Sunday, June 2, 2013


(See More of Sandara Park in one of the posts in July 2014 :  SANDARA PARK & 2NE1 AON CONCERT )




Sandara Park Writes a Warm Message to Fan Suffering From Cancer

Credits to : Wikipedia and Soompi

Sandara Park (Korean박산다라; born November 12, 1984), better known as Dara (Korean다라), is a South Korean idol singerdanceractresstelevision hostmodel and the older sister of MBLAQ member Cheondung.

She is best known as being a member and the director of communications of the South Korean girl group 2NE1. However, she first gained major popularity on ABS-CBN's Star Circle Quest during her stay in the Philippines. Her younger brother, Park Sang-Hyun, better known as Cheondung, is a member of boy band MBLAQ under J. Tune Entertainment, a subsidiary of JYP Entertainment.

Dara released her first digital single "Kiss" in 2009 and it was included as the 9th track in 2NE1's first studio album To Anyone in 2010.

Early life

Sandara Park was born in Busan, South Korea. When she was 10 years old, Park's family moved to the Philippines to start a trading business.

In hopes of recovering from this business strain, Sandara's father tried his luck in the Philippines, settling in a small apartment in Pasay City and pursuing his business. Sandara and her family remained in her grandmother's house in South Korea for some time until her father finally had enough luck and money to bring them to the Philippines.

At first, it was a hard adjusting for Sandara and her family. None of them were fluent in English, let alone Tagalog. It was thought to be strange, as she and her family who had stayed in the country for many years before she came out on TV, could still not speak any decent English, or even Tagalog, the Filipino language.

Finally feeling a lot more confident and socially adapted, she enrolled in voice lessons at the Center for Pop Music sometime in early 2000s. Unknown to her that one day a room in that school will be named after her.



Career history

2004–2007: Career beginnings

During one of her school activities, Park met Pauleen Luna, a talent of ABS-CBN Corporation Channel 2's Talent Center, in 2004. She encouraged the shy Sandara to audition for Star Circle Quest, the network's attempt of a reality-based talent search.

Over the course of the season, Park escaped elimination several times, eventually reaching the final ten contestants. Her Korean ethnicity resulted in some trouble with the daily exercises set by the panel of Filipino judges. During the last elimination round (in which only five people advanced), Park collected approximately 500,000 text votes. She eventually finished in second place behind champion Hero Angeles.

Park joined ABS-CBN's entertainment stable called Star Magic in the wake of her success in the show, with her projects ranging from commercial endorsements to television appearances. She starred in her first movie Bcuz Of U (2004), a three-story movie. She acted alongside Hero Angeles, and Filipino actors Kristine Hermosa and Heart Evangelista. Park won "Best New Actress", her first acting award, in the 21st Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards. Park and Angeles launched their first solo movie, Can This Be Love (2005) which reportedly grossed almost 100 million pesos. Park was also nominated for "Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)" at the 2006 Golden Screen Awards.

Star Status Established,

ABS-CBN showered Park with projects after her Star Circle Quest days. She had as much as 6 instant local commercial endorsements, namely Tekki Asian Classic Noodles, Maxi Peel, Konica Cameras, Dong-A pens (which is actually a Korean brand), Confident feminine napkins, and Rejoice shampoo (which she did a jingle for).

More so were the TV shows. She starred as Sandara Soh in a Star Circle Quest spin-off SCQ Reload, OK Ako (which translates to SCQ Reload, I'm OK) and had her own afternoon hosting of Sandara's Romance, a show featuring Korean dramas with her commenting from time to time, and a hosting stint on ASAP Fanatic, a Sunday noontime teen variety show. She also appeared in a local daily primetime superhero soap opera, Krystala, as Kim who shares similar personalities with her real-life self, but her tight schedule forced her character to appear less often than expected. In addition, Sandara also embarked on a musical career that eventually led to the release of her self-titled 6-track album which spawned the novelty dance hits "In Or Out", a song that parodied her experiences in Star Circle Quest, and the "Walang Sabit", the jingle for Rejoice Shampoo. To prove Sandara's rapidly rising star status, the album was certified double platinum after 6 months selling 60,000 copies.


Her third movie in the country was D' Lucky Ones (2006) wherein she was paired with co-SCQ alumnus, Joseph Bitangcol due to Angeles' decision to retire from show business.  In the same year, her fourth and last movie Super Noypi was shown in Christmas 2006 and was an official entry into the 32nd Metro Manila Film Festival. The success of Park in the Philippines lead her to star in a drama series. One was Krystala, a fantasy series by Philippines' Soap Opera Queen, Judy Ann Santos.  She also acted in various series Crazy For You (2006) and Abt Ur Luv (2006) and television specials My Name is Sandara Park (2004), SCQ Reload: OK Ako! (2004) and Nuts Entertainment (2006) of GMA Network.

Park also embarked on a musical career that led to the release of her self-titled six-track album that contained the novelty dance hit "In or Out", a song that parodied her experiences on Star Circle Quest.

In December 2004, YG Entertainment's Yang Hyun Suk offered Park workshop classes in South Korea after seeing the ABS-CBN Documentary My Name Is Sandara Park. The same documentary was also shown in Korea.  On March 2005, Park went ahead with the workshops, putting her career in the Philippines on hold. After six months, she resumed work in the Philippines, starring in several movies.


Changing partners

After a tumultuous partnership with Hero Angeles, Sandara Park opted to pursue college and workshop lessons in Seoul, South Korea. There were rumors and statements in the Korean press that Sandara have tried to become a singer/actress in South Korea but due to some series of setbacks it somehow never materialized.

Soon, local media, playing along the controversy, voiced their unhealthy indifference with Angeles and his brother-turned-manager, Henry Angeles. This even lead to the Angeles brothers suing writer, columnist, and showbiz aficionado, Cristy Fermin, a healthy 16 counts of libel each -- more or less. Nonetheless, the South Korean fled to Korea still, leaving her troubles unfixed and for the public to decide.

During her stay in Korea, her rumored boyfriend, Joseph Bitangcol, openly admitted their relationship on national TV via the showbiz talk show, The Buzz, giving the Hero-Sandara fans a healthy shock.

The Fad Fades


The Second Attempt; back in The Philippine Showbiz

Six months after she first announced her plans of studying in Korea, Sandara came back to the Philippines to continue whatever she left. Her home network has already released Angeles, and with no one currently paired with her, Joseph Bitangcol took the spot Angeles left.

When Sandara came back in December 2005. She found that her schedule was less tight than before. She had very little TV guestings and only has 1 regular Sunday show, which is ASAP Fanatic. Crowd reception also seemed cold for her comeback. This is partly because of the success and attention Pinoy Big Brother Season One Teen Edition housemates were having. During these times, she was almost nowhere to be seen.


In early March 2006, Sandara voiced out on national tv her feelings for the cold reception she has received on her comeback, as well as her envy on the Pinoy Big Brother housemates, commenting on them as colorful, while she is black and white. She has also cried on how empty her schedule had become.

But the real surprise was when she revealed that her father abandoned them and that her father has another family which he is now living with. Tears flowing, Sandara revealed that her father is a wife-beater and has taken all her savings, leaving them hard-put once again.


Despite being enormously popular with the teen/early adult market, critics had panned Park for being as "all hype, and no substance."

The market seemed to have had enough of Sandara after her break off with Hero Angeles as screen partner which was punctuated with a bitter exchange of words. The latter eventually faded out of the boob tube due to further controversies with ABS CBN and a couple of reporters. When the HeroSan mania that persistently prevented contemporary loveteams (such as Jenelyn Mercado and Mark Heras of GMA7) of their league from soring high, had fizzled out, so did the career of Sandara whose reel and real partnership with fellow Star Circle Questor Joseph Bitangol could hardly take off as a loveteam.

There are talks that Sandara's popularity will further drop with the entry of newer, fresher and younger Pinoy Big Brother Teen celebrities. This early PBB Teen Big Winner Kim Chiu (who speaks Visayan, Waray, Fokien Chinese and Mandarin Chinese), who could also pass for a Chinese/Asian character.

Fortunately, Sandara was tapped to become the voice of Jamie Robinson in the newly-Tagalized Japanese anime classic, Voltes V, which is now airing on Hero TV (a subsidiary of ABS-CBN). She admits that she's pretty bad with her dubbing but as the story of the anime progresses, viewers of the shows may notice her slow but sufficient improvement as a voice actress.

She will also be part of an upcoming soap opera under the working title, Crazy For You, starring also Toni Gonzaga, Kim Chiu, Gerald Anderson, and Sandara's loveteamate, Joseph Bitangcol.



Late 2007: Return to Korea

Park left the Philippine show business industry and returned to South Korea with her family on August 1, 2007 YG Entertainment announced the following day that Park had signed a contract with them.


2008–present: 2NE1

YG Entertainment announced that the new group would consist of four members and debut sometime in May 2009. The company stated that the group had trained for four years, and that their debut album would contain songs produced by 1TYM's leader, Teddy Park and G-Dragon of Big Bang. The group's name was initially announced as "21"; however, due to the discovery of a singer with the same name, the group was renamed "2NE1", which "NE" is the abbreviation of "New Evolution". Sandara was placed in 2NE1, alongside BomMinzy and CL.

The group collaborated with label-mate senior Big Bang for the song "Lollipop". The song gained immediate success, but questions were still raised as to whether the group could survive on its own.

2NE1 debuted in SBS's The Music Trend on May 17, 2009 where they performed their digital single "Fire" produced by Teddy Park of 1TYM. With the release of their self-titled mini-album, the group started the promotions of their title track "I Don’t Care". Their mini album hit the no. 3 spot at the Hanteo's "Best-selling Album of 2009" with over 100,000 copies sold.

After a short hiatus, the group released a surprise single "Follow Me"that took number one for the week of February 13. The single was used as a theme song for Samsung Corby Folder.

In October of the same year, 2NE1 returned with their first full-length debut studio album To Anyone, which was released on September 9, 2010. Promotions started with the simultaneous showcase of the three title tracks of the album, "Clap Your Hands", "Go Away" and "Can't Nobody". Following those promotions, another song "It Hurts (Slow)" was released on October 31 for Halloween. The album garnered huge success and 2NE1 won an overall 11 times on various music shows from their promotions.[26] The album went on to sell over 150,000 copies.

Solo activities

Before her debut, she was featured in a TV drama The Return of Iljimae as Rie, and she also appeared as the lead actress in Gummy's music video for "I'm Sorry", together with labelmate T.O.P, one of the members of Big Bang.

In August 2009, Park was featured on G-Dragon's solo album Heartbreaker, with their song entitled "Hello". They performed together a couple of times on music events, shows, and also during G-Dragon's two-day solo concert entitled Shine A Light in December 2009.

On September 7, 2009, Park was the first among the members of 2NE1 to release a digital single. Entitled "Kiss", the song was produced by Teddy Park and was featured in Park's first commercial for Oriental Brewery's Cass Beer series alongside K-Drama actor Lee Min Ho. The song also featured fellow member CL as a rapper and peaked at #5 on the Gaon Chart.

In July 2010, Park was featured as the female lead in Taeyang's "I Need A Girl" music video. Two versions were made for the music video.

In April 18, 2011, Park announced that she has been officially promoted the Communications Director of 2NE1. In order to officialize her promotion, YG Entertainment gave Park her own Certificate of Appointment.

Park was selected to become the Etude House's endorsement model for 2012, along with SHINee. Previously, Dara has already been working as an endorsement model for the cosmetic brand. The two would participate in the "Kiss Note" campaign, and would film a series of dramatic CFs (commercial films) together.

Last June 27, 2012, Park's Pinoy Movies were shown in Korea. The films "Bcuz of U," "The Lucky Ones," and "Can This Be Love" were shown on the said date on Korea's Home Choice and SK Broadband.
In February 2013, Park was selected to become CLIO's endorsement model and subsequently, became their new endorsement model.


200521st PMPC Star Awards for MoviesBest New ActressWon
2005Golden Screen AwardBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Musical or Comedy)Nominated
2006Golden Screen AwardBest ActressNominated

Extended plays

2004"Sandara"Star RecordsPH: 2× Platinum
2004"Sandara: Walang Sabit"
2006"Sandara: Ang Ganda Ko"


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
2004"In Or Out"1Sandara
2005"Walang Sabit"1Sandara: Walang Sabit
2006"Ang Ganda Ko"1Sandara: Ang Ganda Ko
2009"Kiss(feat. CL)5To Anyone
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

Featured singles

YearTitlePeak positionsAlbum
2009"Hello" (G-Dragon feat. Sandara Park)144Heartbreaker




  • 2004: My Name is Sandara Park (ABS-CBN)
  • 2004: Krystala (ABS-CBN)
  • 2004: SCQ Reload: OK Ako! (ABS-CBN)
  • 2004: ASAP Fanatic (ABS-CBN)
  • 2004: Sandara's Romance (ABS-CBN)
  • 2004: Star Circle Quest (ABS-CBN)
  • 2005: Sandara: Ang Pambansang "Krung-Krung" ng Pilipinas (ABS-CBN)
  • 2005: Farewell Lovers: A Lover in Paris Special (ABS-CBN)
  • 2005: Maalaala Mo Kaya (ABS-CBN) (cameo)
  • 2006: Your Song (ABS-CBN)
  • 2006: Komiks: Machete (ABS-CBN)
  • 2006: Star Circle Presents (ABS-CBN)
  • 2006: O-Ha! (TV5)
  • 2006: Gudtaym (ABS-CBN)

Music video appearances

  • 2008: "I'm Sorry" (Gummy feat. T.O.P)
  • 2010: "I Need A Girl" (Taeyang feat. G-Dragon)


ASAP Fanatics (2004)


Sandara Park's Life Story  featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya (MMK)

Star Status Established.  

ABS-CBN showered Park with projects after her Star Circle Quest days. She had as much as 6 instant local commercial endorsements, namely Tekki Asian Classic Noodles, Maxi Peel, Konica Cameras, Dong-A pens (which is actually a Korean brand), Confident feminine napkins, and Rejoice shampoo (which she did a jingle for). More so were the TV shows. She starred as Sandara Soh in a Star Circle Quest spin-off SCQ Reload, OK Ako (which translates to SCQ Reload, I'm OK) and had her own afternoon hosting of Sandara's Romance, a show featuring Korean dramas with her commenting from time to time, and a hosting stint on ASAP Fanatic, a Sunday noontime teen variety show. She also appeared in a local daily primetime superhero soap opera, Krystala, as Kim who shares similar personalities with her real-life self, but her tight schedule forced her character to appear less often than expected. In addition, Sandara also embarked on a musical career that eventually led to the release of her self-titled 6-track album which spawned the novelty dance hits "In Or Out", a song that parodied her experiences in Star Circle Quest, and the "Walang Sabit", the jingle for Rejoice Shampoo. To prove Sandara's rapidly rising star status, the album was certified double platinum after 6 months selling 60,000 copies.

A Documentary Shown on KBS Korean Network TV
(A documentary on Sandara's life as a very famous Korean Star in the Philippines before she became a member of 2NE1 in Korea)

Sandara's In or Out Breakthrough Song while being a 
famous Star in the Philippines

Sandara's video patch to greet Ryan Bang on his birthday (a Korean Comedian in the Philippines)


2ne1 Sandara Park Elle Magazine2ne1 Sandara Park Elle Magazine

Bindis and Why Sandara Park Shouldn't Wear One

Bindis and Why Sandara Park Shouldn't Wear One

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Canon - Philippine Endorsement

Rejoice Commercial

SPLASH MAXI PEEL COMMERICAL with Philippine Actress Kristine Hermosa (of Pangako Sa 'Yo (The Promise)



CASS BEER CF with Lee Min Ho

            ETUDE HOUSE CF with MinHo Choi (& other boy group SHINee members) "KISS NOTE"




Sandara Park

This popular young actress, originally born in Korea, has made a hit on the Philippine screen. Her name came from a nickname of a Korean general, and her entry into television and film acting was largely a matter of luck. Once she was discovered, language barriers gave her some difficulty, but that did not stop her from working hard on her skills until she was well-established as a Philippine screen and musical star. Sandara Park was born in Busan, South Korea on November 12, 1984. Originally her family was wealthy, but some family misfortunes forced her father to seek work in the Philippines and send for his family later. Although it was a hard time for her and her family, it would prove an auspicious move for Sandara.


In school one day in the Philippines, Sandara was encouraged by Pauleen Luna (of then from ABS-CBN) to audition for a talent search. He made the final round, but had difficulty with the language and was said to lack luster in her performance. However, the judges liked her overall appeal, receiving the highest votes from the observers. In the final rounds of text voting, she earned the highest number of votes from the viewing audience, a record 500,000 (for females); in the final count she was second only to Hero Angeles, and had earned somewhere around two million votes. After appearing in many local television spots and commercials, Park tried her hand at recording. She released a six song collection that hit double platinum sales after only six months, then returned to film and television appearances. After her breakup with partner Hero Angeles, she returned to South Korea for college and workshops, but returned to the Philippines after six months. When Sandara Park returned, she received a less-then-cool reception. It appeared the public had moved on to other stars and shows. However, in a national television spot, she opened up about this and the fact that her father had abandoned the family, leaving them with nothing. Not long afterward, she and her new boyfriend, Joseph Bitangcol, in “D’Lucky Ones” and used her single hit “Ang Ganda Ko” for its theme song. Regardless, she has been highly criticized since for various reasons, including her breakup with Angeles; but she continues to work hard at working hard, and perhaps that will help her compete against the waves of new artists constantly rising in the Philippines.


D'Lucky Ones!D'Lucky Ones!
LabelStar Cinema

Tagalog Movie Tina (Eugene Domingo) and Lea (Pokwang) are bestfriends who are also avid fans of Vilma Santos. They were inseparable until Lea decides to leave the country and go to Korea. They promised that someday they will really become one big happy family when their children get married. Years after, by virtue of an old vow, Lucky Girl (Sandara Park) and Lucky Boy (Joseph Bitangcol) are forced to be together by their mothers. Problem is, they hate each other's guts. But just when they're falling for each other, love plays a trick on the meddling moms which threatens to bring the young lovers apart. Directed by Wenn V. Deramas


Shown in Korea in June 2012.


    Can This Be Love is a 2005 film starring Hero Angeles and Sandara Park, with Roxanne GuinooJoross Gamboa, and Paw Diaz. Fresh from the victorious SCQ, the movie grossed about 100.05 Million nationwide.


    Ryan (Hero Angeles) and Daisy (Sandara Park) are just among the many students in the Filipino University Belt. Ryan is a part-time typist of term papers, while Daisy is a Korean immigrant studying in the Philippines. Ryan encounters what he thinks is the worst term paper ever written. At that same day, he also comes across a cellphone ad. He contacts the person selling the phone and eventually became friends with her. Then he discovers that the girl he is talking with on the phone and the owner of the term paper is one and the same- the Korean girl! Ryan and Daisy develop an instant irritation towards each other. The cultural differences and the language barrier add to their frustration. But since they have also developed a friendship through their text messages before they met, both decide to give love a chance...


    Main cast

    Supporting cast


    • Paw Diaz as Ria
    • Arron Villaflor as Louie
    • Raphael Martinez as Noel
    • Gabb Drilon as Red
    • Tanya Schaife as Apple
    • Erika Clemente as Carla

    Special participation

    • Dennis Padilla as Tiyo Dodie
    • Ilonah Jean as Abring
    • Denise Joaquin as Lengleng
    • Pia Moran as Tiya Precy

    Shown in Korea on June 2012.


    Can This Be Love  sung by Sarah Geronimo (The Philippine's Pop Princess)

    PRODUCED BY:  Star Cinema (sister company of ABS-CBN TV Network)


    Bcuz of U is a 2004  Filipino romantic film, starring Kristine HermosaDiether OcampoHeart EvangelistaGeoff EigenmannHero Angeles and Sandara Park. Bcuz of U is a 3 love story in 1 movie.


    A runaway bride returns, a woman falls for her worst nightmare and two opposites come together in this trio of romantic tales. In the first story, Ria (Kristine Hermosa) tries to win back the man (Diether Ocampo) she left at the altar. In tale two, solitary Cara (Heart Evangelista) meets Mr. Wrong (Geoff Eigenmann) -- or is he? And in the final yarn, a tour guide (Hero Angeles) meets a girl (Sandara Park) who pretends to be a famous actress.


    First story

    Ria (Kristine Hermosa) and RJ (Diether Ocampo) share the perfect relationship until she didn't show up on their wedding. Years after,she decided to win him back. But the indecisive and the new RJ is now the most sought-after model in town. Will their love prevail over the pain they've caused each other?

    Second story

    Cara (Heart Evangelista) never took a chance on falling in love because she believes that it will only break her heart. That was until she meets Roni (Geoff Eigenmann) but only to find out that he is the kind of man she's been trying to avoid. Will she take the risk this time?

    Third story

    Louie (Hero Angeles), a tourist guide, meets April (Sandara Park), a Korean girl who got lost in the city and is left with no choice but to pretend that she is a famous actress in her hometown only to survive. Will it be possible for two very different individuals find home in one another?




    Shown in Korea in June 2012.

    PRODUCED BY :  Star Cinema (sister company of ABS-CBN TV Network)



    Sandara Park's struggles and learnings during her activities in the Philippines.
    Sandara Park, who has first started her entertainment activities in the Philippines is a leading figure in the ‘Reverse-Hallyu’ Wave.

    Starting from the time her face was known the the public of the Philippines in 2003, Sandara Park has held incredible popularity to the moment she returned to Korea. It was so incredible that it was said that one was not a citizen of the Philippines if they did not know Sandara Park.
    With the popularity in the Philippines as a base, when Sandara Park returned to Korea, the fans in Korea gave her the nickname ‘BoA of the Philippines.’

    “Entertainment work in the Philippines was by chance. One day, a friend suggested that I try out for the audition in ABS-CBN’s ‘Star Circle Quest.’ I thought, ‘This might be a good experience,’ and decided to try it, but the results turned out to be very good.”

    ‘Star Circle Quest’ is similar to America’s FOX program ‘American Idol’ and Korea’s Mnet program ‘Superstar K,’ and at that time in 2004 had been a very popular program.

    After moving to the Philippines, due to language and cultural barriers, Sandara Park had, at one point, stopped talking, but she did not once lose her dream of becoming an entertainer. Sandara Park’s parents consoled her, promising to send her back to Korea after she graduates high school. For Sandara Park, who was only waiting for her high school graduation, ‘Star Circle Quest’ was a fateful opportunity.

    “At that time, I could not speak the Philippine language at all. I was the first case of a Korean coming for an audition. I didn’t know anything, and everything I did was awkward and clumsy. My clumsiness was probably something new to them. I think I got lucky.”

    Sandara Park took the audition in November 2003 and began broadcast activites in April 2004. Because the program was so popular that it was broadcasted six days of the week from Monday to Saturday, Sandara Park’s popularity also grew with it.

    “The definition of an artist in the Philippines was different from that of an artist in Korea. In the Philippines, they wanted an all-around entertainer who can do everything from singing to acting to hosting. I understand a hundred times what the participants of ‘Superstar K’ were going through. I had gone through the bloody ordeal of survival myself.”

    Sandara Park started with the thought of it as a learning experience, but she tried her best. Even in the horror experience the participants had to go through with the theory that it is to give them a stronger heart to be able to do good horror acting, Sandara Park did not step back. For a young female student to withstand, the horror experience was very merciless.

    “We had to make dishes out of mice and lizards and eat it, and even go through a house said to be really haunted. There was even a mission where we had to cut a chicken’s throat, and more horrifying missions of the kind. To be honest, I couldn’t eat the mouse.”

    The fear amongst the participants went on air just like that. Sandara Park also, in face of some horrifying missions, would lose energy and sink down, but she could not give up on her dream of being an entertainer.
    “Since I kept crying out of fear, the producers knew I wouldn’t be able to do it and gave out harder missions. The one I remember most is the mission in which I had to do a chicken dish myself. Starting from going into the mountains to cut off a chicken’s head, I had to do everything by myself. Honestly, it was so exhausting.”

    But contrary to her slender looks, Sandara Park was very strong. She went through mission after mission of experiences a female student may find hard to do, but Sandara Park did not even show one tear in front of her parents.

    “I thought of quitting many times every day. I even cried a lot during filming. It really felt like I was the only one in the world. Since I didn’t know anything, I think it was worse. But I wanted to win this on my own because I thought, ‘I don’t want my parents to be hurt because of my dream.’”

    The sincerity of Sandara Park reached the citizens of the Philippines.

    In the final round in which the final five are chosen, She received a record amount of 500,000 text votes. This was the highest number of votes a female participant had ever received. But sadly, Sandara Park received 2nd place in the ‘Grand Final.’

    “Actually I was very happy when I was dropped. I tried as hard as I could, but honestly, I was lacking in skills. When the grand prize was being awarded, I was chanting in my head, ‘Don’t call me, don’t call me.’ I felt very pressured by the award. When my name wasn’t called, I was so happy I ‘bounced’ around. Outside people complimented me, saying Sandara Park is sincerely happy for her competitor’s win. In truth, I was happy because my mind was at ease. (laugh)”

    The Philippine press introduced Sandara Park’s traits as blunt and honest. The participants in ‘Star Circle Quest’ were mostly already in agencies, but Sandara Park was ignorant of the concept of broadcast.
    “I said both things I should and should not say on air. Because I throw out bomb after bomb of news-worthy information, reporters on the scene liked me a lot. I was probably also very honest with my emotions. If I was sad, I cried, and if I liked it, I liked it, and expressed myself clearly. I think people loved me for being pure and real.”

    Source: AsiaE



    • Stage Name: Dara (다라), Sandara (산다라)
    • Real Name: Sandara Park (박산다라)
    • Birthdate: November 12, 1984 (age 28)
    • Birthplace: Busan, South Korea
    • Height: 162 cm
    • Languages:  Korean, (some) English, Tagalog, (some) Chinese
    • Family: Brother Park Sang Hyun (Cheon Dung), member of the Korean boy band MBLAQ.
    • Hobbies: Listening to music, Internet
    • Specialties: Dancing, Singing, Acting
    • Favorite Color: Pink


    Early Life

    Sandara Park migrated to the Philippines at the age of 8 after her father's business closed down due to financial difficulties. It was in 1995 that her whole family went to Philippines to start all over again. In the process, she learned to speak English and Tagalog. She also went to Center for Pop Music for music lessons.

    After migrating, Park's family found it hard to make ends meet. In order to help, Sandara took courage to audition in ABS-CBN's reality talent search show, Star Circle Quest.

    Star Circle Quest and Career Boom

    Encouraged by then ABS-CBN Talent, Pauleen Luna, Sandara tried her luck and auditioned in the said show. As the show progressed, Sandara experienced a lot of harsh criticisms that won the heart of the audience. Despite her lack of talents, her charisma, novelty and large number of growing fans placed her as the contest's one of runners-up.

    Sandara Park (2005)

    Although she didn't win the contest, Sandara went on and became the most popular of her batch in the contest. She became the favorite TV commercial endorser, ratings on her TV show raised up and her live events were packed with adoring fans.

    In late 2004, she went to South Korea. It was then she was first acknowledged in Korean Pop culture. KBS made a TV documentary about her and she was invited in various TV specials in Korea

    Popularity Wanes


    After Sandara came back from South Korea, she found that her popularity gradually started to die down as new batches from other reality shows of her mother network took center stage. She was mainly affected when another Asian reality show contestant turned actress, Kim Chiu, became the next popular ABS-CBN star. Chiu was soon favored more by the network's management.

    Sandara Park (2007)

    By late 2006, Sandara tried a comeback as she signed a film contract with Regal Films. But after quiet months of no projects, Sandara had finally decided to move back to South Korea and quit Filipino show business for good.

    YG Entertainment

    Sandara Park left Philippines for good on August 1, 2007 and went back to her hometown in South Korea. On August 2, YG Entertainment reported that they already signed her on their company. Impressed on her talents and her multi-lingual ability she showed when she visited South Korea on 2004, YG Family expresses their confidence on making her the next BoA. She debuted in Korea in 2009 with the group 2NE1.

    Shortly after the release of BIGBANG and 2NE1's collaboration song "Lollipop", netizens found an old photo shoot of Dara in a men's magazine called "UNO". The magazine featuring her on the cover in a corset, bikini bottom, and holding a whip. She was also featured inside the magazine with a 9 page spread dressed scantily clad. Korean press described those photos as "disturbing" and "inappropriate", 'especially considering that Dara's image is an innocent and sweet one'.

    Dara's hairstyle used in the Lollipop photos and music video became famous. The style first appeared in an issue of Marie Claire with Han Chae Young as its model, though it became a trend to follow after the release of the Lollipop MV. Various girls posted photos of them wearing the hairstyle in their Cyworld pages.

    In July 2009, YG has revealed that he thought Dara would not debut, because her abilities were almost just there. However he expressed his satisfaction on Dara being the most hard-working member, she is a friend who made the impossible possible.

    Philippine Discography


    Korean Discography

    Digital Single

    • [2009.09.07] Kiss (feat. CL)


    Philippine Filmography




    Voice Actress

    Korean Filmography



    Music Video

    • [2008] Gummy - I'm Sorry
    • [2010] Taeyang - I NEED A GIRL


    • [2009] Cass

    Video Games


    MY TAKE:  When Sandara came back to the Philippines, eversince she left her former mother network hanging (not giving her Mother Agency any idea of what was going on with her) with regard to her future plans at the height of her career, maybe ABS-CBN had decided to release her so she could look for another project or agency.  Thus, led her to manage her own career which went topsy-turvy when she tried to regain it.

    Anyhow, bygones have already been bygones, but ABS-CBN management has never turned their backs on her.  The management is still very proud of her successes in Korea and they are happy that she had become an inspiration to those who aspire to be like her, when she had struggled but remained a fighter in order to achieve her goals.   She has already matured and already in control of her well-being.  Someday, she will be seen on ABS-CBN's programs and big screens again by those who are still waiting for her to come back. For sure there will be a right moment for that.

    By the way, Sandara's favorite place to have a vacation is always in THE PHILIPPINES.



    The cast/hosts of "IT'S SHOWTIME" noontime show in the Philippines
    Vhong Navarro (guy in eyeglasses) & Ryan Bang (Korean TV comedian), Thanked Sandara Park for making time to see them in Korea despite her busy schedule during their trip in the country.

    On April 1, 2013:
    Vhong: I’d just like to thank someone! Even though her schedule was hectic and she’s already a very famous person, she still took time to see us. Miss Sandara Park! Thank you so much!
    Karylle: Oh yeah, I saw your tweets…
    Vice Ganda: Sandara, introduce me to G-Dragon (laughs)! I love G-Dragon.
    Vhong: Thank you Sandara!
    Karylle: Next time, take us all with you to Korea.
    On April 2, 2013:
    Anne: So what memorable experience did you guys have during the holidays?
    Vhong: Me and Ryan, along with my kids and girlfriend, went to Korea. We met Sandara Park!
    Karylle: Ryan just tweeted her, but she really went out to meet you guys, right?
    Vhong: Yeah, she really made time.
    Anne: Wow, Sandara Park is bongga (er, it means jjang/daebakk. Can also mean fabulous, extravagant, awesome)!
    Ryan: And Sandara said that when she comes to the Philippines, she’ll come and visit Showtime.
    Kuya Kim: She still knows how to speak Tagalog?
    Ryan: Yes, she still speaks Tagalog. When we met, she was speaking to me in Tagalog, then I told her, “Sandara, I’m Korean too!” so after that, she spoke to me in Korean.
    Vhong: And what’s great there is that Sandara actually speaks better Tagalog(than him.)
    Ryan: And Sandara-ssi said that she’s single!
    Anne: Did you fall in love Ryan? (more like in a teasing way)
    Ryan: And then I answered her, “I’m single too!”
    Vhong (to Ryan): And then my answer to that is “You’re a hopia!” (I think this is an inside joke, like something they call Ryan to tease him. Hopia is a popular Filipino-Chinese dessert)


    Credits:Philippine actress, Korea Ambassador to the Philippines
    Showing off Korea & Interviews Sandara Park
    c/o of Matanglawin (an ABS CBN Sunday informative show)


    Bought foods from Jollibee (the Philippines' largest Burger Food Chain; counterpart of McDonald's)

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    She said in her tweet:  There's a Jollibee in New York. I thought I was in the Philippines so I ordered food speaking in Filipino, but the service crew could not understand me. 

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    Ordered  Jollibee in Hong Kong

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    Sandara, thanking Ryan Bang (Korean celebrity in the Philippines) for sending her ABS CBN / Star Cinema Filipino Movies.  According to her, she will start doing movie marathon again.


    1. Thank you so much for this blog. Did a big effort for the story and the pictures too that I have never seen before.

      I really love Sandara. I'm inspired of what she have done. And now I'm dreaming that someday will meet and I will say to her "That I got here, because of you, lets take a picture so one of my dream will come true and thank you Sandara for the inspiration. I love you as your fan." btw I am Filipino.

    2. I will try my best to update this post. Thank you for liking it.

    3. Thank you for this blog. such a complete one.. i really liked her a lot and wanted to prove to everyone that she is really loved wherever she will go.. That even here in Philippines she wasnt forgotten. I supported her since I was still young till now. I wanna cherish every success that she had in our country and this blog shows it all. Just proud of her. She may not be in ABS and in some point made me sad yet she soared really high that made her more popular. a star brighter than before.

    4. Wow.. what Great Person.. With all the God Given Blessing for her talents.... Certainly Sandara Park /Dara Do Deserve all Blessing coming her way.. and Pls Continue.. After all Now that She is Very Famous Not Only on Korea and Philippies as and around the World..Tells us taht Nothing is impossible when you put mind your heart in ti.. Plus of Course Hard work and dedications.. You can have the talent in world but if you don't Practice with it.. or Protect it.. It will not have great ending.. But for Dara.. by working hard and stay consistents... Much more Blessing will her way I'm sure.. Because with all teh success.. She still Very Humble.. or some what shy from all her success... ABS CBN should again Have some good Romantic Comedy... Movie with Samndara Park... Oh yah One more very Gesture about her was When she was guesting on Showtime b4 Her Their Concerts.. and Provides Two Ticket for two Young Lady who have said they have no Money to pay for Tickets and dara offered to give them Tickets for Free Said a lot about Her and How She Retined Her Pilipino Value.. and Korean Value... or Perhaps just simply Being Her... Very Touchful Gesture... God Bless More Blessing...