"Pero never akong humingi kahit piso sa mga magulang ko kasi I want to set an example to KC na ang babae hindi mo kailangan ang lalaki para mabuhay. You work for your own savings and so that meron kang pagkukunan in case hindi ka makapag-asawa sa kasawiang mangyari sa kanya yung nangyaring fate sa amin ni Gabby."
Sharon Cuneta opens up about her children: 'I don't play favorites. I would die for my kids'
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Ahead of her highly anticipated "Dear Heart" concert with former husband Gabby Concepcion on Oct. 27, Megastar Sharon Cuneta reflects on her relationship with her children, including daughter KC Concepcion.
"All my four children know, I am a mother first. Kasi based on experience, ang asawa pwedeng mawala. Pero ang dugo at laman mo, bumaligtad man ang mundo, dugo at laman mo yan. I don't play favorites. Some people think na ang favorite na anak ko si Frankie. Hindi. I love all my children equally. It's just that, doon na tayo sa totoo, kung sino siyempre yung lagi mong kasama, lagi mong katabi, meron ka lang mas nakakasundo. And among all my children, ang kaugali ko si Frankie. Miel is my buddy. Miguel is such a gentleman. Ang hindi ko nakikita si KC," said Sharon during a media conference at Okada Manila on Friday, Sept. 15.
(All my four children know, I am a mother first. Because based on experience, the husband can be lost. But your blood and flesh, even if the world turns upside down, it's your blood and flesh. I don't play favorites. Some people think Frankie is my favorite child. No. I love all my children equally. It's just that in reality, you are close to the one you always spend time with. And among all my children, my friend is Frankie. Miel is my buddy. Miguel is such a gentleman. What I don't see is KC.)
As she reminisced, Sharon remembered the years she spent raising KC.
"When she mentions that she's alone. I feel bad because it was her choice. When she left home at 18, hindi Filipina yung thinking niya eh. Parang hindi nga bagay yung anak ko rito kasi parang European di ba? Since she was 18, pinakita niya sa amin yung bibilin niyang condo. Hindi naman namin siya mapigilan because we want her to fly to want to live on her own. From the time I raised her, when Gabby and I raised her, when she was 2 and 1/2 until she was 18, ang katuwang n'ya nun ang mommy at daddy ko.
"Pero never akong humingi kahit piso sa mga magulang ko kasi I want to set an example to KC na ang babae hindi mo kailangan ang lalaki para mabuhay. You work for your own savings and so that meron kang pagkukunan in case hindi ka makapag-asawa sa kasawiang mangyari sa kanya yung nangyaring fate sa amin ni Gabby.
"So being alone was her choice. Our house and home have always included her. Kiko raised her since she was nine years old. So naging takbuhan niya yan, shock absorber n'ya yan. Kahit minsan may tampuhan kami si Kiko ang kausap niya.
"If I didn't have my parents, brother, and best friends, I probably would have turned out to be horrible and arrogant. Kasi may impression ako noong bata akala ko ang fame ang pinakamaganda sa lahat," Ate Shawie said.
Happy for KC and Gabby
Sharon, 57, also said she's happy now that KC and Gabby are close, adding that she never prevented them from seeing each other in the past years.
"Among my children, KC is the opposite of me. Ang lakas ng dugo ng tatay niya. And it hurts me na may nag-unfollow pero pamilya kami. This is a family matter. And she's close to her papa now, which makes me happy because they lost so many years together. But I want to remind the whole world that since Gabby and I separated, there was never, not once, never a time, na hindi niya puwedeng puntahan ang anak niya.
"I never prevented them from seeing each other. Marami na akong natiis, marami akong puwedeng nagawa noon, pero hindi ko ginawa dahil kay KC. Lahat ng decision ko sa buhay noong araw, because of KC. She was my whole world. I'm happy they're together now. But I hope no one forgets all my sacrifices while raising her. When I was raising her, I made my work my therapy. That's why I'm a workaholic. So, I have to trust the way that I raised my daughter, she added.
"Since I'm a mother first, I love KC very much. I would die for her, Frankie, Miel, and Miguel if I had to. Silang apat lang ang papayag akong mamatay para sa kanila. While KC was growing up, sinabi ko na kung may darating mang problema, sana sa akin na lang kasi alam ko na ying strengths ko, capacity ko. Hindi ko alam kung kakayanin niya. So ayokong masaktan ang mga anak ko.
"I'm happy they're close, but I love her very much from the bottom of my heart. Yung mga nagba-bash sa kanya na trolls na walang magawa or yung mga hindi nakaka-intindi, huwag kayong magdunong-dunungan kasi ang showbiz, trabaho namin. Hindi kami showbiz na pamilya. Pag-uwi we're very decent and private. Some things have to stay within the family. So you cannot expect me na siraan ko ang anak ko. I will never do that.
"Lahat ng tao na nagkakamali, basta ang apology sincere, you take the accountability for it, and this is for all my children, I will always forgive and embrace them with open arms. Minsan nakikita ko na lang siya sa Instagram. So nagkaroon talaga ng mga times na hindi siya nagko-communicate siguro ganun talaga pag bata, may sariling buhay. Na-mi-miss ko yun siyempre. Pare-pareho ang pagpapalaki ko sa mga anak ko," Sharon also said.
Apology for Kiko
Sharon also apologized to her husband Sen. Kiko Pangilinan and his clan who were dragged into the controversy when KC unfollowed her stepfather and Frankie recently.
"I want to apologize to Kiko and the Pangilinan clan, dahil sa pagkadawit sa pagka-unfollow. It's a family matter. And whatever it is, I will always support my daughter. I will always love her. And I will always be her mom, telling her if her actions are right or wrong until she's 80, if I'm still alive," she added.
(I want to apologize to Kiko and his family who were dragged into the matter. It's a family matter. And whatever it is, I will always support my daughter. I will always love her. And I will always be her mom, telling her if her actions are right or wrong until she's 80, if I'm still alive.)
Sharon also said she prays KC will be able to fix her problem.
"Basta anak, don't forget everything you learned from me, Mamita, and Tatay: accountability, word of honor, honesty, and loyalty. We are your family. Your daddy and your siblings love you. I hope whatever it is, you'll fix it as soon as possible. If you want respect, you have to be respectful. It's earned. If you want to be trusted, you need to earn it. If you want to be respected, you need to earn it. Your words should be stronger than your written contract. My word is my honor. That's what my father taught me. Family is everything, and you are not alone. You have two families who love you. I miss KC. I miss her so much."
Sharon and Gabby fans will witness a historic moment as the iconic pair reunite for "Dear Heart 2023" at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City on Oct. 27.
The magic doesn't end there. A special VIP Night will take place at Okada Manila's Grand Ballroom on Oct. 30.
For the fans in the South, "InLife's Dear Heart In Cebu City" is scheduled at the NuStar's Convention Center on Nov. 17.
"If everything goes well, we might take it abroad. If it does not go well, I will go on tour," she said.
"I don't know him na eh. It's been so long. Siyempre yung kilala kong Gabby yung minahal ko noon. Hindi ko alam kung iba na siya. KKB na kami. Kanya-kanyang buhay.
"And I've been married 27 1/2 years happily. Ang advice ko dyan for a strong happy marriage hiwalay rin paminsan-minsan. Joke! Maayos na maayos ang pamilya namin. And that is also my wish for Gabby and his children. She's (KC) the No. 1 ate. Panganay naming lahat," Sharon said.