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Grace Lee

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Grace Lee
Lee Kyung-hee

Seoul, South Korea
Years active2007–2015
AgentZenith Media Contents[1]
Korean name
Revised RomanizationI Gyeong-hui
McCune–ReischauerI Kyŏnghŭi

Grace Lee (Korean이경희; Lee Kyung-hee) is a South Korean-born Filipino film distributor, businesswoman, former television host and former radio disc jockey. She is one of a few Korean expatriates to appear prominently in Philippine television, other notable expatriates are Sandara Park, Ryan Bang and Sam Oh. In 2015, she left the country to go back home to her native country and serve there.[2] She can speak Tagalog and English in addition to her native Korean.[3]



Early life


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 fourth year high school at St. Paul College in Pasig and graduated from Ateneo de Manila University, where she obtained her Communication Arts degree.[3] Before becoming a TV host, she had been hosting events for Korean-Filipino communities as well as being an official interpreter for Malacañang.[citation needed]



Lee planned on becoming a journalist. She sent her résumé to major television studios in the Philippines and received a callback from GMA Network.[3] She landed her first Philippine TV hosting job in March 2007 as a segment host on Q 11’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 The Great King, Sejong drama series.[4][5]

She stayed with Magic 89.9 from 2007 up to 2012 co-hosting the morning radio show Good Times with Mo with Mo Twister and Mojo Jojo as a replacement for Andi-9.[3] Lee is also a Manila correspondent for YTN in Korea, as well as teaching at the Manila New Life Church's Sunday school for preschool students and takes part in various outreach programs.[4]

Lee was added as an anchor of "Silip Showbiz" (a segment of News on Q) and then 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 was also a guest segment anchor both for Balitanghali on GMA News TV during weekdays (2011–present), and 24 Oras Weekend Edition[broken anchor] during Saturdays on GMA.

In August 2012, Lee left GMA Network and moved to TV5. Upon her arrival on TV5, she was joined by Martin Andanar as co-anchor on Andar ng mga Balita on AksyonTV and also joined Good Morning Club.

In January 2013, Lee became a co-host on TV5's noontime variety show, Wowowillie, with main host Willie Revillame and also became an anchor for Aksyon Weekend, alongside Raffy Tulfo during Saturday nights.

From July 2014 until 2015, she became an early morning news anchor in the first of four editions of Aksyon, Aksyon sa Umaga alongside Martin Andanar, Lourd de Veyra, Erwin Tulfo, Cheryl Cosim and Atty. Melencio Santa Maria. From then on, she went inactive on-screen.

In 2019, Lee established Glimmer Productions, a Philippine-based company focusing on distributing Korean films and aims to produce original content, with the 2022 South Korean crime-action film The Roundup as its first "big outing" as a production company.[6] Prior to the COVID pandemic, she had plans to showcase Korean-Filipino film and live entertainment projects, but those projects would be stalled until 2022. Apart from film distribution, she thrives in her Korean food business venture.[7]

Personal life


Lee was once in a relationship with Benigno Aquino III, the 15th president of the Philippines. 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".[8]



TV shows

Year Show Role TV Network
2007–2011 The Sweet Life Herself/Main host Q
2009 Good Times Herself/Host Studio 23
2010 Eateria GMA Network
Diz Iz It
2010–2012 24 Oras Weekend Herself/Anchor (Chika Minute)
2010–2011 News on Q Herself/Anchor (Silip Showbiz) Q
2011–2012 Balitanghali Herself/Anchor (Star Bites) GMA News TV
2012 Cooking with the Stars Herself/Host GMA Network
2012–2013 Andar ng mga Balita Herself/Anchor AksyonTV
Wil Time Bigtime Herself/Co-host TV5
2012–2014 Good Morning Club Herself/Anchor
2013 Wowowillie Herself/Co-host
2013–2014 Aksyon Weekend (Saturday & Sunday) Herself/Anchor
2014–2016 Aksyon sa Umaga
2014–2015 Aksyon sa Tanghali Herself/Relief anchor for Cherie Mercado

Radio shows

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


  1. ^ "Zenith Media Contents". Archived from the original on 2016-12-20. Retrieved 2016-12-15.
  2. ^ San Diego, Bayani Jr. (October 14, 2007). "Kapuso's Korean connection". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on October 17, 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-14.
  3. ^ a b c d Bonifacio, Tinna (February 4, 2008). "Amazing Grace". Women's Journal.
  4. ^ a b Sandiri, Walden (October 15, 2007). "Grace Lee: Living her sweet life!". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Archived from the original on November 29, 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-04.
  5. ^ Grace Lee interviews Yoon Se Ah on Sweet Life.
  6. ^ Salterio, Leah C. (21 August 2022). "Grace Lee puts up own production outfit Glimmer Productions". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  7. ^ Dumaual, Mario (20 June 2022). "Look who's back: Former host Grace Lee now a film distributor". ABS-CBN News. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Secret's out: Philippine president dating Korean". seattlepi.com. Archived from the original on 2012-02-02.