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Maria Teresa Abellare Llamedo Cruzata, better known as "Dulce", is a Filipino singer and theater actress most famous for the hit song "Ako Ang Nasawi, Ako ang Nagwagi". Dubbed as the "Asia's Diva," she has gained critical acclaims by winning numerous singing tournaments in the Philippines and abroad.


Early Life and Career

Dulce was born to a poor family in Villa Bulsita, Bulacao, Pardo, Cebu City. She started singing at the age of two. Her highest educational attainment was only elementary. She immediately went to Manila when opportunity came to pursue a singing career. She went on to win on many singing competitions including the popular "Tawag ng Tanghalan", upon which she started her career, and the Second Metropop Festival on which she sang one of the late George Canseco's compositions. Gracing recording studios, she became a singing sensation.


Among her recognition is being the Grand Prize Winner in the 4th Asian Singing Competition in 1979 Hongkong, included in the National Press Club's Tinig Award's Top 10 Supersingers of the Phils. of 1982, 1983, 1984 and 1991, First Runner - up 3rd ABU Popular Song Festival, Putra World Trade Center Kuala Lumpur, Grand Prize in the Asia-Pacific Singing Contest in 1988 Hongkong, Representative to the 1995 Fringe Festival in Edinburgh Scotland, and 1st Runner - up 2002 Australia Open Entertainment Competition in Sydney. These accolades earned her the SPECIAL AWARD OF RECOGNITION during the 2003 Aliw Awards Night, and a star in the WALK OF FAME, Eastwood City in 2008.




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