MANILA -- Actress-singer Sue Ramirez has been named South Korea's newest honorary ambassador for tourism, replacing actress Jessy Mendiola.
The Korean Tourism Organization (KTO) on Monday held a ceremonial appointment for Ramirez in Makati City.
"I'm truly fortunate sa dami ng artista ako ang napili nila to be the honarary ambassador for Korean tourism dito sa Pilipinas. Sobrang blessed ng pakiramdam at sobrang excited na ako sa kailangan kong gawin. I promise to give my best to be a great ambassadress for Korea tourism," said Ramirez, who is excited to go to Korea for the first time.
Ramirez said she would like to visit Jeju and also expressed interest in Korean food.
According to Inshik Park, director of KTO Manila, Ramirez was chosen for the position because of her interest in Korean culture and its people.
"She has great image. She's also interested in Korea, that's why we chose her and she agreed. We are very happy," Park said.
As tourism ambassador, Ramirez will visit Korea and share her experiences on her social media accounts, such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
She will serve as KTO's ambassador until November 2018.
Asked of her reaction that she is replacing Mendiola, Ramirez said: "Hindi naman mapapalitan si Jessy. Siguro something new, something different at magkaiba naman kaming tao. Kung ano ang na-offer ni Ate Jessy, I'm sure talagang satisfied ang KTO. Ngayon something new lang siguro ang hinahanap nila at nandito ako para i-offer 'yon sa kanila."