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Keri’s dream come true
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My cousin Keri’s obsession with Korean dramas is contagious. She got me into Boys Over Flowers, which is the Korean version of Meteor Garden (Taiwanese drama I loved).
Luckily, my friend Mae gifted me two boxed sets of Boys Over Flowers, plus Mischievous Kiss, which star singer/actor/dancer (triple threat) Kim Hyun Joong. So yes, I find him cute and never mind that I was already in college when he was born.

Kim Hyun Joong collection

As far as Kim Hyun Joong fans are concerned, Keri (L) is a certified diehard. She has traveled to Seoul, Shanghai and Yokohama to stalk him watch his concerts.

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Kim Hyun Joong in Yokohama (Photos: Keri Zamora)

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You can imagine the damage to my ear when I told her Kim Hyun Joong was coming to Manila for a Face Shop tour.

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Last Friday morning, Keri came over to our house with makeup artist Tatin Yang, who did both of our makeup.
Left the house 11-ish to the Rockwell Club for a media lunch.

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Do you think she’s excited?

Keri and Kim Hyun Joong

While having our lunch, we couldn’t help but notice the hunky bodyguard, Mr. Jeong, who has his own Facebook fan page. He made sure the platform was stable. He looked under the chairs, inspected the flowers, and checked if the outside was clear.

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Here’s a stolen shot by me

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Then our On The Radar group (Keri, Grace and I) was called for a briefing upstairs as we were scheduled for a one-on-one for the Philippine Star (basically guidelines on what we can and can’t ask).
As we were talking to his Korean handler and interpreter, I noticed this entourage coming downstairs.
Watch Kim Hyun Joong walking slowly behind his bodyguard, with the golden hair, moreno skin, as he scans the room with his eyes.

That was our cue to proceed to the press conference. We took the elevator, they took the stairs. So we stalked him on his way there. Now watch the security and handlers with Kim Hyun Joong. Watch him scan the room and glance at us again.

He entered a room full of girls trying to stifle screams. (Here we have settled down.)

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Oh, and he sat right across from us 🙂

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Filipina-Korean radio/ TV personality Grace Lee hosted the program. (Why so pretty??)
Check out Gelli de Belen in the background.

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Was he spaced out or checking her out?

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So perfect.

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If Paris Hilton has Isha Dinio, Kim Hyun Joong has 74-year-old Patria Ragasa. Her daughter spent Php 100,000 to win his cropped pants in a charity auction. As a bonus, they also got to meet and greet the Korean pop star.

Kim Hyun Joong's cropped pants for auction

Lola meets her crush idol.

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She reportedly gave Kim Hyun Joong a key and said, “This is the key to my heart, I give it to you!” #afraid
She also begged him to kiss her!! That’s one aggressive lola, I tell you. He was very sweet to her though.

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Lola’s 15 minutes of fame

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Here’s the photo op, with Lola’s daughter on the left

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The Face Shop donated the money to Abiertas House of Friendship, “a non-government organization that provides a temporary home to needy women, especially unwed mothers.”

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During the press conference we were called to go back upstairs in preparation for our one-on-one.
The aircon wasn’t function so Keri peeled off her jacket. We were debating if she should interview him in a Roland Mouret bustier—or NOT!!

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In no time we were called into this function room full of people and Kim Hyun Joong.
As soon as I saw the formal setting, I whispered to Grace, “Roland Mouret bustier is definitely not appropriate.”
Keri was assigned to interview him. I took photos and Grace held the Flip video.
To be fair, Keri acted professionally and did not fumble her lines/questions.

Keri interviews Kim Hyun Joong

Check out the body language 😉

Kim Hyun Joong in Manila

After answering our ten questions, we were whisked away to accommodate the other reporters, not even allowed to ask for an autograph.
So Keri followed him to Trinoma at 5 PM while I had to attend two other events.

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

You can imagine the place was packed

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Grace Lee hosted

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Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Meet and greet for Face Shop promo winners

Kim Hyun Joong at Trinoma

Watch for Keri’s coverage in the Philippine Star in a few!
To know more about the Face Shop, click here.

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oh gosh -______- i wish i was there.
i’m so jealous of LOLA >.< ughhness!! KIM HYUN JOONG IS THE DEFINITION OF HOTTIE. 😛 

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clarice

Bodyguard is so much more gwapo! Imalia fuentes! Hahaha

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Heehoohum

Hi Chuvaness,

Asking your permission if okey to save an image of KHJ from your blog.  He has a nice new hair style ( maybe I can ask my son to have his hair cut like that.  That is if XS allows it 😛 )

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CVS Reply:

sure

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I so love Koreans na talaga. They’re so cute 🙂

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Ang pretty ni Keri (Siyempre si Keri ang napansin ko muna hahaha!)!

Saya saya naman! KHJ looks nice 🙂 

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Great post about Keri’s dream come true.  I met Keri in Shanghai!!  Yes for the same purpose – to watch SS501 and Kim Hyun Joong in particular.  I cannot forget that it was winter and we were freezing out there in the stadium.  I gave Keri a ride back to her hotel after the concert and with a bunch of other fangirls squeezed in the car, we were all spazzing at the same time.  Mr. Fei, my sister’s driver later said his ears never hurt so much in his communist life. haha!  I’m happy for you Keri! 🙂 🙂 

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I thoroughly enjoyed this post for various reasons: the Lola, the bodyguard, KHJ, the stalking, etc. And the comments! Thanks, C. My husband said the bodyguard should be in showbiz as well!

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Anonymous

Uhm, is Grace Lee wearing stockings at the Trinoma event?

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CVS Reply:

i don’t think so. why you say that? makinis?

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Anonymous Reply:

Yeah. Looks like it eh.

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Oh and I THINK that KHJ might have been looking at something in particular and not checking Grace out. He has that curious facial expression. Just my two cents. 🙂

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Okay, I have to admit that I was looking more at the pics of the body guard than at KHJ. Crime! Lol But honestly, I think he’d be famous in an instant. Okaaaay, I did check out the fan page as well. Waaaaah 😮

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Wow! Lucky naman ng #fan nya. Hihi.

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Maru_ragasa

this is maru ragasa, the disabled in pigtails. i am the daughter of patria ragasa who was the winning bidder of the shorts. hence, we are not sisters but rather mother and daughter. after suffering from my stroke, people tend to see me as much older than my age which is 54. my mom, in pink, is 74. we were not allowed by faceshop to bring any camera and we obeyed them, only to discover to our dismay, that everyone had one. thus, it is ironical that we have no personal photos at all. this has upset my mom so… Read more »

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Michael Ragasa

just a little correction. the one with the white hair is my mom and her name is Patria B. Ragasa and the other lady is my sister. thanks for posting the pictures. i was just wondering on how i can get a copy of the pictures? i hope you could help me, please.

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CVS Reply:

i’m sending her the photos now 🙂

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Mr. Jeong is so HOT nga, and so nice pa to fans (he get the banner I hand to him at the airport). I remember him jumping on the platform inside Edsa Shang’s conference room to check the stability. XD
I think the one with Lola fan is her daughter. I overheard her telling that bit to a magazine reporter last Friday. And KHJ always spaces out, hihihi. Your cousin is lucky she got to see KHJ’s shy smile~ (the kind not showing teeth) XD

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CVS Reply:

i heard daughter too. I think the newspaper got it wrong

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seriously mas naattract ako sa bodyguard kaysa kay KHJ

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Salamat sa special mention, Ms. C! 😛 Hahaha! I would love to meet your cousin, Keri. 🙂 I will share the K-drama blessings. :))

Hindi ko talaga type si KHJ, no offense meant to fans. Ang bata niya kasi tingnan. But yeah, because of his age, CUTE nga siya. [Para akong high school!] 🙂

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CVS Reply:

Keri is suki of Yes Asia, so yes you have to meet her!

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The_Sung_Empress Reply:

We sort of met na, Ms. C, on Twitter. 🙂

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Abet Ong

Keri, I hate you(in a loving way) hahaha.

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lover010178

Inyo na si Kim Hyun Joong. Basta akin si Mr. Jeong. LOL

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By any chance you did not spot Kim Hyun Joong’s uber hot bodyguard Mr. Jeong? Seriously. Pwede na rin siyang magartista. Ito yung picture niya 😀

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fan-Page-MrJeong-Kim-Hyun-Joongs-bodyguard/172388762793090?sk=wall

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Grace Reply:

Hello?! I don’t think you read the post at all!

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CVS Reply:

OMG. what a strange comment. hindi kita kinaya #mangmang?

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Anette Aas Reply:

Wahahahahaha. This just made my day. 😀

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Grace

Hello?! I don’t think you read the post at all!

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Wahahahahaha. This just made my day. 😀

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omnesia

Why doesn’t he look like his Face Shop posters? Parang ang layo… weird

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kenziedanielle Reply:

he looks different because of the style and color of his hair

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Anette Aas Reply:

Yes, his hair seems so polished on the ads. Photoshop!

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CVS Reply:

anette! naloka ako sa family name mo! are you always class number 1?

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kenziedanielle

he looks different because of the style and color of his hair

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Yes, his hair seems so polished on the ads. Photoshop!

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omnesia

Grace Lee is the defunct Fil-Korean hostess for these types of events… you would think she’s so lucky to be so close and conversational with these big Korean popstars, and as a pretty girl she would have a chance at a relationship with one of these guys, hehe but I guess it’s true they’re very tightly guarded and trained. They have tons of protocol to follow. Maybe worse than the Royal Family! [Reply]CVS Reply:August 28th, 2011 at 10:43 AMi don’t think these guys have time for a relationship [Reply]Browneyedgirl Reply:August 28th, 2011 at 10:56 AMI think you mean “default” not… Read more »

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I think you mean “default” not defunct

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Knz

omg! cecile it still feels like it was all a dream! thank you for making this all happen and thank you Face Shop Philippines for bringing him here:)) – aaaaaahhh:) !!!

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KBC Reply:

keri.  you’re so pretty!  i’ll text you later again. fix na your bb plan please. mwah.

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First Wives Club Reply:

So no photo of you and KHJ? 🙁

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CVS Reply:

I’m not the type to make pa picture with anyone except my family

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keri.  you’re so pretty!  i’ll text you later again. fix na your bb plan please. mwah.

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So no photo of you and KHJ? 🙁

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Pam

pa iba-iba ang ilong niya.  

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CVS Reply:

sinetch?

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jemriz Reply:

KHJ had his nose done a few years back.

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omnesia Reply:

Yes, apparently he admitted it only very recently

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CVS Reply:

kala ko si Keri

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It’s official. Koreans really don’t have pores! What do they do to their faces! Hold on. They use Face Shop products? hehe 🙂 – R [Reply]CVS Reply:August 28th, 2011 at 9:25 AMi so agree! my best friend in New York was Korean. her arms were like clouds. they start skin care at age 9 daw [Reply]omnesia Reply:August 28th, 2011 at 10:35 AMwhat?? no way? baka they start skin care in the womb! LOL [Reply]goldielucks Reply:August 28th, 2011 at 5:59 PMI have been befriended my so many Korean girls who are my (temporary) neighbors in the building. I know that they’re… Read more »

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I have been befriended my so many Korean girls who are my (temporary) neighbors in the building. I know that they’re so mahilig with “serums” and “essences” coz I was once invited inside their rooms and saw on one dresser 3 bottles of something labeled serum and heard them discuss it. One of them asked my husband (who has great facial skin) “What is secret for your face?” I wanted him to tell them “My great wife who doesn’t stress me out!” but he didnt. LOL

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Grace

I have been waiting for this post!!

Kim Hyun Joong’s smile is to die for! 

Kinikilig ako for Keri!! I also like KHJ so I can feel her excitement! Cute! 🙂

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Knz Reply:

thanks grace!:)) nag ROI na yun Roland lol;)

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CVS Reply:

ibang Grace yan, my dear 😉

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Knz Reply:

oh…. hahaha…. award!!:)

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divasoria Reply:

hahaha! kaya you texted me so early!! 😉 i comment using this because my name is too common 😛

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Knz

thanks grace!:)) nag ROI na yun Roland lol;)

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hahaha! kaya you texted me so early!! 😉 i comment using this because my name is too common 😛

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