Sandara Park talks about fashion, music, and why Filipinos will always be in her heart

You would have to be living under a rock not to know who Sandara Park is. The “Pambansang Krung-krung” was back in Manila earlier this April as the newest face of Penshoppe. Luckily, KStreetManila got the opportunity to catch up with her and see what she’s been up to.

You have become a style and beauty icon not just in Korea, but all over the world. Are there days where you just want to laze around wearing your most comfortable clothes?

Actually, gusto ko nagsusuot ng jogging pants, so good timing para sa akin na uso ang jogger pants. It’s like wearing something formal but still relaxed. Ten years ago, kung nagsuot ako ng jogger pants, sasabihan akong baduy. Pero ngayon, uso sila. (laughter)

Can you think of only one thing that will definitely make you come back to the Philippines? What is it and why?

One thing? Hirap noon ah. Nami-miss ko ‘yung food—sisig, pinakbet, sinigang, and of course, Jolibee! (laughs) Of course I miss my fans and my friends. I think I also miss the coconut trees and the beach-worthy weather… Dito ako lumaki, so lahat talaga nakaka-miss.

As an artist, when you go out, people will look at how you dress up. And it’s already the dry season in the Philippines. How do you deal with summer/hot season but still stay fashionable?

Definitely wearing wide pants. Di ba ang init kapag naka-suot ka ng skinny jeans? They look good, but it’s not comfortable. If you wear wide pants, especially the cropped ones, hindi masyadong mainit. They look cute when worn with sneakers and a simple T-shirt.

Speaking of the Philippines, are you still open to doing a movie here? What kind of a movie would you do, and who would you want to work with?

Lagi kong gusto bumalik sa Philippines para gumawa ng movie or kahit ano, pero iyon nga busy [ako] so hindi [ako] nakabalik. If there’s a chance, I would love to. Gusto ko gumawa ng comedy movie kasama si Vice Ganda. Feeling ko bagay kami. Krung-krung din naman siya. Star Cinema, are you listening?

What is your favorite tourist spot?

Ang dami! Pero madalas ako sa Tagaytay kasi malapit siya sa Manila. [Fun fact: Filipino fans spotted Sandara and Bom in Tagaytay the day after Sandara’s meet and greet event.] I actually want to go to Boracay, since pumunta ako doon 10 years ago for work. Hindi pa ako nakakapunta doon as a tourist.

You have dabbled into both singing and acting in the Philippines and in Korea. Which do you prefer, and why?

Ang hirap! Kasi gusto ko pareho, iba eh. Pero for now, I miss singing on stage. You can see the audience and feel their energy, so talagang kakaiba yung charm ng being onstage.

What genre of music do you enjoy performing?

2NE1 is basically hip-hop, but we have tried so many things, like reggae and R&B. Personally, gusto ko yung masayang music. Fast and upbeat [songs] para we can dance and the audience [can dance with us].

If you could write your own songs, how would they sound?

Hip-hop! (laughs) Ang nakakatawa, gusto ko kasi yung acoustic songs, but if I write the lyrics, sinasabi nila sa akin, “Hindi ito puwede pang-TV. Sana naging rapper ka na lang.” Kasi sobrang blunt ko kung magsulat ng lyrics. Tipong mga “Gutom ako ngayon” or “Humanap ka ng pangit!” [In other words,] mga lyrics na sinasabi sa totoong buhay. ‘Di ba mga lyrics madalas flowy, romantic, at maganda pakinggan? Eh yung akin, hindi. Mas bagay talaga lyrics ko sa mga rapper. (laughs)

How are your Filipino fans different from fans anywhere else?

The fans are all passionate, mabait, and cute; especially my fans here. I’ve known Parkers (one of her fan groups) who’ve been my fans since 2004, during my Star Circle Quest days. Every time nakikita ko sila, nata-touch ako. May kaka-ibang friendship na kami.

Anything your fans can expect from you in the coming months?

Sabi nila  sa akin, lalabas ang One Step ngayong summer, siguro June, July, August, or baka September pa ‘yan. Nasa Two Yoo Project Sugar Man (JTBC) din ako. Nagsasalita ako ng Tagalog doon minsan!

Special thanks to Style Weekend and Penshoppe for giving KStreetManila this opportunity!

Clara Palma
A frustrated supermodel/ballerina/novelist who lists Super Junior, EXO, and Infinite as some of her favorite groups, Clara’s first exposure to all things Korean was through K-dramas Lovers in Paris and Goong. She is willing to talk about fashion, beauty, dance, books, all things baduy, and figure skating over a cup of tea. She co-runs a figure skating blog You Only Lutz Once with fellow KStreet contributor Bea. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter.

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