We did a bit of stalking and found about your dance career back in Korea. Is the entertainment scene there as cutthroat as it is here?
Back in Korea, I was just considered a dancer and not an artist. Here, I get to be both, and that’s pretty different.
A lot of Pinoys are crazy about K-pop. Why do you think so?
Korean fashion and style are unique. We wear anything, and kahit ano bagay. With Filipinos, they just have to be more con?dent. There are a lot of pretty, sexy, and smart Filipinos, yet they don’t seem to know how to carry and express themselves well.
That’s why they seem to want to be like Koreans, who are con?dent in expressing themselves through fashion and the arts. Is that a natural thing for Koreans or are you taught to be that way?
We always consider how people would perceive us. Even when we’re only going to the market, we don’t just wear slippers. We are not like that; we have to prepare.
They call you the “Dance Diva.” How much time does dancing take up in your day?
When I got that title, I was doing TV shows and was also studying Filipino.Pero siyempre I had to improve my dancing, so I try to learn other dance genres. I don’t want to ruin the “Dance Diva” title so I’m doing my best.
Is there anything about Pinoy culture that you still don’t understand?
This one is just bagong problem for me. I heard that if it’s a family problem I shouldn’t meddle. If this guy is bad or lying to his mom and I know it, I can’t make sumbong to the mommy. Gano’n ba talaga?
Let’s just say Filipinos don’t like washing their dirty linens in public. Is there anything else? How about Filipino men?
I understand them. But in my ?rst days here, there was a time when all our helpers in Clark were crying because their husbands cheated on them and left their families.
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Photography Ria Regino Styling Badj Genato of Badj Swimwear and Couture Makeup Janina Dizon Hair Emmanuel Hernandez II; Special thanks to Poi Chan, Eat Bulaga!, and Ms. Malou Choa-Fagar of Tape Entertainment Inc.