Popularly known as Sharon Cuneta, Sharon Gamboa Cuneta-Pangilinan is a famous Filipino singer, TV host and actress with an estimated net worth of ₱1 billion (US$25 million). She has appeared in 53 movies, 10 TV shows and recorded 40 albums. She is the highest paid Filipino celebrity endorser.
Sharon Cuneta was born on January 6 1966. Pablo Cuneta and Elaine Gamboa are her parents. She grew up surrounded by music, listening to her father’s record collection. She made her first television appearance in Kuya Ike Lozada’s show, in the Bulilit portion, where she mimicked her aunt Helen’s songs. Cuneta recorded her first single “Twang ng Pag-ibib” when she was 12 years, but the response was lukewarm. She first appeared on Philippine’s pop charts in 1978 with the Filipino pop culture hit “Mr. D. J.” The song became popular. Her first movie was produced by a production outfit known as Sining Silangan. She got paid P220,000. Her very first feature film “Dear Heart” was a commercial success. People started calling her a box-office queen and a megastar in the late 1980s. Cuneta is the first Filipino artist to sell out at the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium, first in 1988 and recently on July 11 2005. Her poster is included in the Shrine’s Hall of Fame next to immensely popular celebrities like Barbara Streisand and Michael Jackson. Cuneta is the most expensive and effective product endorser in Philippines. At the peak of her career, she was earning P8 million to P15 million per endorsement. In 2011, Cuneta signed a 1 billion pesos contract with TV5 network. Sharon Cuneta is a great entertainer. She has fans not only in Philippines, but also all over the world.
Sharon Cuneta publicly married Gabby Concepcion on September 23 1984, but separated from him on 1987. The marriage was annulled in 1993 due to irreconcilable differences. Their marriage was personally sponsored by Ferdinand Marcos, who was the President of Philippines at that time.