After more than 30 years in the show-business industry, the Megastar remains unstoppable.
Sharon, her long-running Sunday talk show on ABS-CBN, may have ended recently, but the Kapamilya network is giving her three new shows—a singing tilt, a popular reality franchise, and a lifestyle show.
She announced this at a press conference hosted by ABS-CBN at the ELJ Building, September 9, to launch the shows.
The good thing about the offer is that Sharon Cuneta, 44, believes it's part of a "higher calling."
"I came to a meeting with [ABS-CBN executives] Boss Gabby [Lopez], Ma'am Charo [Santos-Concio], Ms. Linggit [Tan], Tita Cory [Vidanes], and I said, 'I'm not being fired, 'no?'
"Because Sharon naman was doing well. It's just that, parang, you know, you have to go with the times. I was also in need of a change," the Megastar said during the media launch of her new shows, held yesterday, September 9, at the 14th floor of ABS-CBN.
The three new shows are Star Power, The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition, both on ABS-CBN, and Sharon at Home, on Lifestyle Network. In all these shows, Sharon's sharing and giving back to others is a factor.
In Star Power, Sharon plays mentor to an aspiring crop of young female singers. In The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition, she's the host who inspires fat contestants to lose weight. In Sharon at Home, Sharon shares her life with her audience.
"Parang there's something that goes beyond...now it's no longer about earning a regular paycheck... I want, at the end of my life, I'll be able to say na, well, you did a lot for others in your very short time on this earth. It's so much easier to do good things for other people, than to be selfish," she said.
Sharon added that the three shows "had to be a higher calling. In my opinion, this is part of the higher calling. This is all I know how to do."
WILLIE REVILLAME. Of the three new shows, the first show to premiere is Star Power, which will start on October 10, 2010—or 10-10-10.
The press asked Sharon if she knew that another show is reportedly starting on the same date.
Sharon answered, "Puwede mo sabihin sa akin. Alam ng Panginoon, hindi ko alam 'yan. Baka hindi important to me."
After being told that the show may be Willie Revillame's new game show on TV5, which may go head- to-head with her own Star Power, Sharon commented good-naturedly, "Ay, talaga naman. Talagang hindi ko alam 'yan."
She added, "Naku, katatanong mo pa lang naman sa akin. Sa pagkakaalam ko, hindi ako nagtatanim ng sama ng loob."
Sharon and Willie had a rumored falling out last year, after Sharon guested in Willie's now-defunct noontime show Wowowee. On that occasion, Willie told Sharon, "Ang isasama ko sa yate, siyempre sexy. Baka lumubog, e."
In her September 9 press conference, Sharon told the press, "Hindi, iba naman kasi yung tukso sa bastos, so lalo pag mahal mo. Pag mahal ko, naa-affect ako. Kasi feeling ko, sayang naman yung effort ko i-love. Pero, wala akong tinutukoy na tao.
"Happy thoughts. Pero yung in the long run, hindi na yun. Ano lang, pag mahal ko, masakit sa akin. Pero pasasaan pa pag nagkakausap naman kayo? So, kumusta naman ang lovelife mo? Iba na ang topic!
"Pero, gabi ba siya [Willie's show]? Okay lang. Wala. Ako'y isang hamak na starlet lang," she added, making the press laugh.
"Basta sa show ko, puro positive," she continued. "Wholesome. Saka lahat kami dun, parehong mga performer kami. Alam namin ang mga itinuturo namin sa mga bata. Yun lang, ipinagmamalaki ko lang, Star Power. Wala akong pinatatamaan. Linawin ko lang.
"Kasi ako, didiretsuhin ko 'yan, hindi ako nagpapatama. Gusto ko lang ma-love uli ng mga parang hindi ako ni-love nang pansamantala. Wala naman akong ginagawa. So, ano, 10-10-10, gusto ko sabihing 'Good luck,' pero usually sinasabi kong 'God bless.'
"Okay lang 'yun," she said. "Ni-lift up ko na. Ngayon lang. Bahala na si Lord. Pero seriously, magkaiba naman yun, so depende na lang sa audience mo."
ON HER WEIGHT. Sharon admitted that she has been hurt by criticisms of her weight. But she added that she is the first to laugh at herself.
"Dapat ako, I always laugh at myself, di ba? Parang yun lang ang panlaban mo sa sama ng loob," she said.
"Sumasama ang loob ko, pero hindi ko sila pinapansin. Hindi naman sila importante, e.
"E, kahit bali-baligtarin nila ang mundo—masarap ang buhay ko, e. Magrereklamo pa ba 'ko? Kawawa naman 'tong mga 'to, wala nang maipintas sa akin, kungdi taba!"
The press found this witty and laughed.
The Mega Star continued, "Pag physical, wala naman akong problema doon. Unang-una, never naman akong nag-feeling Miss Universe."
But Sharon said she is on her way to losing weight. Her new show The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition is very timely, and she felt that she was the perfect host for it.
Sharon explained, "Kesa naman ang kunin mo [na host], patpatin na modelo, na pagdating dun, mandidiri siya kasi kung kumain siya, tatlong gulay lang, tatlong leaves! Tapos silang lahat parang may buffet. Nagpapanggap siyang masaya siya. Ayaw niyang uminom ng sebo."
Here the press had a good laugh again.
"So, naaawa na lang ako sa kanya. Ang ganda-ganda mo nga, pero araw-araw, aburido ka. Maganda na yung kumakain tayo ng masarap. Ibig sabihin, masarap yung pagkain natin sa bahay."