Sharon Cuneta to headline July 8 concert in Queens

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An enduring showbiz career spanning 40 years

An enduring showbiz career spanning 40 years

“Sometimes, the girl is away, and just doesn’t want to go back home anymore.”

This tweet from singer, actress, and television personality Sharon Cuneta in May blew up the Philippine twitterverse. Is she hinting at marital troubles? Is she facing some mid-life, personal anxieties?

On July 8, FilAms will get to watch Sharon – now 51 — when she performs at Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College in Flushing, at 8 p.m. The Megastar will share the stage with comedienne Ai-Ai delas Alas, The Voice Philippines Kids’ Antonetthe Tismo, and Hamilton: A New American Musical’s Christine Allado.

Sharon has had an enduring career in showbiz, spanning 40 years, from the time her songs “Mr. DJ” and “Kahit Maputi Na Ang Buhok Ko” topped the charts when she was 12 years old. She has recorded 40 albums, starred in 53 films and headlined 10 television shows. She has received numerous entertainment and acting awards. Her Original Pilipino Music (OPM) classic “Bituing Walang Ningning,” “Ikaw,” and “Maging Sino Ka Man” are favorites across all generations.

Her best-known movies include “Dear Heart” (1982), “Pangako Sa ‘Yo” (1993), “Madrasta” (1996), “Crying Ladies” (2003), and the critically-acclaimed “Caregiver” (2008).

Filipino composer and arranger Louie Ocampo is the show’s musical director who is best known for his collaborations with Sharon and singers Martin Nievera, Regine Velasquez, and Joey Albert. His numerous hits include “Tell Me,” “Kahit Isang Saglit,” and “You Are My Song.” Ocampo has also created theme songs and music for various TV shows, commercials, and movies.

In a recent interview, Sharon has confessed to being more introspective about a lot of things in her life.

With husband, Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan of the Liberal Party. Photo: Inquirer

With husband, Senator Francis ‘Kiko’ Pangilinan of the Liberal Party. Photo: Inquirer

“I’m no longer 30. I am nearing the end as opposed to before. And did I really live the life that I wanted to? Did I make the right decisions? I realized that many, many times, I did not. Because I was considerate of other people’s feelings at my expense,” she said.

As to the concert’s other guest performers, there’s Ai-Ai delas Alas. Known as the Philippines’ Comedy Queen, she first gained national recognition in 2003 for her film “Ang Tanging Ina,” which became a blockbuster hit and led to several Tanging Ina sequels.

In 2009, Delas Alas co-starred with Cuneta on the comedy hit “BFF (Best Friends Forever).” Along with her lead roles in the TV shows “Sunday Pinasaya” and “Hay Bahay,” Delas Alas’ latest film “Our Mighty Yaya” premiered last May 10 through Regal Entertainment.

Also showcasing their talents will be 14-year-old singing sensation Antonetthe Tismo and musical theater artist Christine Allado. Tismo, who was mentored by Cuneta during Season 3 of The Voice Philippines Kids, stunned the judges with her audition song “Sayang Na Sayang.” Audiences were so enamored with her rendition of “Paano Ba Mangarap” and “Pangako” that she was voted as the runner-up during the show’s finale.

Allado is an accomplished performer in several London’s West End productions, such as “West Side Story,” “Here Lies Love” and “In The Heights.” Allado is now set to play Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the London production of the Broadway hit “Hamilton.”

Tickets to this event range from $79 to $149, and are available online through Tickets are also available at these numbers: (917) 868 6486 or (917) 502 9887.

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