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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 9, 2013

Sunshine Cruz Won't Return To Cesar Montano, Intends To Buy Her Own House

LOOKS LIKE SUNSHINE CRUZ has made her decision not to reconcile with estranged husband Cesar Montano final. At her launch as Ever Bilena endorser, she said she really plans to file for an annulment of their marriage, but since it would be costly for her part to do this, she’s hoping it’s Cesar who will initiate the filing of the annulment case. She said they’re in better terms now as Cesar has agreed to give her P55,000 as the monthly for the house where she now resides. He’s also shouldering the tuition fees of their three daughters and the monthly salary of their family driver. "Pero panay ang trabaho ko ngayon as I intend to buy my own house," she says.

Born on July 18, 1977, Sunshine was only 15 when she was launched by Regal Films in “First Time” in 1992. She first became an Ever Bilena endorser in 1999. Now 36 years old and in spite of having three kids, she remains as slim and sexy as ever so she is perfectly justified to be a returning endorser to Ever Bilena, the premier Filipino cosmetics brand. What’s the secret of her lasting beauty? “Being positive,” she says. “Kahit may di magagandang nangyayari sa buhay ko, I don’t focus on the negative. Instead, I count my blessings and appreciate all the good things happening in my life, especially my three daughters na magaganda na at mababait pa. Also, I always pray to God.”

Has she resorted to cosmetic surgery? “No. Wala pa kong retoke. Ever since, talagang Ever Bilena ang ginagamit ko kasi it’s specifically designed for the Filipina. Ito lang ang talagang pinagkakatiwalaan ko. Kahit sa lipstick, gamit ko yung Magenta nila kasi it’s not so pale and also hindi rin masyadong matingkad.”

Ever Bilena owner Dioceldo Sy says they got Sunshine again as she’s very loyal to them. “Also, our tagline is Ever Bilena Beauty Shines in You, so it’s perfect for her as she’s called Shine. Bilena in Chinese means beautiful so Ever Bilena means Forever Beautiful kaya bagay kay Shine.”

Sunshine considers herself lucky that right after “Dugong Buhay”, she was quickly cast in “Galema”. “For three weeks, wala akong tulog kasi nag-overlap ang taping ng dalawang shows. MWF, nasa ‘Dugong Buhay’ ako. TTS, nasa ‘Galema’ ako and both of my characters in the two shows, parehong named Isabel. Kinukuha nga akong judge sa ‘Showtime’, pero hindi ako pinayagan ng ‘Galema’. Kung may kukuha sa’kin for a movie or any other project, it all depends on my manager, si Tito Alfie Lorenzo.”

Is she still willing to do love scenes and go sexy? “Kissing scene lang siguro. I had one with Christian Vasquez in ‘Dugong Buhay’ kasi mag-asawa kami. Pero yung magpa-sexy, tatlo ng anak ko, let’s leave it to younger actresses.”

But she posed for FHM? “I did, but I told them with limitations. Pumayag naman sila and it’s done in good taste, pero hanggang dun na lang yun.”