GRACE LEE HAS BEEN INTRODUCED TO P-NOY'S  FAMILY / NOY ADMITS DATING LEE
 

MANILA, FEBRUARY 2, 2012 (ABS-CBN) Korean television personality Grace Lee has already been introduced to President Benigno Aquino III's family.

Actress and TV host Kris Aquino said one of her sisters has "really nice words to say" about Lee.

"My ate has met her," Kris, the youngest Aquino sister, told ABS-CBN News.

Kris did not specify if it was Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, Pinky Aquino Abellada or Viel Aquino-Dee who has met the 29-year-old Korean.

Lee's manager, Arnold Vegafria, for his part, said: "When nagkukuwento siya (Lee) about him (Aquino), I can see the sparkle in her eyes. Talagang inspired din siya."

Earlier today, Aquino admitted that he is seeing Lee.

"We're seeing each other," Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Information Agency in Quezon City on Wednesday.

He did not provide further details, citing his constitutional right to privacy.

Aquino first met Lee last year during the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu, where the latter was a co-host.

The bachelor President's past dates include celebrity stylist Liz Uy and stockbroker Len Lopez. He has also been linked to Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, actress Iza Calzado and Sabrina Chua of Singapore-based Channel News Asia.

His former girlfriend, Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad, recently tied the knot with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo. -- Report from Marie Lozano, ABS-CBN News

PNoy admits seeing Grace Lee ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 02/01/2012 11:37 AM | Updated as of 02/01/2012 5:44 PM

[PHOTO - President Aquino first met Grace Lee at the inauguration of a power plant in Cebu last year. Lee (extreme right) was a co-host of the event. Photo courtesy of Mia Gonzalez]

MANILA, Philippines - President Benigno Aquino III finally broke his silence on the news that he is dating Korean television personality Grace Lee.

"We're seeing each other," Aquino told reporters in an ambush interview at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Information Agency in Quezon City on Wednesday.

He did not provide further details, citing his constitutional right to privacy.

"I think I'll leave it at that," Aquino said.

The news was first shared by controversial radio host Mo Twister, who is currently in the United States. He said on Twitter: "We are talking about Grace Lee's date last night with President Aquino. #itsmorefuninthephilippines."

This after a certain Adrian Abella tweeted Mo Twister: "Just asked Grace Lee if it's true that she had dinner with President Aquino. She said she did."

Asked about the supposed date last week, Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: "We do not comment on private matters of the President."

Lee, for her part, denied a newspaper report claiming that she admitted dating Aquino. "I never said we dated. Nor did I say we are text mates. Nor that he comes to visit me," she said on Twitter.

Aquino first met 29-year-old Lee last year during the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu, where the latter was a co-host.

"Pati ang bisita nating si Miss Grace Lee, kala ko tuloy Pinay, eh. Hindi nga pala, Korean. Pero pati 'yung mga Korean na dumarating talagang gwapa lahat. Kailangan yatang buhayin ang Malacañang sa Sugbu. Baka dito na rin tayo magkatuluyan," the President said in his speech during the event.

Aquino, 51, is said to be lucky during the Year of the Water Dragon, especially in the love department.

"This year, he will have a love life if he is willing to get married... The First Lady is coming out," Hong Kong-based feng shui master Joseph Chau Kam Shing said early this month.

The bachelor President's past dates include celebrity stylist Liz Uy and stockbroker Len Lopez. He has also been linked to Bais City Mayor Karen Villanueva, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, actress Iza Calzado and Sabrina Chua of Singapore-based Channel News Asia.

His former girlfriend, Valenzuela City councilor Shalani Soledad, recently tied the knot with Pasig City Rep. Roman Romulo. -- With a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Korean beauty catches eye of PNoy by Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News Posted at 06/27/2011 3:37 PM | Updated as of 06/27/2011 6:45 PM

Mulls using Cebu office to find life partner

CEBU, Philippines - President Aquino is considering using Malacañan sa Sugbo in Cebu if only to meet a partner in life.

Aquino said that every time he visits the central Philippine island, he sees more beautiful women, including Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia.

"Sa kada bisita nako dinhi sa Cebu, mas daghan gwapa, apil si Governor Gwen (Mas dumarami ang magaganda dito sa Cebu, kasama na si Governor Gwen)," Aquno said in his speech during the inauguration of the KEPCO-SPC Cebu Power Plant in Bgy. Colon, Naga City, Cebu.

Korean TV personality in the Philippines Grace Lee also caught the President's eye. Lee, wearing a traditional Korean costume, co-hosted the KEPCO event.

"Kaya pag inimbita ho ako sa Cebu, hindi ho talaga mahirap maimbita rito. Pati ang bisita nating si Miss Grace Lee, kala ko tuloy Pinay e. Hindi nga pala, Korean. Pero pati yung mga Korean na dumarating talagang gwapa lahat. Kailangan yatang buhayin ang Malacanang [sa] Sugbu. Baka dito na rin tayo magkatuluyan," he said.

Photo taken from Grace Lee's Facebook fan page

S. Korean media pick up PNoy-Grace Lee news ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 02/01/2012 3:11 PM | Updated as of 02/01/2012 8:34 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- South Korean media are also abuzz with news of President Benigno Aquino III seeing Korean TV host and radio disc jockey Grace Lee.

In a report published on Wednesday, The Korea Times carried a story with the headline "Is Filipino president in love with Korean woman?"

It also cited a story from Newsis, a South Korean newswire service.

"South Korea’s news wire Newsis cited other Twitter messages to say that the two had dinner at a restaurant and then the President drove her home. It didn’t mention the exact date or location," The Korea Times said.

"A witness was quoted as saying in the report, 'Grace Lee led the conversation (with Aquino). The atmosphere during dinner was peaceful and harmonious,'” it added.

"Judging from reports from the Philippines, their relationship appears to have become closer than just friendship."

The Korea Times said Lee was born and raised in Seoul, but moved to the Philippines at the age of ten because of her father’s business. The newspaper said Lee's Korean name is "Lee Kyung-hee."

On Wednesday, Aquino told reporters that he and Lee are "seeing each other." He did not provide further details, citing his constitutional right to privacy.

After Aquino's admission, Lee was quoted as saying: "What the President said is true.”

 


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