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2004 also saw her first lead acting role in the movie Bcuz of U, which won her the Best New Actress award at the PMPC Star Awards for Movies.
Park continued to dominate the Philippines market through 2005 with the major success of her comedy film Can This Be Love, and the follow-up single "Ang Ganda Ko".
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-2000s, 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.
She is the daughter of Ik-Su Park, a trading businessman, and Kyung Ran-Kim.
During the earliest years of her childhood, Sandara lived well due to her father running a successful business in trading, but following a strain incurred by relatives, the business went bankrupt and the family was sent into financial ruin.
In 2009, she debuted as a member of 2NE1, the company's first girl group.
The carrier single, "In Or Out", was a major dance anthem and became a nationwide hit, cementing her status as an 'imported' household name in the region.
The album's later repackaging featured a new single, "Walang Sabit", which became very popular as well.
She eventually finished in second place behind Hero Angeles.
Park joined ABS-CBN's entertainment stable, Star Magic in the wake of her success in the show, with her projects ranging from commercial endorsements to television appearances.