Pinay from Davao makes waves in Korea, champions the plight of migrant wives and even snags film roles

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Jasmine Lee, a Seoul-based Filipina, is appearing in an upcoming Korean film Punch, (Wandeugi), which stars young actor Yoo Ah-in. The 34-year-old Davao native will play a Filipina mother who abandons her son.

Filipina Jasmine Lee has made a name for herself in Korea.

 

ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Jasmine Lee, a Seoul-based Filipina, is appearing in an upcoming Korean film Punch, (Wandeugi), which stars young actor Yoo Ah-in. The 34-year-old Davao native will play a Filipina mother who abandons her son.

 

The report revealed that Lee is already a familiar face for Korean audiences, having been a panelist on popular KBS television show Love in Asia since 2006 and is widely considered an unofficial spokesperson for migrant wives.

 

Punch is Lee’s second film, after making a cameo appearance as a runaway Vietnamese wife in Secret Reunion, which starred Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won, last year.

 

"After the success of ’Secret Reunion,’ some people I met who recognize me from the movie eh nakikipagtalo pa sa akin na i’m Vietnamese... Now after ’Wandeugi’ people will say, ’hey she’s from the Philippines’," she said.

 

In any case, Lee’s life story is straight from a movie. ABS-CBNNews.com disclosed that she met her future husband Lee Dong-ho in Davao in 1994. She was only 18 then and still studying at the Ateneo de Davao University. Her husband, a Korean sailor, is 12 years her senior. They married and moved to Seoul in 1995. They have a son, Alex, and  a daughter, Chloe.

 

The report went on to say that Lee slowly made the transition to becoming a public figure around 2006, when she was asked to be a panelist on the TV show Love in Asia. In 2008, she became a TV presenter on educational broadcasting network’s Basic Korean for Foreigners.

 

Sadly, Dong-ho died while rescuing Chloe from drowning in a river last year.

 

Lee takes comfort in the fact that Pinoys in Korea are proud that she is presenting a positive image of the Philippines among Koreans. "It’s a big responsibility, but can be a burden at times .Tao lang naman kasi ako. I want to make mistakes like any other human being, but I can’t let everyone down. But it kind of gives me the courage din and the strength to do good in everything because I know my family, married migrants, the Pinoys here in Korea and of course the country I represent are all rooting for me," she said.

 

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