Grace Lee

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Grace Lee
Born Lee Kyŏng Hee
(1982-10-04) October 4, 1982 (age 32)
Seoul, South Korea
Occupation TV host, radio disc jockey, journalist
Years active 2007–present
Korean name
Hangul 이경희
Revised Romanization I Gyeong-hui
McCune–Reischauer I Kyǒng-hǔi

Grace Lee (Korean: 이경희; born Lee Kyŏng Hee) is a Korean television host and radio disc jockey working in the Philippines. She is the third Korean expatriate to appear prominently in Philippine television, after Sandara Park, Ryan Bang.[1] She can speak Tagalog and English in addition to her native Korean.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Lee was born and raised in Seoul, but moved to the Philippines at the age of 10 because of her father's business, which involved importing Korean cars. She studied from second grade to senior high school at St. Paul College in Pasig City and graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, where she obtained her Communication Arts degree.[2] Before becoming a TV host, she has been hosting events for Korean-Filipino communities as well as being an official interpreter for Malacañang.

Career[edit]

Lee planned on becoming a journalist. She sent her résumé to major television studios in the Philippines and received a callback from GMA Network.[2] She landed her first Philippine TV hosting job in March 2007 as a segment host on Q Network’s lifestyle-magazine show "The Sweet Life". Among her first assignments include featuring life in Korea where she gets to wear traditional female garb as well as interviewing prominent Korean celebrities such as Yoon Se Ah of Lovers in Prague and King Sejong the Great drama series.[3][4]

She recently joined Magic 89.9's morning radio show Good Times With Mo with Mo Twister and Mojo Jojo as a replacement for Andi-9.[2] Lee is also a Manila correspondent for Yonhap Television News in Korea, as well as teaches at the Manila New Life Church's Sunday school for preschool students and takes part in various outreach programs.[3]

Grace Lee hosted a cooking reality show, "Eateria" that aired every Sunday mornings on GMA Network. Lee also hosted "Diz Iz It" that aired 6 days a week on GMA.

She is now a guest segment anchor both for Balitanghali on GMA News TV on weekdays, and 24 Oras Weekend Edition on Saturdays on GMA Network.

On August 2012 she left GMA Network and moved to TV5. Upon her arrival on TV5, she has been joined Martin Andanar as co-anchor on Andar ng mga Balita on AksyonTV and joined Good Morning Club on TV5.

On January 2013, she became a co-host on TV5's noontime variety show, Wowowillie, with main host Willie Revillame. She also anchors the weekend edition of Aksyon, Aksyon Weekend, alongside Raffy Tulfo during Saturday nights.

On July 2014, she became a news anchor every early mornings by the first of four editions of Aksyon, Aksyon sa Umaga alongside Martin Andanar and Lourd de Veyra.

Personal life[edit]

She had a relationship with the president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino III. She admitted to the relationship on her show stating in response to the president's claim of their relationship, "what the president said is true.".[5]

Discography[edit]

TV Shows[edit]

Year Show Role TV Network
2007-2011 The Sweet Life Main Host Q
2009 Good Times Host Studio 23
2010 Eateria Host GMA Network
2010 Diz Iz It Host GMA Network
2010-2011 24 Oras Weekend Anchor (Chika Minute) GMA Network
2010-2011 News on Q Anchor (Silip Showbiz) Q
2011 Balitanghali Anchor (Star Bites) GMA News TV
2012 Cooking with the Stars Host GMA Network
2012-2013 Andar ng mga Balita Anchor AksyonTV
2012–2013 Wil Time Bigtime Co-Host TV5
2012-2014 Good Morning Club Anchor TV5
2013 Wowowillie Co-Host TV5
2013-2014 Aksyon Weekend (Saturday) Anchor TV5
2014–present Aksyon sa Umaga Anchor TV5

Radio Shows[edit]

Year Show Role Station
2007-2012 Good Times with Mo Co-Host Magic 89.9

References[edit]

  1. ^ San Diego, Bayani Jr. (October 14, 2007). "Kapuso's Korean connection". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2007-11-14. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bonifacio, Tinna (February 4, 2008). "Amazing Grace". Women's Journal. 
  3. ^ a b Sandiri, Walden (October 15, 2007). "Grace Lee: Living her sweet life!". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2011-01-04. 
  4. ^ Grace Lee interviews Yoon Se Ah on Sweet Life.
  5. ^ "Secret's out: Philippine president dating Korean". http://www.seattlepi.com.