June 27, 2011
Grace Lee: PNoy's latest Apple of the Eye.
Grace Lee, a Filipina-Korean television host and radio disc jockey, is said to be the latest 'apple of the eye' of President Benigno Aquino III. The host of the now defunct Diz Iz It! noontime show which aired on GMA-7 last year caught the bachelor president's attention in his visit to Cebu.
Aquino attended the inauguration of Korean Electric Power Corporation’s (KEPCO) 100-Megawatt coal-fired power plant in Barangay Colon, Naga City in Cebu on Monday, June 27.
Speaking in mixed visayan and tagalog, Aquino started his speech with a compliment towards beautiful ladies in Cebu.
“Bago ho ako magumpisa mayroon lang akong itatanong kay Governor Gwen sana, kung puwe-puwede ho. Gov. Gwen: mahimo bang mangutana nganu man sa kada bisita nako dinhi sa Cebu, masdaghang gwapa apil si Governor Gwen,” the president said.
Afterwards, he panned his eyes at Grace Lee, the master of ceremonies clad in traditional Korean dress.
“Kaya pag inimbita ho ako sa Cebu, hindi ho mahirap talagang maimbita dito. Pati iyong bisita nating si Ms. Gracie, kala ko tuloy, Pinay. Hindi nga pala: Korean—pati ang mga Korean na dumarating, talagang gwapa lahat. Kailangan yatang buhayin iyong Malacañang Sugbu! Baka dito na rin ho tayo magkatuluyan … pero nawawala tayo sa usapan,” PNoy said in his speech.
The president's moment was caught on cam and then the media and bloggers started to give it color.
Last month, it was Bunny Calica, the 27-year-old educator who reportedly teaches mostly Korean students, who got linked to the president. Calica and PNoy were spotted together during the reunion concert of the Hotdog band.
On the other hand, Lee in 2010 was also linked to controversial PBA superstar James Yap, the ex-husband of TV host Kris Aquino, the president's sister. Lee has refuted the rumor.
In addition to her native Korean, Lee can speak Tagalog and English. Before becoming a TV host, she has been hosting events for Korean-Filipino communities as well as being an official interpreter for Malacañang.
Lee was born and raised in Seoul, but moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 because of her father's business, which involved importing Korean cars. She studied from third grade to senior high school in St. Paul College in Pasig City and graduated in Ateneo de Manila University, where she obtained her