‘I never said no’: Gabby still hope­ful re­union film with Sharon will hap­pen

Panay News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

THIRTY-SEVEN years. That’s how long ago it was when Sharon Cuneta and Gabby Con­cep­cion first starred on the big screen to­gether.

The two were paired in the un­for­get­table 1981 movie, the Danny Zial­cita-di­rected clas­sic “Dear Heart,” kick­start­ing the decades-long ob­ses­sion Filipinos had with their iconic tan­dem.

They be­came so em­bed­ded in pop cul­ture that the movie’s theme song, “Come What May,” be­came iden­ti­fied with them, rather than with the mu­sic leg­ends, Lani Hall and Herb Al­bert, who orig­i­nally per­formed the ro­man­tic tune.

Early this year, the for­mer cou­ple reignited the in­ter­est of mil­lions of Sharon-Gabby fans when they ap­peared in a TV com­mer­cial for a fast food chain, lead­ing to ex­cit­ing talks about a re­union movie.

“Tim­ing is ev­ery­thing,” Con­cep­cion main­tained. “I never said no to the project. There are many fac­tors to con­sider. I hope we can make the movie hap­pen. We have been wait­ing for that.”

Con­cep­cion re­mains op­ti­mistic that the movie will hap­pen, even if he ad­mit­ted that they’re not in speak­ing terms. “We don’t talk right now, but we will be once we get things to­gether. I’d like to do that movie. There’s a pos­si­bil­ity that it will hap­pen. pa.”

Mean­while, Con­cep­cion is do­ing a film, “Man May and bukas Wife,” with Jodi Sta. Maria, di­rected by Lau­rice Guillen. He is hope­ful that the film will get to be one of the of­fi­cial en­tries of the Metro Manila Film Fes­ti­val this De­cem­ber.

For the sec­ond year now, Con­cep­cion has been sup­port­ing the Gabay Guro pro­gram – PLDT- Smart’s ed­u­ca­tion ad­vo­cacy now cel­e­brat­ing its 11th an­niver­sary – as one of the artists- vol­un­teers.

“My mom was a teacher,” Con­cep­cion proudly said. “I feel very much for the teach­ers. I be­lieve in ed­u­ca­tion, which is power co­or­di­na­tion as a na­tion build­ing. I am say­ing this not be­cause I’m run­ning for pol­i­tics. I feel good when I see the happy faces of the teach­ers when I per­form for them.”

The Con­cep­cion f am­ily had a Montes­sori school in San Juan, near their house. That was where Con­cep­cion’s mom taught chil­dren for years.

“She was there when I was grow­ing up,” Con­cep­cion said of his mom. “The teach­ers are our first ed­u­ca­tors. With ev­ery suc­cess­ful stu­dent, a suc­cess­ful na­tion is at­tached to that. Hope­fully, our chil­dren will bring our na­tion. Our fu­ture gen­er­a­tion needs all the help they can get.”

“I needed all the help I could get when I was grow­ing up. For­tu­nately, I have a mother who was first a mother, then a teacher or vice versa. Ev­ery­thing that I learned, I learned from kinder­garten. What­ever that I do now, it was my foun­da­tion grow­ing up that I credit for ev­ery­thing. ( News) ABS-CBN

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