Manila, Philippines – NOW it can be told: Megastar Sharon Cuneta previously dated singer Dingdong Avanzado.
During the Monday episode of her TV5 afternoon talk show “Sharon: Kasama Mo, Kapatid,” Cuneta welcomed Avanzado as one of her guests for the the program’s Father’s Day special.
After performing his first hit single “Maghihintay Sa ‘Yo,” Avanzado admitted that he was inspired by Cuneta to write the song.
“I’d like to thank Sharon because that song ‘Maghihintay Sa’yo’ was my very first composition, at sinulat ko po ‘yan dahil kay Ms. Sharon Cuneta because she was my inspiration,” Avanzado said.
Prompted by Avanzado’s admission, Cuneta recounted their first meeting on the set of the defunct musical variety program “The Sharon Cuneta Show.”
“Si Dingdong, una ko po siyang nakilala nung nag-guest siya sa ‘TSCS.’ That was on IBC 13, 25 years ago. Nagsa-start ka pa lang noon tapos I had no idea sa interview – naalala mo pa ‘yung sinabi mo sa ‘kin? Nagulat ako,” Cuneta said, addressing Avanzado.
“Sharon kasi was my biggest crush,” Avanzado admitted. “Nasa backstage ako, dumaan siya, bumalik siya, tapos sabi niya, ‘Hi, we haven’t been introduced, I’m Sharon.’ My God, imagine, si Sharon. Sabi ko, ‘Can I die now?’”
“Kaya pagdating doon sa interview, inamin ko na – ‘Can I just say something’ – nasa heaven talaga ako noon,” Avanzado said.
Their first meeting would eventually lead to dates, Cuneta said.
“Bagong separated ako noon sa aking first husband, so mga ilang buwan pa lang, tapos eto may biglang nag-guest sa ‘kin,” she explained.
“Sabihin mo na, nag-date tayo,” she teased Avanzado.
Avanzado is now married to singer Jessa Zaragoza, with whom he has a daughter.
Avanzado, dubbed “The Original Prince of Pop,” has also released a new album, “Download,” to celebrate his 25th anniversary in the music industry.
Cuneta, meanwhile, is now married to Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, with whom she raises four kids, including KC Concepcion, Cuneta’s daughter with actor Gabby Concepcion, her first husband. (ABS-CBN News Online)
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