Ka Freddie at the Asia Model Awards. Picture from Sports Chosun.
Aside from Iza Calzado and Robbie Mananquil, another Filipino who was also awarded at Korea’s 2007 Asia Model Awards is folk singer and composer Freddie Aguilar. He was rightfully awarded the Star of Asia (from the Philippines) on January 18, 2008 at JW Marriott in Seoul. Others who received the same award for their countries are Jang Nara (Korea), Shibuya Asuka (Japan), Esther K. Chae (US) and Ai Dai (China).
Freddie Aguilar became famous in Korea for his worldwide hit “Anak.” When I first came here and I said that I was from the Philippines, the people I met always ask me about Ka Freddie and his famous song. In every noraebang or singing room, you’ll find the song “Anak” together with other famous worldwide hits. KBS TV also did a documentary special on him last Spring.