Clarita Crisostomo dela Fuente-de Guzman was a Filipino singer and businesswoman. She was professionally known as Claire dela Fuente.
Born in Manila, Philippines, Dela Fuente was dubbed the Karen Carpenter of the Philippines. Here are 13 more things about the late Filipino singer:
- She was 15 years old when she competed in a singing competition for the first time. She sang “Love Me for What I Am” by The Carpenters and won the grand prize.
- In 1978, Himig released her album “Sayang,” which has 10 songs including “Sayang,” “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw,” “Nakaw Na Pag-ibig” and “Kasal.” On October 15, 1978, she and Moises “Boy” Lapuz de Guzman got married.
- In 1979, Himig released her album “Mga Bulong Ng Pag-ibig.” In 1980, Jive Records released her album “Claire.” In 1981, Polydor released her album “Claire Ikaw Ang Simula.”
- In 1982, she played Claire in the 1982 dramatic film “Moral,” which starred Lorna Tolentino, Gina Alajar and Sandy Andolong.
- In 1986, she gave birth to Gregorio “Gigo” de Guzman.
- In 1993, she set up the Philippine bus company King of Kings Transport. It used the name Philippine Corinthian Liner Corp. (PCLC) until it became defunct in 2011 when her bus franchise was cancelled after she joined a nationwide transport strike in the Philippines.
- In 1996, she gave birth to Gracielo “Mickey” de Guzman.
- In 1999, she was elected as the president of the Integrated Metropolitan Bus Operators Association (IMBOA).
- In 2003, she studied transportation management at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Manila. In 2005, she earned her master’s degree in business administration at the University of Western Australia in Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
- In December 2006, her husband died of cancer.
- In 2008, she collaborated with Richard Carpenter for her international album titled “Something In Your Eyes.” In 2010, she and Michael Bolton recorded a duet song titled “The Christmas Song,” which was included on her album “The Christmas Album” under Viva Records.
- In 2020, a tax appellate court in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines convicted her of tax evasion over the failure of her bus company PCLC to file income tax returns and pay taxes from 1998 to 2004.
- In 2021, she accompanied Gigo in several television interviews. He was one of the suspects in the death of Christine Dacera. In the same year, she and Gigo tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 30, 2021, she died of cardiac arrest at the age of 62.