Ang Viva Icon award kay Sharon Cuneta ang highlight ng huling araw ng first-ever Viva Convention na dalawang araw na idinaos (August 3 and August 4) sa World Trade Center, Pasay City.
Emosyunal si Sharon sa acceptance speech nitong tumagal ng halos 15 minuto dahil ang buong akala niya, isang simpleng pagkakaloob sa kanya ng parangal ang mangyayari.
Hindi inaasahan ni Sharon na pinaghandaan ng Viva ang importanteng okasyon.
May congratulatory video message mula sa kanyang mga nakatrabaho at kaibigan hanggang ngayon—sina Cherie Gil, Robin Padilla, Joel Lamangan, Viva PR head Baby Gil, at si Boss Vic del Rosario Jr., ang founder at CEO ng Viva Entertainment.
Impressive at tumanggap ng malakas na palakpak mula sa audience ang pag-awit nina Janine Teñoso, Kim Molina, at Katrina Velarde ng classic songs ni Sharon—ang "Pangarap Na Bituin," "Bituing Walang Ningning," at "Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas."
Si Anne Curtis ang nag-introduce kay Sharon bilang recipient ng Viva Icon Award.
Pero bago niya tinawag sa stage ang Megastar, pabirong sabi ni Anne, "Nakapagtataka, bakit hindi ako kasali diyan [sa production number]?"
SHARON CUNETA: "VIVA MADE ME."
"Viva made me" ang isa sa mga pahayag ni Sharon sa kanyang emotional acceptance speech.
Ikinuwento ni Sharon na hindi nito napigilan na mapaiyak dahil sa mainit na pagsalubong sa kanya ng Del Rosario family nang dumating siya sa World Trade Center.
Diumano, naalaala niya ang nakaraan, ang mga panahong maliliit pa ang mga anak nina Boss Vic, ang magkakasabay na pagkain nila ng tanghalian tuwing Linggo sa Sct. Madrinan residence ng pamilya sa tuwing matatapos ang kanyang hosting stint sa GMA Supershow ng GMA-7.
Lahad ni Sharon, "Viva stands for Vina Vanessa, the three-year-old daughter of Boss Vic and Mama Mina [Aragon] who perished in the fire at their home, and I don’t know if you all knew that.
"So from the beginning, from the name pa lang, may meaning na.
"She passed away 1980. And Mama was told she’d never have children again and, lo and behold, before we knew it, she’s pregnant with Valerie.
"When Valerie came out, she look almost exactly like her Ate Vina [Morales] and then later, VR, Vicente Rafael, my inaanak sa binyag and sa kasal.
"Viva was always my family, Vicor Music Corporation and Viva Films Incorporated.
"Before Veronique and Vincent and Valerie and VR became bosses, we would get together every Sunday after GMA Supershow, I would go to Sct. Madrinan.
"So I felt very bad when they turned it to Amerasian recording studios ‘coz it was my home for so long.
"My mother used to be so jealous of Mama Mina..."
Patuloy ng Megastar, "I am very, very emotional now because it was Mama Mina’s birthday last July 25.
"And, even now, as I’m not really exclusively with Viva, because after all our successes, we both grew.
"And I’m very happy for my Viva family because they’re really a powerhouse now.
"So many stars, so many successes and, I think, I’m very, very touched tonight because I didn’t expect to remember little Sharon…"
Bukod kina Boss Vic, Mina Aragon, at Del Rosario siblings, pinasalamatan din ni Sharon ang lahat ng kanyang mga nakatrabaho sa Viva.
"I want to thank Tito Eddie Garcia, my first director in Viva, also my first father in a movie. It’s really the end of an era.
"I want to thank Robin Padilla and Direk Eddie Rodriguez, also Edu Manzano, because Maging Sino Ka Man, as Boss Vic said, is still the biggest-earning movie in Philippine movie history.
"And I have Robin and Direk Eddie to thank for that.
"Tito Eddie Rodriguez is also in heaven… they’re all in heaven.
"I want to thank Willy Cruz, who’s also in heaven for my beautiful theme songs, 'Pangarap na Bituin,' 'Bituing Walang Ningning,' 'Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas'; Rey Valera for 'Maging Sino Ka Man' and countless other hits, for giving soul to every hit movie that we made at Viva.
"I want to thank Papang Leroy Salvador, Tito Maning Borlaza... my God, they’re all in heaven, and all my directors and co-stars after those first few movies... Gabby Concepcion, of course.
"I just like to dedicate this special honor to my father, "pagtukoy ni Sharon kay former Pasay City Mayor Pablo Cuneta, "who was so brave to bet on his bunso and so brave to pick up the phone and say, ‘Vic, mag-produce tayo.'
"And later on, just let Boss Vic to take over the whole company.
"And, most of all, next to my dad, I want to thank and dedicate this honor to Mama Mina.
"It’s hasn’t been the same without you Mama, I still look for you when I still talk to you.
"She picked my projects from komiks and she made me read the Tagalog dialogue in komiks out loud because I was better in another language, so she had to get me used to Tagalog dialogue.
"Mama, happy birthday.
"I didn’t think I would come this far, but it would have been a million times more special if you were still here, but I know you’re with us here…”