|Artist Birtday :||12/12/1966 (Age 53)|
|Born In :||Lucban, Quezon, Philippines|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, Actress, Model|
|Genres :||Pop, Dance, OPM|
Maria Cielito “Pops” Lukban Fernandez was born on December 12, 1966 in Lucban, Quezon, to action star Eddie Fernandez and Dulce Lukban.
Fernandez began her music career at age 16 when she signed a contract with OctoArts Records in 1981. In 1982, Fernandez released her first album and co-hosted the Philippine television series Penthouse Live! with Martin Nievera. She became a popular celebrity in the Philippines. She has appeared on the covers of several Philippine magazines.
In 1995, Fernandez joined the cast of another television program, ASAP together with her former husband Martin Nievera, along with Dayanara Torres and Ariel Rivera. Amy Perez-Castillo
Fernandez was awarded the Best Female Musical Variety Show Host at the Philippine KBP Golden Dove Awards in 1999. She has also toured the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Guam and Italy promoting her music to Philippine audiences. She also released her album Shindig Live in 2001.
She recorded a series of songs that reached the top of the Philippine charts and attracted a sell-out crowd in venues such as the Araneta Coliseum and the Rizal Football Stadium, as well as the General Motors Palace in Vancouver.
Fernandez sparked controversy by posing provocatively on the cover of FHM Philippines.
In June 2007, Fernandez co-hosted a Philippine show with Kuh Ledesma in Las Vegas. She was preparing for her December concert at the Araneta Coliseum marking her 25th anniversary in the Philippine entertainment industry. In 2008, she performed with other Philippine singers such as Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma and Zsa Zsa Padilla at the Araneta Coliseum called Divas 4 Divas.
During her divorce in 1999, she ventured into doing movies such as Linlang starring Richard Gomez and Joyce Jimenez about a wronged wife out for revenge after learning of her husband’s infidelity. The movie was directed by multi-awarded director, Maryo J. Delos Reyes, which won her the Box Office Queen Award. In 2000, she did another movie under Reyes’ direction in the suspense/thriller, Gusto Ko Nang Lumigaya. These two movies showed her acting prowess and boosted her acting career.
In 2009, Fernandez performed in the US leg of her The Divas 4 Divas Tour together with Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma and Zsa Zsa Padilla. She released a new album under MCA Universal entitled Hope, which is a collection of cover versions including a new version of her 1983 song “Little Star”.
After appearing in I Love Betty La Fea, Fernandez became a judge in GMA Network’s Are You The Next Big Star?, a singing contest/reality show. She also did a major concert with ex-husband Martin Nievera, entitled Missing You held at the Araneta Coliseum.
In 2010, Fernandez and Nievera reunited once again for a Valentine’s Day concert entitled One More Time held at the SMX Convention Center. Aside from that, Fernandez was also a special guest in Sharon Cuneta’s ‘Up Close’ U.S. concert. In 2011, she and Ogie Alcasid staged a back to back 2011 Valentine concert, ‘I Valentine U’ at Crowne Plaza Hotel. On June 14, she held a fabulous, fashion/style one-night concert, ‘Pops in Fashion’ at the Newport Performing Arts Theatre. In July, Fernandez and Ai Ai delas Alas paired up for the ‘Unstoppable’ concert at the Grand Theatre in Reno, Nevada. In August, she also guested in Erik Santos’ ‘Power Ikons’ concert at the Music Museum.
In 2012, Fernandez was an in-demand artist abroad along with Martin Nievera and friend, Ai Ai delas Alas. They staged in Three’s the Company, a musical love triangle in California on April 20. Fernandez and Nievera also did a series of shows, ‘Twogether’ in Toronto and Calgary on May 4 and May 6. They also released an all duet covers album entitled No More Words. Back in the Philippines, Fernandez along with Jim Paredes hosted the one night all-star OPM icons concert ‘ICONS at MOA’ on June 16. She was also invited to perform in Yokohama, Japan for the Philippine Barrio Fiesta in September. In the same month, she also hosted the PMPC Star Awards for Music and was given a special award, Natatanging Alagad ng Musika along with some OPM veterans. She also signed up to a contract with Viva Entertainment Group in November. In December, along with Lani Misalucha, she was given an honor of Walk of Fame by Kuya Germs in Eastwood City. Aside from singing and performing, Fernandez is also a businesswoman who created Cheapipay, a one-stop-shop online store.
In early 2013, Fernandez, Martin Nievera, Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez teamed up for a Valentine’s Day concert called ‘Foursome’ held at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. Because of its success, the concert had an encore performance on March 16, 2013.