It's not every day we can say we had a South Korean star live in our country for years. ICYMI: Hwang In Youp studied in the Philippines for high school and college, and he's reliving those memories.
"I lived in the Philippines for about 4 years," the actor said in an interview with BYS Philippines, of which he is the newest endorser.
"Philippines is always a beautiful country. Also I really miss my friends who treated me with a warm and friendly heart even though I was a foreigner," he added.
Hwang lived in Davao City, and attended high school at Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree major in fashion design at Philippine Women's College of Davao.
Hwang, or Ryan Leon to his Filipino friends, wishes to go back to Davao if given a chance.
"If I can visit next year, I think it will be for the first time in 12 years," the True Beauty actor said, saying he misses eating lechon.
For now, he's busy filming a new drama called Sound of Music with Ji Chang Wook and Choi Sung-eun and promoting BYS Philippines, which for him, is a full circle moment.
"I am very pleased [to be the newest face of BYS]. I think it’s very thrilling and meaningful to be a model for a brand in the Philippines where I used to live," he said.
His final message for his Pinoy fans?
"Although I’m incomplete, but the fans support me a lot with their warm love. I sincerely thank you for your love. If there’s an opportunity, I really want to visit the Philippines. Fans in the Philippines, I love you!"