How Sunshine, Sheryl became friends again
MANILA – For the first time, Sunshine Cruz shared in detail how she and her erstwhile estranged cousin Sheryl Cruz patched things up and put their misunderstanding behind them.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Sunshine said it happened during a meeting for the Kapamilya series “Galema,” which stars both actresses.
Sunshine recalled nervously approaching Sheryl and started talking to her about what went wrong with their relationship.
“Sabi ko, ‘Ate Sheryl, I just want to ask kung bakit ka nagalit sa akin.’ Sabi ko nga, bakit ba siya nagalit sa akin, never naman ako nagsalita ng anything bad against her. Tapos sabi niya, ‘Si Geneva (Cruz) ka-close mo.’ Si Gen yata 'yung nagsalita noon. Sabi ko, ‘Si Gen lang iyon, hindi ako,’” she shared.
Sunshine said this then paved the way for a heartfelt conversation between them which ended with a hug.
“Sabi niya, ‘Nadamay ka lang kasi close kayo ni Geneva.’ Nag-sorry ako sa kanya kung ano man [ang nagawa ko], tapos nag-sorry din siya sa akin tapos nag-hug kami, and then okay na,” Sunshine said.
It has been more than a decade since Sunshine and their other cousin, Geneva, allegedly lambasted Sheryl for not paying her last respects to her father Ricky Belmonte in 2001.
Now that things have already ironed out between her and Sheryl, Sunshine said she made an effort to talk to Geneva and tell her about what happened.
“Sinabi ko na kay Gen kasi nga nagsabi sa akin si Ate Sheryl. Sabi ko, ‘Gen I think she deserves an apology.’
And si Gen naman, willing naman siya. Sabi niya one of these days dadalaw daw siya sa set namin para mag-sorry kay Ate Sheryl,” she said.
Noting that they are no longer getting any younger, Sunshine said it’s about time that they have each other’s backs because blood is still thicker than water.
“Ang pangit naman kung hanggang ngayon nag-aaway pa rin. Dapat nagdadamayan kapag magkakamag-anak, hindi nag-aaway,” she said.
In a past interview, Sheryl said she is enjoying every minute of working with Sunshine after not talking to each other for years.
"It's a bonding experience for the two of us kasi nga it's been awhile since we last saw each other and last talked. Everything is good between the two of us. Wala na 'yung mga problema sa past. We really put it in the past, and we are really moving forward," said Sheryl, who is playing Sunshine's sister on “Galema.”
"I am actually very excited how she flourished as an actress and despite sa pinagdadaanan niya ngayon in her personal life, hanga ako sa pinsan ko kasi she's a good mother to three daughters at best interest ng children 'yun ang kanyang iniisip," Sheryl added.
ike Sunshine, Sheryl is also separated from the father of her daugher, Ashley.