She signed with Star Magic after the completion of the competition and officially began her music career with the self-titled extended play, Sandara, which debuted atop the Philippine charts and has sold over 100,000 physical copies.
Dara was born Sandara Park on November 12, 1984, in Busan, South Korea.
She was named after the revolutionary war hero General Kim Yushin, cousin to Queen Seondeok of Silla, whose childhood name was San Da Ra.
After suffering a stall in her career, Park returned to South Korea quietly in 2007 and signed with entertainment company, YG Entertainment.
In 2009, she debuted as a member of 2NE1, the company's first girl group.
They then moved to Daegu before her father was forced to leave his family in 1992 for the Philippines in hopes of rebuilding his career.
Dara often stepped in and took care of her younger siblings in the place of her mother since she worked long hours.
Aspects of Park's personal life, including her relationships, family issues, and the fallout with Hero Angeles while still in the Philippines, attracted national attention as well.
Rising to fame in the early-2000's, Park became an overnight superstar while participating as a contestant during the first season of Star Circle Quest in 2004, in which she finished as the runner-up.
Eventually, her father was able to stabilize his career, and in 1995, moved the family to Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines to begin a new life.