Sheryl Cruz (born April 5, 1974 in Makati City, Philippines) is a Filipina actress and singer who was once a teen icon in the Philippines. her full nameis: Sheryl Rose Anna Marie Sonora Cruz-Bustos
Her parents were both Sampaguita Pictures stars - Ricky Belmonte and Rosemarie Sonora. She is the niece of actress Susan Roces, widow of the 'King of the Filipino Movies' and presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr. She is the cousin of Donna Cruz, Geneva Cruz and Sunshine Cruz. She has a daughter named Ashley.
Cruz started her career at a very young age. She won the FAMAS best child actress 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 Fernando Poe Jr.
She was later contracted by Regal Films along with Kristina Paner and Manilyn Reynes to form the sensational "TRIPLETS". 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 more memorable loveteams, that of herself and Romnick Sarmenta loveteam. Sheryl then signed a contract with Seiko Films. Sheryl was named during her teen years as "The Princess of the Philippine Movie".
She later married and moved to United States, only returning to Manila infrequently. However, Sheryl decided to return home, and starred in her comeback movie, Mano Po 3: My Love.
But her biggest break was starring on two Now and Forever seasons, Tinig and Ganti, which gained high ratings despite its afternoon timeslot; and through Bakekang, which her villainous character became a household name.