MANILA, Philippines -- These days, Sunshine Cruz can be found either in Tagaytay or Batangas, where she has been filming scenes for her comeback project.
Only weeks after her controversial separation from actor Cesar Montano, her husband of 13 years, the 35-year-old actress has taken the first steps in "moving on" from her failed marriage.
On the heels of the publicized rift between her and Montano early this month, which stems from an alleged third party on the actor's part, Cruz announced that she had accepted the offer to star in ABS-CBN's upcoming drama series "Dugong Buhay."
At the sidelines of a shoot for an audio-visual presentation for the series on Monday, the actress expressed excitement about returning to showbiz after a decade-long hiatus from TV.
"I'm very honored and thankful to ABS-CBN dahil nandito ulit ako. It's been a while. Masaya [ako], excited. At the same time, of course nandoon 'yung nerbyos," she said.
Cruz's last regular role on television was the fantasy series "Marina," which aired in 2004. She has since appeared as a guest star in a number of Kapamilya series, including "Lastikman" in 2007 and most recently "Be Careful With My Heart."
According to the actress, her role in the "kilig-serye" starring Richard Yap and Jodi Sta. Maria was originally to span several more episodes. However, she added, there seems to have been changes in the daytime soap's story.
Before being offered the role in "Dugong Buhay," Cruz admitted that she had missed the "glamorous" aspect of being in showbiz.
"Okay naman kasi, kahit hindi ko pinapasok sa isip ko na baka mangyari nga, na babalik ako, nandoon 'yung excitement sa akin palagi kapag may mga awards night, at iniimbitahan akong presentor," she said. "Siyempre ang sarap ng feeling na nagbibihis ka ulit, nagga-gown, nagme-makeup, masarap lang 'yung feeling."
For her comeback series, Cruz joins an all-star cast, which includes Ejay Falcon, Nonie Beuncamino, Christian Vasquez, Anna Capri, Ronnie Quizon, Ketchup Eusebio, Yam Concepcion and Jed Montero.
"That's why I'm very honored na napunta ako dito sa 'Dugong Buhay,' and nakakatuwa kasi angbabait nilang lahat, pati 'yung staff, magaang kawork and very supportive," Cruz said.
Based on the 1983 film of the same title, which was written and directed by veteran Carlo J. Caparas, the Toto Natividad-directed soap is set to air in April on ABS-CBN.
Although Cruz is thrilled abiut her TV return, she admitted that she feels the need to re-adjust in order to "satisfy" the demands of being an actress.
"Kinakalawang na ako, I swear. I'm rusty na, kasi ang ginagawa ko na lang... siyempre nag-aalaga nalang tayo ng bata nang ilang taon," she said.
Cruz has three children with Montano.
"Ang sa akin kasi, pag hindi nila gusto, anytime naman, kahit take 20, okay lang sa akin, basta gusto ko maganda. Gusto ko 'yung the best, 'yung ma-satisfy ko sila," she said.