Sharon Cuneta made a big revelation as she accepted her award as Best Actress for the Metro Manila Film Fest entry Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love. Aside from dedicating the trophy to her dearly departed Yaya Luring, she also dedicated her award to her soon-to-be-adopted child.
“To my husband for always supporting me, to my children who had so many questions dahil laging wala si Mommy para sa shooting na ito. KC, Frankie, and Miel, I love you. And to baby boy we will soon adopt. To my Mommy Elaine Cuneta, I love you Mama. This movie is about a mother and her love for her children. Sa lahat ng mga ina, para sa inyo rin po ito dahil gagawin ninyo ang lahat para sa ating mga anak.
“Maraming salamat rin sa Panginoong Diyos, kasi hindi po Ninyo ako pinababayaan kahit tumaba o pumayat ako. I’d also like to share this award with my Sharonians [cheers from the crowd], thank you so much.
“This is for my Yaya Luring, I know you’re here… baka mas postura ka pa sa akin,” said the Megastar with a smile.
In her speech, Sharon recalled that she already won the Best Actress People’s Choice Award for the 2003 MMFF entry Crying Ladies. However, this is the first time that she was honored by the MMFF executive committee, which makes this award very close to her heart.
Sharon also said in her speech: “I would like to thank my co-stars: Zsa Zsa Padilla, my wonderful partner in Mano Po 6. Ang pinaka-effective na kontrabida ay ang mga pinakamalapit sa akin. Heart Evangelista, congratulations [for winning Best Supporting Actress]. After a long search for the right actress for this role, God really gave you to us for this project. There’s no other actress who could step into this role. Thank you, Heart.”
Last night, December 28, Sharon also commended the MMFF executive committee for conducting a classy awards night at the SMX Convention Center, SM Mall of Asia.
“Let’s make it glamorous again. I hope the coming awarding ceremonies will be very glamorous ulit para mabuhay ulit ang [Philippine cinema],” she said in an interview with PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) and other members of the entertainment press.
Is she inspired to do more films in the future because of this award given to her?
“Oo naman po, pero lagi naman akong inspired. Nadagdagan lang ng 20 percent.”
Senator Kiko Pangilinan, who was seated beside the Megastar for the duration of the night, then talked about how supportive and how proud he was of his wife.
“Siyempre, 150 percent support sa lahat ng mga gusto niyang gawin,” he said. “I’m very, very proud. Yung mga sakripisyo niya, nakikita ko ‘yan araw-araw… yung pagpuyat niya, yung mga luha niya, yung dalamhati niya sa mga pagsubok niya dito sa pelikula. Kaya nung naipanalo niya, parang tumama na rin kami sa lotto.”
When asked to confirm their plans to adopt soon, Sharon replied, “Yes, we plan to adopt a boy. Puro girl, e.”
To date, Sharon has a daughter (KC Concepcion) with ex-husband Gabby Concepcion and two daughters (Frankie and Miel) with Senator Kiko Pangilinan.