Korean star Park Shin Hye came to the Philippines last year and spent time with less privileged kids in Manila. She also witnessed the start of the construction of her Shin Hye Center for poor children.
She recently returned as endorser of a local clothing brand and, as before, she was excited to meet Pinoy fans.
“I heard that the drama ‘The Heirs’ had a very successful airing on Philippine TV and I’ve been really looking forward to come back, not just greeting fans on social media but to see them face to face and interact with them. I’m very happy to have this opportunity this year,” the 27-year-old actress said at a press conference at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel on July 27.
Park Shin Hye, one of the most beloved stars and endorsers in Korea, flew to the country for her “Flower of Angel: Park Shin Hye 2017 Asia Tour in Manila with BENCH” fan meeting on July 28 at the Araneta Coliseum. She held her first fan meeting in the Philippines called “Kiss of Angel” in 2013.
She also met fans at SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia on July 30.
Fashion and beauty sense:
It was in April that the clothing brand announced Park Shin Hye would be its new endorser.
“I had no idea that I would be the endorser of a Filipino clothing and lifestyle brand. I was surprised and very happy to receive this project,” she said.
During the photoshoot in Seoul, she “noticed that there were a lot of fashionable and pretty pants My favorite look in the campaign is me wearing an off-shoulder top and black pants.”
As for giving women tips on how to take care of themselves, Park Shin Hye said it boils down to focusing on the basics.
“There are a lot of women out there who probably know more useful tips than me,” she said. “For me the most important thing are the basics. Cleansing, skin care whether you have make up or not, if you have good-looking skin, then everything follows. During the summer I get a tan easily so I have to take extra care to protect my skin. I always make sure that I use moisturizer and sunscreen.”
When she’s not working, Park Shin Hye loves to “exercise, an activity that I try to do everyday especially when I have no schedule.”
“When I am not shooting, I meet with friends and hang out. Recently I tried water sports like surfing which I felt was really fun,” she added.
Park Shin Hye is also known for her philanthropic work especially for children. She is a goodwill ambassador of the Korea Food for the Hungry International (KFHI), an international organization that helps to alleviate hunger and poverty in different countries.
The Shin Hye Center in Manila, which was built this year, is the actress’ second since building the first in Ghana in 2013.
“I started working for malnourished children in Ghana. I wondered how I could help children in a location that was more accessible and closer to Korea. Then I heard from a Korean preacher who is living in the Philippines that there was a community here that I could help,” she said.
Last November, she was included in KFHI’s Philanthropy Club, a group of donors that have given at least 100 million won (P4.5 million), to the organization.
The proceeds of her Manila fan meeting will be donated to the KFHI through her Starlight Angel Project.
Park Shin Hye is known for TV dramas as “Stairway to Heaven,” “You’re Beautiful,” “Heartstrings,” “Flower Boys Next Door,” “The Heirs” and last year’s “Doctors.”
Early this year, she emerged as the top favorite Korean actress in a survey conducted by the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) among K-drama fans in the US.
Her next project, she said, is the film “Silent Witness,” which she finished filming in May and will be released in November.
“The last time you saw me on screen I was a doctor. This time I’m a lawyer,” she said.
Asked what role she would like to play, Park Shin Hye said, “I never really set out to agree to (a drama) project thinking that ‘This is the kind of role that I want to play so I have to say yes to this TV series.’”
“What happens usually is that I read scripts and there will come a time when a character jumps out and I’ll think that this character seems like one that I should play. It’s really kind of more instinctive,” she explained.