Not only local teleseryes captured our hearts in 2017.
Asianovelas likewise made us shriek and swoon the past year as ABS-CBN treated us with the most endearing and surefire hit series from different parts of the continent that really got us all hooked.
And 2017 was no different as five Korean and a Taiwanese dramas brought us kilig and compelled us to believe in one true love. Although they were told in a complete different setting, scenes depicted from a different cultural standpoint, and characters played by foreign actors, it’s still amazing how the creators of these Asianovelas were able to make us relate and tingle with the stories.
Let’s take a peek on some of the most kilig moments that we witnessed in these Asianovelas:
This KDrama proved that genuine love can transcend through time and space by following the journey of the protector of souls Kim Shin (Gong Yoo) in his search of his bride Erin (Kim Go-eun), a bubbly highschool student.
Since their first one was just a “simple smooch” for her, the young lady taunted the goblin for a proper kiss during one of their dates. That made everything around them more romantic and perfect that night.
However, they were not the only couple in the spellbinding tale. It also featured the peculiar love affair of Grim Reaper (Lee Dong Wook) and Sunny (Yoo In-na) who had an on-and-off relationship.
When the unlikely buddies finally figured out the connection of Kim Shin to the mysterious lady, Grim Reaper thought that it was his turn to find out his role in Sunny’s past life? How did he do it? Through a kiss.
Love in the Moonlight
From the typical master to servant relationship, the Crown Prince Lee Yeong’s (Park Bo-gum) affiliation with his eunuch Sam-nom (Kim Yoo-jung) bloomed into a romantic one. He tried to keep his special feelings for her, but actions really speak louder than words.
Although he forbade everybody to come close to him if they’re sick, Sam-nom became an exception and he even popped a medicine in her mouth.
Legend of the Blue Sea
In pursuit of following the love of her life, Sheena (Jun Ji-hyun) swam from Spain to South Korea just to find him. All her immense efforts paid off after Andrei (Lee Min-ho) induced her to try uttering Saranghae (I love you) during their date in a ski resort, as he had been wanting to confirm something. But the alluring mermaid brought up their past conversation regarding love and asked if he would be hers at that very moment.
From being mortal nemeses in the first episodes, Kim Bok-joo’s (Lee Sung-kyung) relationship with Jun Joon-hyung (Nam Joo-hyuk) blossomed into a romance that everyone of us got smitten with.
Unbeknownst to our heroine, what lay beneath his jerky personality was a heart that truly loved her. Since she’s been surrounded by her bestfriends most of the time, our lover boy didn’t let their alone time to simply by without professing his admiration for the Weightlifting Fairy through a stolen kiss.
My Dearest Intruder
The sole Taiwanese drama in this roster, the main characters of My Dearest Intruder didn’t let their story be left behind in spreading kilig vibes to the Filipinos.
Amidst all the one-upmanship and scorching confrontations between Ria (Amber An) and Sharlene (Aggie Hsieh), it also offered a lot of tingling moments, such as this scene when troubled couple Ria and Ivan (Melvin Sia) had their simple yet blissful date among the dancing fountain.
How do you look like when you’re in love? In case you’re not aware, just look at Ah-ro (Go Ara) and Sun-woo’s (Park Seo-joon) reactions as they separately reminisced their intimate moment together when the former confessed her love for the latter. It might only be a back hug and a few sweet words, but it still painted a wide smile onto our faces.
These Asianovelas all presented the essence of true love regardless of cultural differences, religious beliefs, historical backgrounds, or geographical borders. We all feel kilig the same way, and with these enchanting stories finding its place in the hearts and minds of Pinoy viewers, these love-filled Asianovelas will remain a vital cog in Kapamilya primetime offerings.