Philippines feels like home -- Korean star Kim Yeonkoung
He was so cute and my heart was so much thankful -- KYK after receiving a bouquet of flowers from a four-year-old Ushton James.
BINAN CITY, Laguna –-- “Thank you so much to the Filipino fans, when I play here (it feels) like I’m playing at home. It was great to play here.”
These were the sweet words South Korean volleyball star Kim Yeonkoung uttered, appreciating all the love and hospitality shown by the Filipinos.
KYK witnessed the warm welcome of the Pinoy fans and was surprised with the number of supporters she has in the this part of the globe.
“I didn’t expect that there’s much people supporting me here in the Philippines. When I came here I’m really surprised that a lot of people are supporting me and they know me,” said KYK Thursday after Korea claimed the bronze medal in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-20, win over China in the 19th AVC Asian Senior Women's Volleyball Championship at the Alonte Sports Arena.
“I was really (feeling) great to be here and I’m thankful for the Filipino fans,” she added.
KYK was deeply touched when a little boy, four-year-ol Ushton James Castellano from Muntinlupa, handed her a bouquet of flowers after the battle for third.
“I saw him before the game and he was like giving this (bouquet of flowers) to me and I was like, after the game, after the game,” KYK, who scored eight points, continued.
“He then came to me and he was so cute and my heart was so much thankful,” said KYK, flashing a sweet smile while talking to reporters in the mixed zone.
The 6-foot-4 Korean spiker gave the PHI team also something to remember about when she played in all three sets of Korea’s straight sets win against the Philippines on Sunday in the quarterfinals classification round.
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