Alden Richards Korea's drama fans
Asian Star Prize recipient Alden Richards dons a Korean Hanbok for men as he bids fans farewell with a promise to return. Credits to Alden Richards.

Alden Richards captured the hearts of South Korea’s drama fans as the Filipino actor visited the Kdrama-land to receive recognition from the Seoul International Drama Awards.

Alden Richards trended on South Korea social media and made headlines as he walked the red carpet and received the Asian Star Prize at the 14th Seoul International Drama Awards held at the Hall of Peace in Kyunghee University on August 28.

Richards was in Seoul to receive recognition “for Asian talents widely beloved by Korean audiences” given by the Seoul Drama Awards Committee and the Korean Broadcasters Association.

“This award is extra special because it comes at a time when we are celebrating 70 years of friendship between the Philippines and South Korea,” Richards said in his acceptance speech.

Alden Richards Korea's drama fans
Alden Richards greets Korean fans on the red carpet at the 14th Seoul International Drama Awards. Screengrab from KBS broadcast.

Alden went on social media to greet the Korean audience in their language, “Annyeonghaseyo! It’s an honor receiving this recognition. My heart is full. Kamsahamnida!”

The day after the awards the Filipino celebrity posted photos of his first visit in South Korea including trying out Korean noodles while saying, “Wow noodles and dak galbi, Inay ang anghang…swipe left” to show his reaction to the spicy taste.

Alden’s latest Instagram post from Korea showed the actor garbed in Hanbok traditional clothes for men while making the popular Korean heart signal with his fingers. He captioned the photo with a promise to return, “It was a short but memorable trip to Korea. Maraming salamat! I will be back very soon…Saranghaeyo.”

Alden Richards Korea's drama fans
The Filipino actor tries out Korean noodles and Dak Galbi. Credits to Alden Richards.

Alden Richards’ movie with screen partner Kathryn Bernardo, “Hello, Love, Goodbye” is scheduled to premiere in Seoul at the special screening of the 1st Korea Pinoy International Film Festival on September 28-29 at the Arirang Cine Center in Seoul.

The blockbuster movie’s depiction of the life of overseas Filipino workers will be featured in the first festival organized by Pinoy Artists in Korea that is themed on the topic of migration.

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