"Kahit sino naman pong management, gusto nilang i-groom ‘yong artist nila [para maging] big artist katulad ni Miss Sharon Cuneta. Katulad nga po ng sinasabi ko palagi, wala naman pong makakapantay o makakalagpas..." says Sarah Geronimo about being compared to Sharon Cuneta. Photo: Noel Orsal

 

After the success of the teleserye adaptation of Bituing Walang Ningning, Sarah Geronimo received offers from her mother company, Viva Films, to remake Dear Heart. Both movies, Bituing Walang Ningning and Dear Heart, starred Sharon Cuneta and are said to have been instrumental in making the Megastar famous.

 

In an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) last week, Sharon expressed her feelings about the two movies being revived.

 

"Parehong sacred sa akin ang dalawang movies. Ewan ko kung alam ninyo na nang unang i-offer ni Direk Danny Zialcita sa daddy ko [the late Pasay Mayor Pablo Cuneta] ang Dear Heart, sinabi niyang kung hindi ako papayagang gawin ang movie, isi-shelve na niya ito forever. Para sa akin lang daw kasi yung movie," said Sharon.

 

"Kung wala ang Dear Heart, hindi ko mami-meet si Gabby Concepcion at wala ring KC Concepcion. Kaya sabi ko nga, kung hindi ka kamukha nina Gabby Concepcion at Sharon Cuneta, wala kang karapatang gawin ang Dear Heart!" she jested.

 

Sharon made sure to say that she loves Sarah and John Lloyd Cruz, who were being tapped to star in the remake of Dear Heart.

 

"Nang ipagpaalam sa akin na gagawing teleserye ang Bituing Walang Ningning [1985], hindi ko ipinahalatang nagdamdam ako. Pero kung nalaman pala nila, hindi nila itutuloy. Pero okay lang naman sa akin dahil hindi naman ako ang producer ng movie," the Megastar revealed.

 

"Tsaka sinabi nilang ililihis nila nang konti ang story. Ginawa naman nila at natuwa rin ako dahil nakilala na sa pag-arte si Sarah. Hindi ko rin kasi malilimutan ang Bituing Walang Ningning dahil heavy na ako kay KC noon, nagsu-shooting pa rin ako ng movie," she ended.

 

DEAR HEART. "Hindi po yata," answers Sarah when asked about whether Dear Heart was pushing through. "Hindi ko po alam sa Viva kasi Viva po talaga ang may alam kung anong projects ang gagawin po nila."

 

The Little Big Superstar host adds, "Okay lang po kasi ayoko na rin po talaga gawin ‘yong i-remake po uli kasi para po sa akin respeto na lang po kay Miss Sharon, kasi okay na po ‘yong isa lang, ‘yong Bituing Walang Ningning. And ‘yong Bituing Walang Ningning naman po kasi binigyan naman nila ng bagong istorya e.

 

"Katulad na rin po ng sinabi ni Miss Sharon, very sacred po sa kanya ‘yong movie [Dear Heart] na ‘yon kaya respetuhin na lang po natin ‘yon."

 

THE NEXT SHARON? Sarah admits that following the Megastar's statements, talk spread that the latter said Sarah didn't have what it took to make Dear Heart.

 

The young diva says she is not offended: "‘Yong mga nababasa ko naman po, wala naman katotohanan ‘yon. So wala naman po akong rason na ma-offend, and never pong masasabi ‘yon ni Miss Sharon. Hindi po ganoon si Miss Sharon. Kung desisyon po niya talaga na ayaw po niyang ipa-remake ‘yong movie niya, no offense po... Wala pong problema doon. Ako po, ayoko rin po e. Kagaya ng sinabi ko sa inyo kanina."

 

Sarah also admits that she is constantly being compared to Sharon since she starred in the remake of Bituing Walang Ningning.

 

She recounts, "Noong ongoing po ‘yong Bituing Walang Ningning, nagkasalubong po kami sa corridor po sa ABS-CBN. ‘Yon nga po, may mga lumalabas pa po kasi na mga comparison ganyan-ganyan. Sabi po ni Miss Sharon, ‘Anak, ‘wag mong pag-iintindihin ‘yon. Basta ‘wag kang magpapa-apekto sa mga ganoon.'"

 

The general thinking in the entertainment industry is that Viva Films, which made Sharon a major star, is preparing Sarah to be the next Sharon.

 

Sarah remarks, "Kahit sino naman pong management, gusto nilang i-groom ‘yong artist nila [para maging] big artist katulad ni Miss Sharon Cuneta. Katulad nga po ng sinasabi ko palagi, wala naman pong makakapantay o makakalagpas..."

 

She breaks to giggle, "Parang line ‘yon sa Bituing Walang Ningning a!"

 

She then says about fame and achieving it, "Wala naman makakapalit kay Miss Sharon Cuneta. Nasa artist naman po ‘yan e, kung gaano siya ka-determined, ‘yong hard work niya. ‘Yon siguro."