HIGHLIGHTS: Jung Hae-in makes Filipinos smile in 1st fan meeting

Jee Y. Geronimo
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CHILDHOOD MEMORIES. Jung Hae-in talks about some of his childhood memories during his fan meeting in Manila. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – We still can’t get over Korean actor Jung Hae-in’s smile-inducing fan meeting in Manila held Saturday evening, June 30, at the Kia Theatre in Quezon City.

Hae-in, who most Filipinos know from Korean dramas While You Were Sleeping, Prison Playbook, and Something in the Rain (or Pretty Noona Who Buys Me Food), met his Filipino fans on Saturday and showed a side of him they don’t always see on-screen.

And the actor did not disappoint. For all the Hae-in fans out there – whether you saw him in person last night or were part of #TeamBahay – here are some of our favorite moments from his first fan meeting in Manila:

Hae-in serenades fans

The fan meeting kicked off with a song number from Hae-in himself. Fair warning: with fans all too happy to see the actor in the flesh, there will be a lot of screaming in this short clip:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hae-in starts his fan meeting with a song <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaranghaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SaranghaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Jw1GhjM8Eo”>pic.twitter.com/Jw1GhjM8Eo</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013006088239656962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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You can hear more of Hae-in’s singing voice in the clip below. During one of the games he played that night, he revealed that he likes singing over dancing:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Another song number! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/DwJGvaIUCR”>pic.twitter.com/DwJGvaIUCR</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013030935116185600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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#AskHaeIn

During the #AskHaeIn portion, Hae-in picked 6 questions from fans and answered them onstage. MYX VJ Sunny Kim, who hosted Saturday’s event, interpreted his answers:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The next part of the fan meeting is <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/AskHaeIn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#AskHaeIn</a>. Hae-in picks 6 fan questions. <a href=”https://t.co/7ZULILeqqb”>pic.twitter.com/7ZULILeqqb</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013008400353914881?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Question: Annyeong oppa! I want to ask: What do you usually do when you’re bored or when you’re stressed?

He likes to eat delicious food and surround himself with people he is close to and people that he is comfortable with over a glass of beer.

Q: What are the qualities you’re looking for in a girl?

He wants a girl who takes care of herself, who loves herself, and who has a beautiful smile.

Q: What was your first impression of Manila?

We know that the weather here is very hot but he feels that the love you have for him, the passion that you have is hotter than the Manila weather.

Q: Hello Hae-in! What is your ideal date?

His ideal date is enjoying a glass of beer by the Han River, watching a movie, and it’s really just the little things.

Q: Would you and Sohn Ye-jin meet fans together in any city?

(Hae-in laughs before answering) He’s gonna ask Ye-jin when he goes back to Korea.

Follow-up: Would you be open to coming back to Manila with her?

If it’s possible, of course, why not, he would like to meet all of you guys again with her.

Q: Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with a fan?

Of course!

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Do you think it’s possible to fall in love with a fan? Hae-in says OF COURSE! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/cbgBKfALU7″>pic.twitter.com/cbgBKfALU7</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013009168335233024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Hae-in gives personal gifts to fans

What’s it like to get a gift from Hae-in himself? Ask these lucky fans, who not only received gifts from the actor, but even got to see him up close onstage:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hae-in gives gifts to 3 lucky fans: eyeglasses, a t-shirt, and a bag. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/pyUVmjPaNS”>pic.twitter.com/pyUVmjPaNS</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013011570668916741?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The second person to get a signed poster from Hae-in is a fanboy! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/zSdySPDlfn”>pic.twitter.com/zSdySPDlfn</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013013525684342784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Game time!

Oh, what a fan would do for a photo with their favorite celebrity.

In this case, 6 fans played games with Hae-in for a chance to get a polaroid photo with the Korean star. During the games, we learned that Hae-in takes basketball and jenga seriously. 

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>The first game is basketball. Hae-in is surprised that both fans are good at basketball. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeIn?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeIn</a> <a href=”https://t.co/cuzkFFTWYe”>pic.twitter.com/cuzkFFTWYe</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013024122371072000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>JUNG HAE-IN PLAYING BASKETBALL. That is all this video is about. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/7xuISeyK3J”>pic.twitter.com/7xuISeyK3J</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013025969240563717?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Intense jenga game is intense. Hae-in himself helps the fan during the game. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/4IFNz3qWFd”>pic.twitter.com/4IFNz3qWFd</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013029329976975360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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In the end, he indulged all 6 of them and took individual photos onstage. You get to play with Hae-in AND take a photo with him? Now that’s a treat!

SERENADE. Jung Hae-in sings a couple of songs for his fans. Photo by Jee Geronimo/Rappler

Up close and personal

But what fans will probably remember the most were the moments when Hae-in answered personal questions about his life, his childhood, his dreams, and his future plans.

His fans also prepared something special for the actor:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”hi” dir=”ltr”>Fans greet Hae-in with “Saranghae!” <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/XydVe3RqOI”>pic.twitter.com/XydVe3RqOI</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013040064702476290?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hae-in looks on as he watches the videos made by his fans. The shadow is a reference to one of his scenes in While You Were Sleeping. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/Bp4cNER62U”>pic.twitter.com/Bp4cNER62U</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013038494300569600?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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At the end of the fan meeting, Hae-in, who likes writing journals, read this letter to his fans:

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<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-conversation=”none” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Hae-in reads a letter to the audience at the end of the fan meeting. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/SarangHaeInManila?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#SarangHaeInManila</a> <a href=”https://t.co/n3EQl3HJzZ”>pic.twitter.com/n3EQl3HJzZ</a></p>&mdash; Jee Y. Geronimo (@jeegeronimo) <a href=”https://twitter.com/jeegeronimo/status/1013044847370907648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>June 30, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Hello all. It’s Hae-in.

I am so nervous and excited to write down this letter and thinking [of reading] this in front of many Filipino fans. I don’t know how to start because I have so many things that I want to tell you. First of all, I really appreciate and want to remember forever all of you showing love for me, sharing same time and same place together with me. I feel so lucky whenever I see you supporting me and feeling happy to watch me acting. I dream all the time, every day, and it’s the moment that I achieve my dream. Thank you so much for sending unconditional love and support for me who is not good enough yet.

[Lastly], I want to tell you this: I respect and love my fans.

What’s your favorite #SaranghaeInManila moment? Let us know in the comment section below! – Rappler.com

Jee Y. Geronimo

Jee is part of Rappler's Central Desk, handling most of the world, science, and environment stories on the site. She enjoys listening to podcasts and K-pop, watching Asian dramas, and running long distances. She hopes to visit Israel someday to retrace the steps of her Savior.