After three long years, former 2NE1 member Sandara Park made her comeback to the concert stage!
Dara performed some of 2NE1's hits during the #PenshoppePresentsDara mini-concert last Friday night, December 1, at Kia Theater in Quezon City.
This is Dara's first time to perform as a solo artist since 2NE1's disbandment in 2016.
One of the highlights that evening was Dara's performance of the Donna Cruz hit "Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso."
Here are some scenes from Dara's mini-concert:
Dara opened the stage with a medley of 2NE1's debut single "Fire" and their 2013 hit song "Do You Love Me."
After her first production number, Dara had a short chat with her fans and expressed her gratitude for their support, especially now that she made her concert comeback.
Dara told concertgoers, "This is a very special day for all of us, di ba? Kasi ito yung first time na magpe-perform ako ng 2NE1 songs all by myself. Nakaka-miss yung mga girls ko, 'no?
"I was so worried and scared, siyempre nung una nervous ako. But I wanted to challenge myself para mag-improve ako. Kasi kung hindi ngayon, kelan pa? Di ba?
"So parang ito yung another chapter of my life and sobrang saya ko ngayon kasi nandito kayong lahat para sa akin. Kanina kasi, nag-iisip ako, 'Mapupuno kaya ang venue na 'to?' Thank you, thank you talaga."
For the next part of her mini-concert, Dara treated her fans to a medley of 2NE1 ballads.
She told the crowd, "Sabay-sabay tayong mag-saya at sabay-sabay rin tayong huhugot. Uso yun ngayon, di ba, yung mga hugot songs?"
She started the medley with "It Hurts," followed by "Good To You" and "Missing You."
After performing ballads, Dara told the audience how she sought advice from CN Blue's lead vocalist Jung Yong Hwa on what to do during fan-meets.
Dara recalled, "Sabi niya, 'Dapat sabayan mo yung mga audience, sabihin mo na, 'Scream!' mga ganyan."
The YG Entertainment talent said her former band mates also gave her words of encouragement.
She said, "Siyempre yung mga members ko, nagtext sila na, 'You can do it.' Sabi nga ni CL sa 'kin, 'Magaling ka!' Kaya sabi ko, 'Talaga? Okay kakayanin ko 'to for Blackjacks and for my fans.'
Dara went on to thank her fans who call themselves Blackjacks. She commended them for staying by her side even after they disbanded.
The 33-year-old performer said, "Isa ito sa pinakabest moments sa buhay ko kasi nakilala ko sina Bom, CL, si Minzy, at siyempre kayo. At para sa mga Blackjacks, sobrang happy ako dahil after 8 years nandito pa rin kayo.
"Kahit anong mangyari sa akin, hindi kayo umalis. Nandito pa rin kayo para sa akin."
For the third part of her mini-concert, the former 2NE1 vocalist said she prepared a "special Dara version" of their previous hits.
Dara toned the concert down with her acoustic renditions of "Fire," "I'm The Best," and "I Love You."
She then brought back the energy with her performance of Donna Cruz's "Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso."
After her performance of the Donna Cruz hit, she invited the crowd to participate in a dance game.
Dara taught audiences the choreography for the song's chorus and picked three lucky winners.
Dara said she initially wanted to perform a Regine Velasquez song but admitted that she wasn't a "birit queen."
Fans then chanted to encourage her to perform her first single in the Philippines titled "In Or Out." However, the former Star Magic talent said it wasn't part of set list for the evening.
She added, "Hindi na ako krung-krung, excuse me. Mature na ako, e."
Dara also invited 2NE1's former manager, whom she calls Jjangmae, to join her on stage after some fans screamed his name. Jjangmae obliged and shyly told the crowd, "Thank you."
Fans also asked if she could perform "Kiss" again but the Korean artist told her fans, "Next time na lang, kasi last year meron na akong astig na performance."
She was referring to her sexy version of "Kiss" that she performed in an episode of Pinoy Boyband Superstar in December 2016.
For her last song, she performed 2NE1's 2010 chart-topping hit "Go Away."
Dara returned onstage for an encore performance of "I Am The Best."
SPECIAL PERFORMANCES. ABS-CBN star and Hashtags member Ronnie Alonte also performed at Dara's mini-concert.
The Kapamilya actor/performer performed some of Justin Bieber's hits including "Sorry" and "What Do U Mean?"
Ronnie lived up to his showbiz title as the "Kilig King."
The 21-year-old Star Magic talent did spread kilig vibes with his performance of Sam Concepcion's "Mahal Na Mahal Kita."
Club Penshoppe PH member Emilio Perez earned loud screams with his performance of Luis Fonsi's "Despacito."
Maria Fabiana helped draw the 100 lucky winners of a photo opportunity with Dara.
Acoustic singer Keiko Necesario kickstarted the mini-concert for Club Penshoppe PH performers and Dara.