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Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan (born Sharon Gamboa Cuneta on January 6, 1966) is a popular Filipino singer, actress and TV host dubbed as the Megastar of Philippine Entertainment. She is noted as being one of the few ABS-CBN actresses to never transfer to another network.

Early life

Her mother (Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta) hails from Santa Ana, Pampangamarker while her father (Pablo Cuneta; 1910-2000) was the mayor of Pasay Citymarker for decades. She is half-Tagalog in paternal side and fourth-Kapampangan and fourth-Spanish both in maternal side.

The young Sharon - quite figuratively - grew up surrounded by music. She used to listen to her dad's collection of 45s, 78s and 33 1/3s. Her aunt is '60s Shingaling Sweetheart Helen Gamboa. Sharon the tot made her first TV appearance in Kuya Ike Lozada's show, in the Bulilit portion, where she mimicked her Tita Helen's songs.

Sharon was just as young when she appeared in her first movie, the Rosanna Ortiz-George Estregan starrer "Lovers for Hire". She played one of Roderick Paulate's playmates.

She attended his formal education at the International School in Makati and University of the Philippines.

1978-1983: Rise to Fame

Sharon first appeared on Philippine pop charts in 1978 as a 12 year old, singing the tune "Mr. D.J." The tune became wildly popular and earned her the title of "D.J.'s Pet" (which was also the name of her first album). Other hit albums followed, and Cuneta was asked to sing many movie soundtracks of the time - becoming the first "movie soundtrack star" in the country. In 1988, Sharon did a lux soap commercial, where she took a bubble bath and said before they touch her skin, her skin belongs to Lux. She earned money for that commercial.

She was given films from Viva Films. At age 15, she starred in her first feature film, 1981 Dear Heart paired with fellow teeny-bopper Gabby Concepcion. The movie was a huge success thus crowning her as the Popular Teenage Queen of RP movies by Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (GMMSF).

Her early movie roles launched her as a "poor little rich girl". Although raised in an influential rich political family, she appealed to the sosyal (socially rich) and masa (mass) crowd of Philippine society, with her intelligence, humor and down-to-earth personality.

She started her hosting abilities with other teenage prodigies with shows like GMA Supershow, later called Germspesyal, with German Moreno and C.U.T.E. (Call Us Two For Entertainment) with her aunt from Pampangamarker, former actress Helen Gamboa, via GMA 7marker.

She drove her way to fame in the early 80's as a young recording singer and eventually made it successful as a teen actress. Being the one on top among her contemporaries, Cuneta has earned acting awards in her early years in the business. Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala was her history-breaking movie in 1984 and followed by another certified blockbuster Bituing Walang Ningning in 1985, thus tagged her as The Philippines' Megastar.

1984-Present: Mega Stardom

Sharon's success was seen by many of the Filipino people. Her movies were all box-office hits thus crowning her as the Box-Office Queen for so many years starting from 1984 where she wore her first crown. Her music records made to the charts and her television shows was loved by many Filipinos. Her acting abilities were also recognized by the critics and various award-giving bodies granting her the Grandslam Best Actress in 1996 for the movie Madrasta. She became a household name in the Philippines that you can see her face in everywhere you go; in big billboards, in TV commercials and even in the labels of products she endorses. Her popularity made her One of the Most Admired Filipinos

Her musical-variety show, T.S.C.S. (The Sharon Cuneta Show) was one of the longest running television shows in Philippine Showbiz from 1986 through 1997.

She achieved continuous recognitions both in her recording and acting career. During her era, Cuneta's movie projects were mostly certified blockbusters and history-breaking. Her supremacy in the movies which remains to be unbeatable was her winning as box-office queen of Philippine cinema for many years. A perfect example of an actress who never fails to shine and hit box-office success since her first movie project till her latest ones.

Cuneta achieved mega stardom since then and considered as one of the Philippine cinemas greatest box-office queens.

1980's-The New Philippine Movie Queen

1984 is the year when her bosses in Viva Films planned to change her image from poor-little-rich-girl image into from rags to riches type of movies. She made three movies in that year and the movie Bukas Luluhod ang mga tala broke all box-office records and made her the new Box-office Queen. She continues to made movies following the rags to riches formula and most of those multi-successful movies came from well-read comic novels like Bukas Luluhod ang mga tala, Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin, Bituing walang Ningning and Babangon ako at dudurugin Kita to name a few. She also won Best Actress Award for the movies Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? from FAMAS Awards and Sa Hirap at Ginhawa from Film Academy of the Philippines
Because of her phenomenal popularity, and her movies were acknowledged as having established a consistency at the box office, the Philippine press started to call her 'Megastar' in their write-ups.
Aside from doing blockbuster movies, she also have a weekly musical variety show The Sharon Cuneta Show every Sunday nights.
She got married with her on-screen loveteam Gabby Concepcion and bear her first child named Ma. Kristina Cassandra or KC Concepcion in 1985, but her popularity was not affected and made even stronger.
She continues to made blockbuster movies from her mother studio Viva Films and eventually elevated to a Hall of Fame as Box Office Queen in the later part of the 80's.

1990's-Grandslam Best Actress Era

Cuneta's reign as box-office queen even made stronger when she did movies with the popular action stars like Fernando Poe Jr. (Kahit Konting Pagtingin-1990), Robin Padilla (Maging Sino Ka Man-1991) and Ramon 'Bong' Revilla Jr. (Pangako Sa 'Yo-1992) to name a few. All those movies were certified blockbusters, that even though she was already elevated to Hall of Fame as Box-Office Queen in 1990, she was crowned again in 1991 up to 1993 because of the success of her movies.
For the first time in 1996, Sharon did a movie outside her mother studio Viva Films via the movie Madrasta from Star Cinema. This movie grants her the Best Actress Awards from all major awar-giving bodies in the Philippines, hence a Grandslam win for her outstanding performance in the movie. Sharon became one of the rare actresses along with Nora Aunor, Vilma Santos, and Lorna Tolentino to be given a grand slam best actress award in Philippine Cinema. In this era, she achieved continuous recognitions in her recording, hosting and acting career.
On April 28, 1996, Sharon Cuneta walked down the aisle for the second time and married Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan from her failure in her first marriage. She left the country for a while to be with her husband in Boston who is taking-up a course in Harvard university in the US. Even though Sharon is not in the country, her visibility remains in the limelight because of her plenty TV commercials that Filipinos seen everyday. She still did two more movies before she left to the states. When she arrived in 1998, ABS-CBN provided her a Talk Show entitled Sharon.

2000's- Mega30, Three Decades of Megastardom

Year 2000, Sharon managed to maintain her status as the Queen of Philippine movies in filming another blockbuster movie from StarCinema entitled Minsan Minahal Kita.
Sharon's late father, Pablo Cuneta, was mayor of Pasay Citymarker for four decades. He died at the age of 90 on September 2000.
She gave birth to her second child Simone Francesca Emmanuelle (Frankie) in December 2000 and followed it with a third one, Mariel Daniella Sophia (Miel), in September 2004, thus forced her to leave her television show.
In 2002, at her early age of 36, Sharon has given a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Board of Directors of the Phil. Association of Recording Industry via the Dangal ng Musikang Plilipino Award in time on her 25th years in music industry.
In 2003 She made a film from an independent producer Unitel Pictures entitled Crying Ladies. This films bags her a Best Actress award from The Brussels International Independent Film Festival held in 2004. But prior to that, she already awarded Best Actress locally by PASADO Awards and People's Choice in the 2003 Metro Manila Film Festival.
She has not done movies from 2004 up to 2007 but she concentrated her career in her television show and her recording. Her album Isn't it Romantic was very successful in terms of sales thus making of Isn't it Romantic II.
In January 6th 2006, The Megastar returned in television from her maternal leave with a 40th Birthday celebration on ABS-CBN's entitled Ang Pagbabalik Ng Bituin (roughly translated as "The Return of the Star"). The next month a new gab-fest talk show simply entitled Sharon was aired, which she still currently hosting right now.
From her long rest of doing a movie, she made another movie entitled Caregiver in 2008, in which according to ABS-CBN is their most expensive film. In this film, Sharon played the role of a school teacher and work abroad as a caregiver. The movie was a certified blockbuster making it one of the highest grossing films of 2008.

International Success

Sharon is the first Filipina artist to sell out at the Los Angelesmarker Shrine Auditoriummarker first in 1988 and her latest June 11, 2005 concert. Her poster is enshrined in The Shrine's Hall of Fame next to stars Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand and the Ballet Folklorico de Mexicomarker. She created a traffic jam in the 90's and puzzled the former Mayor of Los Angeles Tom Bradley. After hearing of her success, the mayor attended the concert and awarded Sharon with an Honorary Key to the City of Los Angelesmarker.

She also had a duet in the 2001 with famous Hong Kongmarker star Andy Lau, with whom she sang "In Your Eyes" composed by Jim Brickman.



Year Title Notes
1978-1985 Germside / Germspecial / GMA Supershow Musical Variety Show with German Moreno (GMA Network)
1979-1980 C.U.T.E. Call Us Two for Entertainment Musical Variety Show with Helen Gamboa (IBC)
1982-1983 Okay, Sha! Musical / Sitcom (BBC)
1986-1997 The Sharon Cuneta Show Musical Variety Show (IBC and ABS-CBN)
December 21, 1997 The Sharon Cuneta Christmas Special: I'll Be Home For Christmas Christmas Special(ABS-CBN)
July 5, 1998 A Place Called Home Documentary (ABS-CBN)
August 1998-May 2004 Sharon Talk Show(ABS-CBN)
February 2006 - Present Sharon Talk Show(ABS-CBN)
September 21, 2008 Mega Tatlong Dekada Documentary (ABS-CBN)
September 28, 2008 Mega 30 Concert Special Show (ABS-CBN)


Year Title Role Film Outfit
2009 Mano Po 6: My Mother Melissa Chan-Li Regal Entertainment
OMG Guada (special participation) Regal Entertainment
BFF Honey Star Cinema
2008 Iskul Bukol: 20 years After Sharon Escalera (Special Participation) Octo Arts Films
Caregiver Sarah Gonzales Star Cinema
2006 Penguin, Penguin, Paano Ka Ginawa? Tagalog-language narrator (voice only) Bonne Pioche
2003 Crying Ladies Stella Mate Unitel Pictures
Kung Ako Na Lang Sana Emy Star Cinema
Walang Kapalit Joane Rustia Viva Films
2002 Magkapatid Dr.Cita Reyes Viva Films
2001 Pagdating Ng Panahon Lynette Viva Films
2000 Minsan, Minahal Kita Dianne Nepomuceno Star Cinema
1997 Nang Iniwan Mo Ako Amy Viva Films
Wala Nang Iibigin Pang Iba Sarah Castillo Viva Films
1996 Madrasta Mariel Star Cinema
1995 Minsan Pa (Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2) Georgia Viva Films
The Lilian Velez Story Lilian Velez Viva Films & Golden Lion Films
1994 Megamol Cora/Corazon Corpuz Arevalo Viva Films
Kapantay Ay Langit Odette YUson Viva Films
1993 Di Na Natuto Carlota Viva Films
Ikaw Anna Viva Films
Kung Kailangan Mo Ako Diana Viva Films
1992 Ngayon At Kailanman Ayra Noche Viva Films
Tayong Dalawa Carol Viva Films
Pangako Sa 'Yo Clarissa Viva Films
1991 Kaputol Ng Isang Awit Sarah Montessa eg. later Rivera Viva Films
Una Kang Naging Akin Diyosa Viva Films
Maging Sino Ka Man Monique/Digna Viva Films
1990 Biktima Becca Viva Films
Bakit Ikaw Pa Rin? Jenny Viva Films
Kahit Konting Pagtingin Georgia Viva Films
1989 Oras-Oras, Araw-Araw Chessa Viva Films
Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita Salve Viva Films
Kahit Wala Ka Na Irene Viva Films
Tatlong Mukha Ng Pag-ibig Liza / Mara / Sandra Viva Films
1988 Jack And Jill Sa Amerika Jack/Jackielou Viva Films
Buy One, Take One Salve Viva Films
1987 Walang Karugtong Ang Nakaraan Malou Viva Films
Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig Lupe/Guadalupe Viva Films
Jack And Jill Jack/Jackielou Viva Films
Kung Aagawin Mo Ang Lahat Sa Akin Maureen Viva Films
1986 Captain Barbell Darna (Special Participation) Viva Films
Nakagapos Na Puso Elaine Viva Films
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas Bianca Viva Films
1985 Kailan Sasabihing Mahal Kita? Ara Viva Films
Pati Ba Pintig Ng Puso? Jenna Viva Films
Bituing Walang Ningning Dorina Pineda Viva Films
1984 Sa Hirap At Ginhawa Cecilia Viva Films
Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala Rebecca Viva Films
Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin? Myrna Viva Films
1983 To Love Again Rafaela/Raffy Viva Films
Friends In Love Sarah Viva Films
1982 Cross My Heart Jenny Viva Films
Forgive And Forget Sandra Viva Films
My Only Love Cindy Viva Films
1981 P.S. I Love You Kristine Viva Films
Dear Heart April Sining Silangan Productions



Year Title Record Label
2009 Children's Rhymes and Lullabies Sony-BMG Phils.
2007 Isn't It Romantic II Sony-BMG Phils.
2006 Isn't It Romantic Sony-BMG Phils.
2005 Sharon Sings Alcasid Sony-BMG Phils.
2003 Walang Kapalit and Other Songs by Rey Valera VIVA Records
Kung ako na lang Sana Soundtrack Star Records
2001 Paskong Nagdaan Sony-BMG Phils.
All I Ever Want Sony-BMG Phils.
Nothing I Want More MEGA Music Records
2000 Minsan, Minahal Kita Soundtrack Star records
1999 Sharon at 20 VIVA Records
When I Love MEGA Music Records
1997 Mega Up Close VIVA Records
1996 Sharon: The Other Side Of me VIVA Records
1995 Minsan Pa (Kahit Konting Pagtingin 2) Soundtrack VIVA Records
1994 Kapantay Ay Langit Soundtrack VIVA Records
Megamol Soundtrack VIVA Records
The Best of Sharon Cuneta VIVA Records
Sharon Sings Duets VIVA Records
1993 Sharon: Ikaw at Ako VIVA Records
1991 Maging Sino Ka Man VIVA Records
Sharon Sings Valera VIVA Records
Kaputol Ng Isang Awit VIVA Records
1990 Sharon Cuneta Movie Theme Songs VIVA Records
For Broken Hearts Only VIVA Records
The Sharon Cuneta Christmas Album VIVA Records
1986 The Very Best of Sharon Vol.2 VICOR Music Corp.
Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas VICOR Music Corp.
1985 Bituing Walang Ningning VICOR Music Corp.
1984 Sshhh VICOR Music Corp.
Bukas Luluhod ang mga Tala VICOR Music Corp.
1983 The Very Best of Sharon VICOR Music Corp.
1982 Sharon & Love VICOR Music Corp.
Sixteen VICOR Music Corp.
1981 High School VICOR Music Corp.
PS I Love You VICOR Music Corp.
1980 Sharon Cuneta VICOR Music Corp.
1979 Sharon VICOR Music Corp.
1978 DJ's Pet VICOR Music Corp.

Awards & Special Citations

Acting Awards

  • 1984. Best Actress - Sa Hirap at Ginhawa. FAP
  • 1984, Best Actress - Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin. FAMAS.
  • 1984, Best Actress- Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin. KOMOPEB (Komiks Operation Brotherhood Inc.)
  • 1992, Best Actress- Tayong Dalawa. Movie Magazine Television Awards.
  • 1997, Movie Actress of the Year - Madrasta. PMPC Star Awards for Movies.
  • 1997, Best Actress - Madrasta. FAP.
  • 1997, Best Actress - Madrasta. People’s Choice Awards
  • 1997, Best Actress - Madrasta. FAMAS.
  • 1997, Best Actress (Pinakamahusay na Pangunahing Aktres) - Madrasta. Gawad Urian.
  • 2002, Best Actress - Magkapatid. MFF Manila Film Festival
  • 2003, People's Choice Best Actress- Crying Ladies. Metro Manila Film Festival 2003.
  • 2004, Pinakapasadong Aktres - Crying Ladies. Pasado Awards.
  • 2004, Best Actress - Crying Ladies. Brussels International Independent Film Festival.
  • 2004, DEKADA Best Actress Honoree . PMPC Star Awards for Movies
  • 2008, Film Actress of the Year - Caregiver. 40th Box Office Entertainment Awards.
  • 2008, Pinakapasadong Aktres - Caregiver. Pasado Awards
  • 2008, Movie Actress of the Year - Caregiver. PMPC Star Awards for Movies.

Box-Office Awards

  • 1981-1982, Popular Teenage Queen of RP Movies. Guillermo Mendoza Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc.(GMMSF)
  • 1982-1983, Miss RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1983-1984, Miss RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1984, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1985, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1986, Top Female Box Office Star of 1985. "Bida sa Takilya" given during the FAMAS Awards
  • 1986, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1987, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1989, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1990, Elevated to the Box Office Hall of Fame. GMMSF.
  • 1991, Maging Sino Ka Man, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1991, Box Office Record Award for "Maging Sino Ka Man" (with Robin Padilla as co-awardee) given by the Greater Metro Manila Theater Association.
  • 1992, Pangako Sa ‘Yo, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1993, Kung kailangan Mo ako, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 1996, Madrasta, Box Office Queen of RP Movies. GMMSF.
  • 2008, Caregiver, Mother's Day Box Office Queen. GMMSF.

Concerts/Music Awards

  • 1980, Jukebox Princess. BAMCI Promotions Awards, 1981.
  • 1985, Most Outstanding Female Concert Hall Act for “Sharon Solo With The Boys 1984 Concert. Aliw Awards
  • 1991, One of 10 Most Outstanding Recording Artists. 7th Annual Tining Awards. (NPCP)
  • 1991, Best Female Vocal Performance (Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo). DZMB
  • 1992, Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist (Ngayon at Kailanman). 1993 Awit Awards
  • 1998, Gintong Tining Awardee. Metro Star Search.
  • 2002, Dangal ng Musikang Plilipino Award (Lifetime Achievement Award). Board of Directors of the Phil. Association of Recording Industry. November 2002.
  • 2006, Lifetime Achievement Awardee . MYX
  • 2006, Best Female Major Concert. Awit Awards
  • 2006, Platinum Circle Awardee. ASAP 06
  • 2006, Elite Platinum Circle Awardee . ASAP 06
  • 2007, Outstanding Achievement by a Female Recording Artist (GMMSF 2007)
  • 2007, Platinum Circle Awardee. ASAP 07
  • 2008, Platinum Circle Awardee. ASAP 08

TV Hosting Awards

  • 1989, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta show, PMPC Star Awards For Television.
  • 1990, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 1993, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 1994, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 1995, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 1996, Best Female TV Host. The Sharon Cuneta Show, PMPC Star Awards for Television
  • 2000, Best Talk Show Host. Sharon, KBP Golden Dove Awards
  • 2006, Sharon, Highly Commended Best Entertainment Presenter, 2006 Asian Television Awards.

Magazine Awards

  • 1998, One of Istudyante’s (the first national newspaper for students) “ Idols of our Time”. With Robert Jaworski & Lean Alejandro. 1988.
  • 1999, No.1 in The 15 Brightest Stars in Philippine Showbiz - Moviestar Magazine, October 13, 1999 Issue
  • 2001, One of the 10 Most Beautiful Women of Mega Magazine. 2001
  • 2001, Reader’s Choice Awards- Female Star Quality. YES! Magazine
  • 2002, Reader’s Choice Awards- Female Star Quality. YES! Magazine
  • 2003, No.31 in BizNewsAsia's list of Top 100 Most Powerful Filipinos for 2002.
  • 2004, No.20 in BizNewsAsia’s list of Top 100 Most Powerful Filipinos for 2003.
  • 2004, One of Asia’s (Under-50) Movers and Shakers. (One of four Filipinos listed) Asia Inc. Magazine. February 2004.
  • 2005, One of 15 Greatest Actresses Of Phil.Cinema ( YES! Magazine )
  • 2006, One of 15 Greatest Actresses Of Phil.Cinema ( S-Magazine )
  • 2007, One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars
  • 2008, One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars
  • 2008, People Of The Year Awardee.People Asia Magazine.
  • 2009, One of YES! 100 Most Beautiful Stars ( Beautiful at any age category )
  • 2009, Newsmaker Of The Year.Celebrity Chronicle. (FIL-AM Publications ).

Special Awards

  • 2001, Ulirang Ina Awardee
  • 2001, Hallmark Channel Awardee
  • 2002, Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Medal For Cinema from the city of Manila in 2002.
  • 2004, Recipient The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM)
  • 2005, PASADO's Natatanging Artista ng 2004
  • 2005, Recipient Top 10 Most Admired Female TV Personalities
  • 2006, Recipient Top 10 Most Admired Female TV Personalities
  • 2007, Recipient Top 10 Most Admired Female TV Personalities
  • 2008, Recipient Top 10 Most Admired Female TV Personalities
  • 2009, One of Cinema One 15 Legends.


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  16. VICOR Music Corp.
  17. FAP Awards Philippines 1985
  18. Best Actress Awards
  19. Famas Awards 1985
  20. Madrasta Awards
  25. Star Awards for Movies 2009
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