Sandara Park (born November 12, 1984, better known by her stage name Dara, is a South Korean singer, actress and host. Seen as one of the few most influential Korean stars in the Philippines due to the success of her multifaceted career, she was given the honorific national title “Pambansang Krungkrung ng Pilipinas”, and was nicknamed the “BoA of the Philippines” by Korean fans. She is recognized as a fashion and beauty icon because of her eccentric and distinct fashion style. Park is also acknowledged for acting as a bridge between Filipino and South Korean culture, and was given a plaque of appreciation by the Korea Tourism Organization for her contributions. Aspects of Park’s personal life, including her relationships, family issues, and the fallout with Hero Angeles while still in the Philippines, attracted national attention as well.
Aside from promoting with 2NE1, Dara became active as Communications Director and actress. Also known as Dara, she is a member of the South Korean girl group 2NE1 alongside Minzy, CL and Park Bom. She released her own single “Kiss” in 2009 and has appeared on many popular TV programs, like Star Circle Quest. She met the ABS-CBN TV personality Pauleen Luna for a school assignment and Luna encouraged her to try out for the network’s talent show.