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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 15, 2019


sharon and regine at NOVOTEL presscon

SHARON CUNETA sports a short hairdo that truly becomes her at the second presscon of “Iconic”, her concert with Regine Velasquez, held at Novotel. It’s obvious she has lost some more weight since we last saw her and she says she’s not really feeling well but she still proceeded with her shows in the U.S.

Some bashers chided her because of this, saying it’s like an excuse and she’s preparing those who’d watch “Iconic” in case she won’t be performing as well as Regine during the show that’s slated on October 18 an 19. The haters even added that she always says she gets sick each time she has a forthcoming concert.

“But it’s true,” she agrees. “May history talaga akong nagkakasakit tuwing magko-concert ako. Siguro dahil sa combination of stress, pagod sa rehearsals at bumababa kasi ang immune system ko. Matapang lang talaga kaya kahit may lagnat ako, tinutuloy ko ang concert ko. But to suggest na I’m using it as an excuse kung sasapawan ako ni Regine, I think that’s very mean, very unfair. Ano yun, sine-set up ko? Wala naman sigurong taong gustong magkasakit siya, right?”

She says her show with Regine is not a contest. “I’ve always said naman that Regine is the better singer. We have two different styles, but we’re coming together in this show for different reasons and they are all valid. We should not be compared kasi it’s like comparing apples and oranges. To suggest bad things is so disrespectful sa itinagal-tagal ko dito sa industry. Hindi naman ako starlet lang na who came from nowhere at wala pang narating.

"It’s like putting a dark cloud on something full of sunshine and rainbows. I have so much respect and admiration for Regine and huwag naman sana nilang sirain ang unang pagsasama naming ito. Our show is a collaboration of two different voices, two different personalities and I hope they will respect that.”

“That’s true,” adds Regine. “We’re here not to compete with each other. This is a blending of two artists with different voices and styles. I’ve done shows with other artists at hindi ko ugaling manapaw o mangain ng kasama ko. Hindi po ako cannibal. I’m a team player. Ate Shawie has a perfect pitch. I can’t express my happiness that it came from her na mag-concert kami ng magkasama. Sabi ko, totoo ba ito? Everyone knows na sobrang idol ko talaga siya.

"It’s an honor to be sharing the same stage with her. She inspires me to be a better person. Pareho kaming kina-career ang una naming concert na ito kasi matagal namin itong hinintay. We promise the audience that it will be a great musical experience they will not soon forget.”

Sharon is asked about her eldest daughter KC who’s unattached again after breaking up with her French boyfriend. “I’m so proud of her kasi KC knows how to work, that we don’t really need a man para mabuhay happily. She listens to my advice at nakakapag-ipon siya, nai-invest niya nang tama ang earnings niya. I pray for her happiness whether she’s alone or with someone, pero sana, mabigyan na rin niya ako ng apo.”

All the tickets to their October 18 concert have been sold out, so if you want to get tickets now, it’ll be for the second night on October 19. People are clamoring for a repeat as early as now. “But malabo na this year,” says Regine. “Abangan na lang nila next year kasi we intend to bring it on tour, here and also abroad.”