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Kristel Fulgar Still Can't Believe Her Dream Of Directing A K-Drama Has Come True

'Yung isang malaking pangarap lang sa 'kin dati as a K-drama fan, posible palang mangyari.'
PHOTO: (LEFT) Instagram/kristelfulgar, (RIGHT) Instagram/o.c.tv
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Early this month, Kristel Fulgar shared that she had just recorded her first original Korean song, "Smile Again," and it's a duet with Yohan Kim, aka Big Boss!

The song is for an upcoming Filipino-Korean web drama titled Love From Home. It turns out the drama is directed and produced by Kristel herself! Meanwhile, Yohan was also the producer and worked as the assistant director.

Yesterday, Kristel posted on Instagram, "Yes, I may not be in the photo but I can proudly say that I am one of the people behind this project. Yung isang malaking pangarap lang sa 'kin dati as a K-drama fan, posible palang mangyari."

Kristel also had a shout-out to Yohan. "This won't be possible without @o.c.tv and the help and support of Big Boss @yk20k."

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Love From Home tells the story of an online English tutor from the Philippines and her student who is based in South Korea. According to the trailer's description, the student "wants to learn all about the Philippines, its language, and something more."

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In a video about the making of Love From Home, Kristel says, "Nakapag-concentrate ako sa directing and producing dahil hindi na ako umarte....Buong team, masaya kami na ginawa namin itong project na ito. Naging very challenging din yung pag-shoot namin sa Korea. Yung shoot dito sa Pilipinas, mahirap kasi meron pa ring pandemic, mahirap pa rin kumilos. Pero mas naging challenge yung shoot namin sa Korea. Hindi ko akalain na magagawa namin na via Zoom lang ako nagdi-direct. And sila yung kumikilos dun. Kumuha kami ng Korean production team. Very fulfilling yung maka-work yung mga Koreans. Sobrang professional nila, sobrang sarap nila katrabaho."

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She added, "As a director, alam kong marami pa akong dapat kainin, kumbaga sinasabi nga nila. Bilang nagsisimula lang din ako sa industriyang ito as a director, I'm trying my best and I'm willing to learn. Willing akong kainin lahat ng mga dapat kong matutunan. And sabi nga, hindi mo matututunan pag hindi mo na-experience."

Kristel also shares that working with Yohan in directing the project was "ibang klase." She reveals, "Hindi ko in-expect yung effort and dedication na ibinigay niya dito sa project na 'to. Hindi ko in-expect na ganun siya magiging ka-passionate and hardworking. Alam kong hardworking and passionate siya sa business niya and sa work niya ngayon. Pero iba kasi 'to. Zero knowledge. Pinasok niya itong entertainment industry, itong project, zero knowledge. Na-appreciate ko yung willingness niya to learn. Kahit CEO siya tapos inuutus-utusan ko siya."

Love From Home premieres on June 4, 2021.