- K-pop star showed video of her 2016 outing in PH in Korean variety show
- She explained why she wanted to showcase PH among Koreans
- She said country is not dangerous at all contrary to the news
MANILA, Philippines – For Sandara Park, it’s really more fun (and safe) in the Philippines.
The Korean pop star, who made waves in the local showbiz scene in the early 2000s, touted her 2016 tour of the Philippines in the Korean variety show “Battle Trip” which pits the contestants’ traveling experiences against one another.
In the video, Park and her best friend Hyoni Wang can be seen drinking buko juice and playing golf in Taal Lake in Batangas and then diving and snorkeling in the clear-white waters of Balicasag Island Dive Resort.
During the show, Park explained that she wanted to showcase the Philippines in order to dispel perceptions that it was unsafe.
“One of the reasons why I introduce the Philippines to Battle Trip is people always ask me about the Philippines, ‘Isn’t it dangerous? I hear public safety is poor? They always ask me that,” she said. “It’s just that unfortunate incidents are shown in the news, I wanted to show that, it’s not dangerous at all.”
Allegations of extrajudicial killings coupled with the death of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo purportedly at the hands of rogue cops have hounded the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte.
South Koreans are one of the most frequent visitors to the Philippines; with an estimated one million coming to the country every year as tourists, businessmen or students.