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Monday, June 9, 2008

Sunshine Dizon

Sunshine Dizon is a Filipina actress. She started in show business when she was only three years old. On her teens, she became a sweetheart. Through time, she was molded into one of the greatest serious actresses of her generation.


Born as Margarette Sunshine Cansancio Dizon on July 3, 1983 to Isagani Benzon Dizon and Dorothy Cansancio Dizon, Sunshine is the sister of drummer Mike Dizon of Sandwich, the youngest and only girl in their family. At a young age, her mother who was then a producer of films and TV shows, noticed her interest in show business. She entered Philippine show business at the age of three.

When she was six, his dad left for the States. After a few months, she and her mom followed. When they went to the States, she was then shooting for the movie "Kung Kasalanan Man" with Dina Bonnevie and the scene in the movie where she is flying for the States is actually true because after shooting that scene, they proceeded to the airport immediately. She spent her seventh birthday in the United States.

She entered elementary and spent her Grade 1 in St. Joseph College and she even ranked three in the entrance examination. The funny story is that she was able to make it when the truth is that she is does not know how to read during that time. She didn't go through pre-school because she is already acting during that time that's why she has no knowledge in reading and writing. What she did was she told the proctor that she left her eyeglasses that's why she can't read the test question and asked for the proctor to read it for her. The school was impressed by the results of her examination. During this time, her mother also decided to focus on her academics and take a break from show business, they rejected a number of movies and projects. Later, she was asked to read a phrase from their book, that was the time that they discovered the truth that Sunshine can't actually read.

Sunshine was doing well in her classes. She one of the brightest students in her class, but she can't resist the call for acting because of the many offers she has been getting. She got an offer to star with Dolphy which they could not resist.

She transferred school to Sunny Hill when she was in Grade 2. At her young age, she is juggling acting and schooling yet she managed to be in the list of honorees. Still, despite her absences she got good grades and was even running for honors in her last year in elementary. But she wasn't given the award because a parent threatened the school that he would complain if Dizon gets an award because of her absences.

Acting Career:

Sunshine, the Childstar:

Sunshine Dizon started acting at the age of three. Her screen name then was simply "Sunshine". Her mother was a producer then, and her mom would always bring her in her meetings. Her mother's co-producers were amazed and delighted by her personality; that's why they told her that she could be a child actress. The first movie that she did was "God’s Little Children".

At a young age, she has already worked with some of the icons in the local industry. She worked with Dina Bonnevie in "Kung Kasalanan Man" (1989); Fernando Poe Jr. in "Hindi Pa Tapos Ang Laban" and "Kahit Butas ng Karayom Papasukin Ko" where she got her first acting recognition as Best Child Actress from FAMAS.

In television, she became a regular in the longest-running gag show in the Philippines Bubble Gang. She also became part of "That's Entertainment" for six months. After which, VIVA signed her and cast her in "DATS", the show that replaced That's Entertainment.

Sunshine Dizon, the Teenstar:

From a childstar, she then became a teenstar. VIVA relaunched her and casted her as one of the leads in the TV Series Anna Karenina with Antoinette Taus and Kim delos Santos. The three with pairs Dingdong Dantes, Polo Ravales and Dino Guevara were the hottest youngstars during the 90s and they were dubbed as the VIVA Teens Barkada. The group were also introduced as the new cast of TGIS (Thank God It's Sabado). She starred in teenybopper flicks which were box office hits like "Honey, My Love, So Sweet" (1999) and "Kiss Mo Ko" (1999).

Sunshine Dizon, the Drama Actress:

In 2001, GMA Network got her to star with Angelika dela Cruz in the primetime television drama "Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin". But during the course of the series her character was killed. This was because she was given a solo soap, the critically acclaimed "Kung Mawawala Ka" where she was paired with Cogie Domingo. She proved her versatility as an actress when she tried comedy by being casted in "Masikip sa dibdib" (2004) and the TV sitcom "Daboy En Da Girl" (2002). Meanwhile she was also casted in drama flicks, her forte like "Mga Batang lansangan... ngayon" (2002), "Filipinas" (2003) and "Sabel" (2004). She also starred in the GMA mini-series "Umulan Man o Umaraw" and "Tuwing Kapiling Ka."

But the turning point of her career was when she was casted as Sang'gre Pirena in Encantadia saga (2005-2006). It was in this series that her acting prowess was recognized by critics. She even got two Best Actress Awards from ENPRESS (Golden Screen Entertainment TV Awards) and Gawad Amerika and various nominations for Encantadia.

She continued showing her comic antics in the sitcom Bahay Mo Ba To? (2005). Her Encantadia stint was followed by "Captain Brabell" TV Series (2006) where she played a pivotal villain. She was later pulled out from the show to give way for her biggest break on Philippine television, she was chosen to be the title roler in "Carlo J. Caparas' Bakekang", a role which was once played by Superstar Nora Aunor. Nevertheless, she was able to pull it off and was critically acclaimed for her magnanimous portrayal of the ugly yet warmhearted movie fan. The show also topped the ratings chart which elevated her status into a serious actress and primetime queen. She was awarded Best Actress by PMPC Atar Awards for her portrayal in Bakekang.

This was followed by Impostora(2007) where she plays a dual role. And now, La Vendetta (2007), a drama-thriller series.

GMA Network recently signed her as an exclusive contract star. While her television career is on its peak, she still has to prove herself in the box office. She was casted in the GMA Films' movie Dagaw which to be aired in 2008.