GMA Films is now back from their hiatus that started after the release of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza‘s Imagine You and Me.
The filming has started for the principal photography for the production’s comeback movie, Kambal, Karnabal, starring Derrik Monasterio, Super Tekla, Kiray Celis, Jo Berry, and Kim Domingo. It is directed by Adolf Alix Jr.
It is said that this will mark the start of GMA Films continuous production of movies.
Monasterio shared that he’s very excited about the comeback movie and he’s thankful for those who trusted his skills as an actor.
GMA Films produced some award-winning movies such as Jose Rizal, Muro-Ami, Sa Pusod ng Dagat, Death Row, and a few more others.
After Felipe Gozon took over the film production branch of GMA Network, it was placed on hiatus for about five years.
As they have put out successful movies, they have also produced not-so-successful movies such as Boy Pick-Up: The Movie starring Ogie Alcasid, My Kontrabida Girl starring Rhian Ramos and Aljur Abrenica, Patient X starring Richard Gutierrez and Cristine Reyes, Batanes: Sa Dulo Ng Walang Hanggan starring Iza Calzado and Taiwanese actor Ken Chu of Meteor Garden.
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Regine Valesquez’s recent signing with ABS-CBN is one of the most talked about topics this week.
After a month of staying mum about her network transfer, she has been emotional as soon as she stepped inside the premises of the Kapamilya network.
She’s not the only icon that moved from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN. Her husband, Ogie Alcasid, has also transferred, along with others like Janno Gibbs, Jaya and Lani Misalucha.
Here’s the growing list of former Kapuso artists that decided to switch networks in the past:
After being in GMA-7 for more than a decade, Richard officially became a Kapamilya a little more than a year ago. He became a part of Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo‘s fantasy series La Luna Sangre. He is also set to star in a movie with Angel Locsin and Angelica Panganiban.
Louise delos Reyes
Prior to transferring to ABS-CBN, she had numerous appearances in GMA-7’s TV shows. When she moved to ABS-CBN, her first project was becoming a part of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano as SPO3 Katrina Velasco.
Considered as GMA’s former primetime star, Angel shocked everyone with her decision to change her home network. She has starred in Star Cinema films such as One More Try, Everything About Her, and The Third Party. She has also led the primetime hit The Legal Wife and became one of the judges for Pilipinas Got Talent. She has renewed her contract with ABS-CBN in 2015 and has made an appearance in La Luna Sangre.
She will star in the network’s upcoming series, The General’s Daughter.
Isabelle has been a Kapuso for three years before signing up with ABS-CBN in November 2014. Her first project as a Kapamilya is the upcoming series Nathaniel.
After 10 years with GMA-7, she transferred to its rival network in 2012.
She expressed her thankfulness to her previous company and why she made the decision to move to ABS-CBN. “I’m grateful for all my years with [GMA-7], but [my father] was the one with me in wanting new things for me and my career. He wanted me to spread my wings and fly.”
More than a decade ago, Jake has moved from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN. He has been cast in numerous dramas like Maria Mercedes, Rubi, and Palos, wherein he played the main lead, and Ikaw Lamang and Tayong Dalawa as the antagonist.
Not everyone knows that Cristine’s entry to showbiz has been with GMA-7’s artista search program, Starstruck.
She transferred networks 10 years ago and has top-billed several projects such as Eva Fonda, Kristine, Reputasyon, Tubig at Langis, and I Can Do That.
Paulo has been with GMA-7 for five years before becoming a Kapamilya. He has served as the male lead in shows such as The Promise of Forever, Honesto, Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon, Kahit Konting Pagtingin, and Bridges of Love.
JC de Vera
JC has stayed as a Kapuso for six years then transferred to TV5. He finally became a Kapamilya in 2014 and played a role in The Legal Wife and Moon of Desire.
Ellen signed with ABS-CBN last 2013. She admitted that her transfer to the network made a huge impact regarding the recognition she got.
“When I was with the other network, ‘What are you doing now? What are your shows?’ ‘Uh, I’m a part of this show.’ ‘Ay, nandoon ka pala!’ Ibe yung audience ng ABS-CBN talaga. Iba yung impact.”
Toni has hosted in GMA-7 for seven years until 2005. She continued her career with ABS-CBN, venturing to acting and music. She has released six albums under Star Records and has starred in 11 Star Cinema films.
She has also continued hosting with The Buzz, Pinoy Big Brother, and The Voice of the Philippines.
His first project with the Kapamilya network was the TV series Born for You, wherein he was paired with Janella Salvador for the first time.
Just like her brother, Maxene was also a Kapuso turned Kapamilya, however, she actually started off in ABS-CBN in 1992 with Ang TV. She was then identified with GMA-7 for nine years before signing up with ABS-CBN in 2016.
Karylle has co-hosted GMA-7’s SOP for seven years. She is currently in It’s Showtime.
Anne was a Kapuso until 2003. She has lead Kapamilya shows such as Kampanerang Kuba, Maging Sino Ka Man, Dyosa, Green Rose, Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw, and Dyesebel.
She can be seen regularly in noontime show It’s Showtime.
Liza has previously admitted that she “didn’t feel at home” in GMA-7, wherein she became an artist for only a week. She added that as ABS-CBN’s the one she always watches, it’s really where she wanted to work in the first place.
After winning Pinoy Pop Superstar, Jona has been one of GMA-7’s most promising singers. She then joined the trio La Diva.
She made a shocking transfer to ABS-CBN in 2017, saying that the network gave her more trust and has promised her a line-up of projects.
Yassi has spent almost a decade with GMA-7 and TV5 before making her way to ABS-CBN. She has become a household name after appearing in Pinoy Big Brother and becoming a part of FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Jay R spent the first decade of his career as a Kapuso artist. In 2015, he opened a new chapter of his life with ABS-CBN when he appeared as a contestant in Your Face Sounds Familiar.
Jaya decided to leave GMA-7 after she concluded her final project with the network, Poor Señorita. Her appearance in It’s Showtime in 2016 marked as her surprising decision to switch networks.
After being out of the limelight when he left GMA-7, Ogie has been with TV5 for a while before returning to ABS-CBN, where he did a few shows in the 90s.
He became a judge of Tawag ng Tanghalan and talent show Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.
Kyla stayed as a Kapuso for 15 years before she moved to ABS-CBN.
Aljur was a GMA-7 artist for nearly a decade before deciding to be a Kapamilya. Only six months after his move to ABS-CBN, he already top-billed his own series Asintado.
He has also appeared as a guest in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.
Needing some freshening up, Janno made a switch and signed with Star Music, wherein he’s currently promoting his latest single, Feeling JKL. He has also appeared in FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano and other ABS-CBN shows.
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Everyone was shocked when Kapuso actor Aljur Abrenica with his lawyer Ferdinand Topacio went to the Quezon City Hall of Justice to file for Judicial Confirmation of Rescission of Contract against GMA Network Inc. The 24-year-old actor said he was prompted to file the said petition after the demands of his contract were not met. Abrenica also said that there was no other option for him to end the contract with GMA Network. His contract with the tv network is valid until 2017.
Abrenica explained that he is only seeking the betterment of his career, which, in turn, will allow him to help more people.
Based on the news and the copy of formal complaint released we have gathered, here are the 7 major reasons why Aljur Abrenica wants to leave his home network:
1. Demands have been ignored.
Abrenica explained that he had exhausted all efforts to reach an agreement with his home network: “Sa totoo nga lang po, ayoko po talagang umabot sa ganito. Ako po ‘yung huling taong mag-de-desisyon na malagay sa ganitong kalagayan.”
2. Topacio said GMA Network left Abrenica ‘with no choice’
Topacio told the press, “Pinadalhan namin sila ng formal letter to sit down and know what the real problem was, but they insisted on the contract. So wala na kaming choice. Ikinalulungkot ni Aljur na humantong na dito. We are not closing the door for a fruitful dialogue with GMA. Sana po kung mamamagitan ang hukuman, magkaroon ng magandang solusyon ang maliit na misunderstanding na ito.”
3. Exhaustion he suffered due to the demands of his job.
From Abrenica’s formal complaint: “Since the start of his career as an exclusive talent of GMA, ALJUR constantly suffered from the disregard by the GMA Artist Center of his interest and welfare. He, then still a minor, had an intensive work schedule that required him to work long and late hours. Such demands took a toll on his young body, resulting in exhaustion and eventually periods of illness, therefore affecting his job performance. There were instances when he was made to work up to early morning which constrained him and his parents to request that his working hours be limited to not later than 2:00 o’clock in the morning in any given work day. The said request was not acted upon in any form or manner by GMA. This situation has continued up until the present under the new contract with GMA.”
4. Career plans were not given importance and respected.
Abrenica, in his interview, raised GMA Network’s supposed “lack of respect” for the direction he wants to take as an actor. “Kaya po ako nandito ngayon, dahil po hindi po ako nabigyan ng pagpapahalaga at respeto po sa career na gusto ko pong mangyari,” he said.
5. No concrete plan
From Abrenica’s formal complaint: “It has also become apparent to ALJUR that GMA does not have any clear and concrete plan with regard to the direction of his career and growth as a performing artist, as shown by the manner they have handled his career and developed his “brand.”
All of these (his recent projects) have downgraded and undermined his status as a serious lead actor, since there is no logical progression in his career. Having started as “The Ultimate Hunk” in what should have made him one of the premier television talents of GMA, his career followed a roller-coaster pattern wherein he was sometimes the lead, but more often a supporting player, and even more often as a mere guest performer, the “eye candy” to supply the “hunk factor” in cases whenever the ratings of GMA’s shows would sag, leaving him little space to make his thespic talents shine.”
6. Gross mismanagement.
From Abrenica’s formal complaint: “As further proof of gross mismanagement, just recently, due to another mishandling by GMA of a fashion show for leading apparel brand Bench (Suyen Corp.), which became a comedy of errors on top of a communication breakdown, ALJUR lost his endorsement contract with the said brand. Thus, sometime in January 2014, Bench once again offered ALJUR an endorsement contract. GMA wanted to get on the good side of Bench thus asked ALJUR to sign a bench body contract along with the bench apparel contract. The agreement was for ALJUR to do a campaign wearing only his underwear. ALJUR, as usual, was not comfortable with the idea but was convinced to submit because he was told that if he signed up, GMA would ensure a big launch with the decency and formality as that of Dingdong Dantes, another GMA talent, when the latter did a similar campaign for the same apparel company. As the shoot date scheduled on 12 July 2014 approached, ALJUR requested for the specifics of the shoot, including the kind of underwear he was going to wear, and whether the “Dingdong-type” launch was going to happen. GMA could not give him an answer. ALJUR kept following up his request for weeks before the shoot but to no avail. On 11 July 2014, a day before the shoot, GMA still withheld the “pegs” to ALJUR despite his assiduous demand and no information about the launch was conveyed to him.
Due to the uncertainty of what was going to happen in the morning, ALJUR requested from the Artist Center that the pegs or the actual underwear be sent to him, and the kind of launch that will be had be confirmed not later than 9:00 o’clock that night, because he wanted to sleep early so as to look his best should the shoot proceed. At 10:30 of that same night, however, ALJUR’s Artist Center Manager, Tracy Garcia, informed ALJUR that his contract with Bench was cancelled without giving ALJUR any clear reason.
All of the aforementioned instance show that GMA breached its obligations under the management contract, as it miserably failed to “exert its best efforts to promote and enhance the best interest and welfare of ARTIST with the end in view of properly and effectively tapping and developing his talents and professional potentials.””
From Abrenica’s formal complaint: “There were also instances of gross mismanagement committed by GMA sometime in September 2013 that resulted in the banning of ALJUR in all SM Malls for some time, and the possible loss of product endorsements and professional engagements. In these instances GMA, after committing blunders in artist management, left ALJUR to fend for himself in order to remedy the situation with the persons and entities involved to salvage the situation so that he would not lose the endorsements and engagements due to GMA’s errors, when it was supposed to have been GMA’s obligation to contain the damage.”
7. Not a Piece of Meat
Abrenica’s formal complaint detailed instances when the projects given to him “reinforced his image as a sexy actor, and [undermined] his abilities as a serious performer.” Topacio said, “It’s all a matter of artistic direction, according to my client. My client is not a piece of meat. He’s an artist. Hindi puwedeng ipagawa sa kanya ‘yung mga ayaw niyang gawin. He will not grow as an artist.”
From Abrenica’s formal complaint: “In the meantime, in order that his singing career would not stagnate, sometime in 2013, ALJUR was forced to produce his own music album without any help from GMA. The album, on which he spent his own personal funds, contained well-known materials such as a remake of the highly-successful hit by the band Jeremiah called “Nanghihinayang,” as well as seven (7) original mainstream songs. While becoming more and more disgruntled at GMA at this point, he still publicly praised GMA when asked why the album was being made outside the auspices of GMA, in order to preserve the peace and not antagonize GMA.
When GMA saw that the album was nearing its launching, it suddenly intervened and exerted pressure on ALJUR that he allow GMA to be market the same. GMA, however, proposed a new set of songs to replace ALJUR’s original track list. ALJUR was aghast when he saw the proposed track list because it contained – not the usual genre of love songs and middle-of-the-road tracks as the first eponymous album of ALJUR and his original track listing of the second – but novelty songs composed of double entendres of a graphically sexually suggestive nature. For instance, the first track, “NOTA,” which seemingly pertains to musical notes, is gay slang for penis. Other tracks include “SISID,” which while in literal terms refers to “diving,” is street lingo for cunnilingus or the act of oral sex performed on the female genitalia. It also included songs titled “ABS” (referring to well-developed abdominal muscles) and “LEGS,” all of which are replete with sexual connotations and which emphasizes ALJUR’s physique and sexuality over and above his talents as a thespian and musician.
Worse, Ferrer insisted on including a song entitled “CHECK IN” in the same proposed album as an obvious reference to negative rumours involving ALJUR and his Kambal Sirena co-star Louise De Los Reyes who were alleged to have checked into a resort hotel in Subic during the taping of said series, and which allegedly resulted in the break up of ALJUR and his real life girl friend Kylie Padilla as well as of Louise and her boyfriend Enzo Pineda. These break ups resulted in adverse publicity for ALJUR and incited strong public comments from actor Robin Padilla, Kylie’s father, who casts aspersions on ALJUR’s character. It is, thus, strange to say the least, that such a negative issue be glorified in a song included in ALJUR’s sophomore album.
Worse, the nature of the songs are such that they are novelty songs of a prurient nature, which ALJUR believes to be demeaning to his dignity as a human being and will make him a figure of fun in the entertainment community, as it promotes him as a lewd comedian.”
Seeking court is not really an easy decision for Abrenica to file a complaint against GMA, where he first started his career. The actor expressed hope that the matter will be resolved amicably. Abrenica said he has not received offers from other networks, but the Kapuso actor said he wants to pursue other things that are not in the plans of GMA. Abrenica said that he is still open for a dialogue with GMA Network executives concerning a possible termination of his contract.
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Aljur Abrenica has once again proven that he is more than just a hunk with a handsome face. He also has a big heart, one that is willing to help people in any way that he can.
More than a week after celebrating his birthday with the scholars of World Vision, the Kambal Sirena star wowed the bystanders of Eastwood City Walk 2 with an impromptu musical number rendered to raise Cancer awareness.
The unexpected performance happened in Eastwood. While Aljur was rehearsing for a corporate gig, an ongoing event called Musikaramay caught his eye. Organized by a band called Climax, Musikaramay gathers musicians from all walks of life to perform for a worthy cause. That day Musikaramay was raising funds for kids with cancer. Without hesitation, Aljur took the stage and performed two songs by the band Maroon 5.
Overwhelmed by the actor’s spontaneous act of kindness, Climax recently posted a photo of Aljur’s good deed on Musikaramay’s official Instagram account.
Below that photo was this caption: “Aljur Abrenica didn’t hesitate to jam with us last Thursday at Eastwood. He was just at the event beside us when he saw us playing for a cause. He explained how moved he was by the advocacy. Thanks for sharing your talent and time to kids with cancer. God bless you, bro!” At their official Facebook account, Musikaramay organizers described Aljur as “unselfish, accommodating, and very down to earth.”