Actor Rocco Nacino thanks GMA Network for the advancement of his showbiz career, while television darling Barbie Forteza enjoys her journey as Kapuso. The award-winning stars both renewed their contract with the network on Nov. 18.
Looking back on Rocco’s journey, the talented actor is filled with gratitude as Starstruck laid the right foundations for him as an artist.
“I started late in my early 20s. It was a half-hearted decision to join showbiz. But hindi talaga ako nagsisi because the learnings that I got through Starstruck paved the way for me to be where I am right now. Kung may pasasalamatan talaga ako, of course, it’s the network, the executives, but also Starstruck,” he said.
“Three months of grueling workshops to make us into whole artists and to make our mark in showbiz…To be here, to be staying as a Kapuso, it’s something I’m very, very proud of and grateful for,” he added.
Rocco has come a long way after being named as StarStruck V’s Second Prince in 2012. His iconic role in the Pinoy remake of the hit Korean drama series, ‘Descendants of the Sun’ as Technical Sergeant Diego Ramos opened up more opportunities for him to showcase his talent and make a name for himself.
Currently, he is one of the lead stars in the top-rating GMA primetime drama series, To Have and To Hold as Gavin Ramirez.
Barbie, on the other hand, looks back on her Kapuso journey sharing that series Meant To Be and the movie Duwokan sa Tuos are among her most unforgettable projects.
From landing her first major role in the Philippine adaptation of the hit Korean drama series Stairway to Heaven to winning numerous acting awards and headlining various top-rating drama series, Barbie has grown to become one of the most versatile actresses of her generation.
“Sobrang nakaka-overwhelm dahil lahat ng friends ko sa show business ay nagparating ng mensahe. Maraming, maraming salamat. Sa mga bosses ko po dito sa GMA, maraming salamat po. I can’t ask for anything more. Thank you so much for this wonderful gift,” she said after signing her contract.
After top-billing the month-long fresh episodes of Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Captain Barbie, she is set to play another out-of-the-box character in the Christmas special of Wish Ko Lang.