taimtim na dasal."
While they were in the premises, Glaiza and her friends also explored the iconic spots of the Ehwa Womans University, including this campus valley.
They also visited the Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP), an architectural tourist spot in Seoul.
DDP is a $460-million building designed by the Pritzker-winning Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid.
Glaiza and her crew also had a private tour of a K-drama set at KBS Main Building.
Glaiza made sure to watch Cookin' Nanta, a funny, non-verbal, musical cooking show in South Korea that premiered in Ooctober 1997.
She uploaded her photo with some of the cast members, with this caption: "First time ko atang tumawa na halos hindi ako makahinga sa isang show. Sobrang galing ng konspeto at grabe yung performance ng mga artists.
"Wala pang lines at lahat ng instrumento ay halos gamit pang kusina. Sana makapag perform sila ulit sa Pinas para medyo mabawasan yung mga na stress at negatron lol. Salamat @globalnanta"
On June 10, Glaiza was in total "fan girl mode" when she attended G-Dragon's 2017 World Tour: Act III, M.O.T.T.E at Seoul World Cup Stadium.
In one of her Instagram posts, Glaiza described her favorite moment at the concert when G-Dragon performed the song titled "R.O.D." with former 2NE1 member CL, and followed it with another collaboration track titled "The Leaders."
Glaiza wrote, "Grabe tong moment na to, akala namin playback lang yung boses ni @chaelincl tapos sa last chorus parang naging live na. Yun pala totoo, andun siya, nanginig po ako kaya pasensya sa video.
"Ang galing nila manggulat tapos rektang The Leaders. Medyo matagal tagal ako makaka recover. #CLisMyQueen #MotteInSeoul #NanginigInSeoul"
In a separate post, Glaiza expressed her gratitude to G-Dragon for making this trip one for the books.
She wrote, "He truly is a king of passion, creativity and so much more. Thank you for giving us an unforgettable night/trip, Kwon Ji Yong#motteinseoul"
The next day, Glaiza met up with one of her Korean friends, Han Jun (middle in white), at Starfield COEX Mall.
Han Jun is an up-and-coming music producer/rapper. Glaiza met him during her first visit back in 2016.
She uploaded a photo with the caption: "Real kpop supastarzzzz lol good to see you again brother @zillion_dollar_baby #CrewRea #TrOppa"