Lifestyle website Metro.Style launched a “Most Beautiful Korean Actresses” poll, which gathered over 2.8 million votes from fans and proclaimed “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” star Seo Ye-ji as the winner, followed by “Crash Landing on You’s” Son Ye-jin.
Bringing the #KFeverOnMetro campaign to the next level, Metro.Style initiated the poll to give tribute to these female Korean stars, who have kept many Filipinos company through binge-watching their K-dramas during the pandemic.
The campaign was launched last August, and fans were asked to nominate the Korean actresses they find to be deserving to be called “most beautiful.” The nominees were Kim Ji-won (“Fight for My Way” and “Arthdal Chronicles”), Lee Ji-eun or IU (“Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo” and “Hotel del Luna”), Kim Hyun-joo (“What’s With This Family” and “I Have a Lover”), Park Min-young (“Healer” and “What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim”), Song Ji-hyo (“Princess Hours” and “Emergency Couple”), Song Hye-kyo (“Full House” and “Descendants of the Sun”), Ku Hye-sun (“Boys Over Flowers” and “Angel Eyes”), Son Ye-jin (“Something in the Rain” and “Crash Landing on You”), Kim Go-eun (“Guardian: The Lonely and Great God” and “The King: Eternal Monarch”), and Seo Ye-ji (“Lawless Lawyer” and “It’s Okay to Not be Okay”)
The next phase of the campaign invited fans to vote for the Top 10 nominees from September 11 to September 29 via an online poll system. After more than two weeks of voting, Seo Ye-ii emerged as the winner with 43.44 percent of the total number of votes, which is equivalent to 1,249,630 votes. Closely following her was Son Ye-jin with 36.52 percent or 1,050,440 votes.
Completing the final ranking are Kim Go-eun with 7.87 percent (226,528), Song Ji-hyo with 4.80 percent (137,962), Kim Hyun-joo with 3.66 percent (105,304), Song Hye-kyo with 1.06 percent (30,400), Ku Hye-sun
- By the end of the third quarter, South Korea’s Kospi has risen nearly 6% so far this year. In comparison, the Shanghai composite in China has risen about 5.5%, while the Japan’s Nikkei 225 remains around 2% lower.
- Nomura’s Chetan Seth says there’re three reasons behind the positive performance of South Korean shares: retail investor support, the country’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic as well as the composition of the stock market.
SINGAPORE — South Korea’s markets have powered ahead of their peers in a year that has seen major economies globally falling into recession as authorities race to stem the economic and public health fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
By the end of the third quarter, the country’s Kospi has risen nearly 6% so far this year. In comparison, the Shanghai composite in China has risen about 5.5%, while Japan’s Nikkei 225 remains around 2% lower.
“I think there are three factors which are positive for Korean markets this year,” Chetan Seth, an equity strategist at Nomura, told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” on Thursday.
Firstly, stocks have gotten “massive support” from retail investors, a factor Seth said has acted as a “huge positive.”
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“There’s a reason why that’s happening. Interest rates are low, property market outlook is not so great so that money, that savings, that current account surplus has to go eventually into financial assets,” Seth said. “Equities is possibly the only avenue.”
The Nomura strategist added that the coronavirus pandemic remains “under