After a visit to Korea in 2019, Kapamilya actress and singer Kristel Fulgar ended up becoming friends with Korean businessman Yohan Kim (CEO of a popular Korean cosmetics brand) whom she fondly refers to as “Big Boss” in her vlogs. This year the two collaborate on the song “Smile Again” for a new Fil-Korean web drama called Love From Home.
In her latest vlog posted last May 5, Kristel revealed the behind-the-scenes process of how they worked with a Korean composer and recorded the song separately since Yohan is in Korea.
“Excited na ako i-share sa inyo itong gagawin kong project. Bale first Korean song ko ‘to na original and super excited din ako sa ka-duet ko na Korean singer (laughs). Collaboration ito at itong song na ito ay magigng OST ng web drama na ginagawa namin under OCTV (One Click TV). Sobrang excited ako and itong song na ito prinoduce ng Korean artist din sa Korea. Siyempre for me it’s a pleasure to work with very talented Korean people and finally magkakaroon na ako ng original song ko na Korean at saka may ka-duet ako na napakagaling na singer,” she shared.
The song, which was sung mostly in Korean, is a dream come true for Kristel who has been a longtime fan of Korean drama and music.
“Dati kino-cover ko lang yung mga Korean OST, ngayon nagkaroon ako ng original na OST ng isang web drama so I’m so happy. Parang for me it’s like a dream come true. Pag nanunuod ako ng mga Korean drama dun ako kinikilig. Bilang OST siya ng Fil-Korean web series, parang gusto kong iparamdam yung ganung kilig sa tao. Ganun ginawa itong kantang ‘to. Nakakakkilig para maramdaman ng mga audience. Actually nung kinakanta ko ‘to, hindi ko rin mapigilan na hindi mag-smile kasi yung lyrics niya very sweet, very calm. Galing din nung pagkaka-arrange nung composer nitong kanta na ’to,” she explained.
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During the vlog, Kristel also shared that the idea to include the song actually came from “Big Boss” who did not expect her to ask him to include him in the duet. “Siyempre hindi ko magagawa ’to kung hindi rin sa tulong ni (Big Boss) . Actually siya yung nakaisip na gumawa ng ganito. Siya yung nag-push ng kantang ito. Naisip niya why not pagawa siya ng kanta,” she admits.
Kristel first made her acting debut at eight years old in the 2002 teleserye Bituin. She was one of the original cast members of the kiddie gag show Goin’ Bulilit and has been in showbiz almost two decades. She started posting videos on YouTube in 2014 with her vlog channel growing to more than 2M followers this year, and her music channel currently has 1.33M followers earning her two Gold Creator Awards from YouTube last year.