5 K-Idols You Didn't Know Were Part-Pinoy

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It is no question that many Korean idols adore the Philippines because they keep on coming back for vacation, meet and greets, concerts and ...
It is no question that many Korean idols adore the Philippines because they keep on coming back for vacation, meet and greets, concerts and many more. But, did you know that there are actually K-POP stars who have Filipino blood? (if not full). Definitely, it gives us a sense of Pinoy Pride doesn’t it? Read more to find out who these K-idols are. Who knows, you might’ve seen them in the Philippines too.

1. Kriesha Chu

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Born on December 20, 1998 in Makati, Philippines, Krieshu Chu (real name: Kriesha Ziskind Teo Tiu) is a Filipina-American singer based in South Korea. When she was 2 years old, she migrated to San Francisco and was later on scouted by Urban Works Entertainment, her current company. She was famous for entering K-pop Star 6: The Last Chance, where she was unfortunately eliminated on the seventh episode of the show. Kriesha was so loved that she was brought back as a wild card contestant. Not long after, she became a member of Kwins together with Kim So-hee and Kim Hye-rim where they ended as runners-up for the contest. After the show ended, Kriesha released her first single album on May 24, 2017.

2. Youn Deong-Yeon

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Youn Dong-Yeon was born on September 26, 2003 whose mother is from Negros Occidental. He is a Filipino-Korean artist that was formerly signed by JYP Entertainment as a trainee through the show, LOUD. He accepts the fact that he grew up in a multicultural home and does not shy away from it. In fact, through his bars, he openly expresses it which is why he ultimately got the deal from JYPE along with his notable talent. It was on May 20, 2021 when he was revealed as a contestant for the show, but was later on eliminated during the seventh round. His English name is Justin Youn, his Filipino name is Justin Lajo and his nickname is Dodong.

3. Chantal Videla

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Chantal Videla was born on December 19, 2002 to a Filipino mother and an Argentinian Father who grew up in Spain before moving to the Philippines. She can also speak in four languages which are English, Filipino, Spanish, and Korean. Currently, Chantal is preparing to debut under MLD Entertainment, home to Korean musical acts like Momoland, T1419, and soloist Heo Chanmi. Before her debut, Chantal had already been used to acting as she was part of the ABS-CBN’s Star Magic Circle Batch 2018 together with Donny Panglinan, Charlie Dizon, Lena Alcazid and many others. After the agency revealed her profile, she was known for her nickname as “Chanty” where even the agency’s web series Nadol showed Chantal using this particular stage name whenever she introduces herself to her fans.

4. Belle (Ji Hyeon Ju)

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Belle is the lead vocalist and lead dancer of the K-pop girl group Cignature under J9 Entertainment. She was born on November 3, 2001 to a Filipino mother and Korean father. After many rumors surrounding her ethnicity, the girl group confirmed she was part Filipino-Korean. Belle was also a former member of GOOD DAY, where her stage name was ‘Lucky’ under C9 Entertainment. She has been active since 2017.

5. DOK2 (Lee Jun-Kyung)

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Dok2 was born on March 28, 1990 to a Korean mother and a Spanish-Filipino father. He is a Korean rapper, producer and co-founded the now defunct 1llionaire records. Dok2 is probably one of the most influential artists in the Korean Hip-Hop world. He is known for his associated acts with other famous artists such as Tyga, The Quiett, Beenzino, Epik High, Jay Park, Dynamic Duo, Drunken Tiger, Dean, Bizzy, Illson, Rado (Black Eyed Pilseung). Dok2 has been active in the music scene for almost 17 years since 2005.


This article is written by Cathrine Grace S. Alcachupas, a Digital Marketing Department Intern of PS Media Enterprise and an AB Communication student in De La Salle University-Dasmarinas.

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