2NE1's Sandara Park recalled the early years of her career on the August 8 episode of a South Korean show titled Abnormal Summit.
Abnormal Summit is JTBC Network's talk show featuring speakers of different nationalities who debate on various topics. It also tackles the Korean culture as seen from the perspective of a foreigner. The show's hosts include Sung Si Kyung, Jeon Hyun Moo, and Yu See Yoon.
Si Kyung opened the topic about Sandara's career in the Philippines.
Sandara recalled how she started her career in the entertainment industry and revealed, as translated in English, "I spent all of my adolescence there until my early 20s."
The K-pop singer/actress continued, "I started [my career] there and was active as a celebrity but gave it all up so that I could be a trainee at YG."
Hyun Moo then asked if she was a popular singer in the Philippines back then. "I wasn’t just popular, I caused a syndrome," Dara quipped making every one on the show burst into laughter.
One of the panelists, Swiss national Alex Mazzucchelli, asked Dara if she can speak Tagalog. Dara answered, "Yes, I can. Actually I am more comfortable speaking in Tagalog than Korean. The hosts requested for her to speak in Tagalog and she complied by greeting everyone, "Mabuhay! Kamusta kayong lahat? Si Sandara 'to!"
At one point of the show, Dara was also asked what she fantasized about when she was living in the country. Dara said she missed the coldness of winter and explained, "It's summer all throughout the year in the Philippines, so I fantasized about winter."
Dara uploaded her photo with the panelists on her Instagram account. Her caption: "Abnormal Summit ???? a cool world with representatives from various countries~"
Watch Dara's interview below:
DARA IN PH. Meanwhile, Sandara arrived in the Philippines last Sunday, August 7, after visiting Vietnam.
The K-pop idol is rumored to be filming for a travel show in South Korea which is why she didn't announce her arrival in the country. Earlier today, August 9, she was spotted arriving at Tagbilaran Airport in Bohol.