MANILA - Korean pop star Sandara Park appeared on an episode of the reality television show "Pinoy Big Brother: All In" on Friday.
Park, who is one fourth of girl group 2NE1, was asked to help out the housemates for a Korean-themed webisode, which was also the finale of the series entitled "Hmm Pak True Lab."
"Natulala po ako kasi si Sandara Park po nandito. Sikat na sikat siya sa Korea, sikat na sikat siya sa Pilipinas," admitted Fifth Solomon, who was asked by Kuya for his reaction on the surprise celebrity house guest.
The 30-year-old singer, who was wearing a bright red pullover dress, was met with similar awe from other housemates, with some blurting out introductions and amazement over Park's fluency in the Filipino language.
Former child star Jane Oineza instantly recognized Park and shared that she once impersonated the pop star for a parody of the latter's hit song, "In Or Out."
"Oh my gosh si Sandara Park. Ang ganda niya Kuya sa personal. Para siyang Barbie," said Oineza.
After the shoot for the webisode, Park gamely traded stories with the housemates. She told celebrity house guest Alex Gonzaga that a Korean "friend" of hers wanted to say hi.
"Si Ryan Bang ba yan?" asked Solomon --a question which seemed to startle the singer.
"Crush niya ako," Gonzaga quickly added, much to the amusement of everyone in the room, including Park.
In the episode, Park taught the housemates several Korean expressions, including one for "you are beautiful" and "how are you." She also showed off her dance moves when she performed to the tune of 2NE1's hit "Fire," with self-confessed K-pop fan Maris Racal.
"Ang cute niya po sobra. Sobrang humble po. Nakangiti siya lang lagi," said Loisa Andalio in the house's "confession room."
Park, before leaving the Big Brother house, shared that she would've loved to stay for a night if she had the time. "Kung wala lang akong work, matutulog ako dyan," she told Kuya.
"Kaya lang baka magbabayad ako kasi may contract ako. May gagawin ako bukas," said Park, who will be at the Mall of Asia Arena this weekend for her group's "All or Nothing" tour. "Pero kung wala, mag-stay pa ako dito."
Tops trending topics again
Park's appearance, which was her second time for the reality television show, immediately dominated social media conversations on Twitter Friday evening.
The episode's official hashtag #SANDARAinPBBALLIN reached No.1 in the list of worldwide trending topics on the micro-blogging site.
Other terms such as "Hi Sandy" and "Bye Dara" were also part of the worldwide trends moments after the episode aired.
This came as no surprise, however, as since her arrival last Thursday, Park and her several television guestings frequently topped both local and worldwide trends.