MANILA — When Sharon Cuneta celebrated her 40th anniversary in showbiz in 2018 with a major concert, her eldest child, KC Concepcion, was among the surprise guests with whom she shared a tearful duet.
In front of thousands at the Araneta Coliseum, the mother and daughter performed “If I Could,” a tune Cuneta would always sing to her daughter since she was 7 years old.
Whereas Cuneta’s lines were an ode from a mother to her child, as in the Regina Belle original, the song took on new meaning with Concepcion tearfully dedicating tweaked lyrics to her mother.
The emotional moment on stage came only a few months after Cuneta and Concepcion mended their ties. Cuneta had opened up about having “lost” Concepcion, whom she described at the time as being “too independent.”
Paying tribute to her mother after the anniversary concert, Concepcion wrote on Instagram: “I claim my position as your eldest child, with pride and joy. No matter what, you are my mother. I will always love and admire you in ways the rest of your audience will never know, nor see. I have learned about life and passion just watching you live out yours.”
To fans, the latest personal developments between Cuneta and Concepcion appear to be a repeat of their 2018 rift and subsequent reconciliation.
In January, Concepcion’s absence from Cuneta’s televised birthday celebration triggered an exchange of messages on social media, where the daughter apologized, and the mother lamented that Concepcion has become increasingly distant from her side of the family.
(Concepcion is Cuneta’s daughter with ex-husband Gabby Concepcion. Cuneta has three children with her current husband, Sen. Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan.)
This time, however, Cuneta hinted that her conflict with her daughter has a deeper source than what’s known to their followers. Concepcion, as of writing, has yet to respond to her mother’s statements.