Sandara Park surprised fans and viewers when she suddenly spoke Tagalog on Korea’s national TV.
The K-pop icon trended online after clips of her speaking the Filipino language in a recent episode of the South Korean show Video Star (where she is a co-host) made rounds online.
In the show, Dara, as she is fondly called, took on an acting challenge with K-drama star Choi-Soo Rin where she played as a daughter-in-law disliked by her mother-in-law.
When Dara ran out of Korean words to say in the middle of their argument, she switched to speaking Tagalog and drew confusion from Soo Rin and other co-hosts over what she was saying.
“Ano pong sinasabi ninyo? Hindi ko po kayo maintindihan. Galing pa ako sa Pilipinas kaya hindi ko alam. Hindi ko po alam ang sinasabi niyo,” Dara effortlessly uttered.
Filipino fans were delighted that the pure-blooded Korean is still fluent in Tagalog and remains to be a “Filipina at heart”.
Before becoming a well-known K-pop star via her now-defunct girl group 2NE1, Dara had her first shot at fame in the ABS-CBN reality TV show Star Circle Quest back in 2004.
After living in the Philippines for 13 years, she returned to South Korea in 2007 and continued to pursue a showbiz career.