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.

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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.

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