Ryan Bang makes waves as AAA 2023 red carpet host

Ryan Bang praised for his multilingual skills during Asia Artist Awards 2023 hosting stint

/ 06:41 PM December 18, 2023

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Ryan Bang praised for his multilingual skills during Asia Artist Awards 2023 hosting stint. Image: Instagram/@ryanbang

Ryan Bang. Image: Instagram/@ryanbang

What was initially meant to be a formal event turned into an unexpected moment of laughter, as Ryan Bang caught the attention of the Korean press after hosting the Asia Artist Awards (AAA) 2023 red carpet in Bulacan.

As over 50 stars showed up at the Philippine Arena lobby for the red carpet event of the 2023 AAA, Bang was a standout as he displayed his impressive grasp of Korean, Filipino, and English that caused South Korea-based press to notice him.

“Ininterview ako ng Korean news. Tinanong ako kasi ba’t ang galing ko daw sa iba’t ibang lenggwahe, Tagalog, English, Korean. Alam mo kung ano sinagot ko? Sabi ko kasi dito ako nag-aral sa Pilipinas,” he recalled during the Dec. 15 episode of noontime show “It’s Showtime.”


(I was interviewed by Korean news outlets. They asked me why I’m good at other languages like Tagalog and English, aside from my native Korean. You know what I answered? I said because I studied here in the Philippines.)


Bang goes ‘multilingual’ on the red carpet

During previous AAA red carpets, the focus was meant to be solely on the celebrity and their breathtaking visuals. But Bang stole the show with his hilarious commentary, uttered in Tagalog and Korean — which was even amusing to the stars themselves.

During the red carpet appearance of NewJeans, Bang loudly confessed that he’s a fan of the quintet which made Hyein and Hanni giggle while waving to the fans.

“Please wave to the Filipino press and your Filipino fans. Ah, I’m a fan,” he said in Korean. He then followed up with “Thank you. Ang ganda (They’re beautiful). Hay sobrang saya ko (Wow, I’m so happy),” as soon as the “Ditto” hitmakers left.

Bang couldn’t help but unleash his inner fanboy as Kim Seon-ho made his appearance where he said, “Sobrang gwapo, grabe (He’s so handsome, it’s crazy).”

He then instructed the actor to make several heart poses in a mixture of Korean, Filipino, and English saying: “Please look at the front. Please wave. Please do a finger heart, cheek heart, lahat ng heart na gusto mo (any kind of heart you want). Take your time. Basta ikaw (As long as it’s you), Kim Seon-ho.”


Bang also made the Filipino fans laugh after complimenting K-pop boy group Stray Kids for posing right away.

“Please face the Filipino fans and press on the right. Please make a finger heart,” he said in Korean and followed up with the Filipino remark, “Sana mag-guest kayo sa ‘Showtime’ (I hope you guest in ‘It’s Showtime’),” while referring to the Kapamilya noontime show.

Laughter also ensued from the audience after Bang made a lighthearted comment on the school girl-esque outfits of J-pop girl group Sakurazaka46, saying in Filipino, “Parang may pasok pa sila (It’s like they have classes later).”

Bang didn’t hesitate to praise the professionalism of The Boyz in an apparent reference to a Filipino Christmas carol, after asking them to make “heart poses for fans” in his native language.

“Please stand facing the press. Right now, please give heart poses for your fans. The Boyz, everyone,” he said. “Thank you, ang babait ninyo (you’re all kind).”

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Meanwhile, Seventeen’s Seungkwan couldn’t help but pay close attention to Bang in apparent amusement, as the latter was asking the sub-unit BSS to make poses for their Filipino fans.

Bang didn’t hesitate to joke around with Melai Cantiveros as he asked the latter to make “good poses” since her photos will be featured in Korean media outlets.

“Tumingin ka sa harap, huwag sa akin. Mag-pose ka. Lalabas ‘yan sa Korea kaya ayusin mo ang pose mo. Bakit kay Melai, konti lang ang pinipicturan ng mga press ng Korea… please look at the left side. Thank you so much, Melai. Ngayon, tumingin ka sa likod, joke lang!” he quipped.

(Look in front, not at me. Pose. It will be released in Korea so fix your poses. Why is the Korean press taking a few pictures when it comes to Melai? Please look at the left side. Thank you so much, Melai. Now, look at the back. Just joking!)

Prior to the hosting stint, Bang revealed in May 2023 that he declined an offer from South Korean music label SM Entertainment, as he felt that he wouldn’t fit in the standards of his home country.

TAGS: AAA 2023, Asia Artist Awards, Ryan Bang

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