One Direction Pining For The Philippines?

MANILA, Philippines - Fans of the hottest British-Irish boy band One Direction are not the only ones thrilled over the prospect of them coming to the country; apparently, the group's members themselves are also looking forward to the possibility of doing so.

"We've got lots of fans in the Philippines," blurted member Liam Payne in a taped interview aired on "StartalkTX" aired on Saturday.

"Sometimes we connect to them through hashtag. It's nice to be known in a country that you've never even been to," he added.

The group behind hits like "What Makes You Beautiful" and "Live While We're Young" is the newest international endorser of local clothing brand Penshoppe. The brand made the announcement by releasing a 20-second clip on their official Twitter account last month titled "Penshoppe Goes One Direction"-something that thrilled their fans, collectively known as Directioners, no end.

Harry Styles quipped that the Filipino fans are "interesting" and that they'd love to visit the Philippines one of these days to "personally say 'Hi!' to our fans out there."

The oldest member of the group, Louis Tomlinson, meanwhile, recognized the humungous support of the ever-so-active Directioners in the country. With their help, in fact, the band never fails to dominate the local top trending topics section of Twitter.

"Our fan base is really, really strong down there. They are very good," said Tomlinson.

Niall Horan also pointed out that, "We see so many people on Twitter and many of them are from the Philippines."

For his part, Zayn Malik said: "Hi to everybody in the Philippines!"

Amid their palpable eagerness to visit the country, the members of One Direction did not mention any concrete plans of visiting the country any time soon in the interview. Penshoppe has likewise not announced any details either.

One Direction joins the brand's roster of foreign endorsers like Hollywood actor Zac Efron, who was just in the country last September, "Gossip Girl" stars Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick, "The Vampire Diaries" actor Ian Somerhalder, and Thai idol Mario Maurer.

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