Sandara Park back in Manila

Pambansang Krung-krung” Sandara Park came back to the Philippines to promote Korean tourism.

The K-pop star first shot to stardom after joining a local reality competition before going back to South Korea to become a member of the popular idol group 2NE1.

While in Manila, Dara, as she is now most popularly called, took time to hang out with friends from local showbiz.

She posted photos with Luis Manzano,, and Robi Domingo on her Instagram account.

“With my kuya luis @luckymanzano my one and only kuya,” Dara posted.

“Got a visit from this lovely little girl! Things never change and this will always be our pose! Our wacky faces with cheek pinch! Thanks for never changing and being the same old little sis,” wrote Luis.

During the K-Beauty & Fun program of the Korea Tourism Organization at the Philippine Travel Expo, Dara was welcomed by hundreds of fans who grooved to 2NE1 songs and the celebrity’s old OPM song “In or Out.”

“Maraming salamat para sa recognition na ito. Maraming salamat din sa lahat na bumibisita sa korea at nagmamahal sa mga korean artists tulad ko. Ang saya saya ko! Mahal ko kayo!!! 🙂 #Korea#Philippines (Thank you for the recognition. Thank you to all those who visit Korea and love Korean artists like me. I’m so happy! I love you!),” she wrote on Instagram.

“Little 2ne1 ang galing niyo! At ang galing ng mga Blackjacks! Akala ko concert na ito (Little 2NE1 you’re great! The Blackjacks are great! I thought it was a concert already),” Dara posted, referring to her Filipino fan clubs.

She also revealed in an interview with ABS-CBN, where she was discovered, that she hopes to one day work with John Lloyd Cruz, even calling him”Papa John Lloyd.”

“Gustong-gusto ko (siya makatrabaho) kasi I really love his movies and his acting. Nakaka-in love ‘yung mata niya kapag umaarte siya kaya sobrang excited ako kung mangyari ‘yun. (I really want to work with him because I really love his movies and his acting. His eyes make you fall in love when he acts so I would be very excited if that happens,” she said, jokingly telling Star Cinema to consider her.

Even if she has now become an international K-pop sensation, 30-year-old Dara, is still the Sandara Park that Filipinos loved and who still loves the Philippines like home.