|Artist Birtday :||06/01/1966 (Age 57)|
|Born In :||Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines|
|Occupation(s) :||Singer, Actress, TV Host|
|Genres :||Pop, OPM, Manila Sound, Ballad|
|Web Site :||sharoncuneta.com|
Cuneta was born to Pablo Cuneta (1910–2000), a former mayor of Pasay who was the longest-serving mayor in the Philippines from 1951 to 1998, and Elaine Gamboa (1934 – 2014), a sister of actress and singer Helen Gamboa. She was born on January 6, 1966 at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Santa Mesa, Manila. Cuneta is also the first cousin of singer-actress Jenn Cuneta. She has lived most of her early years in Dasmariñas Village, Makati.
Cuneta grew up surrounded by music, listening to her dad’s record collection. Cuneta during her early years made her first TV appearance in Ike Lozada’s show, in the Bulilit portion, where she mimicked songs of her aunt, Helen Gamboa. Cuneta was just as young when she appeared in her first movie, the Rosanna Ortiz-George Estregan starrer Lovers for Hire. She played one of Roderick Paulate’s playmates.
Cuneta attended St. Paul College, Pasig and International School Manila for her primary to secondary education. But decided to forgo her high school education due to her singing commitments, at the age of 14.
At the age of 11, in one of the parties Cuneta and her family has attended, she was asked to sing one of Cinderella’s 1970s hits entitled, ‘”Bato sa Buhangin”. One of the guests in the party was TV host and comedian, Tito Sotto, the husband of her aunt Helen and Vicor Music’ vice president at that time. Sotto invited Cuneta to make a record for his label. She recorded her first single entitled, “Tawag ng Pag-ibig” (Call of Love) at the age of 12 as a gift from her parents on her 13th birthday. However, the record received a lukewarm response from the public, mostly radio listeners as they felt that Cuneta was too young to record a love song, yet too old to record a children’s song.