VP Leni hooked on K-dramas

Published January 28, 2021, 9:36 AM

by Raymund Antonio

What does the country’s second-highest official enjoy doing to ward off stress? Like many Filipinos, she watches Korean dramas.

In what she called “another quarantine post,” Vice President Leni Robredo shared what Filipino movies and Korean dramas she enjoyed watching the most. She’s in quarantine while waiting for the results of another RT-PCR test as part of the Office of the Vice President’s (OVP) health protocols after several trips to Laguna, Quezon Province, and the Bicol region.

Robredo said in a Facebook post that she would have wanted to watch more during the pandemic but she has been too busy with relief operations to watch more movies and dramas.

“Before the pandemic, I would download movies and TV series (kdrama, included) on my iPad and would watch them during my travels. While on the plane en route to the provinces and in hotel rooms after a day’s work, doon ako nanood (that’s when I watch),” she said.

Among the Korean dramas she enjoyed watching are The Doctors, which she noted is a favorite of her daughters Aika and Jillian, Descendants of the Sun, Crash Landing on You, Second 20s, Because This Is My First Life, King 2 Hearts, Discovery of Love, My Secret, Terrius, Pinnochio, and What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim.

While these are mostly romantic-comedies, Robredo shared she also enjoys the more serious ones such as It’s Okay To Not Be Okay, My Mister, and Mr. Sunshine.

“But I will not repeat these series again because I don’t want to get stressed,” she said, adding that she watched these while doing her various paperwork.

When it comes to choosing dramas and movies, the vice president said “I want light and fun storylines to balance my already toxic world.”

Although she watches popular ones like The World of the Married and Sky Castle, Robredo shared she did not enjoy them because “the characters were so evil.” “The World of the Married” was about infidelity while “Sky Castle” is a story about South Korea’s high society and how four women pressured their husbands and kids to compete and succeed.

The vice president admitted she finds Korean star Gong Yoo good-looking, which is why she watched a number of his dramas such as Goblin, Big, and Coffee Prince.

She also enjoyed Park Seo Joon’s Itaewon Class and Fight For My Way, both of which are stories about fighting for one’s dreams, as well as cult favorite Reply 1988 and Romance Is A Bonus Book. Jillian, the youngest of her daughters, particularly liked Start Up.

Currently, Robredo is watching Korean thriller Kairos, which is a story about time travel wherein one woman will be tasked to save a mother and a daughter from kidnapping.

For Filipino movies, she listed She’s The One, That Thing Called Tadhana, Bride for Rent, One More Chance, and Four Sisters and a Wedding as her favorites, adding that she has watched them several times.

Interestingly, the last one went viral on social media several times for a scene where Locsin’s character dragged Mocha Uson by her hair. Uson, a singer-turned-government-official, is a vocal critic of the vice president.