Sharon Cuneta shocks fans with retirement from showbiz

After 59 successful films and more than 40 hit albums, megastar Sharon Cuneta revealed on Saturday that she is on her way to retirement.

"Kids, it's almost time. Mama's tired. I love you," said Cuneta on her art card uploaded on social media platforms Instagram and Facebook. It was captioned: "On my way to retirement."

Cuneta, 54, did not give any details about her latest post. Many of her fans were shocked and surprised while others just gave their support to her. 

Some of the comments were:

"pls don't…"

"Oh no! di pa kita nakikita sa personal. Wag muna megaaaaa ?"

"Mama Babe, wag po muna please diba po madami pa po kayong concerts at movies pag natapos na po lahat ng negative na nangyayare po dito sa mundo☹️ Iloveyou mama babe, iloveyou!?"

"i love you ?✊? it was a wonderful, amazing, and mesmerizing 41 years in the business! ?"

"??? wag pa nman po sana maaa???"

"Ooohh no!! Pero… suportahan taka pa rin po kami kung ano man ang desisyon mo po."

"Mama ??? may movies pa po kau diba, kakalabanin nyo pa po ang g force sa concert dba, may shagab pa po dba? ??? but if you're tired already….. We will understand.. love u mama sha, this is not the end.???"

"iloveyou mama! Di man lang kita makita ng personal at makayakap?❤️ You'll always be my idol. ❤️ Sending hugs mama!"

Cuneta initially announced her plan to retire from showbiz in 2019.

"On another note, and this is important- Since last year l have seriously been thinking of semi-retiring. I am so very tired. It has been 41 years of work, work, work for me, and at some point, kailangan na rin sabihin sa sarili na “tama na.” When will it ever be enough? Sometimes you just have to put your foot down and say it’s okay, and it’ll all be okay;

"Maybe I'll do a concert here and there every once in a while, or a movie that I feel will really be worth the few months it’ll take me away from my home and family.

"Sinasabi ko na sa inyo ito, mga mahal kong Sharonians. Mahal na mahal ko kayo…pero pagod na rin si Mama…Di naman siguro ako biglang forever na mawawala…pero konting-konti na lang siguro ang kakayanin kong ibigay until magpahinga na ako at i-enjoy naman ang tinatawag na private life na alam ng karamihan pero tungkol saan kokonti lang ang alam ko…I know you will all understand.

"Like I said, last year ko pa naiisip at nararamdaman ito, at kinausap ko na rin ang pamilya at manager at team ko noon pa tungkol dito. I love you all so much, and I will try my very best to give you the best of me before I say goodbye," she said.

Cuneta's successful career in music, television, movies and live concerts has made her an icon in local showbiz.

In 1978, she debuted with the song "Tawag ng Pag-Ibig" on "Discorama" hosted by the late Bobby Ledesma. She followed it up with "Mr. DJ" which became a massive hit during the same year. 

Later, Cuneta ventured into the movies and starred in her very first film "Dear Heart" opposite Gabby Concepcion who later became her first husband. She scored more movies that became box-office hits.

Cuneta is married to Senator Francis Pangilinan. They have two daughters and an adopted son.