Sharon Cuneta celebrates 43rd birthday with "mega" concert

"Balita ko po, nagkagulo sa pila para sa ticket." This is how Sharon described the outcome ofher 43rd birthday concert last night, January 9, at the AranetaColiseum in Quezon City.

Megastar Sharon Cuneta has once again celebrated her "mega"birthday with her loyal fans commonly called Sharonians. Through a concert dubbed as "Songs of MyHeart," the showbiz icon reminisced the old songs that became part of her lifelast night, January 9, at the Araneta Coliseum, in Quezon City.

While looking back at these memorable songs, Sharon sharedthe spotlight with her close friends in showbiz, her favorite celebrities, and, of course, her family. And to helpher introduce each performer, Sharon's former co-host in The Sharon Cuneta showBayani Agbayani and her "pare" in Jack and Jill, Edu Manzano, stayedwith her throughout the event.

THE SHARON CUNETA SHOW. Fans started screaming as the singer-actress appeared on stagesinging a medley of her all-time classic songs such as "Pangarap na Bituin,""Bituing Walang Ningning," and "Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas."

But the Megastar didn't want to go sentimental all the wayon her birthday concert, so she declared, "Party mood naman tayo!" And then she sang and danced to Rihanna's original song "Don't Stop the Music."

Next came the Kapamilya balladeers Mark Bautista, ChristianBautista, and Erik Santos who performed a duet with Sharon by singing songs thatdeeply touch the heart, like "Somewhere Down the Road," "The Old Songs," and"If I Should Love Again."

The Star Magic artists kept the audience alivewith their dance number. The group wascomposed of Rayver Cruz, Maja Salvador, Shaina Magdayao, Rodjun Cruz, ThouReyes, and Enchong Dee.

The femaleaudience filled the Big Dome with their high-pitched screams when the membersof the all-male singing group Coverboys—Victor Basa, Rafael Rosell, and JonAvila—who were all topless joined the groupby doing a sexy dance.

FAVORITE SHOWBIZ PERSONALITIES. Sharon's energy got a boost when she performed with theQueen of Comedy Ai-Ai delas Alas. Together they sang and danced to the rhythm of "I Will Survive"and "No More Tears."


If the birthday girl admitted that she got tired after theirperformance, the Ang Tanging Ina N'yong Lahat star maintained the highenergy until the end. "Okay lang ako,ang lakas ng tama ko ngayon!" Ai-Ai told Edu and Bayani as she found her wayout of the stage.

The party mood continued when Sharon reminisced with the '80ssongs, the decade which was considered the golden years of her career. This has also became a surprise for herbecause her good friends in showbiz industry came out on the stage. Among the close friends that made Sharonhappy last night were Roderick Paulate and Nova Villa, and cousin Ciara Sotto.

While singing the theme song of the '80s movie Bagets,"Just Got Lucky" by Jo Boxers, Sharon's favorite bagets celebrities joined heron stage. Among them were Kim Chiu,Jake Cuenca, John Prats, Jayson Gainza, and Sam Milby.

The fun and entertainment continued with Mr. Pure EnergyGary Valenciano and son Gabriel, thenewest frontman of American band Journey Arnel Pineda, Rachelle Ann Go, ElyBuendia and his band Pupil, Sarah Geronimo, and Piolo Pascual.

Comedians Candy Pangilinan, Pooh, andChokoleit showed the audience three examples of true-blooded Sharonians in ashort skit.

Long-time friends like Kuh Ledesma, Zsa Zsa Padilla, GinoPadilla, and Lorna Tolentino, wife of the late Rudy Fernandez, also showed up. They offered the birthday girl some Rey Valera songs: "SinasambaKita," "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako," and "Kahit Maputi Na ang Buhok Ko."

Other showbiz people close to Sharon who failed to make it to the concert greeted the Megastar through video. Among the celebrities whogave their wishes were Vilma, Santos, Christopher de Leon, JudyAnn Santos, Willie Revillame, ABS-CBN President Charo Santos-Concio, and the comedytrio of Tito Sotto, Vic Sotto, and Joey de Leon.

But the most exciting video message, which not everyoneinside the Big Dome expected, was the birthday greeting of Sharon's ex-husbandGabby Concepcion. The actor iscurrently on vacation in California, but still managed to give his simple"happy birthday" message to his former screen partner and wife, Sharon.


The show would not be complete, of course, without theperformance of Sharon and Gabby's daughter KC Concepcion. Last year she did an amazing stunt whiledoing a theatrical performance. This time she made a dramatic rendition ofRihanna's "Disturbia" with a touch of violet in every prop and costume. According to fortune tellers,violet is one of the lucky colors in 2009.

To wrap up the evening, Sharon sang one final "song of herheart" while sentimental photos from her past movies and television projectswere being shown at the background. Her husband Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan joined her on stage,with lovely daughters Frankie and Miel, who gave her flowers and a sweet ‘Ilove you.'

The full "mega birthday concert" of Sharon Cunetawill be aired on January 11, at 11:00 p.m. on ABS-CBN.





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