With the recent viral video of Donna Cruz surfacing the net, many are asking what her Facebook title "Original Multimedia Star" really means. Well, she is one of the most successful OPM female artist of the 1990s, with her combined album sales of over 300,000 throughout her nine years as an active recording artist and being a multimedia star entails several different platforms such as a recording artist, actress, product endorser and television presenter. Long before other multimedia artists came about, Donna Cruz owned it in the '90s.
Here are 9 reasons why she's dubbed as the "Original Multimedia Star:"
1. Donna released her first ever album at the age of 14. The album went double platinum and the singles “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso”, “Boy (I Love You)” and “Rain” made it to the charts. Here, Donna won as Best New Performing Artist in Awit Awards (1992).
2. One of the best (star-studded) comedy flicks in town! Donna, Regine Velasquez, and Mikee Cojuangco are 3 accidental, musically-inclined friends in the hit movie "Do-Re-Mi." Donna is at her funniest here!
3. Donna's once paired with American singer Jason Everly for her last movie, "Isang Tanong Isang Sagot." This was back in June of 1997 and their song entitled "Wish" was included in Jason Everly’s first international album entitled “No Ordinary Music.”
4. On October of 1995, she launched her biggest-selling album ever, “Habang May Buhay”, an album composed of selected movie theme songs. This album garnered a quadruple-PLATINUM award, an honor received by only a selected number of female recording artists in the Philippines.
5. At 17 years old, she made two heavy drama movies, “Kadenang Bulaklak,” with Vina Morales and Ana Roces; and “Pangako Ng Kahapon”, with Agot Isidro, Alice Dixon, and Gary Estrada. This movie gave her a Best Supporting Actress nomination, quite a feat for someone her age.
6. Donna Cruz starred in the daily soap opera entitled “Villa Quintana”, where she and fellow actor Keempee De Leon act as star-crossed lovers whose families are at war against each other. She instantly became a “household name,” to a certain point where no one in the Philippines does not know who “Donna Cruz” is.
7. After doing a lot of movies, duets, and guest appearances, in 1996 she released an album, “Pure Donna”, which turned platinum a week after it was released. This album contains the hit track “Isang Tanong Isang Sagot”, and her own version of “Smile”. A special song “Where Could He Be” is included in this album, a song made especially for Donna by Trina Belamide.
8. Her song "Only Me and You" was chosen as Awit Award's 1995 Best Ballad Recording, and Donna as Best Female Ballad Performance in an album.
9. The Ian-Donna-Kempee love triangle was such a big hit in the '90s. It reached its peak when Donna started filming with Ian De Leon again, also with Nora Aunor, in the Metro Manila Film Festival entry movie, “Muling Umawit Ang Puso”. In this movie, she won the Best Supporting Actress award.
On February of 1998, Donna married an opthalmologist from Cebu, Dr. Yong Larrazabal. She stayed out of the limelight for almost a year, until she has started recording another album again in July of 1999 entitled “Hulog Ng Langit”, while pregnant with daughter Ysabella. On August of 2003, Donna gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Cian.
From then on, her timeless beauty has not faded a bit. She still continues to captivate the hearts of many.
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