Megastar Sharon Cuneta was a vision of optimism and enthusiasm when she signed a contract with ABS-CBN early this month.
Contrary to what her fans thought, the actress who celebrated her 54th birthday on Jan. 6, is not retiring anytime soon.
“Every time I consider it, good thing like this happens. So I guess, it’s not yet time,” Megastar said referring to her contract signing with the media giant as another reason to put her retirement on hold.
The singer and screen star has mentioned a few times that she’s considering retirement from show business. Since last year, she has seriously been thinking of semi-retiring saying that she’s been in the business for too long (41 years) and all she wanted to do was to focus on her family.
During a press conference for Iconic, a concert she staged with Regine Velasquez, the megastar clarified that she might do occasional shows or movie projects.
For her new contract with ABS-CBN, Sharon already has seven movie projects on the drawing board. A solo concert tour in Australia and the North American tour of her award-winning concert with the Songbird are also in the pipeline.
“ I can’t imagine completing seven movies in a year. Ang confirmed so far is tatlo. There’s one with Viva, Regal and who did Kita Kita. There’s also a project in New York they’re still working on, possibly one for Star Cinema, and one that’s going to be pitched to me by a director… Kaya sabi ko nung i-announce ko na mag-re-retire na ako in a couple of years, nagulat ako kasi biglang dumagsa yung offers,” Sharon said.
Fans were supportive of Sharon’s contract signing with the giant but expressed concern for her short- and long-term future considering ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal issue. The media giant’s franchise is set to expire on March 30.
Before the press conference for her contract signing, Sharon Cuneta urged President Rodrigo Duterte to “reconsider his decision” about ABS-CBN Corporation’s franchise renewal, saying a lot of employees will lose “almost everything” should the Philippines’ largest media network be forced to close.
“I hope he reconsiders his decision about ABS-CBN not just because I just renewed [my contract]. I can always find a job,” she said, alluding to the President’s earlier pronouncements against renewing ABS-CBN’s franchise.
“Everybody I grew up with here - who have remained loyal to the station and have grown up here having learned from the school of hard knocks here have become family and good friends - will lose almost everything they’ve built over the years. I hope in my heart that our dear President reconsiders the thousands and thousands of employees who have grown up here, learned the ropes here, and that includes me,” she ended.
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