MANILA -- She may be an international star but Korean singer Sandara Park admitted that she still often looks back at her early years as a showbiz upstart in the Philippines.
The 30-year-old, who is one fourth of the Korean girl group 2NE1, started her career as a performer when she joined the ABS-CBN talent search program Star Circle Quest.
"Nami-miss ko 'yan sobra dahil dyan ako nagsimula," she said in an interview on "Pinoy Big Brother" on Thursday, as she looked back on her music videos and her numerous appearances in local television and movies.
"Siyempre 'yung moment ko with the fans, 'yung sigawan nila ang nami-miss ko din," she added.
Park is in the country for 2NE1's "All or Nothing" tour, which will be held at the Mall of Asia Arena this weekend. Other members of the group are expected to arrive in the Philippines on Friday, according to Park.
Asked about what makes Filipino fans different, she said: "Lahat ng fans namin pareho. Laging sobrang mainit 'yung sigawan nila."
In an earlier interview on "Aquino & Abunda Tonight," Park admitted that she watches movies produced in the country whenever she misses the Philippines, citing the Vice Ganda-starrer "This Guy's in Love with U Mare," which she said was really funny.
Still at the top
During her guesting for the afternoon recap show of the reality television show, the official hashtag #uberSANDARA topped worldwide trends.
Her guest appearance on "It's Showtime" early in the afternoon and other terms related to the star were also among the most tweeted, locally.
Park, who once entered the Big Brother house during the show's previous celebrity edition, pleaded to "Kuya" to let her out this time around.
Host and actor John Prats recalled the time when Park was forced to stay inside the house for more than a day as a celebrity house guest because she failed the show's challenge.
"Sana makalabas ako!" Park said.
Her appearance inside the Big Brother house will be shown later on the primetime telecast of reality television show, after "Aquino & Abunda Tonight."