Maria Rosario even wrote an open letter to the star, which has been circulating online in the past few months, in which she expressed her mother's desire to meet him up close and personal. In it, she also related how much she wanted to make things happen for her mom, who took care of Maria when she had a stroke.
Patria, who celebrated her 74th birthday on the day of the Face Shop event, finally saw her dream come to fruition when event host Grace Lee announced her daughter the winner of The Face Shop's charity auction held from August 18 to 21. Maria placed the winning bid of P100,000 for Kim Hyun Joong's autographed sports shorts and successfully got her mom a chance to have her photo taken with her idol.
Hyun Joong immediately approached the mother-and-daughter tandem after the announcement and shook hands with them. Both Maria and Patria couldn't help crying, especially after the Korean star gave them hugs. Patria was also able to present Hyun Joong with a scrapbook she made for him, and he thanked her with an embrace and a big smile.
Maria's winning bid went to the Abiertas House of Friendship, the beneficiary for The Face Shop's auction.
Scroll through the gallery below to see photos from the press conference and find out what Kim Hyun Joong had to say about his ideal woman, his Filipino fans, and his favorite scent.
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