INTERESTING developments in the ongoing network wars. After Sharon Cuneta announced her departure from TV5, then touted the brightest spot in the local broadcasting arena, short of two years in her five-year contract with the network, more artists are moving around as well.
Martin del Rosario, once the most promising Kapamilya star, has high-jumped over the ABS-CBN fence and landed on the GMA Network lot. He recently signed an exclusive deal with Kapuso.
Kiko Estrada, son of actor-politician Gary Estrada, has moved back to the Kapuso network as well after a couple of years with the Kapamilya network. Remember that Kiko started at the Kapuso network before being lured to join the Kapamilya stars for a while. His reason for coming back was he felt more at home being a Kapuso.
Camille Prats, sister of dyed-in-the-wool Kapamilya John, has decided to go Kapuso for several more years. “She’s happy with the network,” she said, “so why not renew?”
All three of them signed with the Kapuso network on Sept. 2 in the presence of GMA Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth G. Rasonable, GMA Vice President for Entertainment Marivin T. Arayata, GMA Assistant Vice President for Drama Cheryl C. Sy, GMA Senior Assistant Vice President for Alternative Productions Gigi S. Lara, GMA Artist Center Assistant Vice President and Head for Talent Imaging and Marketing Unit Simoun F. Ferrer and manager Arnold Vegafria.
Camille said, “Happy kasi ever since naman po, I’ve been very happy with my home network, and happy din ako sa mga shows na they’ve been giving me, most of them are really very challenging, especially itong Second Chances na I had to cut my hair short for this role. I took it as a really good challenge. I’m working with Direk Laurice Guillen and a really, really good ensemble cast, so very very happy, and excited. Tsaka ngayon parang ang sarap din sa feeling na you’re still part of the network where I’ve been staying for the past years. So I’m very happy talaga where I am now, and I’m glad na mayroon ulit akong pagkakataon na magawa ‘yung gusto kong gawin which is acting.”
After signing the contract, Kiko Estrada said he’s very pleased to be back with GMA.
“I’m really thankful to GMA because they gave me a new project, Strawberry Lane, right away. I’m back and I’m happy. So I’m going to work harder because I want to be one of the best actors someday.”
Meanwhile, Martin del Rosario assured the Network that he will be committed in giving his best in every project that the management will give him.
“Masaya po ako dahil matagal ko nang hinihintay ang araw na ito. Ngayon po, official na Kapuso na ako. I’m very excited sa magagandang proyekto na ipagkakatiwala sa akin ng GMA and I will give my best para maipakita na pinahahalagahan ko ang tiwalang ibingay nila,” Martin said.
Magpakailanman, and we’re preparing a soap for him. So lahat ‘yan, drama.”
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