Jun Ho and Gia’s love story ends tonight

After fans of the first Fil-Korean love pair of Heart Evangelista and Alexander Lee fell in love with the romantic comedy My Korean Jagiya five nights a week for several months, they will finally say annyeonghe gyesyo to Gia and Jun Ho, perhaps with a heavy heart. 

Without a doubt, the program was a hit among Kapuso followers and netizens that devotedly followed the love story of the Korean superstar and the hopelessly romantic K-Drama Pinay fan girl. 

Both Heart and Alexander expressed their gratitude to everyone who supported the series since day one.

Heart said she’s glad that people loved her character, Gia, as much as she did. “To be honest, after a really, really long time, it’s the first time that I felt that people appreciated me, and my efforts. I’m so thankful na na-appreciate niyo and naipakita ko rin ang love ko for my job. To the show, to the staff and to GMA, I just want to put it on record I fell in love with my work again because of this show. Binusog niyo ako ng bonggang bongga. Thank you to the fans, to everyone, to the writers, and thank you even to the people that pushed me to do my best and it worked.”  

Alexander, on the other hand, said he has learned many things while doing the soap, which has brought laughter and good vibes to the audience, “There are too many things I learned from the show, ranging from Filipino culture, working experience, to reflection on life. I think the most important thing I learned this time is also what Jun Ho learnt: Fame and popularity do not make you happy; it’s the loved ones around you that is more important and could bring you true happiness” 

CaptioAfter months of trending on social media and winning the ratings game, 'My Korean Jagiya,' starring Heart Evangelista and Alexander Lee is finally bidding the small screen goodbye.
Alexander added, “I think I will miss having heart to heart talks with Heart. She really understands my feeling instantly and always gives me good advices on work and even on life. And I will definitely miss working with her because she is so easy to work with and the chemistry is just perfect.”

He recalled his first Christmas and New Year in the Philippines, saying, “Christmas, as expected, is really big here in the Philippines, but what I didn’t expect was New Year. New Year celebration here is so crazy and fun! Filipinos really know how to party and enjoy, with lots of food and fireworks around. Even though I was away from my family, I was so blessed to have my MKJ family and Ms. Janice de Belen was so kind to have me at her place for both Christmas and New Year countdown. Had a great time together with her family and friends. Really glad to experience these celebrations here in the Philippines.

And as for his plans after MKJ, “So far I have no upcoming show yet, but I’ll be going back to Korea for a break to spend time with my family and might go back to my radio show.”

He also plans to continue his studies. “I have two more semesters left for my undergrad degree so if possible, I’m planning to attend Spring semester this March and might be working at the same time,” he said. 

Does he feel he is a better actor now? “ Definitely. After taking workshops and acting almost every day, I would say I have improved so much compared to the beginning. I find myself more flexible in acting instead of just being custom to the Korean style of acting.”

Meanwhile, director Mark Reyes shared he definitely enjoyed doing the soap and he will miss working with everyone on set most especially Heart and Alexander. “This is my third project with Heart. It’s always a joy to work with her. She’s grown so much as an actress and has become more beautiful. Xander and the rest of the Korean cast are the ones I will truly miss. They’ve become family almost immediately. And I think Xander is an underrated Korean artist that I will look forward to working with again. Please allow me to thank you to all the Kapuso Jagiyas for watching us until the very end. Gomawo!” 

As the series ends, will Jun Ho and Gia’s romance have a happy ending?

My Korean Jagiya’s finale tonight right after Kambal, Karibal on GMA Telebabad. 

* * *

As if death-defying stunts and neon light performances aren’t enough to keep fans glued to America’s Got Talent (AGT), throw in supermodel and reality TV star Tyra Banks as host, to make Season 12 even more promising, on and off the stage.

Fierce as she is stunning, Banks brings her own brand of glamor to an already dazzling show. Here are just five of her best and craziest antics at the weekly auditions that have set up AGT fans worldwide for a sure thrill.

Supermodel and 'America's Got Talent' host Tyra Banks
Golden Buzzer Moment

What else could be more exciting for an AGT host than getting the chance to hit the golden buzzer? Tyra’s first-ever moment came after a mesmerizing performance by the Light Balance dance group that made her stop the judges from voting so she could do the honors.

Just Harmless Drool

Hilarity ensued at the waiting line outside the auditorium when contestant and stand-up comedian Preacher Lawson slobbered Tyra’s arm and left her screaming and laughing. Of course, she was not going to let him get away without slobbering his face in light-hearted revenge.

Science Gone Wild

Tyra striking a pose in a lab coat complete with gloves and goggles? Even the science-y look couldn’t hide Ty Ty’s silly side especially when science-geek contestant Nick Uhas made her breathe gas from a balloon that lowered her voice by several octaves.

TV Au Naturel

Bare-naked performances aren’t unheard of in America’s Got Talent. That’s exactly what Ty Ty had to confirm—eyes wide and mouth agape—amidst the crowd’s shock and laughter when contestant Vinny Grosso took off all his clothes behind a screen as part of a comedy magic act.

Totally Fangirling

A pumping performance by boy band 5 Alive just couldn’t help but make Tyra scream backstage while fanning her face with both hands. She even got invited by the group to join their next act as their newest and lone female member a la Fergie from Black Eyed Peas.

Want to see more of Ty Ty and the entire AGT judging panel: Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Mel B, and Howie Mandel? Catch America’s Got Talent Season 12 every Sunday at 9 p.m. on Blue Ant Entertainment (SKYcable channels 53(SD) and 196(HD), SKYdirect channel 35, SKYondemand, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37(SD) and 313(HD).

* * * 

Teenage Janah stuns judges with her impressive arnis exhibition
SATO impresses judges with their inspiring shadow performance
Type 1 Dance Company brought their summer-themed performance to the "PGT" stage
Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) welcomed the New Year strongly as its pilot telecasts captivated more viewers on Jan. 6 and Jan. 7 and hit national TV ratings of 36.8 percent and 40.8 percent respectively.

The show’s much-awaited season six premiere, which trended on Twitter worldwide with the hashtag #PilipinasGotTalent, also beat its rival shows that rated only 18.7 percent and 14.5 percent nationwide on the same dates, based on data from Kantar Media.

Fans eagerly awaited the return of judges Freddie “FMG” Garcia, Angel Locsin, Robin Padilla, and Vice Ganda, and host Billy Crawdord plus PGT’s newest host Toni Gonzaga.

So far, six acts made it through the next round that include towel dancers Mama’s Boyz, shadow play act Shadow Arts Theater Organization (SATO), dancing 67-year-old Angelisa Del Rosario, dancers Type 1 Dance Company, arnis exhibitionist Janah Jade Lavador, and extreme pole dancers Cebeco II Blue Nights.

Zumba dancer Nanay Angelisa
Breathtaking performance of Cebeco II Blue Knights from Cebu
Mama's Boyz shocks audience with their funny performance
Golden Buzzer performance of Bardilleranz
Meanwhile, the macho men of Bardilleranz, who showcased a pull up bars exhibition act, automatically advanced to the semi-finals after judge FMG chose them as his Golden Buzzer act this season. Even netizens online were amazed by the group, whose video in PGT’s official YouTube channel tallied 1.5 million views in just two days. 

This week, more exciting acts will surely captivate viewers  as the seach for the most talented Filipinos continues.

The Manila leg of PGT’s live auditions were set this last Wednesday and Thursday and continues today at Tanghalang Pasigueno in Pasig City. For details on how you can watch, please contact 09378270694.

Don’t miss the talked about sixth season of Pilipinas Got Talent, Saturdays, 7 p.m. and Sundays, 7:30 p.m. on ABS-CBN.

Topics: My Korean Jagiya , Heart Evangelista , Alexander Lee
COMMENT DISCLAIMER: Reader comments posted on this Web site are not in any way endorsed by Manila Standard. Comments are views by readers who exercise their right to free expression and they do not necessarily represent or reflect the position or viewpoint of While reserving this publication’s right to delete comments that are deemed offensive, indecent or inconsistent with Manila Standard editorial standards, Manila Standard may not be held liable for any false information posted by readers in this comments section.