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Friday, December 30, 2016

Video: All Things Sharon Get Together (ATSGT)

All Things Sharon had its first get together on December 28, 2014. It was the start of the annual gathering of Sharonians, bonding over good food, exciting stories, and fun games.

In this first ATSGT, Sharonians shared how they become fans of Sharon Cuneta and fondly expressed memories related to the Megastar.






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Friday, December 16, 2016

The Road to the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion Reunion Movie (Updated)

The Road to the Sharon Cuneta-Gabby Concepcion Reunion Movie (Updated)
by Jek Josue David

 
A few days ago, at Raymund Isaac's The Good Photographer Book Launch, Sharon Cuneta announced that the leading man for her comeback movie had been chosen already. Nag-meeting na sina Malou Santos of Star Cinema at ang nasabing leading man. Hindi niya pwedeng sabihin. "It has to come from Star," ayon sa kanya. They will start shooting in January and it will be shown in May 2017. (See the video here)

Today, nagulantang ang Sharonians particularly ang fans ng tambalang ito when Malou Santos finally revealed who the leading man will be!

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Nagbunyi ang ShaGab fans na sumubok pang mag-ingay sa social media using the hashtag #DontBreakOurHeartsShaGabMovieNa nang parang mauudlot pa ang kanilang pinakaaasam-asam.


In one of Sharon Cuneta's Instagram posts kasi, tila hindi convinced si Malou Santos na maraming nag-aabang ng Sharon-Gabby movie.

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Nakapili na sila, she said. According sa kanilang mga napagtanungan, mas marami ang excited sa tambalang Sharon-Richard Gomez kaysa Sharon-Gabby. (That is, kung tama ngang tinuturo ni Malou ang litrato ni Richard sa video na ito.) Sharon and Richard's movie in Star Cinema was the underrated Minsan, Minahal Kita directed by Olivia Lamasan in 2000 where the two played a couple having an affair outside their own dysfunctional marriages..

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Halos madurog ang puso ng ShaGab fans sa tila pagkaudlot ng kanilang hiling.

The choice has always been Gabby Concepcion kaya tila anti-climactic ang announcement. 2011 pa lang ay may reunion movie nang hinanda ang Viva Films pero hindi natuloy. At malakas ang naging usap-usapan na si Gabby nga ang makakasama sa balik-pelikula ni Sharon sa Star Cinema subalit hindi ma-confirm dahil pabago-bago ang timpla ng kabilang kampo (Gabby).

25 years ang nagdaan since the last movie of the ex-couple. Let's look at the timeline.

1992: Sharon and Gabby did Tayong Dalawa for Viva Films under the direction of Laurice Guillen. Naging maganda ang samahan ng dalawa sa pelikula kahit pa may kanya-kanya silang relasyon noon. Sharon was with Charlie Cojuangco (or was it Richard Gomez again?) then while Gabby was with Dindi Gallardo.

Ito ang huling pelikula nilang ginawa at pinaka-mature sa lahat ng kanilang pinagsamahan. From the cutesy couple in Dear Heart (1981) to the young married couple in Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? (1984) to the warring husband and wife in Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? (1990) to the liberal coupling adults in Tayong Dalawa!

Ito rin ang pinaka-daring na nagawa ni Sharon in terms of characterization na taliwas sa kanyang sweet and mahinhin image onscreen: babaeng liberated na pinatutunayan ang sarili sa mundong pinangungunahan ng mga lalaki.

An excerpt of my review goes:

Bilang isang babae ay hinayaan pa rin ni Carol na si Tonchi ang gumawa ng unang hakbang. He touches her hand and slowly kisses her. But she is never the modest type. She kisses him with gusto and an open mouth (which is a rarity in a Sharon Cuneta movie). The minute they go to bed, she takes charge. Pumaibabaw siya kay Tonchi at naging agresibo. Nanatili siya sa ganoong posisyon hanggang sa marating nila ang rurok ng kanilang pagtatalik. (Full review here)


1993: Nagpahiwatig si Gabby kay Sharon ng balikan. "You know, why don't we try again?" tanong daw nito kay Sharon (YES! June 2008). There was no official reconciliation but the two started dating (secretly).

In the same interview, Sharon said, "I remember lang doon sa Star Olympics, two weekends 'yon lagi, Parang, this Saturday. he was very sweet to me. The following Saturday, he didn't know me na! Before I knew it, he was married to someone else, si Jenny (Syquia)."

It was the last straw for Sharon. If there were any tinge of hope for reconciliation since they separated in 1987, nawala nang lahat. She was grateful that she was saved from what might be another broken heart from the same man.

She added, "(Give) me naman some credit for not suing anybody because, at that point, we were not annulled yet. It [Gabby-Jenny ceremony] was such a public wedding. So I don't know how many times my face had been slapped already."

In a different interview with YES! a few years ago, Dindi related that she was left hanging that year. After her Miss Universe stint abroad, she eagerly went home to be with Gabby who was the reason why she joined Bb. Pilipinas only to find out na wala na siyang babalikang relasyon.

In 1997 Sharon formally thanked Dindi for being so kind to KC, leaving a good impression on her.

#SharonHistory Nang Iniwan Mo Ako celebrates its 19th year of release today! In this promo clip of the movie fron Master Showman, #SharonCuneta expresses her gratitude towards co-star Dindi Gallardo who was her ex-husband's ex-girlfriend. In a Yes! interview a few years ago, Dindi said that she joined Bb. Pilipinas because Gabby told her to. She eventually won the Bb. Pilipinas Universe and competed for the title abroad. She was excited to go home to Gabby after the contest, knowing he was waiting for her. Only to find out that he married Jenny Syquia. Saklap! Same timeline sila ni Sharon noon who also thought na magbabalikan sila ng ex-husband niya pero nabulaga sa balitang pagpapakasal ni Gabby. Napagkwentuhan kaya nila 'yan sa set? Ang saya siguro, ano? #AllThingsSharon is planning an event for Nang Iniwan Mo Ako's 20th anniversary next year along with other two movies that will be celebrating its 25th and 30th years. Nang Iniwan Mo Ako is definitely one of Sharon's underrated movies that needs to be re-viewed and re-assessed. Abangan! I have a review of the said movie in #DorinaPinedaPage. Hope you can visit the site and read the article.
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1994: Gabby got involved in the Manila Film Fest Scam. His name was announced as the Best Actor winner for his movie Loretta instead of Edu Manzano. His leading lady in the said film Ruffa Gutierrez received the Best Actress trophy instead of Aiko Melendez. Lolit Solis, Gabby's manager then, admitted that she orchestrated the entire fiasco. Both Gabby and Ruffa were innocent.

(Loretta was based on the controversial Lorena Bobbitt case. Lorena cut her husband John's genitals while he was asleep because of the domestic violence she experienced from him. John's penis was reattached, and he became a porn actor for a while. 21 years later in 2014, Lorena visited the horrifying experience.)

Manila Film Fest Scam investigation clip

Humiliated, Gabby left the country and pursued a different life in the US, vowing to never return again to the Philippines. He became a successful licensed Real Estate Broker.

Nagkahiwalay rin sila ni Jenny.

Over the years, there were offers left and right for his return to the Philippines but he brushed them aside. He was not interested because he was enjoying a life out of the limelight in California. Though naiimbitahan pa rin siya paminsan-minsan sa gathering ng Pinoy communities abroad para mag-perform.

Meanwhile, back home, Sharon continued her career: movies, TV, recording, concerts, etc.

1996: Sharon married Kiko Pangilinan. She left Viva to do Madrasta under Star Cinema for which she brought home the grand slam best actress award the following year.

Fast forward to

2007: Rose Flaminiano of FLT Films convinced Gabby to come back to the Philippines. According to her, she had spoken to Malou Santos, and Star Cinema and ABS-CBN were interested in signing him up. But more than that, mas interesado siyang makauwi para makita ang kanyang ama who was not in the best health condition then. Gustuhin man ng ama na puntahan siya sa ibang bansa, hindi nito magawa dahil hindi kaya ng kanyang kondisyon.

Aside from that, Rose Flaminiano promised Gabby na aasikasuhin niya (and her lawyer husband) ang lahat ng kasong kinakaharap nito sa bansa including the nine cases of falsification of documents na filed ni Jenny laban sa kanya.

The cases filed include those of bigamy. Gabby married Jennifer Martin on June 14, 1984. He then had civil weddings with Sharon on July 23 1984 and on Sept. 10, 1984 and a church wedding on Sept. 23, 1984. He married Jenny Syquia on June 17, 1993 after which Sharon filed an annulment case. His marriage with Sharon was annulled on November 10, 1993.

Mid-2007, while a deal with ABS-CBN and Star Cinema were ongoing, Gabby signed up with GMA Films. He was about to do I.T.A.L.Y. with Jolina Magdangal but it did not push through. "(Ang) dami na biglang hiningi," according to a GMA Films representative (YES! June 2008).

Gabby explained that he backed out of the project because of the script. He didn't like how it became at late na nang ibigay sa kanya. Rose Flaminiano also explained that ABS-CBN had a prior knowledge regarding the GMA Films contract. They were willing to wait for Gabby as soon as he finished the movie.

(To be fair to Gabby, ang chaka naman talaga ng movie!)

2008: Natuloy rin ang pagbalik ni Gabby sa Pilipinas. Wala nang hold-departure order. Naging mainit ang pagtanggap sa kanya ng ABS-CBN. Sharon was surprised. Hindi lang sa pagdating ni Gabby kundi maging sa ginawang pagtanggap ng kanyang home studio dito, feeling bypassed ng studio na naging loyal siya since 1988.

"Sumama ang loob ko... Nobody warned me... Ano lang--konting busina lang sana. Nagulat lang ako kasi I had to find out in public na. 'Okey lang?' No one told me. Everything else naman, may konting [pasabi] sila," Sharon disclosed (YES! June 2008).

Sharon's initial shock eventually faded. Malou Santos started sending her feelers of what might be a reunion movie for both of them. But she dismissed the idea.

"Sabi ko, 'Fifty million? I'll think about it.' And another person said for everybody, 'One hundred million?' 'Maybe, I'll think about it.' But it's not worth it."

She continued, "Ako, wala akong problema to do it, e. Ang hindi ko mate-take, 'yong paglalaruan ang buhay namin." During that time, saka pa lang nalaman nina Frankie at Miel ang naging other man sa buhay ng kanilang ina at ang tunay na ama ng kanilang big sister na si KC Concepcion. Ayaw na niyang dagdagan pa ang somewhat confusing part na ito sa mga bata.


Dagdag din sa bigat ng kanyang naramdaman ay ang paglisan niya ng bansa para mag-shooting ng Caregiver sa London.

"They caught me at the very low point because ang feeling ko, dear God, it's the first time I'm leaving my family. I was leaving for London in two days. I was having a major case of separation anxiety, and here comes these blow by blow by blow [questions about Gabby]" (YES! June 2008).

2009:  Taon-taon ay may birthday concert si Sharon sa Araneta Coliseum. Sa birthday concert niyang "Songs of My Heart" noong 2009, bumati si Gabby via video. Matindi ang tilian ng fans! Halos hindi na marinig ang sinasabi ni Gabby sa screen. Mas nasorpresa sila at mas masaya pa sila sa birthday celebrant.


Sharon continued doing her show "Sharon" while Gabby did teleseryes. The two shared a movie together when Gabby made a special appearance in the Sharon-Aiai delas Alas starrer BFF: Best Friends Forever. The scene was made to tickle fan's imagination even though they did not appear together in the movie and the scenes were shot separately. Still, it was enough for them. For the meantime.

Sharon did her last movie Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love under Regal Films for the first time, ang rival ng kanyang former studio Viva Films.

2010: Parte uli si Gabby ng birthday greetings para kay Sharon sa "Mega Birthday 2010". Muli, exhibition na naman ang patid-litid na tilian ang ginawa ng ShaGab fans.


Later on KC did the movie I'll Be There with her father under Star Cinema. As part of the promo, she and Gabby guested on her mother's show. For the first time in so many years, the three shared the same stage together. And for the first time since his return, nagharap nang matagal sina Sharon at Gabby.


Hindi malaman ng kanilang mga tagahanga kung saan ilalagay ang kanilang tuwa, excitement, at kilig sa pagsasama ng dalawa. Halos lumuwa ang kanilang mga lalamunan sa pagtili at halos mamaga ang kanilang mga palad sa pagpalakpak. It was a dream come true for them.


I was not there to witness such rare occasion, but watching it on television, I felt Sharon's awkwardness towards Gabby. I thought, given a choice, baka di siya pumayag sa naturang pagsasama. But she is a mother to KC. Hindi lamang ang fans ang kanyang pinagbigyan kundi ang anak na may pelikula kasama ang ama nito. Tulad ng fans, gusto rin ng anak na magkasama-sama sila kahit minsan man lang.

Gabby, however, was in his natural self: playful, naughty, at para wala lang sa kanya ang mga nangyari, calling Sharon and KC his "mag-ina ko." Sabagay nga naman, matagal na ang nangyari sa kanila ni Sharon at hindi dapat mag-dwell sa pait ng nakaraan.

Perhaps, the awkwardness comes from the fact there was no closure between Sharon and Gabby. Napakatagal na panahon ang lumipas at ito ang kauna-unahang pagkakataong maghaharap sila. It was difficult to put on a brave front sa harap ng maraming tao na kinikilig pa man din sa tagpong iyon lalo na sa katulad ni Sharon na very transparent ang emotion. She admitted na si Gabby lang ang ex niya na nagpapaiyak sa kanya whenever she thinks of him. Hindi dahil mahal pa niya ito as most people suspect pero dahil sa sakit at hirap na dinanas niya rito after they separated. She kept quiet about it pero kung ano-anong bintang ang pinukol sa kanya ng kampo ni Gabby that time.

"I have never taken such a beating in public as badly as the kind of beating I got from his camp. And it was such a nightmare, that to be faced with all sorts of questions again, not knowing what to expect, and this time hindi na ako mag-isa at hindi na lang si KC" (YES! June 2008).

Natawid naman nang maayos ang show but I hoped na di na maulit pa ang pagkakataong iyon kung malalagay din lang sa incovenience si Sharon.

2011: Sharon left ABS-CBN and transferred to TV5. Nagbalik din siya sa pamamahala ng Viva Management after leaving them in 1995. Sharon gave in sa demands ng management at fans. Kasama sa kontrata niya under Viva ay ang pelikulang pagtatambalan nila ni Gabby. Balik-Viva din ito ng dalawa since the last film they did was with Viva in 1992 at ang kauna-unahang pelikula ng Viva ay ang P.S. I Love You in 1981 na pinagbibidahahan din nila. Ang reunion movie ay sinabing sisimulang gawin bago matapos ang taon.

On November 2, 1981 the second film of #SharonCuneta and Gabby Concepcion was released. When Dear Heart became a hit, Sharon's camp requested a follow-up. But its producer Sining Silangan, Inc. refused to do so. Vic del Rosario along Pablo Cuneta then decided to put up Viva Films to produce Sharon's second film. Thus, Viva Films was built because of Sharon. The video features Sharon and Gabby's first and last films in Viva Films. In both scenes, 11 years apart, the couple is seen sailing but in different contexts. PS I Love You on the left (directed by Eddie Garcia, Sharon's father in Dear Heart) signals a beginning of a relationship where Gabby invites Sharon in his private world. Tayong Dalawa on the right (directed by Laurice Guillen in 1992, Sharon's mother in Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin, Sharon and Gabby's comeback film in 1990 after their separation) seals the relationship of the couple after Sharon's character discovered Gabby's character's daughter. It has been 22 years when the two made a movie together, will we ever see a comeback? #AllThingsSharon
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2012: Sa kanyang guesting sa Wil Time Bigtime noong January 28, sinabi ni Sharon na hindi na matutuloy ang reunion movie niya with Gabby, "(Kasi) manganganak ang misis niya" (PEP January 30, 2012). Gabby's married to Genevieve "Ginbee" Gonzales.

According to a reliable source, hindi naging maayos ang negotiation between Gabby and Viva Films. Demands were not met. In April 26, 2012 Sharon further expounded, "The problem was, ang nag-uusap, sina Gabby at Boss Vic. Nagkataon lang na at that time, naging sensitive ako. Feeling ko… But it was between the two of them. Sa akin, nothing personal." (Source here)

Ang pagiging sensitive na tinutukoy niya ay ang sama ng loob na kanyang naramdaman when she learned na di matutuloy ang project. She was frustrated, feeling na lagi na lang nadi-disappoint ni Gabby kahit pa napakatagal na nilang hiwalay. Naibulalas niya ito minsan sa kanyang Twitter account. (Unfortunately, I couldn't get hold of that tweet since burado na sa public timeline ni Sharon.)

Sharon however remained optimistic about it. "I’m very confident na matutuloy ’yon! Maybe next year. Siyempre, magpapapayat muna ako. Hindi naman ’yung gagawa ng movie na parang luka-luka na ganito ang hitsura ko! Siyempre, when you prepare for a movie, magpapayat ka!"

2013: Gabby transferred to TV5 to do a series. Since nasa iisa na silang network muli, hindi pa rin matigil ang tanong kung matutuloy ba ang kanilang reunion movie. Gabby was positive: "Ang gusto lang naman namin, maging tama. If we finally find the right story, then it would be great if we can shoot it as early as six months from now," (InterAksyon, March 4, 2013).

Meanwhile, Sharon did her very first teleserye in TV5 entitled "Madam Chairman" which coincidentally reunited her with former flame and love team Richard Gomez when he guested on the show. Lumipat din sa TV5 si Richard at nakaplanong gumawa ng teleserye with Sharon sa pagtatapos ng Madam Chairman sa 2014.

Nagbalik-Pilipinas sina Jenny Syquia at ang anak niya kay Gabby na si Cloie (na sinasabing hindi pa nakikita ng ama sa personal). KC, being close to Cloie, brought Jenny and her sister to meet Sharon in her mom's concert "Once in a Lifetime" with Martin Nievera.


2014: "Madam Chairman" ended. Sharon's "My Pirated Family" with Richard Gomez did not push through. Hindi raw nagustuhan ng management ang pilot week ng show. May mga nagsabing nag-back out daw si Richard sa naturang project. Samantalang ang gusto naman ni Sharon ay ituloy ang "Madam Chairman".

For a while, her career was put on hold until she announced that she left TV5 and Viva Management. A few months later, she revealed she was returning to ABS-CBN.

2015: Nag-concentrate muna si Sharon sa TV while getting back into shape. Hindi madali ang battle niya sa weight. Nag-seesaw ang kanyang timbang hindi lamang sa kawalan niya ng driving force kundi dahil sa health issues na kanyang hinarap. Naging masakitin siya. Not to mention the emotional punches that come her way every now and then.

Gabby on the other hand did the movie Crazy Beautiful You with Lorna Tolentino under Star Cinema starring Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo where he and Lorna both won best supporting trophies in FAMAS.

Sa tribute concert ni Rey Valera noong August 1, 2015, maluha-luhang binalikan ni Sharon ang kuwento behind "Kahit Wala Ka Na" na song of hope na sinulat ni Rey para sa sugatang si Sharon kay Gabby at "Tayong Dalawa" na theme song ng huling movie with Gabby at first time niyang kinanta ng live.


Sa kanyang US tour, may mga linyang binago sa awiting "Tayong Dalawa" na tila goodbye love letter sa love story na officially nagtapos noong 1993. Ang lyrics na "Maari bang sana'y patawarin mo ako..." ay pinalitan ng "Hanggang ngayon di alam ba't ako'y nasaktan mo..." Hanggang ngayon din naman ay walang alam ang publiko sa kung ano ba ang tunay na dahilan ng pagkasira ng kanilang samahan.


2016: Sharon announced that she will return to the big screen. Makakasama niya ang isang sikat na love team at ang kanyang former love team na kinasasabikan ng marami. "Malamang po maraming mahuhulog sa silya nila dahil nami-miss na nila ang tambalang ito," sabi niya sa kanyang DZMM interview noong May 21, 2016 sa Dr. Love Radio Show. It will be a light family drama at magsisimula na sila ng shooting by August.

It was speculated na si Gabby ang makakatambal niya finally! Timing din dahil magtatapos na ang teleserye nitong "Because of You" sa GMA with Carla Abellana. Subalit bago dumating ang August, Gabby signed another TV contract with GMA. The question was, matutuloy pa ba ang movie with Sharon? Given na TV contract naman ito, how can he shoot a movie with her kung hectic ang taping schedule niya especially na bagong kontrata ito? Perhaps ay di na nakapaghintay pa si Gabby dahil wala pang kasiguruhan ang pelikulang pagsasamahan nila ni Sharon.

Bigla ring nagbago ang ihip ng hangin sa kampo ni Sharon. Tila nalagay sa alanganin ang sinasabing leading man niya. Suddenly hindi na niya alam kung sino ba ang itatambal sa kanya.

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Dagdag pa rito na nagsimula na ang shooting ng Liza Soberano-Enrique Gil movie na inaakalang makakasama ni Sharon sa pelikula under Cathy Garcia-Molina, ang My Ex and Whys.

Bukod pa roon, may interview si Robin Padilla sa TV Patrol na sinasabing posibleng mangyari ang balik-tambalan nila ni "Ma'am" (Sharon). Their last movie was Pagdating ng Panahon in 2001. Naging bukambibig din siya ni Sharon sa recent concert series nitong "Sharon" at Solaire. Inamin niyang naging magkasintahan sila ni Robin matapos nilang gawin ang "Maging Sino Ka Man" noong 1991. "Nilihim ko siya noon," pag-amin niya.

2 months lang ang tinagal ng relasyon but Sharon almost married Robin. Kundi lang nabuntis ni Robin si Liezl Sicangco (dating asawa at ina ng mga anak niya), she might've married him. She also wouldn't mind doing a movie with him since he is her favorite leading man. Pareho sila ng quirks and humor at magkasundo sila sa maraming bagay.

"Whenever I do a movie with Robin, there is never a dull moment." And at this point in her career, gusto lang niyang magtrabaho sa isang masayang set. Ayaw na niya ng dagdag stress pa na pinangangambahan niya sa pagtatambal nilang muli ni Gabby.

Sa kanyang You Tube Q&A dated November 11, napakaraming nagre-request at nagtatanong kung kailan masusundan ang kanilang pelikula. Sagot niya, "It will really depend on whether Gabby wants to work with me or if he'll enjoy 'cause we haven't really spend much time together in many, many years. I don't know how much he's changed..."

"Honestly," a tone of apprehension can be heard from Sharon's voice, "I don't even know if we're friends." A nervous laugh followed. "Hindi ko alam ang iniisip niya. I don't know if wants to do the movie with me. If we're going to have a good time while working together kasi ang dami nang nagbago sa buhay namin."

"To make a long story short, I'm too old for complications or drama or whatever..."

(Watch the Q&A here)

In YES! June 2008 she reminisced, "(Noong) ginagawa namin ang Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin?, we were not talking at all! I remember offering to give back my whole suweldo to Boss Vic in the middle of the shooting. It just wasn't worth it!" The whole experience was so traumatic that even director Emmanuel Borlaza refused to work with them again or to even talk about them.

Ang Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? ang reunion movie nina Sharon at Gabby noong 1990 matapos nilang maghiwalay.

"Direk Maning, I think, almost had another heart attack doing that movie! Kasi ito 'yong script. Ni-rehearse namin. Pag-take, iba na ang dialogue, e" (YES! June 2008).

The line, "Come here and don't be a spoiled brat" was said to be not in the script!

Kapag si Gabby naman ang tatanungin, ready s'ya any time to do the film. "Ang tagal naman ng shooting. I don't know what the delay is..." He even offered na i-produce nila ni Sharon ang movie para matuloy na. "I'll do it for the fans. I'll do it for any reason. I'll do it!"


3 days after Sharon posted her wish sa kung sino man ang mapipiling leading man niya: "I just pray for one who doesn't have 'amnesia,' will respect me and not give me any headaches during filming! I am praying for God to pick the right one for this project. After all, it will be my first movie in 6-7 years! Pretty big and special to me. I want to go to work happy everyday, not stressed out and tense."


Sa huling interview niya sa Push.com, sinabi ni Sharon, "(Pati) ako naghihintay. Si tita Malou (Santos), parati niyang, 'Ill call you.' Ayaw ko namang kulitin." (Source here)

And the long wait is over!
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Gabby poses sa "Caregiver" poster ni Sharon na ginawa noong 2008 na taon din ng pagbabalik-bansa niya

Dininig na ng Star Cinema ang matagal nang hinihiling ng ShaGab fans including Lea Salonga who teased Gabby to Sharon whenever she had the chance in The Voice Kids! (In return, si Aga naman ang niloloko ni Sharon kay Lea.)
For Sharon if Star Cinema thinks that Gabby is the best choice as leading man for her, payag siya. Ang thinking niya ay gusto rin naman niyang mabawi ng kanyang producers ang investment sa kanya pagdating sa box office receipts. May huge following ang Sharon-Gabby since they started with Dear Heart in 1981. May generation na sinundan ang kanilang naging karera, ang kanilang tambalan. ang love story na nabuo sa kanila, ang paghihiwalay at pagbabalikan na nauwi sa kasal, ang paghihiwalay at ang balde-baldeng luhang iniyak. Hanggang ngayon nga ay may umaasa sa kanilang pagbabalikan.

#SharonHistory A few days after their wedding, The Best of Sharon & Gabby was released on October 4, 1984 in cinemas. It documented the biggest wedding in Philippine show business! Millions of fans gathered around Manila Cathedral and its nearby areas to witness the wedding of #SharonCuneta and Gabby Concepcion. Such unprecedented crowd at a wedding was never duplicated. Seeing such huge turnout, writer Ed de Leon named Sharon "Megastar." The video is from the beginning of the documentary where Sharon was relating the story of how she and Gabby met. Aside from their interview on their wedding day, the documentary also included clips of the couple's first three films in Viva Films such as P.S. I Love You, My Only Love, and Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? It was directed by Al Quinn. #AllThingsSharon
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"It's certainly one of the most beloved because I don't remember the other, you know, characters, let's say in other love teams na sumikat, na at this age ay gusto pang ibalik, di ba?" (YES! June 2008)

Maging ang new generation ng Sharonians na ngayon pa lang nakikilala ang love team ay naghahangad ng bagong pelikula. Hindi sila kuntento na mag-throwback na lang sa mga dati nilang pelikula.

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The choice has been made. Ang wish ko lang para kay Sharon ay isang happy set na katulad ng kanyang sabi. Mas concern ako/kami sa kanyang well-being. Let's face it, Gabby is a sensitive topic for Sharon. Marami siyang mga bagay na dala-dala until now na di niya basta-bastang masasapubliko. That is what makes it hard for her at times. Here we are clamoring for their reunion movie but we don't know what's at stake for both her and Gabby. Hindi naman sa pagiging negative o pinangunugahan ang maaaring mangyari but if it's possible na magkaroon ng magaan na working environment, posible din na hindi, di ba?

I leave it up to Cathy Garcia-Molina and her team! Gusto namin ng isang magandang magandang pelikula! Hindi pa naman pumapalya si Cathy. Kahit gaano ka-absurd ang plot niya kung minsan, she makes it work. Kundi si Olivia Lamasan, she is the right woman to handle one the bests love team in Philippine show business!

Alwin Ignacio of Abante Tonite, another Sharonian, also wishes, "Dapat kasi sa movie, makita ang growth nila as actors and emotional maturity as a couple who once promised each other a happily ever after."

Ang gusto naman ng film critic at scholar na si Joel David ay matapatan ang Sharon-Aga Muhlach tandem sa Kung Ako Na Lang Sana (2003) in terms of screen chemistry, plot, and overall goodness ng pelikula. Huwag lang maging awkward sa isa't isa, screen chemistry is definitely there. Though dahil nga matagal nang di nagsasama sa pelikula, can they still look good together?

Cheers to Sharon's comeback movie! Maging Madrasta sana ng impact nito sa kanyang karera because she rightfully deserves another great, successful movie! A comeback movie at that!




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Thursday, December 15, 2016

Video: The Lilian Velez Story: Till Death Do Us Part (Carlo Caparas, 1995)






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Video: The Magic of Sharon Cuneta (Sharon and how she interacts with fans)


The Magic of Sharon Cuneta
(Sharon and how she interacts with fans)
by Jek Josue David

Sharon Cuneta once said: "I don't understand 'yong mga artista na 'yong all of a sudden it's such a big deal for them to have their picture taken with a fan. When someone approaches you in a decent way, parang ang kapal naman ng mukha mo para tumanggi. It's so much easier to smile. Wala ka namang kotseng gan'yan kundi sa mga 'yan." (YES! 2010)

True enough. Di ka mahihirapang magpakuha ng picture kay Sharon if time permits her to. (May times kasi na nagmamadali o masama ang pakiramdam.) Kapag lumapit ka sa kanya at nagsabing, "Pwedeng magpa-picture?" ang sagot niya kaagad ay "Sure! Come here, sweetie." Nakikipagkwentuhan pa 'yan sa kanyang fans. Noon nga ay di pa sanay mag-selfie kaya di pa confident mag-pose pero ngayong gamay na niya ang pagse-selfie, may times na siya pa ang kukuha ng camera para maganda ang kuha. Makikita 'yan sa video na 'to pati na rin ang paghahanap niya ng magandang lighting for a good photo. At may pagkakataon ding pinunasan n'ya ang pawis ng fan gamit ang tissue na di niya raw nagamit.

Ito ang totoong Sharon Cuneta! Sa mga nagsasabing plastik siya, nagkakamali kayo. What you see is what you get. She's naturally a sweet and friendly person. Sa mga nakakakilala sa kanya, kapag love niya ang isang tao, 100% ang warmth na ipapakita niya. Kapag di gaano, sweet pa rin s'ya pero nababawasan lang ng ilang percent. Natural lang din naman sa ordinaryong nilalang 'yon.  Ang plastik ay 'yong extra sweet ka sa lahat, kakilala man o hindi, kaibigan man o kaaway.

In the same interview, she said, "Let's say you're a celebrity, you smile at a fan, you just say hi or you just signed something. I don't know if others have sat down and thought about it, but do you know how long that smile will stay with them? And how they'll carry in the sense that when they get home, they're going to relay the story to their family, and the whole family will feel good for this person and their friends--it's a domino effect. And what did you do? You smiled!"

Mababaw lang naman ang kaligayahan ng fans. Mangitian mo lang, mabati, mareplayan ang social media comments, ma-like ang comment, matawag ang pangalan, high na high na sila! Simpleng-simple lang na kahit walang kahulugan sa mga bituin, it already means the world to the fan. Ipagyayabang na niya sa lahat ng mga kakilala na animo'y nanalo sa Lotto! Lalo na kapag nagkaroon sila ng pagkakataong makita sa personal, makatabi, makausap, at makapagpa-picture! Lulutang na sila sa alapaap! Isang linggong (o higit pa) high ang mararanasan! And such a feeling never goes away kaya gusto-gusto mong maulit at ulit-ulitin. Isang addiction. (Na, like any other addiction, kapag hindi na-control ay sumusobra din kung minsan.) And there are fans na kahit pa ilang beses nang nakita, nakausap si Sharon, starstruck pa rin palagi kapag nakakaharap siya. Napuputulan ng dila kapag kinakausap sila.

Being friendly to fans ay di lang may domino effect sa circle ng fans. Dagdag boost din ito sa friendly celebrity. Dahil sa kanyang pagiging affectionate sa fans, marami pang madadala sa charms niya at makakadagdag ng followers. Gan'yan ang nangyari kay Sharon Cuneta. Maraming bagets ang na-attract sa sincerity niya sa kanyang followers kaya naging fans na niya.

That is the magic of Sharon Cuneta!




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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Video: Sharon Cuneta at Raymund Isaac's The Good Photographer Book Launch (December 10, 2016)

Sharon Cuneta lends her support to good friend Raymund Isaac who launched his book The Good Photographer on December 10, 2016 at National Bookstore, Glorietta along with Judy Ann Santos. On his book, Raymund shares tips on how to take good pictures.




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Monday, December 12, 2016

Video: Sharon Cuneta - "Raymund Isaac brings out the best in me."

Sharon Cuneta answers what makes Raymund Isaac a good photographer and briefly talks about her holiday plans and New Year's resolution



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Video: Sharon Cuneta - "Working with Regal Films is one of the best working experiences of my life."

Sharon Cuneta talks about her Mano Po 6: A Mother's Love experience under Regal Films where she bagged the MMFF Best Actress trophy in 2009. Aside from that, she also said that working with Regal Films is one of her best working experiences.




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Video: Sharon Cuneta - "May leading man na!"






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The Good Friend Sharon Cuneta Meets The Good Photographer Raymund Isaac


The Good Friend and The Good Photographer
Text by Jek Josue David
Photos by Carlo Maghirang for All Things Sharon


Sharon Cuneta was one of the guests in Raymund Isaac's The Good Photographer Book Launch at National Bookstore, Glorietta on December 10, 2016. Sharon was not part of the said book but lending her support to a very good friend, she drops by to grace the event along with another good friend of the author, Judy Ann Santos. Both invited at the same event, Raymund only announced the appearance of Sharon in his Twitter account. He posted, "(It's) confirmed. The Megastar will appear in my book launch tom. She will make this event shine brighter than I expected it to be."
According to Raymund, Juday couldn't make it to his event. He was surprised when he finally saw her.

"Pinigil ko ang luha ko. Sabi ko (sa kanya), 'Punyeta ka. Hayop ka. Nandito ka pala, " Raymund fondly relates. Even host Ricci Chan was surprised when he saw Juday at the event. Juday and Raymund worked together in the former's Judy Ann's Kitchen book. It is now on its third printing.

Titled The Good Photographer, Raymund clarifies, "Bakit daw ang kapal ko at ginamit ko ang title na 'I Am the Good Photographer.' 'The Good Photographer' is a book on how to become a good photographer. Hindi po ako 'yon. I'm not trying to be humble. I'm trying to pass little tips on what a good photographer should be. Trying to keep it simple."

Fortunately, I was able to chance upon his tweet on December 9. Bihira na kong tumambay on Twitter at nagkataong nag-scroll ako that night. I am following Raymund's account, and I've learned about the book a few days ago. I immediately asked him if Sharon's pictures are included in the book. Because if she were in it, I'd buy the book. I may not attend the launch, but I'd certainly buy the book! Basta may librong kasama si Sharon, bibilhin ko. For collection and archival purposes. I've already missed Jun de Leon's photo book where Sharon's picture was featured many years ago so I am not about to miss this one, too. (Especially that I, too, want to come up with a book na may collection ng best photos ni Sharon all throughout her showbiz career. Keeping my fingers crossed that I will make it happen!) However, Raymund's reply baffled me:
I didn't know what to make of it until he said that Sharon was coming to his event. Kaya pala ang gano'n ang reply, Lorie said. Even then, muntik pa rin akong di pumunta dahil may scheduled engagement that day pero di natuloy. Sa pangungumbinsi nina Gigi, Bong, at Carlo, pumunta ako along with other Sharonians.

"My Sharonians are here, did you know?" Sharon said. "A lot of them came for you. They will put it on social media. That's Jek with the Cats shirt. He's the one maintaining All Things Sharon. Uyyy! Love na love ka namin."

"Daming n'yong surprise, ah! Christmas gift na 'to," Raymund blushes.

Ricci comments, "Grabe, Raymund. Two of biggest stars in showbiz ang naka-sandwich sa 'yo."

"Darating daw si ate Vi," Juday jests.

Raymund is a self-confessed Sharonian. Meeting him after the event when he had our picture taken with him, he told us, "Dapat pala kasama ako sa n'yo." Hindi pa raw makapaniwala noon si Sharon na Sharonian siya hanggang sa inisa-isa niya ang koleksiyon niya at lyrics ng mga kanta. "Mayroon akong unedited videos," pagmamayabang niya sa 'min. "'Yong mga Zialcita raw videos niya, nasa akin. Tito ko kasi si Danny." In that case, gawin ng admin ng All Things Sharon si Raymund!


Earlier in the event, nagkuwento si Raymund. "First time kong shinoot si Sharon, pinagtawanan niya ko. Naglabas ako ng cassette tape, The Best of Sharon Cuneta. Sabi ko, 'Ma'am, pwede po bang magpa-autograph.' Sabi niya, 'Ulol!' Sabi ko, 'Ma'am, seryoso nga, I am fan since Mr. D.J.' Ayaw n'yang maniwala so kinuwento ko lahat ng love teams niya, lahat ng movies niya, until finally naniwala na siya."

The book launch was a fun one. Parang you've witnessed a gathering of good friends at nakisawsaw ka lang doon. Game na game pang nagkuwento si Sharon at bumangka ng Raymund stories just so she can express how she truly feels for him. "(Raymund) is really a great person. He's a lovely human being that's why it's easy to love him. It's so easy to do things for him because he does things for you, he goes out of his way...

"Minsan nahihiya akong magpa-picture d'yan kasi 'pag nagpi-pictorial, magugulat ka na lang, minsan ililibre ka... Ayaw magbigay ng bill so sabi ko, 'Ayoko nang magpa-picture sa 'yo.'"

Sharon then adds, "You know what, new photographers will come and old photographers, some will stay and become legends, and some will be forgotten. You will be one of those legends."


One of Sharon's favorite photos was that of Mega 30's which was taken by Raymund. Their latest collaboration was the poster for Sharon at Solaire. It won't be the last since Sharon is planning to come up with a photo book herself, documenting her travels and tours sometime in the near future.

"When I work with Raymund, I always feel loved. I am not stressed at all. He spoils us with pagmamahal lang talaga, It's effortless. Hindi pilit. It's his nature. He makes you feel beautiful lalo na if you're not feeling okay that day... Very thoughtful, very solicitous."

Later on, Raymund admits, "Ginoogle namin ni Juday ang word na solicitous. 'Ano daw? English?'" It clearly shows how comfortable the three are with each other. Nagbibiruan at naglolokohan sa isa't isa. Nabulgar pa nga ang isa sa lihim ni Raymund.

"Crush niya ko," Sharon reveals.

"Shatap," Raymund tells her.

"Ba't namumula ka, Raymund?" Juday notices.


Sharon further reveals. "Pero ang pangarap talaga ni Raymund ay makunan kaming lahat na nakahubad." Juday laughs heartily. "Lumabas naman ang lalamunan ko ro'n."

"Umoo ka na ba," Sharon asks Juday.

"Hindi," Raymund answers.

"Hindi? Ako naghihintay lang."


As a gracious host, Raymund asks Sharon what she's up to these days. She started recording for her new album. It will be an all original album as opposed to what was originally planned na all revivals. "All original, all new, all OPM," she says. It will be produced by Jonathan Manalo with writers like Rey Valera, Nyoy Volante amongst others under Star Music. "It's very exciting for me 'cause maraming fresh na kanta. Maganda ang movement ng choices of songs."

Her leading man for the very much anticipated comeback film has already been chosen. "Kahapon lang," Sharon confirms. It will be announced soon by Star Cinema. "Tita Malou had a meeting with the leading man and we are going to start shooting in January. If things go well, it will be shown in May next year." A lot of Sharonians (old and new) are hoping that it'll be Gabby Concepcion. Nangangalampag ang ShaGab fans on social media para sa kanilang balik-tambalan. Their last movie together was Tayong Dalawa in 1992.

She will do a Cinemalaya movie entitled Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha under Mes de Guzman who worked with Nora Aunor in Ang Kuwento Ni Mabuti for Cine Filipino. "May pagka-fantasy..."

"Ay, ang ironic naman 'yan from Crying Ladies , ah," Ricci quips. "Binuo talaga ni Sharon Cuneta."

"Then there's gonna be one big movie that will unbelievably star people you would never imagine will be together in one project." This might be the yet to be named movie under Ten 17 Productions of Paul Soriano which stars Richard Gomez, Albert Martinez, Arjo Artayde, William Martinez, and possibly (?) Piolo Pascual posted a few months ago on Instagram.

Her new show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids is about to start taping this month. It will air this January. "Right after, I have another one," referring to another show. "Right after, walang break na mahaba. So ang problema namin ngayon, saan na ang US tour papasok?"

Ang isa pa sa mga plano ay ang librong isusulat ni Sharon. "It's really for people who would care to have a copy of not just the story of my life which I intend to write myself, but a book of many pictures when I go on tours" taken probably by Raymund, her assistant Anna Dasig or by her family and friends. "Parang coffee table book. Pwedeng life story or snippets ng buhay ko."

She is also active on Facebook: Sharon Cuneta, Twitter: @sharon_cuneta12, Instagram: @reallysharoncuneta, and You Tube: thesharoncunetachannel. You can engage with her in any of her social media accounts if you want to get in touch with her. (Of course, there's All Things Sharon on all social media sites. Search n'yo lang ang All Things Sharon para naman maka-engage ang Sharonians like yourselves.)

After the program, Sharon gamely poses with her Sharonians for pictures and selfies. Some of which. siya pa ang kumuha ng phone para magpa-picture when she saw na nanginginig ang kamay ng nagpapa-picture sa kanya. Di ba, Raquel, 'no?


It was a good day for both Sharon and Sharonians. Lahat ay na-accomodate niya including those na napadaan lang and saw her na game sa pagpapa-picture with fans and friends. May mga bagets pang nag-alangang lumapit sa kanya nang makita nilang may inaabot na regalo sa kanya ang iba, "Kailangang may iabot?" said one. Sinabi kong hindi at lumapit lang sa kanya.

That is one of her best traits. Hindi ka niya tatanggihan na magpakuha ng picture with her unless she is sick or she has to leave immediately. Kapag siya na ang naging batayan mo sa pakikitungo ng isang bituin sa mga ordinaryong nilalang, madali kang madi-disappoint at mapa-frustrate sa ibang artista. That could either be good or bad para sa ibang artista.

One of the last pictures taken with her was with the National Bookstore staff who eagerly waited for their chance with her. Ang saya-saya nila after at nagpalakpakan pa especially nang ipagmalaki ni Sharon na "Laking National" din siya.


Overall, hindi lang suporta kay Raymund Isaac ang binigay ni Sharon kundi maging sa kanyang loyal supporters na matagal nang sumusubaybay sa kanya. Never siyang nakalimot magbigay ng appreciation sa pagmamahal na tinatanggap niya mula sa amin. To quote Raymund, "At the end of the day... is night!"








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