Comedy concert queen AiAi delas Alas is now a true blue Kapuso after she recently inked a five-year contract with the network’s talent management arm, GMA Artist Center.
“I didn’t have second thoughts signing up with GMAAC,” she avers. “For me, it is payback time to the station that gave me the opportunity to appear on television. If you can still remember, my first big break was in the weekly musical variety show R.S.V.P., in the early 90s. There, my character Cheenie La Chika became popular.”
Apart from R.S.V.P. the 55-year-old comedienne also appeared in other hit shows on GMA-7.
She became a co-host in the noontime shows Lunch Date (1991 to 1993), and SST: Salo-Salo Together (1994 to 1995) . She also starred in the sitcom 1 For 3 along with Vic Sotto and Rosanna Roces before she moved to ABS-CBN sometime in 1998.
“Then, as everybody knows, I came back to the Kapuso fold in 2015 until now,” she says.
The topnotch comedienne feels proud that she signed a management contract with GMAAC.
“This is where my career as an entertainer really started. It is also very timely that they are celebrating their 70th anniversary. That’s why my signing up with their talent management agency is a fitting tribute to the network which first saw my potential,” she states.
“I’ve been in the ‘biz for thirty years already and I have plans to semi-retire. That’s why I decided to come back to my original home where I began my career as an entertainer and which had a huge contribution to what I am now,” she ends.
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In a recent online interview, Pia Wurtzbach revealed that she has no communication with Bea Alonzo who can be considered her contemporary in showbiz. Both of them were products of Star Magic. While Bea was part of Batch 10, Pia was with Batch 11. They also happened to work in the now-defunct teen drama series, K2BU, along with Shaina Magdayao and Angeline Aguilar.
“Of course, it’s understandable that we lost communication since we trekked different paths since then. She honed her craft and became a premiere actress while I concentrated on becoming a beauty queen,” she says.
According to the Miss Universe 2015 winner, the last time she saw Bea was at the 2019 Star Magic Ball.
“But it was very brief—I didn’t get to come close to say ‘Hi!’ to her, although I would like to greet and speak to her and reconnect again if she’s up to it.”
Pia belies the rumors saying she’s jealous of Bea of what she has achieved in her acting career.
“When I joined Binibining Pilipinas, I haven’t thought of acting anymore. It’s more like, I’ve already resigned to that fact. One more thing, it’s been a long time. I had a different focus,” she clarifies.
“I think it all started when my life story was featured in Maalaala Mo Kaya in 2017 where Liza Soberano gave life to my character. I guess people got the impression that I was jealous or mad at her, but of course, it’s not true!”
According to Pia, she has no reason to feel that way.
“Everyone knows how good an actress Bea is. She’s really good. I can’t compete in that department. Anyway, I also had a different but wonderful journey in the field of beauty pageants,” she ends.
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