Did Sunshine Dizon consider quitting showbiz?
“That’s true,” was the answer of Sunshine Dizon.
In her PEP Live interview for PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on April 2020, Sunshine recalled that was the time when she became mom to her two kids.
Her daughter Doreen was born in April 2011 and her son Anton in June 2012, barely 16 months apart.
Sunshine was still on maternity leave when she got a call from GMA-7 offering a project that she was hesitant to accept.
She said in the interview, “Actually, nakakatuwa naman looking back na when I gave birth to Doreen, GMA was still calling and asking if I’m ready to come back.
“Pero noong time na iyon, parang na-enjoy ko rin, kasi parang all my life I’ve been working.
"Hindi ko na-experience iyong parang long break and I just stay at home and experience things on my own.
“Kahit noong bata ako, dire-diretso talaga iyong trabaho ko, parang never ako nagkaroon ng time for myself na gano’n.
“When I gave birth, parang I had that feeling na okay na ako, gusto ko nang enjoyin muna iyong mga anak ko.
"‘Tapos nagkataon naman na after giving birth to Doreen, ang pagitan lang kasi ni Doreen at Anton ay one year and four months, e.
“So hindi ko in-expect noong nabuntis ako kay Anton, Anton was not planned talaga.
"Pero blessing din, at least may boy na ako, di ba?”
OFFER FROM ANOTHER CHANNEL
Apart from receiving an offer from GMA-7 for a comeback project, Sunshine also got an offer to do a project for another television station.
She did not mention in the PEP Live interview the name of the station, but she did reveal in another interview it was TV5.
She continued, “So noong time na iyon, I actually got an offer from another channel, they wanted me to do this parang project pero parang…
"I kept on praying about it. ‘Lord, para dito ba ako? Saan ba ako pupunta? Babalik ba talaga ako or what?’
“Nagkataon naman na bigla akong nabuntis ulit kay Anton.
“Bumalik ulit iyong offer na iyon from another channel after kong manganak kay Anton.
"Parang hinintay din naman nila ako.”
Then came another offer from GMA-7, which was a guest appearance in Magpakailanman.
Sunshine was tapped to top-bill the life story of Lucy Aroma, the woman who committed suicide by jumping into the MRT railway tracks.
Sunshine was willing to do the project, but only as one-shot deal.
“Parang sabi ko, ‘Ay, ayoko pa ang taba ko.’ Sabi nila, ‘Hindi, okay lang bagay naman doon sa character.’
“Kumbaga it wasn’t a big deal. Ako naman, when I did that Magpakailanman episode, at the back of my head, ‘Ah okay lang, guesting lang naman, parang hindi big deal.’
“Two days iyong taping, that time, sa Pampanga pa ko nakatira, so walang uwian. First time ko na hindi umuwi, hindi ko kasama mga anak ko.”
Sunshine was surprised when GMA-7 started plugging her guesting in the show as her showbiz comeback.
It made her tense, as she told PEP.ph, “Nagkaroon ng parang teaser, ng plug na, ‘Ang pagbabalik ng drama kiyeme!’
“Doon lang nag-dawn sa akin na ‘Oh my, goodness, kapag hindi nag-rate ito, tapos na ako!’
“Parang hindi ako prepared at all na babalik ba ako. Pag hindi na ito nag-work, ‘tapos na ako.
"Wala nang chance para bumalik. Hindi ko na-prepare iyong sarili ko for that situation.”
To calm herself, Sunshine conveyed her misgiving to her good friend Mona Coles-Mayuga, executive producer of Magpakailanman.
Sunshine recalled, “Umiiyak ako, ‘Sabi ko, ‘Nay, bakit ganun?’
“Parang ngayon ko lang na-realize na kapag hindi nag-work itong episode na ito, ‘tapos na, wala na akong babalikan.
“Sabi sa akin ng friend ko, ‘Nak, wala naman talaga tayong hold if this will work or not.
"But, at least, if it doesn’t may closure ka na... di bumalik ka na sa buhay mo at manahimik ka na. If it works, e, di good for you.’
“At least there’s still, kumbaga, a window is always open for me to come back if I really wanted to.”
SUNSHINE’S FULL-LENGTH COMEBACK
Sunshine’s appearance in Magpakailanman won the ratings game against its rival program.
At the same time, TV5 was still calling her about its offer.
However, RJ Nuevas, one of the network's creative managers and another good friend of Sunshine, offered her to do a full-length teleserye.
She said, “So awa ng Diyos, mataas naman iyong rating ng episode na iyon and then they started calling me na for a project.
"And nagkataon nga may sumabay na offer from the other station.
“Pero ultimately, while praying about it, I realized na parang GMA has always been my home.
"And parang hindi ko na kailangang mag-adjust dahil lahat ng tao kilala ko naman, plus eye opener din sa akin when kuya RJ… we had dinner, e.
“Hindi ko pa sinasabi sa kanila na parang I had a different offer from another station and then si Kuya RJ, hindi ko alam, meron palang hidden agenda.
"Chini-chika-chika ako pero kinu-convince na ako na gawin ang Mundo Mo’y Akin.
“They were trying to convince me na, ‘Shine, we really want you to do this dahil parang Bakekang part two.”
Bakekang was Sunshine’s 2006 teleserye where she portrayed a woman with a deformed face.
The role required her to wear prosthetics as she would do in her next drama series, Mundo Mo’y Akin.
She related, “Sabi ko, ‘Kuya, parang hindi ako prepared.' Kasi nga kakapanganak ko lang kay Anton noong time na iyon.
“Sabi nila, ‘No, it will be perfect and for sure na magagawa mo ito. Kumbaga parang patterned na ito for Sunshine Dizon.' Anyway, I took the chance na sige, go.”
The show did well in the ratings game.
After Mundo Mo’y Akin, Sunshine went on to do more highly rated teleseryes, such as the afternoon series Ika-6 Na Utos, the first teleserye that aired from Monday to Saturday.
She said, “Hindi ko naman in-expect na after Mundo Mo’y Akin, dire-diretso na uli up until now na parang blessing din.
“Sabi ko nga, thank you to the fans na nag-asawa na ako, nagkaanak na ako, hindi ko ine-expect na ganun pa din.
“’Tapos, iyong Ika-6 Na Utos nga, who would’ve thought na the first ever show that will be aired six times a week and number one trending talaga.
“Hindi mo alam kung saan ka dinadala ng agos ng buhay, e. Di ba, minsan, iniikot ikot ka at ibabalik kung saan ka talaga dapat.”
Sunshine is currently doing the afternoon series Magkaagaw with Sheryl Cruz.
The series, however, is on an airing break as GMA-7 temporarily halted production for its entertainment programs because of the COVID-19 pandemic.