Sheryl Cruz

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Sheryl Cruz
Sheryl Rose Anna Marie Sonora Cruz

(1974-04-05) April 5, 1974 (age 44)
OccupationActress, Singer, Composer
Years active1978–present
Spouse(s)Norman Bustos
(m. 1996–d. 2008)

Sheryl Rose Anna Marie Sonora Cruz (born April 5, 1974 in Makati City, Philippines), better known simply as Sheryl Cruz, is a Filipina actress and singer. She is known for her role as Divina Ferrer in 2007's television drama series Sinasamba Kita, and as Valeria on Bakekang and the Philippine remake of Rosalinda.

After four years out of ABS-CBN, in 2012, she had a guest appearance on the series Walang Hanggan as young Virginia "Manang Henya" Cruz, portrayed by Ms. Susan Roces. In 2013, while she's still a contract star of ABS-CBN, she became part of Galema: Anak ni Zuma, critically known as Galela Carriedo.

She returned to her home network GMA Network in 2014, where she had been working since then, being given many roles and TV appearances.

Acting career[edit]

Cruz started her career at a very young age.[when?] She won the FAMAS Best Child Actress award for her portrayal in the movie "Mga Basang Sisiw" opposite Janice de Belen, Che Che and the late Julie Vega. She also won best child actress for the movie "Roman Rapido" opposite her late uncle the King of Filipino Movies, Fernando Poe Jr.. She was also in the movie "Ang Leon at Ang Kuting"(1980) with Fernando Poe Jr. and in the movie "Tropang Bulilit"(1981) with Niño Muhlach and Lea Salonga.

She was later contracted by Regal Films along with Kristina Paner and Manilyn Reynes to form the sensational group "TRIPLETS". Among the three, Manilyn Reynes became the Star of the New Decade and Sheryl Cruz became the Princess of Philippine Cinema. At that time, GMA Network established the youth oriented TV show "That's Entertainment" hosted by German Moreno, where she became part of the Wednesday group.

Her movie career blossomed as part of Philippine cinema's most memorable love teams, that of herself and Romnick Sarmenta. Sheryl then signed a contract with Seiko Films. Sheryl was named during her teen years as "The Princess of the Philippine Movies".[citation needed] She later married and moved to the United States. In August 2004, Sheryl decided to return home, and starred in her comeback movie, Mano Po 3: My Love, with her godmother the Star for All Seasons, Ms. Vilma Santos-Recto, governor of Batangas.

But her biggest break was starring in two seasons of Now and Forever, "Tinig" and "Ganti", which garnered high ratings (equivalent to that of a primetime show) despite its being on an afternoon timeslot. She appeared on Bakekang, in which her antagonist character, Valeria, became a household name. In 2007-2008, she transferred to ABS-CBN after her blooming career on GMA when she was offered to play Miss Minchin, the main antagonist of Princess Sarah, as Xandra in Komiks Presents: Varga, and a special participation role in Lobo that is starred by Angel Locsin. She decided to transfer back to GMA Network and decided to stay at her home network to do Luna Mystica, opposite a former talent of ABS-CBN, Heart Evangelista.

In the mid-plot of the Sine Novela offering, Tinik Sa Dibdib, she was cast as an additional character in the series, rumored that she was the replacement of Ara Mina. In the series, she was the lead antagonist, the love triangle between Lando (portrayed by Marvin Agustin) and Lorna (portrayed by Sunshine Dizon in the first three weeks and Nadine Samonte onwards.)

After her role on Tinik sa Dibdib, Cruz was chosen by GMA Network to appear in Langit sa Piling Mo as a guest star. She also starred in the first season of the GMA reality comedy series Ang Yaman ni Lola and Grazilda.

In 2011, Cruz moved to TV5 and joined the cast of Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak.

In 2012, she later returned again to ABS-CBN as Cruz appeared in a special participation role in the last episodes of the hit phenomenal teleserye Walang Hanggan, playing the role of a younger Manang Henya (portrayed by her aunt Ms. Susan Roces) in flashbacks. She, along with her cousin Sunshine Cruz, is currently a part of the 2013 hit afternoon action-horror-drama series Galema: Anak ni Zuma, starring Andi Eigenmann.

On December 7, 2013, Cruz won the P1,000,000 in The Singing Bee with four consecutive answers.

She returned to her home network, GMA Network once again in 2014. She had been working there ever since. She has been given many roles and TV appearances. Her latest role is in the afternoon drama series Buena Familia. She portrays Josephine Carter, alongside Bobby Andrews, who portrays Arthur Buena, her love interest and Angelu de Leon as Bettina Agravante-Buena, whom she sees as her competition for Arthur's love.

Personal life[edit]

Her parents were both Sampaguita Pictures stars - Ricky Belmonte and Rosemarie Sonora. Her ethnicity is French-Chinese[1] on her maternal side, Tagalog on her paternal side, and Spanish-Filipino on both her maternal and paternal sides. She is the niece of actress Susan Roces, the Queen of Filipino Movies. Cruz and her husband Norman Bustos were married in 1996 but filed for divorce in March 2008.[2] They have a daughter named Ashley Nicole.



Year Title Role(s) Network
2019 Young Once upon a Time Herself Net 25
2018 Tadhana: Saranghae Genie GMA Network
My Guitar Princess Adele Raymundo
2017/2018 Impostora Bettina "Betty" Romero
2017 Meant To Be Beatriz Spencer-Del Valle
2016 Oh My Mama Julia Domingo-Reyes
Once Again Agnes Carbonnel
2015 Buena Familia Josephine Carter
Love Hotline Amalia Punzalan
Imbestigador: Hinalay sa loob ng bahay (Gupit Panty)
2014 Strawberry Lane Monique Tolentino-Bernarte
Maalaala Mo Kaya: Jeep Rosalina "Lina" ABS-CBN
2013 The Singing Bee Herself Guest Celebrity Player (Won 1 Million Pesos)
2013/2014 Jim Fernandez's Galema, Anak ni Zuma Galela Carriedo
2012 Maalaala Mo Kaya: Sanggol Susan Roces
Walang Hanggan young Virginia "Henya" Cruz
Isang Dakot Na Luha Helga Zamora TV5
2011 Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin Amara Luna GMA Network
Mga Nagbabagang Bulaklak Rosal Flores TV5
Babaeng Hampaslupa Young Helena See
Untold Stories Mula Sa Face To Face: Sa Piling ng Kaaway Nenita
2010/2011 Grazilda Fabiola GMA Network
2010/2011 Ang Yaman ni Lola Kimberly Hechanova-Cabagnot
2009/2010 Sine Novela: Tinik Sa Dibdib Rita Domingo
2009 Rosalinda Donya Valeria Del Castillo-Altamirano
SRO Cinemaserye: Ganti Ng Puso Viola Ojeda
2008/2009 Luna Mystika Alice Sagrado
2008 Lobo Young Eleanora "Lady Elle" Blancaflor ABS-CBN
Komiks Presents: Varga Xandra
2007 Princess Sarah Miss Maria Minchin
Mga Mata ni Anghelita Magdalena GMA Network
Sinasamba Kita Divina Ferrer
2006 Bakekang Valeria Arevalo
Now and Forever: Tinig Selena
2005 Now and Forever: Ganti Samantha
2004 Startalk Herself / Host
Mulawin Linang
Magpakailanman: Jinky Oda Story Jinky Oda
1996 Maalaala Mo Kaya Various roles ABS-CBN
1993 Haybol Rambol GMA Network
1992 Billy Bilyonaryo
1981/1996 Lovingly Yours, Helen
1986-1992 That's Entertainment Herself / Wednesday Group Member
1992-1996 GMA Supershow Herself / Co-Host


  • Sheryl (1989)
  • Walang Ganyanan (1991)
  • Row 4 (Ang Baliktorians) Movie Soundtrack (1993)
  • There's No Place Like Home (2009)
  • Sa Puso ay Ikaw pa Rin (2014)


  1. ^ "ASIAN JOURNAL a San Diego original. The 1st Asian Journal in Ca,USA. A Filipino American weekly. Online - Digital - Print Editions". Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  2. ^ Santiago, Erwin. "Sheryl Cruz and husband Norman Bustos file for divorce". Retrieved 31 January 2019.

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