Merry Christmas Donna is the fifth studio album by Filipino singer Donna Cruz, released in the Philippines in December 13, 1996 by Viva Records. The album continued Cruz’s streak of unprecedented hit albums, being certified platinum in Christmas 1996. It was the second fastest-selling holiday album behind Jose Mari Chan’s Christmas in Our Hearts and the second OPM music holiday album to receive a platinum certification in the same year of its release.
Pure Donna is the sixth studio album by Filipino singer Donna Cruz, released in the Philippines in 1997 by Viva Records. It was certified platinum a week after it was released, and was certified three-times platinum. The album release coincided with the celebration of Cruz’s twentieth birthday.
After the success of Habang May Buhay and Merry Christmas Donna, Cruz began recording songs for her next studio album. By the end of 1996, Cruz was arguably the biggest celebrity in the Philippines, with movies like Muling Umawit ang Puso, Habang May Buhay, Pag-Ibig Ko Sa Iyo’y Totoo and DoReMi performing incredibly well in the local box office. Singles like “Only Me and You”, “I Can”, and “Wish” have all dominated Philippine radio in 1996.
Donna is the self-titled debut album by Filipino singer Donna Cruz, released in 1991 by Viva Records in the Philippines. Cruz received an award for Best New Female Recording Artist at the 1992 Awit Awards. The album spawned the hits “Rain” (a Boy Mondragon original), “Boy (I Love You)” (a Cherie Gil original) and the lead single, “Kapag Tumibok Ang Puso”, which was Cruz’s debut single and breakthrough hit. The album was re-issued in 1991 and included a bonus track entitled “Ba’t Di Mo Sabihin”, a duet with Filipino balladeer and former Smokey Mountain member Tony Lambino.
Cruz embarked on a promotional campaign performing the lead single “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso” on German Moreno’s That’s Entertainment. She appeared as herself in the movie Andrew Ford Medina: ‘Wag Kang Gamol! and performed the lead single in its dance break. Promotion of the album extended until 1991, in which a duet with Tony Lambino entitled “Ba’t Di Mo Sabihin” was included in the re-release of the album as part of the soundtrack for the 1991 remake of the film, Darna. Lambino and Cruz also teamed up as screen partners for the said movie.
Hulog Ng Langit is the seventh studio album by Filipino singer Donna Cruz, released in the Philippines in 1999 by Viva Records. It was released as Cruz’s final album under her contract with Viva Entertainment. Cruz did not record another album until Now and Forever in 2016.
After her marriage to ophthalmologist Potenciano Larrazabal III in 1998, Cruz began recording new material for her upcoming album. Having unfulfilled her duties under her then-current recording contract with Viva Entertainment Group, Cruz was obliged to finish her contract by recording a studio album. In 1999, Cruz handpicked longtime collaborator and producer Vehnee Saturno to write “Hulog Ng Langit” which was chosen as the lead single. As she was currently teen pregnant in Teenage pregnancy with her first child, Cruz also recorded several cover songs she wanted to be part of the album which included “Someone’s Waiting for You” from The Rescuers, John Denver’s “For Baby,” Dusty Springfield’s “I Only Want to Be with You”, Petula Clark’s “You and I” and “I Have Dreamed” which was originally performed by Julie Andrews.
Cruz embarked on a promotional tour for the album in 2000 after she gave birth to her daughter, Isabella Adriana. Two singles were released from the album, the Vehnee Saturno-penned title track, and “Ikaw Pala ‘Yon” which was released in early 2000, shortly after Cruz gave birth. The album was eventually certified platinum.
Kurot Sa Puso is the second studio album by Filipino singer Donna Cruz, released in the Philippines in 1992 by Viva Records. It was originally released on cassette tape and compact disc and is the last album by Cruz to be released on vinyl. The album was digitally released by Viva Records on iTunes on April 2006.
Following the success of her debut album Donna, Cruz returned to recording a studio album in 1990. According to Vic del Rosario, Jr., head of VIVA Entertainment Group, the success of the single “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso” put so much pressure on Cruz that they decided to take time in recording her next album. Among the recorded tracks Cruz performed during the creation of the album, “Kurot Sa Puso” (which as written by composer Vehnee Saturno) was chosen as the lead single, becoming Cruz’ first ballad lead single. The song did not perform as well as Cruz’ previous hits like “Rain” or “Kapag Tumibok ang Puso” but the album was certified gold nonetheless. No further singles were released soon after as Cruz began her involvement in more television acting projects like as Alabang Girls and Ober Da Bakod.