MANILA, Philippines -- Even before Korean superstar Lee Min Ho actually set foot in Manila, the hashtag #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO already trended online as his Filipino fans took to social media to express their excitement over the "Boys Over Flowers" star's four-day visit in the country.
Lee Min Ho, who's been tapped to become the newest “GlobalBenchSetter" after rising to fame for his role as Gu Jun Pyo in the hit Korean series "Boys Over Flowers," arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 past noon on Thursday.
The hashtag #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO trended nationwide as early as Thursday morning as Filipino netizens repeatedly expressed their love and fondness for the Korean actor.
The popularity of Lee Min Ho is one proof of the big impact of Korean culture on a critical mass of Filipinos.
His action series "City Hunter" was aired on ABS-CBN twice due to insistent public demand.
Filipino netizens used micro-blogging site Twitter to show how thrilled they are over the Korean superstar.
Netizen YuKi ScArLeT said, "i cant believe it! that LEE MIN HO is here! haiii IDOLLL
"Wow. Philippines is so lucky. #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO," @Hoy_Raki tweeted.
Meri, whose username is @kpoplover0394, said, "*breathing the same air* sniff sniff @ActorLeeMinHo #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO"
@jamuy17 said, "I'd rather be absent than to miss seeing this awesome guy. Hahaha #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO"
Michelle Ann Gerardo, likewise, said, "#WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO! ooohhhhmaaayyyygaaahd! Si ultimate crush!”
Twitter user Racquel soriano said, "Buti na lang hindi nakamamatay ang paghanga . haha ^^ #WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO"
"#WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO #LeeMinHo4Benc you are the perfect man in my life ♥♥," said @An_500.
Netizen @KailElleSwift13 tweeted, "#WelcomeToManilaLEEMINHO Lee Min Ho <3 Yiiiih! My Junpyo, (Boys Over Flowers) My Gino (Perfect Match) My City Hunter. ;) x"