Filipino Senator Says Filipinos Are ‘Clearly Prettier’ Than South Koreans; Another is considering banning K-Dramas

A Filipino senator said Tuesday he was puzzled by the appeal of Korean drama when his compatriots were “more beautiful” than South Koreans, according to a report.

Senator Robin Padilla, a former action star, made the remark during a Philippine Senate hearing on the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) Budget 2023.

“I do not understand [the appeal of these K-dramas], because when we look in the mirror, we look a lot nicer than South Koreans. Our faces have not been altered by plastic surgery; My nose was hit many times and never fixed,” Padilla said in translation to local newspaper Rappler. “Then why do our compatriots prefer Korean works to our own?”

In response, FDCP chairman Tirso Cruz III, who is a former matinee idol, noted that while he believes Filipino actors and filmmakers are better, Korean dramas are more appealing as they are way ahead of the Philippines in terms of technology and preparation are.

“Probably because [the Korean entertainment industry] had years to really develop their craft. What people are now seeing in their industry was something that actually took years to refine. I think we Filipinos are better as filmmakers and actors, but maybe it’s because we were left behind in terms of technology and preparation that we can’t compete with them now,” Cruz said.

Padilla’s comments came the same day another Filipino senator, Jinggoy Estrada, proposed banning Korean dramas and foreign films. In his statement, which he also made during the FDCP hearing, Estrada said he was frustrated that Filipino artists were losing jobs because of the “lack of public support” for local entertainment.

“My observation is that if we keep showing these Koreanovelas, our citizens will instead support these Korean celebrities while our Filipino artists lose jobs and income,” the senator said. “So sometimes I think about proposing a ban on these foreign works so that our talented Filipino artists will be valued in our own country instead.”

Estrada received backlash for his proposal, with Cavite governor Jonvic Remulla arguing that the local film industry should instead “learn and be inspired” by the successes of Korean dramas. Also Chito Miranda, the founder and lead singer of the famous Filipino band Parokya ni Edgar accepted Estrada’s suggestionadding that the Philippines should instead focus on “developing better shows and songs” rather than targeting foreign acts.

Korean dramas have enjoyed great success and international recognition in recent years. In 2020, Korean director Bong Joon-Ho’s film Parasite became the first foreign language film to win the Best Picture award at the Oscars. The film also earned Bong a Best Director trophy, making him only the second Asian to win the award.

Last year, Netflix’s survival series “Squid Game” caused more than a stir 111 million viewers global. The series later became the first foreign language show to receive top honors at the 74th Emmy Awards. Actor Lee Jung-jaw won the Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first person to receive the award for a non-English performance.

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