After 20 years with Kapuso network, Regine Velasquez, billed a Asia’s Songbird has finally moved to Kapuso network’slong-time rival–ABS-CBN Kapamilya network and signed an exclusive contract today, October 17.
Her transfer has been rumored for weeks until she finally announced her participation in the ASAP Live in Sydney concert that is set to happen on October 20.
A red carpet was rolled out in front of ABS-CBN to welcome her, as employees cheered on upon her arrival in the station’s building.
Among those who waited for her is her husband, Ogie Alcasid, who also transferred to the Kapamilya network ahead of her.
ABS-CBN executives were also in attendance, namely President and CEO Carlo Katigbak, Chief Content Officer Cory Vidanes, TV Production Head Laurenti M. Dyogi, and business unit head Deo Endrinal. The station’s bigwigs immediately gave Velasquez-Alcasid a hug as soon as she got off from her car.
She expressed her feelings about the transfer, saying that she’s happy and excited as well as overwhelmed while she wiped off her tears.
In an Instagram live prior to the signing of contract, she said thank you to all her fans that kept on supporting her.
“Thank you sa inyong lahat, sa lahat ng nagtatanggol, katawa. Thank you! This is another chapter in our lives. I’m very excited, I’m very nervous.”
In a statement released by GMA’s Senior Vice President for Entertainment Lilybeth Rasonable, it said that the network understands Regine’s decision to join her husband.
It can be remembered that the singer almost transferred to the Kapamilya network 10 years ago. In 2008, Regine admitted that she was interested on leaving GMA 7 to do the remake of I Love Betty La Fea. She even got emotional when she was saying her supposed farewell to the network in one episode of SOP.
The plan did not push through as she signed her first exclusive contract with the Kapuso network, months after the said farewell.
There are two big rumors hounding the Kapuso network recently.
One is Regine Velasquez‘s rumored transfer to ABS-CBN, and the other is the speculation that Marian Rivera is pregnant with her and actor Dingdong Dantes‘ second child.
If both rumors are true, it is possible that Marian will go on a hiatus right after Regine’s farewell to GMA 7. Will the network be affected by these developments?
Regine and Marian have starred in a number of hit shows for GMA.
Asia’s Songbird has proven that not only can she sing, but she can also host a lifestyle show.
Aside from her music career, Regine has contributed a lot to the Kapuso network’s long list of top rated shows. She was a part of S.O.P, GMA’s former Sunday noontime show. The singer also hosted a number of singing competitions like Star for a Night, which discovered some of today’s well-known singers such as Sarah Geronimo and Mark Bautista.
Regine has also hosted Pinoy Pop Superstar and the Philippine edition of Celebrity Duets. Aside from hosting, she showcased her acting skills in Ako Si Kim Samsoon, Totoy Bato, Poor Señorita, and Mulawin vs. Ravena.
Her recent projects with the network includes Sarap Diva and The Clash.
On the other hand, Marian Rivera has starred in several popular teleseryes.
The list includes the network’s adaptation of the Mexican show, Marimar, which became the highest-rated primetime drama show on Philippine television.
Marian has also played the lead role in the fantasy series Dyesebel, her second time starring opposite her now husband, Dingdong.
She has also played as Amaya in the award-winning show of the same title.
The actress is currently a host of Sunday PinaSaya.
So the questions is: Will the absence of both greatly affect GMA’s standing as a network?
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