“I am only a human being…”
Despite her stature as the Megastar, Sharon Cuneta still has the right to get mad, cry, and feel bad.
Her eyes welled up with tears at the press launch of her new show on TV5, as she talked about her still-unresolved rift with her aunt Helen Gamboa, the sister of her Mommy Elaine.
It’s been more than a month since she said, "Yes, politics does divide families, like when my uncle says something bad about Kiko, you don't understand why..."
Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan is Sharon's husband.
To which, Helen retorted: “Sumasama ang loob ko. I feel that it is not right na ang pamangkin ko ay masyadong matayog. I could feel that she's so unreachable. Hindi ko na siya maabot…”
But reconciliation seems nowhere near the horizon.
In between sobs, Shawie (her nickname) said, “Yun lang sinabi ko ‘tapos ang sakit-sakit na ng sinabi niya…”
Her only line to Senator Tito Sotto’s family is Ciara.
In jest, she told her cousin, “Ano ako saranggola ni Pepe, matayog?”
At the press launch, she told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal): “Hindi ako nagmamalaki. Hindi ako lumaking ganun.
“Kasama ko siyang nagpalaki sa akin…
“Napaka-delayed reaction ko naman na lumaki ang ulo ko ngayon...
“Hindi naman ako nakikipagmataasan. Diyos ko, never kong ginawa sa 46 years ng buhay ko yung magmalaki….
“Ang sakit naman nun dahil yung accusations niya... parang nanay ko yun.”
But after “washing their dirty linen in public,” she’s now hoping the feud will finally come to an end.
“Yung pamilyang Sotto, I miss them so much…”
And in her own little way, she has been making attempts to “reach out.”
Whenever Sharon has a comment on her Tita’s portrayal in Walang Hanggan, she would text Richard Gomez—who’s also part of the TV series—and ask him, “Ipabasa mo [kay Tita].”
She said, “Wala na yun sa akin. Sana tapos na. Sana sinabunutan na lang niya ako…
“E, hurt pa, e. Hurt siya.”
Her defense: “Nag-asawa lang ako ng politician…
“Yun lang naman, I think that’s understandable. Alangan namang iwanan ko si Kiko.
"Yun lang naman yun. Siyempre tatay ng mga anak ko yun…”
Politics also caused her falling out with Susan Roces, the wife of the late Fernando Poe, Jr., who ran for the country's highest office in 2004.
Before the latter’s death, it was a good thing she had a heart-to-heart with him, explaining why she was not able to support his bid for the presidency.
“I wanted to help you, buntis ako kay Miel [youngest daughter]…”
Then crying once again, she said, “And I felt so bad kasi kung puwede lang, ipinagkampanya ko si FPJ… siya dapat naging Presidente.”
To date, she and Susan are not on speaking terms.
But she has expressed her desire to make peace.
Going back to her being the wife of Senator Francis Pangilinan, she remarked, “Kaya ang hirap ng sitwasyon ko, e. Napakahirap talaga.”
TWITTER BASHERS. Her tone turned sardonic when the issue of the nasty tweets was brought up.
“Parang bastusan, e,” she said. “There were some tweets that were very hard to swallow. In fact, may mga salita dun—both English and Tagalog—na all my life, I’m 46 years old, never ko pang narinig.”
The Megastar apologized twice to those who got offended.
She added, “You’ve never seen this in three decades, pero may temper ako.
“Pero napaka-talented ng taong makapaglalabas ng temper ko, e, nagkataon…nung pagkakataon na yun, tawagin nila akong aborsiyonista, aminin ko na daw na si Miel anak ni KC…
“Si Miguel, anak ni Kiko sa ibang babae…”
But she recently learned how to deal with these “younger people." Ignore!
MOVIE WITH GABBY CONCEPCION. Meanwhile, she admitted to feeling bad about this showbiz website, where she read about being unfit to be a leading lady.
Her reunion movie with Gabby Concepcion was shelved, but it will definitely push through, Sharon said.
When asked why the shooting didn’t materialize last month, she cited Gabby’s deal with Viva’s big boss Vic Del Rosario as one of “ang daming factors.”
“Nothing personal. Yung negotiation part, yun lang, na wala naman akong kinalaman dun.”
The second factor: “Ginbee, his wife, is giving birth to their second child.”
The third factor: “Siyempre, magpapayat muna ‘ko…”
KASAMA MO, KAPATID. Sharon’s eyes lit up when she talked about her new show, Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid.
The press launch took place yesterday, April 25, at TV5 Delta Studio, where the expensive set was mounted.
It will feature “stories ng regular people na nakakabilib…” and “anything good!”
And she hopes “to inspire, to encourage, to entertain, and make people laugh.”
The pilot episode will be aired on May 7, and the time slot will most likely be in the afternoon.
Again, her one-billion-peso talent fee was brought up.
And again, she underscored that her transfer from ABS-CBN to TV5 is “not about money.”
“Remember that it’s about 200 million a year for five years. Tanggalan mo pa ng taxes, tanggalan mo pa ng porsiyento ng iba’t ibang tao, so yun din ang kinikita ko.
“So it’s not about the one-billion-[peso] contract…
“Pinaghirapan ko naman po ito…Hindi ako nagulat sa one billion lalo na kung nag-minus-minus na.”
She felt flattered by the remark made by Manny Pangilinan, the network’s chairman.
“In fairness, sabi ni MVP, my God…naku, iku-quote ko talaga siya… ‘Sharon, one billion? No. Sharon is two billion!’”
Going back to her career move, she emphasized that it was prompted by “creative freedom” and “a little respect.”
She added, “I think after what I’ve built for over three decades, I wanted a show that I felt, after all my hard work, I deserve it.”
But Kapamilya fans, don’t get her wrong…
Sharon is obviously happy with her new home, but “I’ll always be grateful to ABS-CBN.”