|Grace Lee was at No. 57 on FHM's list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World, which is based on fan votes.
MANILA, Philippines -- Now that President Benigno Aquino III himself confirmed that he and TV personality and radio DJ Grace Lee are seeing each other, all eyes are on the 29-year-old Korean.
Aquino and Lee made it to the top local trending topics of microblogging site Twitter on Thursday, a day after the President's admission. The hashtag #Grace Lee was at No. 7 while #PNoy ranked eighth on the list on Thursday morning.
With Valentine's Day just around the corner, netizens welcomed the news of the budding romance.
"PNoy dating Grace Lee.....Go for it Mr. President, your (sic) better off with her than your Porsche ;-D," tweeted user Del Valdes.
"Just in time for the VDay♥ go PNoy!" tweeted user Lui R.
"Ah, Mr. President... I may disagree with some of your policies, but I'm happy for you re Grace Lee," tweeted user Dax Lucas.
Blogger Professional Heckler also couldn't help but notice: "Eh 'yong kinikilig na smile ni Presidente kanina when asked about the real score between him and Grace Lee?"
The President confirmed to reporters on Wednesday that he and Lee are seeing each other, but refused to give more details.
Lee one of FHM's 100 Sexiest Women
While Aquino first met Lee only last year, during the inauguration of the Korea Electric Power Corp. power plant in Cebu, Lee has already caught the fancy of many Filipino men.
Lee was at No. 57 on FHM's list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2010, which is based on fan votes.
On that issue, FHM wrote: "Anytime with Good Times co-host Grace Lee is indubitably a good time. She’s been a media darling because of her gorgeous Korean features and bombshell body, and too modest a personality, Ms. Lee is a Grade A, a classy woman who’s got the brains to match the body."
There is even a Facebook page called "We want Grace Lee to be in the cover of FHM," which was set up after Lee supposedly said that she would agree to grace the cover of the popular men's magazine if she makes it to the top of the 100 Sexiest Women list.
While Lee never agreed to be on FHM's cover, she did appear in another men's magazine, UNO, wearing an unbuttoned white polo dress to reveal a pinstriped satin slip, showing plenty of cleavage.
"I’m Korean in blood, but definitely Filipino in nature. Totoo ‘yan,” Lee told the magazine.
Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the Philippines when she was 10 because of her father's business. She finished her high school at St. Paul's College in Pasig City, where she had studied since Grade 3. She took up Communication Arts at the Ateneo de Manila University.
Even then, Lee was already a beauty. She won third place in the Miss Chinese International pageant held in Hong Kong, according to her profile in a newspaper.
Before becoming a TV and radio personality in 2007, Lee actually got to work at Malacañang as an official interpreter.
News broke on Twitter
The news about Lee and Aquino first came out after her "Good Times" co-host Mo Twister, who is currently in the United States, said on his Twitter account: "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."
Lee initially 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.
But after Aquino's admission on Wednesday, Lee was quoted as saying, "What the President said is true.”
Kris excited to meet Lee
This is not the first time Lee's name has been linked to the Aquino family.
In 2010, there have been blind items linking her to James Yap, who was at that time still married to Kris Aquino, the president's youngest sister.
Lee, however, vehemently denied the rumors, telling the Manila Bulletin at the time that she and Yap have never been introduced to each other and that they just happened to go to the same beauty salon.
This particular issue obviously fizzled out since Kris doesn't seem bothered by the news of her brother and Lee.
Kris even revealed that the President has already introduced Lee to one of their sisters.
“My ate has met her. Hindi ko pa siya nakikilala but my ate has really nice words to say about her so I’m so looking forward to also meeting her,” Kris told ABS-CBN News.
There were also rumors linking Lee to other politicians, which she also denied. However, she did admit on TV at that time that she cried over such issues.
But this time around, Lee is said to be more prepared to face public scrutiny.
Her manager Arnold Vegafria told ABS-CBN News that Lee is obviously inspired these days.
"Based on my observation with Grace, iba yung spark niya ngayon. Iba ang smile niya when she talked to me about this,” Vegafria said.