Dubbed as the Philippine’s Concert Queen, Pops Fernandez has enjoyed one of the longest singing careers in show business. She first became a recording artist when she was only 16 and became part of the country’s most famous music couples when she married Martin Nievera.
Born Maria Cielito Lukban Fernandez on December 2, 1966, Pops is the daughter of action star Eddie Fernandez and Dulce Lukban. She signed a recording contract with OctoArts in 1981 and released her first LP, Pops, in 1982. In the same year, she became a co-host of the variety series Penthouse Live! Along with Martin. Pops quickly became a popular teen idol and a cover girl of countless magazines. The show was eventually replaced with Martin and Pops Twogether, and the pair got married shortly afterward.
Husband and wife worked together in another variety program, ASAP. Pops starred in more movies, usually in the dramatic genre.
The couple had two sons before they separated in 1998. Their separation grabbed showbiz headlines because of the supposed affair with of Martin with another woman. Many fans sympathized with Pops because of the issue.
During the years that followed her separation from Martin, Pops worked endlessly and solidified her status as the Concert Queen even further. She went on tour and performed in several countries, including the U.S. and Hong Kong. Pops continued attract huge crowds and good album sales. She also launched her own fashion collection, Pipay.
In 2006, Pops posed on the cover of the August 2006 issue of FHM Philippines. The very sexy pictorial sparked controversy, which got even Martin to comment on his ex-wife’s suddenly sexy image.
Pops remained friends with Martin even after their separation. She had several boyfriends, including Aussie heartthrob Brad Turvey and actor Jomari Yllana, who were notably younger than she is. Recently, her split with Jomari placed her on the headlines again, especially because Martin got himself involved in the couple’s breaking up.
• Pops (Gold Award)
• Pops Fernadez in Love
• Heading for the Top
• The Best of Pops Fernandez (Gold Award)
• Awesome (Platinum Award)
• Nagmamahal Pa Rin Sa ‘Yo (Gold Award)
• Moments (Gold Award)
• Shindig Live
• The Story of Pops Fernandez
• The Way I Feel Inside (Gold Award)
• When Words Are Not Enough
• Don’t Say Goodbye (Re-released)
• Zsazsa Zaturnnah Ze Moveeh (2006)
• Videoke King (2002)
• Gusto Ko Ng Lumigaya (2000)
• Linlang (1999)
• Tamis Ng Unang Halik (1990)
• Kung Maibabalik Ko Lang (1989)
• Magic To Love (1989)
• Sa Puso Ko Hahalik Ang Mundo (1988)
• Stupid Cupid (1988)
• Shoot That Ball (1987)
• Si Mister At Si Misis (1986)
• Always And Forever (1986)
• Payaso (1986)
• Give Me Five (1984)
• Paano Ba Ang Magmahal (1984)
• Just Say You Love Me (1982)
• Pag-Ibig Pa (1982)