BY JONATHAN HICAP, Manila Bulletin
MANILA, Philippines - Before she became a member of K-pop girl group 2NE1, Sandara Park had a thriving acting and singing career in the Philippines.
On June 27, fans of Sandara in Korea will be able to watch three of her Filipino movies.
According to Korean media, the films "Bcuz of U," "The Lucky Ones," and "Can This Be Love" will be shown on the said date on Korea's Home Choice and SK Broadband.
After winning as runner-up on the ABS-CBN talent search show "Star Circle Quest" in 2004, Sandara embarked on her acting, hosting and singing career in the Philippines.
"Bcuz of U," produced by Star Cinema, was Sandara's first major movie with Hero Angeles, who won as Grand Teen Questor on "Star Circle Quest," as her screen partner.
The movie, which earned P86 million, also starred Diether Ocampo and Kristine Hermosa, and Heart Evangelista and Geoff Eigenmann.
Through the film, Sandara won as best new actress, her first acting award, in the 21st Philippine Movie Press Club Star Awards.
"Can This Be Love," also produced by Star Cinema, was released in 2005. It starred Sandara and Hero. The movie became a hit, earning P99 million in the box office.
A year after, Sandara starred in "D' Lucky Ones," a romantic comedy in which he was paired with Joseph Bitangcol, who was in the Magic Circle of 10 in the 2004 "Star Circle Quest." It grossed P54 million in the box office.
In 2007, Sandara left the Philippines and went back to Korea to embark on a new career.
In 2009, she was launched by YG Entertainment as member of 2NE1 along with Park Bom, Minzy and CL.
2NE1 are currently in Cannes, France to attend as speakers and performers at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.
"2NE1 will tell their own story about how they have emerged on the global stage with the help of digital media - and also promise a demonstration of the talent that has taken them to the top of the K-pop tree," according to a statement by Cheil Worldwide, which is spearheading the seminar on "how K-pop is taking over the world through digital and social media and what it means for advertising."
Link to my original article: http://www.mb.com.ph/articles/362653/sandara-parks-pinoy-movies-to-be-shown-in-korea