Pops Fernandez

Maria Cielito Lukban Fernandez (Quezon City, 12 December 1966), also known as Pops Fernandez, is a Filipino singer, entertainer, entrepreneur, TV host, and actress. She is dubbed the "Concert Queen." Maria Cielito "Pops" Lukban Fernandez was born on December 12, 1966  in Quezon City, Philippines. She is the daughter of action star Eddie Fernandez and Dulce Lukban. She has three other siblings: Edwin, Joey and Jocelyn. She was previously married to singer-songwriter Martin Nievera with whom she has two sons, Robin and Ram. Fernandez began her music career at age 16 when she signed a contract with OctoArts Records in 1981. In 1982, Fernandez released her first album and co-hosted the Philippine television series Penthouse Live! with Martin Nievera. She became a popular celebrity in the Philippines. She has appeared on the covers of several Philippine magazines. In 1996, Fernandez joined the cast of another television program ASAP together with her former husband Martin Nievera, along with Dayanara Torres and Ariel Rivera. Fernandez was awarded the Best Female Musical Variety Show Host at the Philippine KBP Golden Dove Awards in 1999. She has also toured the United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Guam, and Italy promoting her music to Philippine audiences. She also released her album Shindig Live in 2001. She recorded a series of songs that reached the top of the Philippine charts and attracted a sell-out crowd in venues such as the Araneta Coliseum and the Rizal Football Stadium, as well as the General Motors Palace in Vancouver. Fernandez sparked controversy by posing provocatively on the cover of FHM magazine. In June 2007, Fernandez co-hosted a Philippine show with Kuh Ledesma in Las Vegas. She was preparing for her December concert at the Araneta Coliseum marking her 25th year anniversary in the Philippine entertainment industry. In 2008, she performed with other Philippine singer such as Regine Velasquez, Kuh Ledesma, and Zsa Zsa Padilla in the Araneta Coliseum, called Divas 4 Divas.