Mega Star Sharon Cuneta was nothing but honest when it came to answering questions thrown her way by broadcaster Korina Sanchez during their “Rated K” interview, aired Sunday night, March 4. It was a rare moment to see a showbiz royalty such as Cuneta on national television absent of all the trimmings and frills that go with keeping an image in the entertainment industry, baring only her heart and soul — no holds barred.
While some may only be aware of the highlight reel of Cuneta and ex-husband Gabby Concepcion’s whirlwind romance, Cuneta did not hesitate to reveal the behind-the-scenes moments of what once seemed to be the biggest day of her life: their wedding in 1984. Their wedding then was considered a historical feat in the world of showbiz and for the entire nation as well, as loyal fans tuned in on the grandest wedding of the hottest love team of that generation.
It seems, however, that it wasn’t all sunshine and roses during Cuneta’s big day. Cuneta told Sanchez she was very tired during her wedding as she was already pregnant then with eldest daughter KC. “I was naglilihi na then,” shared Cuneta. “In the middle of the ceremony, I remember sabi ko, I was telling Gab, ‘I really need to throw up, kasi sukang suka na ako.”
(I was already pregnant then. In the middle of the ceremony, I remember saying, I was telling Gab, ‘I really need to throw up, because I really already feel like vomiting.)
Her misfortune didn’t end there, too. Apart from the unexpected bout of nausea she had to endure during the wedding ceremony, Cuneta divulged that the church altar was ruined since the main doors were opened, and wave after wave of fans poured inside the building.
Her wedding veil, it turns out, was also stolen. “Ang gamit ko sa reception yung belo ng secondary sponsor.” (The veil I used during the reception was a veil of the secondary sponsor.)
And if those weren’t enough, Cuneta shared that her bridal car’s exhaust pipe exploded while en route to the wedding reception: “Tapos sumabog yung tambutso ng bridal car. Pagdating sa hotel, may metro aide na, bisita ko na silang lahat.” (Then the bridal car’s exhaust pipe exploded. When we reached the hotel, the metro aides were already there, and they all became my visitors.)
Their seemingly fairy tale story was short-lived, too, as Concepcion and Cuneta separated just two years after their wedding. Cuneta couldn’t help but get emotional and tear up as she got carried away in her reminiscences and reveries.
She wiped her tears away, saying, “He met someone else and he chose her. That’s ok, that’s a long time ago. I have issues Korina na, people think, they call you Mega, people think you have everything. I’ve always felt I was never enough for any man, since my first husband. So it’s… you know, I know how to channel lang my energies. Every time before if I go out on TV, I have a license to be happy. Isip at puso naman, ‘wag puro puso (Mind-and-heart it should be, not all heart).”
Cuneta added, “First true love mo, nawala. So feeling ko ang nangyari si Snow White, nadapa.” (First, your true love disappeared. So what I felt like was Snow White tripped.)
Nausea during the ceremony, a stolen wedding veil, a ruined altar, and a bridal car with an exploded exhaust pipe. Perhaps these were all telling signs, bad omens and red flags the universe was trying to send to Cuneta. Or, perhaps, they were really just that: a series of unfortunate events.
Cuneta’s revelations and tears appear not to be borne out of bitterness, however, nor were they a product of her inability to “move on” from her ex-husband. The honesty of her emotions, it seems, is stemmed from decades and decades of her being quiet and in the dark, and when now finally given the chance to vindicate herself, Cuneta found herself overwhelmed in her release.
When last asked about the possibility of a “ShaGab” movie in the future, Cuneta only had this to say: “Depende kay Gabby at sa Star Cinema.” (It depends on Gabby and on Star Cinema.) Cody Cepeda/JB