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The return

If millennials have ‘squads’ and ‘it girls,’ the ’80s had the Triplets in Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz and Tina Paner

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Back in the time of Betamax and Game & Watch, Sheryl Cruz, Manilyn Reynes, and Tina Paner were the in-demand teen sensations from the variety show “That’s Entertainment” hosted by the late German Moreno.

(From left): Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz and Tina Paner (mb.com.ph)

(From left): Manilyn Reynes, Sheryl Cruz and Tina Paner

After a few decades, the Triplets (the name the three go by as a group) are back for a concert.

“Natutuwa kami kasi after ilang years, nagsama-sama ulit kami na isang grupo. Dati kasi, kapag may gusto kaming ipagsama, hindi nangyayari. Kung meron mang chance, usually TV special. At least ngayon, ito na talaga ’yung first concert namin,” Tina said at a press conference.

The three recently worked together again on GMA’s rom-com teleserye “Meant To Be.” This ignited their fans’ interest to see them all together for a concert.

“May mga nagri-request na mga fans na magkaroon ang Triplets ng either album or concert. Dumating sa point na kung kailan natapos ang ‘Meant To Be,’ napag-usapan namin na ano kaya kung gawin natin ’yung request nila? Sa akin naman walang masama kasi for love, for fun, at para mapagbigyan ang requests nila,” she added.

They were separated for many years due to their respective family lives and careers. Sheryl went to the US to establish her family, while Tina was based in Spain for 11 years.

“Even if I’m single I’m very happy na kasama ko ang aking anak. Nu’ng hindi ako naging visible for 11 years, nasa ibang bansa ako. Nagtrabaho din ako sa Barcelona. Ang kagandahan doon ay namuhay akong simple. I’m a very private person na kapag wala akong trabaho, nasa bahay lang ako or nag-grocery. So, iba ’yung buhay ko doon compared dito. Kahit andoon ako, hindi pa din nawawala sa akin ’yung dugo na nagpe-perform,” Tina said.

Tina helped other Filipino celebrities perform and shoot in Barcelona during her stay there.

“Tuwang-tuwa ako kasi nakakasama ko sila ng ilang linggo. After noon na uuwi sila, nalulungkot na naman ako. Dumadating ’yung point na mami-miss mo talaga ’yung buhay sa Pilipinas,” she said.

Sheryl and Tina are back in the Philippines with their children.

“Once pa lang siya (daughter) bumisita dito. She was seven or eight years old. Pagkabalik namin dito, may mga offer na sa TV guesting, so hindi na ako bumalik,” she said.

Manilyn feels blessed her career continued despite the rise of younger stars. She has been doing concerts and stars on GMA’s “Pepito Manaloto” for many years now.

“Nag-continue pa din akong magconcerts and shows. Blessed enough para hindi naman mawalan ng proyekto kahit hindi magkakasama,” Manilyn said.

Despite the Triplets’ separation for the longest time, they are happy to have remained friends and be able to work again together. They are also the ninangs of their children.

“I’m very honored kasi after so many years na nagkahiwalay-hiwalay kami ng mga kaibigan ko at nag-mature na kami, magkakaibigan pa din kami. At this point nagkaroon ulit kami ng chance na magkatrabaho. It’s a joy working with Tina and Manilyn kasi not only are we performing for our followers, it’s also a privilege to perform with the ‘Meant To Be’ boys,” Sheryl said.

Expect a nostalgic night at the Music Museum tomorrow as they sing their hits. Sheryl is known for her songs “Mr. Dreamboy,” “Sabi Ko Na Nga Ba” and “Ikaw Ang True Love Ko,” while Tina made hits with “Tamis Ng Unang Halik” and “Sana.” Manilyn, on the other hand, got everyone singing with “Feel Na Feel,” “Mr. Disco” and “Sayang Na Sayang.”

“Parang hindi matatapos ang gabi at parang crime kung hindi namin kakantahin ang mga hit songs namin (sa concert),” Manilyn said.

They will also get to do song and dance numbers, which they used to perform in “That’s Entertainment.”

“Nadagdagan ’yung challenge kasi may mga new songs na kami na ipe-perform and there are also lots of medleys na danceable. ’Yung mga hindi nila inaakala na gagawin namin, we’ll be doing those,” Sheryl said.

Fans can also expect to see some of their former love team partners. Manilyn was previously paired with Janno Gibbs, Ogie Alcasid, Anjo Yllana, and Keempee de Leon; while Sheryl was with Romnick Sarmenta and Tina with Cris Villanueva.

Few decades since their reign, the Triplets noticed how the OPM and entertainment industry have evolved.

“OPM has gone a long way, sobrang iba-iba ’yung galing ng ating mga singers. They’re really talented when it comes to collaboration work. Pati sa dancing, I’m very proud sa mga singers and dancers natin,” Sheryl said.

From cassette tapes then, people now turn to the Internet and mobile apps to listen to the music. Still, they welcome these changes.

“Maganda ’yung ginagawa ngayon kasi parang nabubuhay ulit. There was a time na nawala na ’yung mga banda kasi sa minus one so parang na-lessen ang trabaho ng musikero natin. Pero kapag may show, part sila. Ngayon madami na sila even the younger ones. Sa recording, naguusap kami ni Janno kasi he’s doing an album. I also want to make an album pero kailangan na daw ngayon idaan sa Internet, iyon na ang labanan ngayon,” Manilyn said.

No matter how the local showbiz has changed, Manilyn, Sheryl, and Tina will always be proud as products of OPM.

“Kahit dati pa ’yung music, ’80s, ’90s, kapag binalik ngayon kahit may pagbabago andoon pa din ’yung song na ginawa noon. Iba pa din kapag sinabi mo na OPM,” Tina said. (With report from Jojo P. Panaligan)

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