10 Super facts about Dara

10 Super facts about Dara


1. Top 2018 goal

Seems like Dara will be granting the number one wish of her fans by next year—a solo album is on the works! “My first priority is the album,” Sandara tells Super. “I’m focusing on recording and collecting songs.”

2. The most-awaited solo album

OK, calm down, Blackjacks—that’s not even the best part! Sandara also reveals she already has five tracks and she has been working on her first-ever solo album since summer this year.  “Nakakatawa I started working on my album this summer, the first songs pa-disco-disco pa. Tapos, biglang winter na, sabi ko sa producer ko gusto ko naman ng mga sad songs. Sabi niya lang sakin: HA??” OMG, we’ll be expecting a good mix of tracks from this album then!

3. Dream music collaboration

“Ang ideal na collaboration ko is with a rapper—ang dami nila sa YG! Maybe I can get them on board, tapos kakanta ako,” she says. Sandara also reveales that she’s hoping it’s an acoustic track! We just hope she will collaborate with YG artist ONE one day.

4. Dara TV’s next vlogs

Whenever Sandara mentions she’s now a YouTuber in her Dara TV vlogs, she always says it in disbelief. “Syempre hindi pa ako yung professional na vlogger, but it’s really fun! You just need one camera and you shoot whatever you want and it already becomes one episode,” Dara says.

She says she is the talent, director, producer of her own vlogs but always credits the amazing Dara TV team for their amazing cuts and edits. Next on Dara TV are vlogs on her recent birthday celebration, Boracay trip with Seungri of BigBang, covers of songs (which includes OPM hits), and her favorite Seoul restaurants. One of Super’s suggestions is her skincare routine, but Dara reveals there’s nothing special about it and she only does three to four steps of the famed 10-step Korean skincare regimen.

5. Your 2018 Valentine’s Day movie

She has finished shooting “Cheese In The Trap” last July. You’ll finally get to see Dara on the big screen again this February 2018—we just hope it shows in Philippine cinemas, too!

Sandara lives on the spotlight

Sandara lives on the spotlight


A few hours before Sandara Park’s awaited Penshoppe fan meet at the Kia Theater, the local fashion powerhouse’s brand director, Jeff Bascon, enters the waiting room.

“I’m so excited for this!” is his greeting.

“I’m such a fan of Dara and watching her rehearse these past three days, I realized why they’re called superstars in the first place,” Jeff says.

No one in that room had any doubts that the former “fresh vocals” of girl group 2NE1 can pull of a show on her own.

She beams brightly the second the lights reveal her on stage. Sandara knows how to start a show with the fierce and upbeat medley of “Fire” and “Do You Love Me.” And yes, of course, they love her.

Fashion envy: Stealing Bella Hadid’s latest looks

Fashion envy: Stealing Bella Hadid’s latest looks



The Hadid sisters have taken the runways by storm and have risen to the ranks of today’s hottest fashion icons in their own right. Following her big sister’s taste in style, Bella Hadid has been seen in local fashion house Penshoppe’s Generation Now collection.

The curated Generation Now pieces aren’t just made for everyday wear, it’s here to dictate the trends for the 2017 pre-holiday fashion season. And if there’s anything Penshoppe’s mix-and-match friendly pieces have perfected, it’s the balance of sass with a touch of kickass—and there’s no one like Bella Hadid who works this style best.

Taking notes from the 21-year-old model, I looked into the pieces of Bella’s outfits and figured the perfect days to wear them on.

Wigs and things

Wigs and things

L’amour X: This is collaboration with Black Hairspray.
However, all opinion found in this post is entirely mine.

We’ve all had those days when we aimlessly surfed the internet. Whether it’s checking out beauty sites for the latest must-have Korean products on sale, or watching the latest posts of the YouTube vloggers you’re subscribed to, there’s a bunch of suggestive links that you’re bound to find on the same screen.

One delightful discovery I’ve had recently is: Black Hairspray. It’s the one-stop shop for everyone who loves their tresses. The site is full of beauty and hair care products, and—this is the fun partwigs!

Now, I know what you’re thinking—what the hell do you plan to do with wigs?

Well, the first reason would be finding a fool-proof contingency plan. I’ve been itching to get a bob for the past three months, but I’ve also fallen for how long my hair has grown. On the site, I found a brand that used synthetic hair that looks so natural that many hairstylists swear by it.

The following are my wig options for days when I’ve already chopped my hair and suddenly miss my shoulder-length locks. Here are my picks from Vivica Fox Wigs:












I’ve long planned to purchase a blonde wig to spare my scalp from the harsh process of bleaching, and just dye it with my favorite quirky aquamarine shade.

Which wig should I get?


‘Geostorm’ is all effects and solely saved by Gerard Butler

‘Geostorm’ is all effects and solely saved by Gerard Butler


Treason, hacking into Federal secrets, kidnapping the president—what crimes are you willing to commit to save the world?

In Dean Devlin’s “Geostorm,” Max Lawson (Jim Sturgess) is guilty of breaking the law, and would commit every felony there is to find out the truth. The United States assistant secretary of state was tasked to remedy the malfunctioning Dutch Boy, a satellite stationed in outer space controlling the weather in 17 of the world’s most powerful and influential nations.


The very invention that was made to stabilize the weather for earth to continue being a habitable planet was suddenly creating unnatural and deadly disasters. First it hit Afghanistan, then Hong Kong. Could it be a technical malfunction? A self-produced digital virus? What exactly was wrong with Dutch Boy?

These were the questions the International Climate Space Station and US president’s cabinet were bothered with, two weeks before the scientific breakthrough was to be turned over to international forces from its US management.

‘Blade Runner’s’ legacy continues to run

‘Blade Runner’s’ legacy continues to run


By combining the genre of science fiction and film noir, Ridley Scott’s 1982 “Blade Runner” established itself as a cinematic breakthrough and revered classic in Hollywood history.

While the Dennis Villeneuve-directed remake, shown and cinematically set three decades after the original, bathes itself in bleakness, walking its viewers into a future that is heavily inspired of the past.

In “Blade Runner 2049,” Villeneuve orchestrates tension in each frame, and every harsh atmosphere he builds is as real for his audience as it is for his characters.

The film is defined by a great balance of storytelling, intimate emotions and action—particularly in that order—in its sequences. And like most neo-noir films before it, it banks on the fear of its audience for an imminent dysfunctional future.

Common Table’s comfort food

Common Table’s comfort food


Salcedo Village is home to a lot of restaurants offering comfort food. Be it gastronomic fusions of different cuisines, or traditional recipes with a twist, you’re bound to find a place for every kind of craving here. Each of their best-selling dishes are just waiting to make it to your list of favorites.

And it’s no surprise that included among its ranks is Common Table at Valero Street, Makati. Their specialty? Comfort food that upgrades a recipe’s common ingredients for a remarkably satisfying dining experience.

Here are the must-tries on a Common Table visit:

Finding everyday lippies that are sure-fire MLBB shades

Finding everyday lippies that are sure-fire MLBB shades


Make-up is a creeping addiction. You start with the essentials, then you’ll find one item or brand that you’ll eventually swear by and will shower (monetary) devotion on. Then, in your beauty enlightenment, comes the next phase: hoarding. You’ll tell yourself every shade of whatever it is you’re eyeing is a must-have—and it probably is. (After all, the customer is always right.)

That’s often the lie I repeat in my head whenever I face a lipstick counter. There are just so many gorgeous colors, but I take pride in being disciplined enough to remember what shades are in my make-up arsenal, and just stay away from the usual colors my eyes often gravitate to. Most often than not, every time I visit make-up stores, I would be able to walk away empty-handed.

But price matte lippies for just P200?? You’ve definitely cracked my beauty abstinence.

Women take art beyond the box

Women take art beyond the box


Local and independent artists are creating a lot of buzz these days—and for good reason. From viral personal projects to the Visible Women campaign, the Internet is making Filipino art extend its reach. Some tools of the trade have gone digital, creating a new and welcome medium that the public can access and appreciate.

Last year, the comic book “Beyond” was drawn entirely using the iPad Pro. Working with celebrated Filipino artists Harvey Tolibao, Manix Abrera, and Merlin Malonzo, the comic collaboration with Beyond The Box featured each of the artists’ known and recognizable styles.

While there’s a handful of artists who turn to digital art for their creative pursuits, three hand-picked diverse and talented female illustrators will continue to make the world of “Beyond” come to life, with their own quirky characters. The comic is set to be released tomorrow, Oct. 7, Saturday, at Fully Booked BGC.

Where to find a matcha-ddicting lava cake

Where to find a matcha-ddicting lava cake


The current weather is quite unpredictable, but I found a hot-and-cold combination that surely beats it both ways. And in case you’re not quite aware yet, the foodie’s cardinal rule is: Always have room for dessert. If there’s something I bet you already know, though, it’s that matcha-infused goodies are always so intriguingly irresistible with its earthy flavor.

If you’re a fan of Royce’s Nama chocolates, rediscover its ooey-gooey goodness in Hanamaruken’s Matcha Lava Cake with Ice Cream (P180). The creamy, melt-in-your-mouth taste of matcha in every bite will make you order dessert as an appetizer.

Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a test of empathy

Matthew Vaughn’s ‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ is a test of empathy


Sequels are a tough act to make. Matthew Vaughn’s “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” tried its best to create a follow-up movie that would remain as original and engaging as the first.

The “Kingsman: The Secret Service” introduced a different breed of spies, gentlemen in their signature tailor-fit suits who work for an independent international intelligence agency which, in discretion, keeps the world safe. 

It was in 2014 when director Vaughn first released an inventive and trope-challenging movie. Now its sequel still has the old-school spy thrills that were met with some rogue cowboy Americana. 

The movie begins with an acrobatic, gravity-defying fight scene in a moving vehicle, introducing Eggsy Unwin (Taron Egerton) as the new Agent Galahad. He may no longer be the Kingsmen’s new recruit, but he still wasn’t as polished as Harry Hart (Colin Firth).

llaollao madness

llaollao madness

llaollao’s fourth branch is now open at Trinoma
Since it first opened in 2016, llaollao (pronounced as yao-yao) still isn’t in every mall I frequented as I hoped it would had by now. It currently has branches in SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Glorietta, and—finally, right in my home turf, Quezon City—Trinoma!

The malls in Fairview don’t offer any froyo, which is a complete disappointment. So when I drop by malls that actually do, I try to grab some frozen yogurt goodness whenever I can. While there are other stalls and stores that offer this cold treat, it’s the different toppings this Spanish franchise has that make me want more of it.


Reviving the forgotten art of postcards

Reviving the forgotten art of postcards

Photo from ban.do
The first time I remember receiving a postcard from a friend, its stamp was dated Sept. 17, 2013. I unexpectedly found it with the pile of monthly bills—which seem to be the only things that occupy much of the mailboxes in the age of e-mail and Facebook chat.

On its pink-colored front was a scribble of a girl with curly hair, paired with free-hand calligraphy in the same style of the drawing that said “planet curls.” In her letter, my friend revealed that the postcard she sent me was purchased from a biannual arts bazaar called 10a Alabama Arts and Crafts Fair.

“I got this card from a girl who sold woodcrafts. I was actually very amazed that I was able to take home some cards considering that no one really sells postcards nowadays,” she wrote. Flash forward a few years later, and the interest in the art of creating and sending postcards are slowly being revived.

Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ has no soul

Guy Ritchie’s ‘King Arthur’ has no soul


Will it still be called a legend without the telling of a hero’s adventure?

In the beginning, “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword” shows promise. With familiar elements from the insurmountable film series “Lord of the Rings,” the scenes of Camelot’s war convinces the audience that, maybe, there is still much to tell about the tale.

Why Leonardo DiCaprio should (finally) win an Oscar

Why Leonardo DiCaprio should (finally) win an Oscar


Leonardo DiCaprio’s acting is top-notch, good enough for him to finally win an Oscar. The recent masterpiece by director Alejandro G. Iñárritu may be DiCaprio’s best chance yet.

Sure, his toughest competition may be Eddie Redmayne of “The Danish Girl,” in what may be the most exquisite and sensual role of his career, in which he makes the audience experience the fear and passion that comes with the dynamic change within his character.

Zedd takes control of Road to Ultra: PH music fest

Zedd takes control of Road to Ultra: PH music fest

Photo by Rio Deluvio
Sure you hear his tracks on the radio everyday and Spotify may be your best friend when it comes to tracking his past hits, but Zedd sounds entirely different when he’s manning the deck live.

At the Philippine leg of the Ultra Music Festival last Sept. 15 staged at the Mall of Asia Arena, Zedd’s transitions were as kinetic as his beats—never playing one song for too long, or if you ask me, never enough. But the multiawarded DJ knew just how to hook his audience without dropping the bass too early.

His first song was “Beautiful Now.” Zedd made a simple entrance by playing the stripped version of this mix, which put prime focus on Jon Bellion’s vocals at the bridge of the song. It didn’t take long for Zedd to play around, he quickly shuffled to “Starving” and “All the Way Up” to pump up the crowd in his third live set in Manila.

Falling for Uniqlo’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection

Falling for Uniqlo’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection


Uniqlo has done it again.

They take well-loved traditional fashion pieces and weave in Japanese innovation into every fiber of their clothing. We’ve all fallen for the brand’s signature combination of simplicity and functionality, but it’s always the seasonal collaborations that blow us away.

For this year’s Fall/Winter 2017 collection, Uniqlo worked with designers JW Anderson and Inès de la Fressange to bring the traditional British charm and Parisian chic into everyday clothing for both men and women.

Adding the Uniqlo U and the denim lines, the brand beefed up a solid rotation of wardrobe classics that will come out on Sept. 22.

Some people would come up with any excuse to shop. Whether it’s an upcoming autumn trip abroad or you’re just getting ready for the rainy weather, here are 10 Uniqlo F/W 2017 pieces you shouldn’t miss:

The other side of K-pop: taking the Korean music industry back to basics

The other side of K-pop: taking the Korean music industry back to basics


There’s a fine line between being a musician and an idol.

We’re all familiar with the latter, as K-pop grew from a genre into a cultural lifestyle. The global music phenomenon turned its fans to loyalists who call themselves either a “stan” or “trash” of countless “biases.”

In English, these K-pop listeners have turned into obsessive fans, identifying themselves as belonging to multiple fan bases of idols from different entertainment companies.

It’s easy to spot an idol. Usually belonging to a group, idols often sport identical or thematic clothing. Their crazy-colored hairdos also make them hard not to miss. They also have synchronized group greetings that, by now, fans have memorized.

Fans look forward to each idol group’s comebacks, and these dictate the next concept the group partakes. Each concept is a representation of something new and fresh—making idols change into skin that are always crazier than the last.

We also know how a K-pop star’s story usually begins: They audition in their early teens and spend years training to finally debut as an idol.

Idols are groomed to become what they are today. While we get a glimpse of their personality on variety shows, short interviews and behind-the-scenes clips, a bulk of their image is built on trends and strategies.

They sing chart-topping music that take the global stage by storm, but how much of the music actually resonates with those that perform them?

On the other side of K-pop are Korean musicians who are starting to give idols a run for their money. The country’s current music trend is shifting the focus on individual artists.

K-pop undeniably redefined the music industry, but its local market recognizes the need to go back to basics: Discovering artists who create their own content, and honing homegrown talent that no longer needs to be dictated upon. And the rest of the world is starting to take notice, too.

Getting into Yokohama’s Pikachu madness

Getting into Yokohama’s Pikachu madness


YOKOHAMA, JAPAN—Tokyo is a quiet city.

Besides the sounds of trains on railway tracks, the pedestrians stomping on street crossings, employees shouting their oishi menu promos, and even the noise of crickets at night, the city of 13 million people generally lives in serene silence.

But that silence can easily be broken by seven syllables, said by a familiar voice that goes: “Pika-Pika-Pikachuuu!”

You’ve probably seen viral Facebook videos of Pikachu mascots in droves dressed in different costumes. In their yellow tubby form, with an ever-smiling face and thunder-shaped tail, we see them walking in sync, waving hello and dancing—making them cuter than they already are.

Outside of your screens, these Pikachus can be seen in the city of Yokohama every day of the week starting Wednesday, Aug. 9. The Pikachu shows run until Aug. 15 this year.

Confessions of a K-drama stan

Confessions of a K-drama stan


One last episode, I swear.

This is possibly the most common lie K-drama fans tell themselves; and before we even realize it, we’ve finished one whole series in a single night.

If we could only list binge-watching a drama as a skill on our resumés, we would have done so—a long time ago.

Filipino K-drama “stans” (obsessive fans) all have that one show that made them ride the Hallyu—Korean Wave—along with the rest of the world. In the early 2000s, our local TV networks would dub high-rating East Asian dramas in Tagalog and these easily became part of our daily afternoon and primetime routines.

A bulk of them came from Korea. Who could forget about “Full House,” “Coffee Prince,” “Lovers in Paris,” “Princess Hours,” “Playful Kiss,” “Boys Over Flowers” and how much kilig these made us feel?

These were the shows we looked forward to in the latter part of our days—and are also the topic of our conversations come the next morning.

Cookies that match your Butterbeer

Cookies that match your Butterbeer


Accio, cookies!

The moment I saw PRESS by Fully Booked post about their Harry Potter-themed cookies, I knew I just had to get my hands on them. I loved sugar cookies, after all, even if it stained your tongue with the crazy colors of its designs.

YEIN redefines classic

YEIN redefines classic


YEIN is a siren. Her voice sounds delicate, often with a seemingly whispered flow, but her serene storytelling floods listeners with emotions. Her first digital album “5” is available on Spotify. Here, she talks about pioneering her genre, Future Classic:

I just love to sing. I say what I want to and represent myself whenever I sing.

I think these are what I do best even when I’m still so into so many art forms. I like combining them. I consider art as one—you can separate and categorize them, but eventually they are one in a big way.

There are different stories in each and every song I write and sing. When I finish one, I listen to it and it makes me feel really peaceful—and I want people to experience the same thing. That’s why I think I try hard to bring in that kind of naturism feel, that kind of atmosphere into my music. I’d like to think that the tone of my voice could make them feel at ease and relaxed.

The story on YEIN

The story on YEIN




“This is the best interview I’ve had on this whole trip,” I told YEIN as we stood up to wrap up our conversation.

And I really meant it. It was already our third day in Korea for the Universal Music press junket and we had five interviews with K-indie artists scheduled on that day alone.

I needed a translator for most of the interviews I conducted during the trip, which badly made me want to study the Korean language all the more. (If I knew the language, I wouldn’t have to wait for my K-drama episodes to be subbed, too.)

A lot of things do get lost in translation, and I can’t stress how frustratingly true this was in my case. I felt like the artists I spoke to were opening up about a lot of things I couldn’t understand but wanted to know about—there was interest in their tone and sincerity on their faces as they explained and shared their experiences. I couldn’t even ask the right follow-up questions. I had a time limit to be concerned about as well.

Dibs on the Biebs

Dibs on the Biebs


He may have dressed down his Hollywood glamour by sporting a comfy and relaxed style, but Justin Bieber is still a head turner with his effortless street swagger.

Oversized tees with structured sleeves, ripped baggy jeans and cool snapbacks—these essential pieces to channel that inner Harlem swag are finally here. Inspired by Bieber’s latest album and his current style, local fashion brand Oxygen has teamed up with the pop star himself to come up with one of the edgiest streetwear collections to date.

The local flavors of Locavore

The local flavors of Locavore


Filipino food is something we’re all familiar with—but it’s always a welcome surprise when these well-loved and familiar dishes are prepared at a higher level.

Our local cuisine is nothing short of a gastronomic adventure. While other cultures tend to stick to their salt and pepper garnishes, ours lean toward more complex preparations. But even as we can indulge in Filipino food in the comfort of our homes, Locavore is a good option when we want something a little bit super to our usual dishes.

The restaurant’s name is quite a giveaway to the kind of food that it wishes to present, and more importantly, represent—food that is loved locally, with ingredients that are locally grown and produced.

Locavore is proud to be local—and it’s obvious in its reinterpreted all-Filipino menu.
The restaurant currently has branches in Kapitolyo, Pasig, and Forbes Town Circle, Taguig.

Innisfree haul

Innisfree haul


It was a few years ago when my dad brought us home huge-ass facial washes from this Korean cosmetics and skincare brand Innisfree. He told us it was a popular brand loved in Korea, and until now, it still hasn’t set up its own flagship store in the Philippines—which I hope will change soon.

Before using the wash my dad gave me, I did a bit of research on the brand, making sure it was cruelty-free and made for sensitive skin. And lo and behold—it is!

Innisfree has an all-natural philosophy, and is, in fact, Korea’s first natural brand. That means majority of the ingredients they use are extracted from natural and local produce, while their pigments are derived from minerals.

The brand prides itself of using natural ingredients from Jeju island, which is known for its pristine environment. There is fresh air, fertile soil, and unpolluted waters in the island. Its green tea, volcanic clay, camellia oil ingredients, among many others are sourced directly from Jeju.

Another reason to love the brand is its green causes. It has collected over 8 million Innisfree bottle containers from its patrons for recycling, and continues to promote the use of eco-friendly materials like recycled paper and soybean ink for its packaging.

It took us months to finish the 300-ml products my dad had as pasalubong, and since it was such a bang-for-the-buck buy, I was determined to bring home another bottle—among many others.

My first day in Seoul made me realize I had forgotten my makeup kit at home, but that just gave me an excuse to buy more than what I intended, and even try out their basic products.


I now present my Innisfree haul:

The DΞΔN’s list

The DΞΔN’s list


At Greenplugged Seoul, DEAN is a headliner—and hours before he even occupied the music festival’s Sky stage, the crowd on the standing zone begins to thicken, waiting for him to take the reins from his fellow hip-hop and rap artists. As DEAN begins his sound check, fans start cheering, while some are even close to crying.

The sun usually sets late in Korea, and as it melts on the horizon with hued streaks of orange and pink, the stage’s screen replicates the psychedelic colors, cueing the alternative R&B artist to start serenading the hyped crowd as the hour finally enters the night. The clock turns to 7 o’clock, and DEAN’s music begins to play.

Greenplugged Seoul is the next big international music festival

Greenplugged Seoul is the next big international music festival


It is the beginning of summer in Seoul. On a weekend, people from the city flock to Nanji Hangang Park, a perfect space to seek shade under the trees as the spring breeze still lingers, with scenery that breaks the concrete horizon.

Tents were set up all over the park’s grounds, and its green carpets of grass were replaced with colorful mats and rugs. People brought their bikes, scooters and skateboards, while others carried picnic baskets.

On the weekend of May 21, the park was host to the city’s version of Coachella, and we discovered every Korean musicophile’s top secret: the Greenplugged Seoul Music Festival.

It was a celebration of (and testament to) Korea’s massive local and independent music scene. It was an epic experience with four major stages and three minor sets located all over Nanji Hangang Park. On its eight straight year, the two-day Greenplugged festival featured a total of 65 artists in an all-local lineup.