When we dig deep into Filipino history, we find that the country has produced several musical greats over the years. One of the highest-earning individuals in the Philippines’ Entertainment Industry, Sharon Gamboa-Cuneta Panginan better known as Sharon Cuneta is a household name across the Philippines not only as a TV personality but also as an actress, singer, host, and socialite.
Having started her music career at the tender age of 12, Sharon Cuneta’s career made her the only the actress to be indicted in the Box Office Hall Of Fame. A career spanning almost 4 decades long, Cuneta has over 59 films under her belt along with 10 TV shows and over 40 albums. Therefore, let’s dig into the life of Sharon to know more about she started and everything she has achieved along the way
Age, Biography and Wiki
|Real Name||Sharon Gamboa Cuneta-Pangilinan|
|Date of Birth||6th January 1966|
|Age as of 2023||57 years|
|Profession||Actress and Singer|
|Siblings||Aida Cuneta, Generoso Francisco Cuneta|
|Net Worth||$10 Million|
Sharon Cuneta was born on January 6, 1966 Santa Mesa, Manila, in the Philippines. Sharon’s father, Pablo Cuneta, was a former Pasay mayor and was also the longest-serving Mayor of the Philippines from 1951 to 1988.
Meanwhile, the majority of Sharon’s acting and singing traits can be traced back to her mother, Elaine, who was the sister of renowned actress and singer Helen Gamboa. Sharon’s musical journey started right from her early days when she was growing up in the San Lorenzo Village listening to her dad’s music collection.
Sharon’s mother, Elaine Gamboa, too had an eye for music and was hereself a Piano major studying over at the UST’s conservatory of music. All this inspired Sharon to take up piano lessons and guitar classes at a young age. At the age of three, Sharon had already started accompanying her aunt, Helen Gamboa during her tapings for different TV shows.
Thanks to her father’s rich music collection and her mother’s Piano major, the seeds of Sharon’s career were sown pretty early in her life. Taking up after her mother, Sharon took intensive piano lessons which laid down the foundation of her musical training and helped her gain much-needed exposure at a very young age.
Her aunt, Helen Gamboa, was a famous personality within the industry circle and helped her get in touch with the right people. Sharon’s first stint in showbiz came through her TV appearance on Ike Lozada’s show wherein she lip-synced and mimicked her aunt’s songs for the show.
Following that, Sharon was roped in her first movie Lovers For Hire starring Rosanna Ortiz and George Estregan. Sharon’s uncle, Tito Sotto, was the Vice-President of Vicor Records which was a renowned music house back in the day. On January 12, 1978, a young Sharon Cuneta made her first visit to Vicor Records. This was her first big break wherein recorded her first single titled Tawag Ng Pag-Ibig under the careful supervision of her uncle, Tito Sotto.
As promised, Sotto produced the song shortly after which Cuneta found herself on TV promoting her very own song for the first time on the hit TV show Discorama. By 1980, Cuneta was already a big success which is when she got another golden opportunity to record her very first George Canesco song titled “Tubig At Langis.” The song went on to become a hit title of the movie by the same name.
Soon after enjoying success in the music industry, Sharon Cuneta bagged her first feature “Dear Heart” alongside her first husband Gabby Concepcion. The film turned out to be a huge hit and paved the way for all her future endeavours.
The entire period between 1980-84 was Sharon’s moment in the spotlight during which she starred alongside several leading men of that time. This includes films such as Forgive And Forget alongside William Martinez, In Cross My Heart And Friends In Love with Rowell Santiago, and To Love Again alongside the great Miguel Rodriguez.
Husband and Children
Sharon Cuneta bagged her first feature film Dear Heart in 1981 which proved to be a turning point in the actress’s professional as well personal life. It was also where she met her and dated her on-screen co-star Gabby Concepcion. Following a few films together, the duo finally tied the knot on 23rd September 1984.
Unfortunately, the two separated in 1993 wherein the marriage was annulled on grounds of irreconcilable differences and bigamy. After a failed marriage, Sharon met politician Francis Pangilinan at her brother’s wedding. The two soon started dating before finally getting married on April 28, 1996.
The couple then moved to Boston along with their daughter KC. Sharon and Francis are proud parents to two daughters and the couple has also adopted one son.
|Husband||Francis Pangilinan (m. 1996)|
|Ex. Husband||Gabby Concepcion (m. 1984–1987)|
|Children||Kc Concepcion, Frankie Pangilinan, Miel Pangilinan and|
Miguel Samuel Mateo Pangilinan
As of 2023, Sharon Cuneta remains one of the most expensive product endorsers in the Philippines. There was a time when Cuneta hit a record high earning of 15 million pesos because of her association with brands such as McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Lux, Selecta, Globe Telecom, and so on.
One of the Philippines’ most valued endorsers, Sharon Cuneta has a record net worth of a whopping $10 million. Her entire million-dollar net worth is a result of her long-story and hard-earned career in showbiz.
Awards And Honors
With over 59 films, 10 TV shows, and over 40 albums, Sharon Cuneta’s major accolade came when she became the only actress to be elevated to the Box Office Hall Of Fame in 1990. As of 2023, Sharon Cuneta remains one of the most expensive and expensive product endorsers within the Philippines
She made history twice when she became the first Filipina actress to have a sold-out concert at the Las Angeles Shrine Auditorium in 1998 as well as again in 2005. Cuneta shares a hall of fame poster at the Shrine alongside the likes of Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, and several other greats.
Sharon Cuneta won the prestigious “The Outstanding Young Men” (TOYM) award, the first in her category, at the hands of the then Filipino president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in December 2004. Furthermore, Cuneta became the first recipient of the prestigious Myx Magna Award in 2006.
The actress/singer was elevated to the Makabata Hall Of Fame of the Anak TV awards after being voted Makabata Stars for 7 years in a row. Cuneta was conferred with the Dolphy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th Golden Screen Awards in April 2015
Finally in 2019, the actress became the first recipient of the VIVA Icon Award that was presented to her at the annual VIVA Convention in 2019.
How old is Sharon Cuneta?
As of 2023, Sharon Cuneta is 57 years old.
How do I contact Sharon Cuneta?
You can connect with Sharon on Email: email@example.com.
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