Sandara, who is now based in Korea, is currently in the Philippines for a vacation.
The 2NE1 member celebrated her birthday together with Raphael, Joross and wife Katz, and other friends on November 11. Sandara turned 35 on November 12, 2019.
Raphael wrote in the caption of his photo, "Happy Birthday @daraxxi mahal ka namin. bilis ng panahon next naman si kuya @joross_gamboa #dara #birthday"
Sandara was part of the first teen edition of Star Circle Quest in 2004, along with Grand Questor Hero Angeles, Roxanne Guinoo, Joross Gamboa, Melissa Ricks, Neri Naig, Michelle Madrigal, Errol Abalayan, Joseph Bitangcol, and Raphael Martinez.
Sandara, Hero, Roxanne, Joross, and Melissa became the five grand finalists called "The Magic Circle of 5." Sandara and Hero's love team became popular during the Kapamilya show's run.
In 2007, Sandara left the Philippines to pursue other endeavors.
In 2009, she became a part of the K-pop girl group 2NE1 and used the name Dara.
She last reunited with her co-finalists in Star Circle Quest in 2014, during an episode of Gandang Gabi Vice and a separate Christmas party.
Sandara also became one of the judges of the 2016 ABS-CBN reality competition Pinoy Boyband Superstar.