Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sharon Cuneta Explains Why She Needed To Write Her Open Letter

Posted via her Facebook page

Hi, everyone!:-) Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your encouraging and loving comments on my long open letter the other day. Please do not worry -- from your comments I gathered that some of you think that I am still going through my mid-life crisis! If your re-read my post, that happened when I turned forty, and it lasted until I was about 42. I have been done with my "mid-life" crisis for many years now, so please do not worry any longer! But thank you so much for your concern.

I have gotten back to a good place in my life, even if I am at my lowest points in my career and life (I say my life because I worry for my Mommy, I worry about my other loved ones, my many responsibilities to them and my many obligations. I say my career because I obviously haven't been visible lately and have had to deal with obstacles to achieving my goals.)

Besides my size, I have long been back to being "me," maybe a different me, but a stronger, kinder, more considerate and more appreciative, maybe even a little wiser me than before. And definitely a lot more grateful. I think I have stayed fat because my size has been overshadowed and overpowered by my personal happiness. And it's true that that just may be one of the best things I can take away from this -- because that can only mean that I have had my priorities straight! I have a wonderful family that is not just intact but loving, and when all the temporary brightness fades around me, I know that they are the ones who will still be there, even if everyone else leaves. Around here, right now, I am ahappy wife and mommy. And THESE, my friends, are what have helped to keep me real. And made me very, very happy and fulfilled.

I just do not like being big and fat because of the demands of this industry I move around in. And also, I have always enjoyed wearing my kind of clothes (too basic and plain, maybe a bit boring for TV! But pretty, pretty clothes, as far as I'm concerned.), and I obviously cannot wear them because they don't make them in my present size. I like being at my ideal weight because I have had to face health issues and I don't ever want to go through anything like that again (and you don't know all of it!). Now this is not to say that fat is necessarily unhealthy or ugly. It is just that it is not something that I am used to being, and how I look now is not how I see my real self. I was not always big, so I guess it's okay to say that I would like to go back to how I was before, at least size-wise. BUT, I know now that there are other things that I can still do, in spite of, or maybe even because of my present weight and appearance!

I felt the need to write that open letter because of and for YOU, MY LOYAL FANS AND FRIENDS, who I know have been waiting a while for a project from me to finally be delivered to you. I really do feel I have let you down, and I have let myself down. It truly is a sad fact that showbiz demands that an actor look nearly perfect, or beyond just presentable (as, in so many words, put it. They are so right.) And hearing the words "leading lady" brings to mind images of Julia Roberts or Sandra Bullock -- fit and pretty and aspirational. Such is the world I live in. And of course, having always been a leading lady, how my little 'world' defines it is also what I want to look like. I have not always hated being fat. In fact, I have enjoyed it! Just went a little overboard, I think. But I'm not useless.

No matter -- I am feeling much better now and just wanted you all to know. Because your kind and loving and encouraging messages have filled my heart with joy, that I know God put it in all your hearts to take the time to write me. And for that, I am truly grateful and always will be! Boy -- did you come out for me! I feel blessed to have your love and support.

Now I also want to let you all know that I do have some surprises up my sleeve!:-) All for you! In fact, some may be coming up much sooner than you think. Very, very soon... I will be keeping you posted, of course -- but by dropping some clues here every now and then!

Again, thank you so much for your love and support, your patience and understanding. A loved one told me many, many years ago that as long as the people who love you and whom you love know and understand you, that is all that matters. Everyone else is just that -- everyone else.

I may have been sad, but I know that you know that I do not have amnesia  -- I know my body of work, the relationships I have built through the years -- and by saying this, I know that you know what I mean. After all, we have history together. We even made lots of history together!

I believe my legacy is well and intact. Because of God's faithfulness, and because of you. And there is no one in the world -- dead or alive -- who can ever take that away. (Only God can, but hey -- He's the one who got me this far!)

Hold on, my friends. Don't let go.

Maybe someone's just getting started. 

Let's do this.

God bless you!

I love you all from the bottom of my heart!

Yours always, and very gratefully,

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sharon Cuneta's Open Letter To Her Public

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The Lord has humbled me in so many ways... I have nothing to lose by telling you that I have made mistakes that have affected all that I have worked for, bled for over the past thirty-six years. 

In my desire to venture into new territory and broaden my world, with the intention of giving you, my fans, supporters, and friends the rest of the best of me that I still had left, I made certain decisions that in the end, turned out to be of the wrong kind.

I feel that I have let you down. I let myself go, I allowed myself to get fat and stay fat. I became complacent... and I never lost faith in God, and in you, but I ignored the fact that I had lost faith in myself. It was I who let myself become affected by the fact that I had turned forty, not my public.

In "The Biggest Loser," I even said that I used to be everyone's sweetheart, and then I turned forty, and I felt it all changed. I knew then but chose to deny to myself that it wasn't that I had turned forty... It was that I had allowed myself to become fat. I feel that I had lost that "hunger" to be on top of my industry, maybe because I finally had a peaceful home and a loving family and focused on my children so much. And so I suffered the consequences of failing to treasure and take care of all that God had blessed me with with regard to my career. It IS my fault, my friends. I am only human.

I was going through a mid-life crisis, the effects of which I could never have foreseen. My reaction to it was awful; I became rebellious because I hated myself for the way I looked and the time I continued to waste by not focusing and working on bettering my own person. And each time I rebelled, often offending other people by being inconsiderate of their time and all else that I used to respect in and about them, I just felt worse and worse about myself. I was not "me." I hit mid-life and didn't know how to deal with it. I was lost. And then when I got used to it, I saw what had changed around me. And I didn't know what else to do then but what I knew best to do to cope with any bad situation in my life: WORK, NEVER STOPPING, WORK LIKE A ROBOT... It was okay when I loved what I was doing. It wasn't okay when I felt my "gifts" weren't being used to the fullest, or correctly, or even at all. So this became a vicious cycle. Ignoring that I had gained so much weight and therefore had limited myself to certain movie roles when there was so much more I wanted to do... And forgetting that as I was doing all this, time was passing me by.

It has taken me a while to take stock of my life and what has happened to me in the last few years. I will not make any promises to you this time. But this I can say: I am going back to basics. More on what I mean in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, from the very depths of my heart, I want to thank you all again for your patience, your support, and your love. I am writing as a human being, not merely as an actor/singer/host -- the one you have loved and believed in for so many years. But I am baring my heart, even with the understanding that others who take pleasure in someone else's pain might just use this post again, against me. At this point, it is not my problem if they cannot distinguish between words spoken from the heart and those spoken for someone's "image." I have always been real. I am sure my heart has always been in the right place. I am not perfect. But heck -- who in the world is?

Yes I have a temper -- and I have said that in so many interviews over the years. But it takes something unbelievably mean to provoke me to be mean myself. Often, when someone hurts you, you want to hurt them back.

I am a Christian, and on Twitter, some of my responses (always responses and reactions. I never started anything.) were not very Christian-like. Because I am a human being who will do anything short of murder someone who is full of malice and such disrespect that I, and any member of my family, and truly any of YOU -- do not deserve. I was angry because I was given reason to be. I am a mother lion who will stop at nothing to defend what means the world to her. And who amongst us all is insulted and humiliated -- and can claim to not be angry? Having said all that, and if that is my only 'offense,' I hold my head up high because I was -- and I will continue to be -- nothing but REAL. Would you rather have someone who will step on anyone's toes to get what he/she wants and then present to you all a fake image of goodness, or someone who is truly happy and kind but also truly a fighter when provoked? I am sorry for upsetting words that I used when I could have ignored so much negativity. I simply WAS AND STILL AM NOT USED to being treated in a mean way, being insulted to the depths of my soul when I have done nothing to deserve it except to defend myself and a loved one. Is anyone used to all that? But I regret that in my anger and frustration and disbelief, I reacted. At all.

I cannot apologize for the person I am. I am transparent. I cry when I'm sad, I laugh uncontrollably when I'm happy, I am frank and say what I think when any part of my person or property is violated. I was very matiisin for many, many years, and lots of people took advantage of that. So very many. So I learned to stand up for myself. Twitter was one of the few places that provoked me to show that side of me, but make no mistake about it -- I am a fighter. I am not a doormat. And like every other human being, I deserve respect, especially because I know I am not a bad person. My mistake was I should've picked my battles like I always used to. I was shocked and unprepared, and so I was wrong to react the way I often did.

I am just so tired of having to defend the kind of person I am, when I know that God knows exactly what kind of heart I have. It is very painful when you are the target of some and made to feel so badly over someone or something they say you are and that you know you are not. But I know I am not without fault. I am the farthest thing from perfect. But God knows I try my best.

Like I said, I have nothing to lose now... I am going through one of the lowest times of my life and career, and it is to a great extent by my own doing. But I also HAVE bumped into certain people who made this journey much more difficult, too. Nevertheless, I humble myself and still praise God for everything He has ever blessed me and my loved ones with. I thank God for people who love me, like you.

What matters to me is that I am putting this all out there now. When I really can just NOT. I no longer care if some people refuse to take this as a raw, open letter. This is my heart. Never like theirs. And that is their problem.

Thank you. Very, very much. You have stuck with me through thick and thin. You didn't give up on me even when I gave up on myself (yes, I did) sometimes. You didn't know it, but you helped me crawl out of my little hole several times in the past and get back on my feet. I know that God has done most of that for me -- I want you to know that so did you.

We'll do all that we can. I have no idea where life is about to take me now. All I know is that I will live the best life I can, with the same mission statement: to inspire and encourage, to show that in this crazy world, there are still a few of us you can count on to be real. To show that you fall every once in a while, but you get up. You must. It is our obligation to do so. I know it is my obligation to do so. Not just for me, but for all of you.

I hope that in all the time that you have known me, that I have managed to make you smile when you didn't feel like it or didn't expect to, that I have in my own little way inspired you to be a better human being, to live a better life, to do little kindnesses for others which I'm sure made you feel good because it always does. I hope that I have made you happy with my concert performances, my songs on CDs, my tv shows and my movies. I hope that I have managed to take your mind off your problems even for just a couple of hours whenever you watched me perform/act. That is my job. To entertain. But with me, also always with reasons from my heart that go beyond just that.

I don't say this lightly, but I love you. For loving me even if you don't know me as a normal human being and not the girl on tv and in movie reruns. I love you for knowing that I am not perfect, and loving me anyway. I love you because you give me a reason to go on doing what I love to do -- singing, acting, hosting... I love you because you make me feel needed and still worth something in this fickle world.

Again, thank you. May God who knows all things and from whom all good things come bless you and keep you all safe.

Always yours,

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Mega at Goma Foreign Counterparts


Mega (Sharon Cuneta and Barbra Streisand) and Goma (Richard Gomez and Mel Gibson) Foreign Counterparts in "Today With Kris Aquino"

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Sharon Cuneta in Persona

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

#SharonHistory #POTD Showing Today 18 Years Ago!

Today in #SharonHistory #POTD marks the 18th anniversary of Madrasta that serves as a significant marker in Sharon Cuneta's career history. It was her first film in Star Cinema, outside her home studio Viva Films. Directed by Olivia Lamasan, she won the Grand Slam Best Actress award for her subtle performance as a dutiful second wife to Christopher de Leon and a caring step mother to his kids. The critics took notice of Sharon's acting maturity as well as the atypical characterization of a step mother in the film. This is one of Sharon's best movies!

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#DearSharon 05 Sana By Liezl Misagal

Dear Sharon,

Hi, Ms. Sharon! I am Liezel Misagal, 18 years old from Calamba Laguna, a proud Sharonian!

Sa tuwing napapanood ko po ang mga movies n'yo, napapahanga po talaga ako sa galing n'yo. Maging sa pag-awit ay iniidolo ko kayo dahil sa ganda ng boses n'yo at sa damdaming nilalabas n'yo sa pagkanta. Sa katunayan nga po ay mga songs at movies n'yo po ang laman ng memory card ng cell phone ko.

Minsan po ay nakararamdam ako ng lungkot. Sana ay noon pa ako pinanganak nang nasundan ko ang inyong career mula sa umpisa at napakita ang full support ko. Kinikilig po ako sa tambalan n'yo ni Mr. Aga Muchlach sa Kung Ako Na Lang Sana. Napaka-cute po ng chemistry n'yo at nasasaktan ako para kay Emy na lihim na in love sa best friend n'ya. Kinikilig din ako sa team-up n'yo ni Mr. Robin Padilla na magaling na aktor din.

Natutuwa po kaming mga Sharonians dahil nagbibigay na po kayo nang sarili n'yong updates through Facebook. Nagiging way ito para kahit papaano ay mapalapit kami sa inyo. 

Thank you po sa pagiging inspirasyon ko sa buhay. Though may kaunting lungkot po dahil never ko pa kayong nakita sa personal. Ilang beses na rin po akong humingi ng fan sign n'yo through Sharonians pero laging palyado dahil busy po kayo. Best gift po sana iyon sa dumating na 18th birthday ko. Ganunpaman, maghihintay na lang po ako na dumating ang araw na makita ko kayo sa personal. Ako na mismo ang hihingi ng fan sign at mahigpit na embrace sa inyo. 

Hinihiling ko rin na sa TV5 sana ako ay ma-assign kapag nagsimula na kaming mag-OJT. Magkakaroon po ako ng chance na makita kayo bilang katuparan ng pangarap ko.

Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sa inyo sa pagbabahagi ng talents n'yo sa amin. Sa pabibigay po nang inyong best sa lahat nang ginagawa ninyo ay nakapagbibigay kayo ng saya sa aming mga manonood. Asahan n'yo po ang habambuhay naming suporta at mananatili kaming proud sa inyo.

I love you. I hope to see you very soon! J

Love always,

Liezel Misagal

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