Sheryl Cruz Stages a Comeback!
Svelte and pretty, Sheryl Cruz hogs the limelight
once more as she
has decided to make a
semi-comeback in the world of Philippine showbiz. Yes, the popular actress
cannot help but accept the numerous offers which come her way in spite of
giving way to motherhood.
It is very seldom to see younger actresses
such as Sheryl getting swamped with movie and TV offers especially after
marriage, even more so if they have left the Philippines and stayed abroad.
Sheryl is definitely a talent to reckon with; otherwise, showbiz would not
welcome her with open arms again.
For those not in the know, Sheryl at the peak
of her career got married to San Francisco police officer Norman Bustos.
They have a three-year-old daughter who looks very much like Sheryl. Acting,
singing and concerts took a backseat because "Family is top priority!"
When asked if she had a hard time convincing
Norman to allow her to go back to showbiz, Sheryl told this writer: "It was
definitely a mutual decision. I will not go back to the scene without Norman's
consent. Norman, even from the very beginning, knows that I have always loved
acting. And with Ashley now a bit bigger, I decided I can still do it while
there are offers coming my way."
Not that Sheryl has to work just to make ends
meet. Norman and his family own several buildings and apartments in San
Francisco. Sheryl on the other hand works part time and her mom, veteran
actress Rosemarie Sonora, can easily provide for her.
Thus, it is the very genes-- and blood running
through her veins that made Sheryl miss the biz very much. Passionate about
acting, Sheryl started at the very tender age of three. She was discovered
by Aga Muhlach's father, Cheng Muhlach. From that time on, Sheryl became
every child's inspiration who wants to hit it big in showbiz.
Sheryl has played opposite the biggest names
in the movies, including her uncle, Fernando Poe Jr. (married to her aunt,
Susan Roces). She also shared billing with Manila's acting gem with no less
than Mayor of Lipa, Vilma Santos-Recto.
It was the dynamic loveteam with then-bachelor
Romnick Sarmenta, which made Sheryl a byword among moviegoers.
To date, both actors are happily settled down,
with Romnick marrying long time girlfriend, Harlene Bautista (younger sis
Recently, Sheryl was seen hosting the Sunday
talk show of Channel 7, The S-Files. She was practically all over the place
- and the fans still adore her. She is being considered to play one of the
female leads in the popular "Mano Po" movie series of Lily Monteverde. It
was also reported that Channel 2 is offering her a starring role in a teleserye.
Likewise, the other stations are following too.
Thus, Sheryl had to get her former manager,
colleague Nestor Cuartero (entertainment editor of Tempo, a sister company
of Manila Bulletin) to take care of all her bookings.
Now if you are wondering why I get all these
latest bits about Sheryl, it is because her former production assistant now
works with me. So thanks to Rosemarie (Renonos)
and to my dear Sheryl,
wishing you all the luck, the power and strength to carry on a flourishing
like to greet my unico hijo, Michaelo "Mikko" Katigbak a happy 6th birthday.
He has been the greatest source of joy and love for me and my partner, Gerry.
I can only thank the Great Lord for such a miracle and most wondrous blessing.
I love you, Mikko!...Belated b-day greetings to Noelle Mae and Juancho
Congratulations to Lani Misalucha for the continued success of
her show series with the Society of Seven at Bally's Las Vegas. Produced
by Rosy Cheeks Entertainment Group, Lani has gotten several standing ovations
for her marvelous numbers. The show lives up to its tagline, "Every Show
on the Strip. On One Stage." It has practically all the elements of a fun-filled,
highly-entertaining Las Vegas stint. Playing daily 3 p.m. except Fridays
exclusively at Bally's Las Vegas.
(Ed's Note: Jackie Regala-Katigbak started
as the Associate Entertainment Editor of the Bulletin Today in the Philippines.
Her column is widely syndicated in the West Coast. Drop a line via
Lani Misalucha: First Filipino
Artist to Headline 6-month Stint in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, Nevada -- Lani Misalucha, easily
considered as Asias Singing Sensation has elevated the status of the
Filipino artist once more as she topbills a six-month performance at one
of the most famous theaters in the strip, the Jubilee Theater in Ballys
A rare opportunity offered any artist, Lani
is overwhelmed and excited
about this latest project.
She shares the stage with Americas premiere showband, The Society of
Seven in the self-titled concert The Society of Seven with Lani Misalucha
(Every Show on the Strip on One Stage)" which kicked off on August 7, 2004
and runs until Feb. 6, 2005. The show goes on daily at 3 p.m. except Fridays.
This early, the buzz is strong especially among the locals of Las Vegas who
are more than eager to watch a fellow Filipino take centerstage right at
the heart of the Las Vegas strip. It will also allow mainstream audiences
to notice that the Filipino artist can stand at par with any artists in the
USA in terms of performance and vocal talents.
Lani, to many of us is a Divas Diva.
Not one to rest on laurels or titles, she continues to hone her talent in
singing and test her vocal skills to the max. A very versatile artist, Lani
can carry a torch song with so much angst and glide into a powerful aria
with so much ease and grace. A real gem, Lani is out to show her audiences
that indeed, a Filipino artist is world-class.
In this concert,
a different Lani emerges on stage as she blends perfectly well with the seasoned
vocalists of SOS as well as dance to well-choreographed production numbers.
While most of her concerts featured her wide vocal spectrum, the six-day
grind in Jubilee Theater showcases Lani as a well-rounded entertainer
one who can sing, dance and exchange a warm repartee with her audience.
Incidentally, Ballys Las Vegas belongs
to the world famous Caesars Entertainment, one of the worlds
leading gaming companies. Under its ownership and management are Caesars
Palace, Paris Hotel LV, Flamingo, Grand Casinos and Hilton.
Ballys is an ultra modern, high-rise
hotel located On the Strip which is also just a few miles from McCarran Airport.
Since its opening, Ballys Las Vegas has been considered one of the
most elegant resorts even earning the tag, Jewel of the Strip.
What makes this casino also world-famous is Don Ardens Jubilee!
A lavish stage spectacular and jaw-dropping musical extravaganza.
It is this very same Jubilee theater where
the Society of Seven and Lani Misalucha will have their daily performances.
The Society of Seven (SOS) is a powerhouse
cast of genuine talents whose performances have been enjoyed by varied audiences
traveling from all over the world. From blues, ballads, comedy and
impersonations, the SOS continue to bring new meaning to the word
variety with enough energy to set seven stages ablaze. Like a
chameleon, the SOS constantly changes colors throughout a performance.
The group plays every instrument in sight
horns, keyboards and guitars among many others. Every member of the
SOS is an accomplished technician on several instruments. Each multi-talented
member contributes his own special genius to the ensemble and the result
is an explosion of musical energy guaranteed to entertain audiences around
The SOS consists of the following: Tony Ruivivar,
the creative leader of the group. He plays the guitar and has a warm down-home
earthy voice; Bert Sagum, the spontaneous comic, who leads the SOS laugh
brigade; Gary Bautista, a vocal dynamo who can render anything from Broadway
to Sinatra hits (his voice can also do hundreds of impressions); Hoku Low,
possessor of the crystal clear high falsetto voice and plays the bass and
horns; Randy Abellar, gifted with a vocal range that is incredible and an
accomplished drummer; Roy Guerzo, master keyboardist of the group and Wayne
Wakai, an excellent arranger and is able to sing any vocal part from low
bass to high gospel falsetto.
Thus, watching the Society of Seven and Lani
Misalucha in one show together are getting more than your moneys worth.
The show is highly- entertaining rich with production values and a repertoire
carefully hand-picked and arranged to satisfy any type of music palette.
Its the kind of show that can be enjoyed by the entire family from
six to ninety-six.
The Society of Seven with Lani
Misalucha is produced by Rosy Cheeks Entertainment Group, Inc. composed
of Mendrei and Cecile Leelin; Edwin and Lani Raquel and Noli Misalucha.
Promotions, Marketing & Advertising is handled by Jackie Y. Regala and
Gerry Katigbak. This is the same team responsible for the solo gigs of Lani
at the posh Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the other at the Grand Olympic
So remember to mark your calendar! Starting
Aug. 7, daily except Fridays at 3 p.m. Special promo ticket price at $29.55
plus tax. Regular price at $39.55. For more information, you may call
Ballys Las Vegas at 1-800-237-SHOW (7469) or Jackie Regala at (562)
529-8680/ (562) 787-9030.
(Eds note: Jackie Regala-Katigbak
has been writing and doing promotions in the entertainment business since
the 1980s. The past two decades saw her columns and articles published in
the Philippines via the Manila Bulletin, Panorama, Manila Standard and Philippine
Times Journal. Currently her articles are published by www.CarouselPinoy.com,
the Asian Journal publications and in various newspapers in Southern California.
For correspondence, you may send her an email at