They caught us by surprise with their return to the limelight.
They are the stars who are proving that talent, charisma, and right work attitude are the currency for longevity in showbiz—not youth and looks.
Here are the stars who made remarkable showbiz comebacks this 2016:
1. Sandara "Dara" Park
After eight years of making waves in the international scene via the K-pop girl group’s 2NE1, Dara Park returned to Philippine showbiz with a bang.
As early as June 2016, it was reported that she was to be a celebrity judge in ABS-CBN’s talent search Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
This career move of Dara proved to be fortuitous as a few months later, 2NE1 officially disbanded.
Better things are to come for Dara since Philippine showbiz welcomes her with open arms.
Check out how she slayed the dance floor with her mind-blowing “Kiss” number on the recently-concluded Pinoy Boy Band Superstar.
2. Paolo Ballesteros
Last March, Paolo Ballesteros was suspended from GMA-7’s noontime show, Eat Bulaga!, for six months following his controversial Facebook rant against a staff member of the show.
This despite his well-known portrayal as Lola Tidora in Eat Bulaga!’s Kalyeserye segment.
During his hiatus from the noontime show, Paolo kept himself busy doing movies, including Bakit Lahat Ng Gwapo May Boyfriend and the Metro Manila Film Festival 2016 entry, Die Beautiful.
His role as a transwoman in Die Beautiful earned him a Best Actor award in the 49th Tokyo International Film Festival last November.
The 34-year-old actor/TV host returned to Eat Bulaga! in September, humbled and contrite.
Asked about what he learned from the whole ordeal, Paolo told PEP: “Bawal ang maldita.”
3. Aga Muhlach
Aga Muhlach took a break from showbiz after his contract with TV5 expired in August 2014.
But on August 18, 2016, the original matinee idol reemerged and made the big switch to ABS-CBN.
Aga joined Vice Ganda, Yeng Constantino, and Dara Park as celebrity judges of the recently concluded talent search, Pinoy Boyband Superstar.
PEP had reported that Aga is also slated to do a film with former leading lady Lea Salonga under Star Cinema.
But, so far, no announcement is made yet when this project will push through.
4. Donna Cruz
After 17 years since she last recorded an album, Donna Cruz returned to the music scene with a 15-track album, Now and Forever.
With this album and two newly launched original songs, “A Love To Last” and “Langit Ang Pag-ibig," the 1990s multimedia star is proving her singing prowess hasn’t lost its sheen.
She also did a charming renditions of Sharon Cuneta’s “Dapat Ka Bang Mahalin” and Louie Heredia’s “Nag-iisang Ikaw.”
During her album launch on ASAP last February, netizens noted not only the clarity of Donna’s vocals but also her unspoiled beauty at 39.
Last July, she made a memorable appearance at Regine Velasquez’s mall show in Cebu, Donna's adopted hometown since her marriage to Dr. Yong Larrazabal.
Donna and Regine sang “I Can,” the popular theme of their movie Do Re Mi, which also starred Mikee Cojuangco.
5. Charo Santos Concio
Make no mistake about it, Charo Santos-Concio don’t do things half-heartedly.
Few months after she retired as ABS-CBN president, Charo made her acting comeback in full measure via Lav Diaz’s critically-acclaimed film, Ang Babaeng Humayo.
Charo and co-star John Lloyd Cruz graced the world premiere of Ang Babaeng Humayo in the 73rd Venice Film Festival last September.
Produced by Cinema One Originals, Ang Babaeng Humayo won the Golden Lion, the top prize in the prestigious filmfest.