Dubbed as the Mega Star of the Philippines, singer and actress Sharon Cuneta continues to shine even though she has been in the industry for decades now. She is the one who popularized the song Mr DJ which is an iconic song up until this time. From a sweet young girl, the singer-actress has grown into a great woman whom many people aspire to become.
More than her golden voice and powerful acting skills, there are a lot of other things that you need to know about the Mega Star. If you are one of those who want to know Sharon Cuneta age, net worth, or just anything about her, then this one is for you.
Sharon Cuneta profile summary
- Name: Sharon Gamboa Cuneta-Pangilinan
- Nickname: Sharon, Shawi, Mega Star
- Nationality: Filipino
- Place of birth: Manila, Philippines
- Age: 53 years old (2019)
- Birthday: January 6, 1966
- Profession: Singer, actress, host, endorser
- Instagram: @reallysharoncuneta
- Spouse: Francis Pangilinan
- Children: KC, Frankie, Miel, and Miguel
Sharon Cuneta biography
The singer and actress were born on January 6, 1966, at the Our Lady of Lourdes in Sta. Mesa, Manila to her parents, Pablo Cuneta and Elaine Gamboa-Cuneta. Her father is a former Mayor of Pasay City and has the longest-serving year in the Philippines for 47 years (1951-1998). On the other hand, the actress’s mother is a sister of the actress and singer, Helen Gamboa. It is said that Sharon Cuneta siblings from her father side were named Danny, Freddie, and Ningning.
Her father’s record collection made Cuneta fond of music as she would listen to them all the time. She came from a family of singers where she probably gets her talent in singing.
When she was 11 years old, her family attended a party, and she was asked to sing one of the hits in the 1970s, Bato sa Buhangin. Tito Sotto, her uncle, also participated in the party and was able to hear her singing. He was the vice president of Vicor Music at that time, so he asked Cuneta to make a record under his label. At the age of 12, she records her first single, Tawag ng Pag-ibig.
The singer attended St. Paul College in Pasig and International School Manila for her primary and secondary education. When she was 14 years old, she decided to quit her studies because of her singing commitments.
Sharon Cuneta career
In 1978, when Sharon was only 12 years old, she entered the music industry by storm because of her hit single, . The song was written primarily for her by the famous Filipino singer-composer, Rey Valera. At first, the young girl seemed to be not interested but sing it anyway. The song Mr DJ launched the 12-year old girl into stardom and led it to more successful collaboration between her and Valera.
After the big hit of the Mr DJ song, she then recorded her debut album entitled DJ’s pet, which also, is her moniker at that time. She released songs after songs which always makes to top charts such as Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko and Highschool Life. In 1981, she was chosen and hailed as Jukebox Princess at the BAMCI Promotions Awards.
Her talent in singing grows better as she grows older, from her innocent voice and singing techniques to more soulful yet powerful ones. In 1993, she received an award from Awit Award for the Best Performance by a Female Recording Artist.
Below is the list of some of Sharon Cuneta songs:
- Batang Musmos
- U H a A
- Dream Boy
- First Love Ko’y Bigo
- Paalam Kahapon
- Ang Pag-Ibig Ko
- Santo Niño
- Asahan Mo
Sharon Cuneta is also known for her great acting prowess. In 1981, the singer starred in her first-ever film called Dear Heart. She was paired up with the 1980s heartthrob, Gabby Concepcion that led them to more film collaborations. Due to the success of the film, a sequel is made.
In November 1981, another Sharon-Gabby was released- it was the P.S I Love You which is also the first film released by Viva Films. The said movie was a box-office hit at that time. Because of their undeniable chemistry on-screen, they had another block-buster movie released called My Only Love in 1982.
Sharon Cuneta was also partnered with other leading men like William Martinez and Rowell Santiago. She starred in the 1984 blockbuster melodramas, Bukas Luluhod Ang Mga Tala, Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin Ragudo?, and Hirap at Ginhawa. Because of her beautiful character executions in the said melodramas, she was then awarded as Box Office Queen of RP movies in 1984.
In 1985, she played as the protagonist in one of Philippine’s iconic movie, Bituing Walang Ningning alongside the veteran actor and actress, Christopher de Leon and Cherie Gil. A year after, the actress’ hit movies continued as she starred on three Philippine hit movies Nakagapos Na Puso, Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas, and Captain Barbell. Being the great actress that she is, Cuneta was able to work with the great Lino Brocka, who is a National Artist for Film with the movie, Pasan Ko Ang Daigdig.
Below is the list of some of Sharon Cuneta movies:
- Friends in Love (1984)
- Jack ‘N Jill (1988)
- Babangong Ako’t Dudurugin Kita (1990)
- Maging Sino Ka Man (1992)
- Pangako Sa’yo (1993)
- Kung Kailangan Mo Ako (1994)
- Madrasta (1997)
- Caregiver (2009)
Because of her outstanding performances and portrayals, the actress received various awards. Here is the list of Sharon Cuneta awards:
- Best Actress for Sa Hirap at Ginhawa (FAP Awards)
- Best Actress for Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin (FAMAS Awards)
- Best Actress for Madrasta (PMPC Star Awards for Movies, FAP Awards, FAMAS Awards, Gawad Urian)
- Best Actress for Magkapatid (Metro Manila Film Festival Awards)
- Best Actress for Crying Ladies (People’s Choice Awards)
- Movie Actress of the Year for Caregiver (PMPC Star Awards for Movies)
- Best Film Actress for Caregiver (Gawad Genio Awards)
- Best Actress for Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love (35th Metro Manila Film Festival)
From TV series to movies, not to mention her concerts and endorsements, the Megastar is undoubtedly earning a lot. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the estimated Sharon Cuneta net worth is 10 million dollars. She is also in the second spot (next to Manny Pacquiao) of MSN news’ Top 10 richest Filipino celebrity list, with a net worth of 1 billion pesos.
Sharon Cuneta children and husband
Just like in the movies, Sharon Cuneta’s love life is also full of colours. In the year 1984, Cuneta married her on-screen and real-life partner, Gabby Concepcion. Their wedding took place a few months after the actress turned 18 at the Manila Cathedral. It was open to the public and was also filmed and released as The Best of Sharon and Gabby.
A year after, Sharon gets pregnant with their only daughter, Maria Kristina Cassandra “KC” Cuneta Concepcion. It was a love story that everyone thought would last forever, three years after their marriage, the two legally separated because of bigamy as Gabby is already married to someone before his marriage with Sharon.
In 1994, the Megastar started dating the politician Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and married him in 1996. The couple stays in love until now and looks like they will prove their own happy ever after. They were blessed with two beautiful and talented daughters, Simone Francesca Emmanuelle Cuneta Pangilinan who was born in 2000 and Mariel Daniella Sophia Cuneta Pangilinan born in 2004.
The actress surely has pretty daughters, but the question is, does Sharon Cuneta have a son? The answer is yes; she has an adopted son, Miguel. The couple never kept it a secret from the young boy. The youngest child knows the truth since he was a little.
Sharon Cuneta latest updates
On October, the Megastar and Asia’s Songbird collaborated in rare and grand 2-night concert entitled, Iconic. The concert’s title suits both of them as they are a real icon in the music industry. They sang their memorable hits such as Mr DJ and Dear Heart for Sharon and Araw Gabi and Tuwing Umuulan for Regine.
It was attended by their family, friends, and fans. The Iconic concert was a sold-out event for both nights. It is expected next year that Iconic will have a US tour and maybe even brought to Europe for their fans.
Another news about the Megastar is her Australia tour in 2020 in celebration of her 40 years in the industry. The concert tour is called My 40 Years, and it will happen in four different places in Australia: Blacktown NSW, Williamstown Victoria, South Australia, and Western Australia. The renowned Louie Ocampo will be the musical director of the said concert.
Facts about Sharon Cuneta
- Sharon is a big fan of her aunt, Helen Gamboa, and is one of the reasons why she joined the show business.
- She once played the iconic role of a Filipino hero, Darna, in the movie Captain Barbell.
- The first-ever reality shows that Cuneta hosted is The Biggest Loser.
- In 2011, the actress transferred to TV 5 from ABS-CBN.
- She returned to her mother network, ABS-CBN, two years after transferring to TV 5.
- She almost married the actor, Robin Padilla.
- Sharon is a certified K-pop fan.
- She has a huge crush on Gong Yoo, Park Bo Gum, and Lee Min Ho.
- She loves collecting books.
- The actress is obsessed with anything that has an owl in it.
Sharon Cuneta is indeed a star that gets brighter and brighter through the years. She will always be the Megastar of the Philippines music industry.