Park Bo Gum on past roles: They are all precious to me

Jaehwa Bernardo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 21 2019 06:16 PM | Updated as of Jun 21 2019 09:52 PM

Korean actor Park Bo Gum is in Manila to meet his Filipino fans. ABS-CBN News

MANILA — In his eight-year career, South Korean actor Park Bo Gum has played a diverse range of roles on television.

One would wonder which among Park's roles was his favorite, given the colorful personas under his belt.

"All of those characters live in my memory because all of those characters in [those] dramas [are] so, so precious to me," Park, 26, said Friday in a press conference in Pasay City.

"Every character I've played has something in common with me," he added.

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He was a psychopath lawyer in "Hello Monster" (2015), a soft-spoken genius in "Reply 1988" (2015), a crown prince in "Love in the Moonlight" (2016), and a free-spirited lover to a divorcee in "Encounter" (2018).

While he was already known among K-drama fans, Park's popularity in the Philippines got a boost thanks to "Love in the Moonlight," which aired on ABS-CBN.

Park attributed the success of "Love in the Moonlight," as well as his other dramas, to the characters he played.

He also believes his dramas were well-received for showing "the beautiful landscapes of Korea."

ASIAN TOUR AN 'UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE'

Park is in the country to meet Filipino fans at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, the final stop of his 2019 Asian tour.

The fan meet was supposed to take place last April 27, but was postponed after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Luzon on April 22.

Park described his tour — which made stops in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Taiwan — as "an unforgettable experience."

"I really appreciate the fans," he said. "Regardless of what language they speak and where they live, they are... sparing their really precious time for me."

Asked what Filipino fans can expect from his Manila event, Park said: "It's gonna be a real good day that we can all enjoy."

This is Park's first time to meet his Filipino fans despite having visited the country twice before.

His first visit was when he acted in the 2013 series "Wonderful Mama" while his second visit was a celebratory vacation following the successful run of "Love in the Moonlight."