Before making it big in South Korea as a member of the popular K-pop girl group 2NE1 in 2009, Sandara Park was already a known name in the Philippines.
The quirky Korean first joined local showbiz via the 2004 ABS-CBN talent search Star Circle Quest where she was known as “Ang Pambansang Krung-Krung.”
After becoming runner up in SCQ, Dara released her self-titled album that same year which reached platinum status. One of the most catchy tracks in the album was the dance single “In or Out,” which featured a music video showing some of Dara’s experiences in the talent show.
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In a locally produced music video used by Netflix to promote their new zombie heist film Army of the Dead, Dara’s song gets a hip new remix while being performed by a zombie singer that also eerily looks like American singer Bruno Mars. A zombie dressed up in one of Dara’s most memorable K-pop looks also makes an appearance in the three-minute video. Dara herself does not make any appearance in the video or have any involvement despite the many references to her.
After launching her YouTube channel Dara TV in 2017, Dara finally received her Gold Creator Award from the video-sharing site last November after hitting one million subscribers. The 36-year-old artist said that her vlog is her way of being connected to her fans. Last year, Dara released a vlog of her visit to a Philippine market in Korea. Her vlog currently has 1.28M subscribers.
Last December, Dara collaborated with fellow K-pop icon Jay from iKon to perform a cover of Inigo Pascual’s catchy love song “Dahil Sa ‘Yo” which was first launched by Star Music in 2016.