Last month, as fans followed Sandara’s fun Philippine adventures on Instagram, eating at Jollibee multiple times, challenging her “We Broke Up” co-stars Jang Ki-yong and Lee Beom-gyoo to eat balut, watching Big Bang, ziplining, visiting Tagaytay and Taal and hitting the beach with her Korean friends, they didn’t know she was also in the Philippines for one big reason: her Penshoppe campaign shoot.
Inquirer Super was at the shoot last month at Golden ABC’s Studio 1155 and Gallery.
Photographer Cliff Watts, who also shot Sean O’Pry and Cara Delevingne’s #UrbanRebels campaign for Penshoppe, flew in from New York to shoot Dara. “The shoot was great. It’s my first time to shoot her and it’s my first time in the Philippines. We shot her in the studio and on the rooftop,” said Cliff, who enjoys working with Penshoppe. “Fantastic. I love the people, the product, I feel like it’s a family and I love that.”
“The shoot turned out amazing. I was blown away by how Dara moves in front of the camera. She was effortless, really good. The clothes look amazing on her,” said Jeff Bascon, Penshoppe’s brand director. “Dara made it really easy for everyone. She’s really charming. Her sense of style is really strong. After working with her and seeing her in action, I’m definitely a bigger fan now. ”
Dara loved the clothes she wore so much that she sweetly asked if she can bring them with her to Korea.
Everyone at the shoot marveled at how down-to-earth the K-Pop superstar was.
Alice Liu, Golden ABC’s executive vice president for retail brands said, “She’s a very sweet girl who was very easy to work with and we look forward to working more with her and her wonderful team also.”
After the shoot, as we sat down with Dara for an interview, we realized that despite leaving behind her showbiz career in the Philippines to conquer Korea eight years ago, she’s still the same Jollibee-loving, Tagalog-speaking Sandara Park that so many Filipinos adore.
The day before the shoot, she relaxed by going to Greenbelt. “Pumunta ako sa arcade, nag-basketball and meron din palang videoke doon so kumanta ako ng 2NE1 songs. Narinig daw sa labas, nakakahiya.”
Sandara says her Filipino fans are one reason she said yes to Penshoppe. “Hanggang ngayon hindi niyo pa rin ako nakakalimutan kaya nandito ako ngayon with Penshoppe.”
And the other reason? “Talagang sinusuot ko yung Penshoppe since high school days pa lang.”
Pick up a copy of Inquirer tomorrow for a bigger dose of Dara. See more photos from her shoot and read about her fashion obsessions, her relationship with her Filipino fans and that red Penshoppe shirt that she couldn’t stop wearing.