is upstaged by daughter
and couldn't be any happier
Daily Inquirer, August 2, 2001 by Leah Salterio
IT HAS probably never happened to her illustrious career as a
singer and actress. But last Thursday, megastar Sharon Cuneta
was upstaged in public, not by a bigger star, but by her
16-year-old daughter KC Concepcion.
There was a horde of people-TV crew, print media writers,
paparazzi-yet, their focus was not on Sharon, but on KC.
It was understandable, since the public has always been curious
and interested about Sharon's teenage daughter. And since KC had
never gone public despite her celebrity status, she suddenly
found herself in the middle of a media frenzy.
Sharon, however, does not really mind. In fact, she even basks
at the attention her daughter is now getting.
"Feel na feel ko dahil anak ko 'yan,"
Sharon tells us.
It was the launch of KC as the image model of Human, the
alternative fashion label from garment honcho Ben Chan.
Although far from being a stage mom, Sharon was there to lend
moral support to KC. And she was not the only one. Her hubby,
Sen. Francis Pangilinan, was there, too, as well as their
seven-month-old baby girl, Frankie.
Sharon's mom, Elaine Cuneta, cousins Ciara and Lala Sotto,
parents-in-law Donato and Emma Pangilinan, Gary and Angeli
Valenciano, Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan also graced the affair.
KC was signed up as Human image model reportedly for a cool
P5-million talent fee. But Chan refuses to confirm if the figure
"Don't you think KC is the most interesting 'Human'?"
Chan says. "She's young, vibrant and unpredictable. She's
adventurous in dressing up. When I met her, I liked her style.
For me, she's a prize catch."
KC has been receiving countless offers to do TV commercials,
movies and TV shows since she was 9, but it is only now that she
has given her nod to a product endorsement.
"I've been using Human clothes for the longest time,"
KC shares. "I won't endorse something that I don't believe
KC is also making her theater debut in the re-staging of the
Trumpets musical, "Little Mermaid," from Aug. 3 to
Sept. 9 at the Meralco Theater. KC will play Princess Sapphire.
However, in case everyone thinks that being the image model of
Human and appearing in "Little Mermaid" signal the
start of KC's show biz career, Sharon says it will be back to
academic life for her daughter come September, when classes at
International School resume.
"I only allowed her to do these things because it's her
school break, that's why the timing is perfect," Sharon
It was not hard to convince Sharon to allow KC to model for
"I believe she's ready for it," Sharon says
"Besides, I've known Ben since 1989 and his track record in
the garment business is very good. That's why when he approached
us for KC, it was not really hard to say yes to him."
In momís footsteps
The mom says her daughter is not likely to follow in her
footsteps and become an actress.
"KC doesn't like the movies, she likes to sing,"
Sharon grants. "But I really want her to finish her studies
first before she gets serious about show biz."
During the Human launch, KC was presented in a grand visual
showcase at the Carlos Romulo Auditorium of the RCBC Plaza in
Makati. She modeled a couple of Human garments, before
graciously answering questions fielded by the media.
"Please limit your queries to fashion and Human," host
Ces Drilon tells the media. "No personal questions. I hope
you get the drift."
Although she is now a celebrity endorser of a garment line, KC
has her own fashion icons such as pop superstar Madonna, No
Doubt vocalist Gwen Stefani, actress Cameron Diaz and
"Party of Five" mainstay Jennifer Love Hewitt.
KC obviously got her striking features from her dad Gabby, who
is now based in the United States. However, since she has been
estranged from her father for a long time now, KC hardly talks
about her dad.
"I don't know my biological dad that well to be able to say
what I got from him," she says. "I know I got my
patience from my step dad, though."
Surprisingly, KC admits she is not a big Sharon fan. But she
likes her mom's version of the South Border hit, "Kahit
Kailan." And among the many Sharon blockbusters, KC gives
her vote to "Madrasta," where Sharon starred with
Christopher de Leon and played stepmom to Claudine Barretto.
"I still believe my mom is second to none," KC says.
KC has definitely got what it takes to be a megastar like her
mom. Sharon can prevent it from happening, but not for a long