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Francine Diaz Had a Twinning Moment With Girls' Generation's Kwon Yuri

The two met at the first-ever Asia Star Entertainer Awards in Japan. Here, Francine talked about what that experience was like

Francine Diaz wore a creation by Anthony Ramirez at the Asia Star Entertainer Awards
Francine Diaz wore a creation by Anthony Ramirez at the Asia Star Entertainer Awards | Photo from @francinesdiaz


Francine Diaz was a presenter at the first-ever Asia Star Entertainer Awards (ASEA) that took place at the Yokohama Arena in Japan on April 10.


Her appearance at the said event became a trending topic online, as she mistakenly pronounced TXT (Tomorow x Together)’s group name when she announced them as the winner of the ASEA Global K-Pop Leader award. Instead of saying “Tomorrow by Together,” she said “Tomorrow Times Together” like a part of a multiplication sentence. 


In an Instagram Live earlier while waiting to board the plane from Japan to the Philippines, Francine apologized to the MOAs (the fans of TXT) and thanked them for taking the honest mistake in “a positive way.” She said, “Tao lang po, nagkakamali rin. But thank you kasi mas nag-focus ako dun sa一actually, kaming lahatna hindi niyo minasama... I’m very sorry po. Honest mistake.”  



In the same IG Live, a follower also asked Francine what it was like meeting Girls’ Generation’s Kwon Yuri. Yuri and Taecyeon were the hosts at the Asia Star Entertainer Awards 2024, and they were also the ones who introduced Francine to present an award.


“Oh. my. god,” Francine said of the experience, adding that she discovered K-Pop through her sister. “So, nakilala koyung Girls’ Generation because of Ate Tal. Kinakabisado ko dati lahat ng pangalan nila. Tapos nu’ng nalaman kong andun si Yuri, sabi ko, baka naman pwede ako makapagpa-picture sa kanya. And yes, pumayag po sila. And then nung parang sinabi na sa kanya na may magpapa-picture sayo, parang ‘She’s from the Philippines…,’ oh my gosh, siyayung nag-initiate ng handshake. Ang lambot ng kamay niya. Tapos nakakatawa pa, sabi ko na parangSobrang love namin ng mga kapatid koyung Girls’ Generation’ and everything tapos sobra siyang nag-tha-thank you tapos inakbayan niya ako tapos parang sinabi niya, ‘I’ll follow you.’ Pero I think may confusion lang because of sa language nga. Although nag-e-English naman siya pero feeling ko iba yung mini-mean niya sa ‘I’ll follow you.’ But yeah, sobrang bait niya. Ang bango niya. Nakikipag-eye-to-eye siya.”


What’s even more interesting about this experience was Francine Diaz (in Anthony Ramirez) was twinning with Yuri! The two stunning artists both wore red strapless dresses with waist detailing and minimal accessories. Even their hair and makeup looks were the same! 


Kwon Yuri, who is also an actress, was in Manila last year for a fan meeting. 


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Francine Diaz and Kwon Yuri
Francine Diaz and Kwon Yuri | Photos from @francinesdiaz


Francine shared that she also wanted to take a picture with Taecyeon but didn’t have the chance to due to schedule and because she wasn’t able to ask permission for that beforehand. She said, “Sayang lang hindi ako nakapagpa-picture pero nung nag-picture kami ni Yuri, andun na si Taecyeon and akala niya rin magpapa-picture ako sa kanya. Although, yes, gusto ko but hindi ko kasi nasabi agad sa big boss or kay Mama Pearl, so hindi ako nagkaroon ng chance makapagpa-picture kay Taecyeon. Tapos nag-stay kami after nung awarding for a few hours but hindi pa taposyung program and sila Taecyeon ’yung hosts, and we had to wait for him pa to finish pero lahat din kami pagod na, so next time na lang.”


The Filipina actress/singer also said that she took a photo with Korean actor Song Seung Heon, who presented the Daesang (Grand Prize) award to Stray Kids at ASEA 2024 alongside Korean actress Jeon Yeo Been.


Francine recently released a duet song with top Korean actor/singer Seo In Guk titled “My Love.”


Photos from @francinesdiaz


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