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The Reason behind Angel Locsin’s long absence in making television series

The Reason behind Angel Locsin’s long absence in making television series

  • Angel Locsin addressed the topic of her five-year hiatus from doing teleseryes.
  • She said she had an agreement with ABS-CBN that she will not accept projects until Darna has been completed.
  • The actress announced her withdrawal from the film in 2017.

Angel Locsin has been missing in action from teleseryes since The Legal Wife. And now that she is coming back with The General’s Daughter, she shared the reason why it took her five years to star in a series again.

In the span of a few years, the actress went through a break-up, a spinal injury, and an almost resignation from ABS-CBN.

The reason for her teleserye hiatus was speculated to be one of those occurrences but at the press conference of The General’s Daughter, she shared that it was actually not the case.

So why? Darna.

“Noong gagawin ko po dapat ‘yung ‘Darna,’ mayroon kaming agreement ng ABS na hindi ako tatanggap ng ibang project hangga’t ginagawa po ‘yung ‘Darna.’ Dahil inabot tayo ng lampas limang taon ata ‘yung preparation ng ‘Darna,’ na-delay nang na-delay.”

Star Cinema announced in 2014 that Locsin would play as the Filipino female super hero once again for the film adaptation.

“Though nakakagawa ng ibang guestings, ng pelikula, ‘yung teleserye not allowed.

“May agreement naman po kami sa ganu’n, kasi mahirap at very physical. Pati ‘yung schedule na kailangan doon sa ‘Darna,’ medyo challenge. Natagalan po talaga.”

Though she was absent from teleseryes, she did take on some acting roles, including a two-part episode for Maalaala Mo Kaya, and a guest appearance in La Luna Sangre. She also continued to be a judge in Pilipinas Got Talent.

The actress was also in two non-action films under Star Cinema.

In 2017, she has decided to withdraw from Darna, citing her injury and how the role would require a lot of physical routines.

The General’s Daughter will premiere on Monday, January 21, after FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano.

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KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

KathNiel reaches New Heights in the Past Year

  • Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla’s achieved milestones in 2018.
  • They have broken records via their movie The Hows of Us and had projects that made impact overseas. 

There were 125 films shown last year. And most of them were from film festivals like Sinag Maynila, Cine Filipino, Cinemalaya, Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino, TOFARM Film Festival, Cinema One Originals, QCinema, and the recently concluded Metro Manila Film Festival.

Despite a number of film festivals, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo‘s The Hows of Us topped the highest grossing film in 2018.

In fact, It was the only Filipino movie that has reached the eight hundred million mark in the Philippine box-office which beaten the previous holder of the top spot, John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo‘s A Second Chance.

READ: KathNiel lords over other love teams, critics suggest that this is not healthy for the entertainment industry

The movie also held premieres in Indonesia and Vietnam. It was Star Cinema‘s first time to do so in Jakarta.

KathNiel were not just rocking the box-office but the world of fashion as well. They were the cover of METRO Magazine‘s August 2018 issue.

They have been part of ABS-CBN’s line of representatives in the Thailand Network Trade Launch, which is the country’s largest media event. They attended the trade show with Maja Salvador and Jericho Rosales.

READ: BOX-OFFICE CHAMPS: How did KathNiel movies gross through the years?

The couple has also won the Favorite Foreign TV Actor and Actress award in the Face of the Year Awards in Vietnam.

La Luna Sangre was acquired by MKCS Global became the platform for the show to be aired in Myanmar. She’s Dating the Gangster was also acquired by a Spanish movie channel called Cinelatino.

Last but not the least, aside from the success of their careers, 2018 has also been the mark of the confirmation of Bernardo and Padilla’s real-life romance of more than five years.

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BIG JUMP! 25 Kapuso Artists Who Transferred to ABS-CBN

BIG JUMP! 25 Kapuso Artists Who Transferred to ABS-CBN

  • There has been a number of artists that moved from GMA Network to ABS-CBN.
  • DailyPedia listed down some of the current Kapamilya stars who were once Kapuso.

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:

Richard Guttierez

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.

Angel Locsin

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 Daza

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.

Iza Calzado

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.”

Jake Cuenca

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.

Cristine Reyes

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 Avelino

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 Adarna

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 Gonzaga

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.

Elmo Magalona

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.

Maxene Magalona

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 Curtis

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 Soberano

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 Pressman

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

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.

Ogie Alcasid

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 Abrenica

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.

Janno Gibbs

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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SURVEY: Which “La Luna Sangre” Team Should You Be A Fan Of?

SURVEY: Which “La Luna Sangre” Team Should You Be A Fan Of?


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GMA Network director, writer take a sideswipe on ABS-CBN’s newest fantaserye

GMA Network director, writer take a sideswipe on ABS-CBN’s newest fantaserye

  • Kapuso director, writer get into the Social Media limelight 
  • Writer Suzette Doctolero and Director Mark Reyes got slammed by La Luna Sangre fans

It has been an ongoing debate whether the Sangre of La Luna Sangre and the Sang’gre of Encantadia are the same.

Upon research, we found out that the two words actually are not of the same meaning. ‘Sangre’ means Blood and ‘Sang’gre’ is a made-up word for Fairy (Encantadia).

Some people are knowledgeable about this, but ironically, this Kapuso director and writer just want to add some controversy and annoy the Kapamilya fans.

Sang’gre versus Sangre

Sounds alike, but obviously not the same.

GMA Execs Got Burned
GMA head writer, Suzette Doctolero
The “Encantadia” scriptwriter Suzette Doctolero has once again taken the internet by storm. Literally, with a storm — as fans from the other network lambast her for the spicy comment she tweeted on June 20.

She called out a fan account of the rival teleserye “La Luna Sangre” to start the Twitter war. “Huwat?? Pirena, Danaya, Amihan, Alena! Nagtutweet kayo???”

GMA Execs Got Burned

Supporting her first tweet, she posted this: “From the Sanggre sisters (kaka txt lang sa akin): di daw sila nagtutweet. Ever! So may… posers!”

GMA Execs Got Burned

On the other hand, Director Mark Reyes who is behind th fantaserye joined the party via Instagram by posting a photo with caption: “Excuse us? #wewerefirstduh #encantadia #encantadialegacy”

GMA Execs Got Burned

Fans fight back

There should be no debate on this in the first place, but since these two Kapuso personalities started the discussion, Kapamilya fans will surely be there to fight back with knowledge.

These educated fans know how to school a director and a writer.

Golden rule

Some time last year, Direk Mark Reyes together with Kapuso writer Richard Cruz encountered a same bashing scenario but not on the receiving end. The two cried foul over the promotional video made by Leo Burnett Manila for Cinemalaya 2016.

In the said video, Edu Manzano allegedly mocked fantaseryes by recreating cliché scenes in Pinoy movies and teleseryes. While the ad elicited a few laughs from netizens, it earned ire from some people in the film industry.

Now, Direk Mark Reyes, known for creating “Encantadia,” is being criticized for attempting to take full ownership to the term Sang’gre/Sangre.

What goes around really comes back around, after all.

Cinemalaya ad spoofing fantaserye plots earns ire of film industry writers

It’s really a small showbiz world industry. Let the fans talk.

On this Twitter royalty battle, whose side are you on? Let us know.

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Angel Locsin Looks Back After Not Working With Richard Gutierrez For 10 years

Angel Locsin Looks Back After Not Working With Richard Gutierrez For 10 years


Distance makes the heart grow fonder

With the recent launch of the much-awaited La Luna Sangre in which Angel Locsin will portray a special role, some can’t help but ask how it was for her working again with Richard Gutierrez.

The former is known to be Angel’s longtime on-screen partner who will also be in the series playing the role of Sandrino, the villain of the story.

The Promise, their last project together was released 10 years ago. Angel’s transfer to the Kapamilya network made their tandem a bittersweet memory. A decade after, when Richard officially announced his transfer to the same network, one can just hope for a reunion project.

Agony? I guess not

angel locsin richard gutierrez

Even before Richard’s contract signing, he was already filming for La Luna Sangre.

As the third installment of the hit teleserye Lobo and Imortal, Angel is ready to step up the gas and do action again. The former Darna’s comeback was a much-awaited one as people start to speculate whether Angel is still capable of working again. Seems like Angel is full of surprises, right?

Angel’s thoughts

angel locsin richard gutierrez

She is indeed very happy to work again with Richard after a decade. ‘Both thrilled and excited’ as she would describe it. In an interview, she expressed her overflowing emotions.

“I’m very excited at happy ako. After 10 years, naka-trabaho ko ulit si Richard. I think naman na exicted din kayong mapanood kami ulit at kung ano yung excitement n’yo, siguro doble yung sa akin dahil kasabayan ko si [Richard].”

When asked if she still can see their chemistry as an on-screen couple, she hurriedly answered,

“Yung nuiassances niya halos memorized ko na. Gusto kong makita kung papano siya nag-grow din as an actor kasi 10 years ‘e. 10 years siyang hindi namin pagsasama pero nung nagkita kami ulit, parang hindi naman nakalipas yung sampung taon. Nanduon pa rin naman yung chemistry namin.”

Let’s support

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The star-studded cast of La Luna Sangre

Airing beginning June 19, after FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, La Luna Sangre is ready to take you to another world where love is both a weakness and a strength.

Are you excited with the comeback teleserye of Richard and Angel? We are, too! Share us your thoughts, we want to hear from you, guys!

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Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin’s Role In His Life, Reveals Title Of Their Reunion Film

Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin’s Role In His Life, Reveals Title Of Their Reunion Film

  • Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin
  • Richard Gutierrez reveals title of his reunion movie with Angel
  • Angelica Panganiban takes the third spot on their Love Triangle in upcoming film

Now that Richard Gutierrez has conquered the soils of ABS-CBN, he admits that working with Kapamilya stars is indeed thrilling. Signing a contract under the leading TV Network in the country, Richard is set to do several projects. Starting off with La Luna Sangre where he will be playing a ‘king vampire’, Richard has a busy year ahead.

Richard’s lifetime muse

Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin
Richard Gutierrez finally reunites with Angel Locsin [Photo credits: @ABSCBNChannel2 / Twitter]
Even though they are no longer together, Richard still considers Angel Locsin as a special person in his life. When asked about how important Angel is to him, he says,

“She was very happy for me, very excited and ang sarap lang ng feeling na makakatrabaho ko ulit si Angel,” Richard admits. “Angel has been a vital person in my career and it’s nice to do a reunion project, nauna pa yung sa TV. You know, it’s very good,” he added.

Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin
[Photo credits: Star Cinema]
We can recall that these two have been a long-time on-screen couple, doing blockbuster movies such as “Let The Love Begin” and “Mulawin: The Movie”. They have experienced a lot in their careers. They have shared ups and downs and it’s very nice to see them working again together.

Reunion Film

Richard Gutierrez Talks About Angel Locsin
Angelica Panganiban, Richard Gutierrez, and Angel Locsin are ready for Wife, Husband, Wife [Photo credits: ABS-CBN News]
Aside from KathNiel’s La Luna Sangre, he is set to do a reunion film with Angel Locsin. Co-starring Angelica Panganiban, he finally reveals the movie title of their upcoming film. Wife, Husband, Wife. Still mum on the specifics of the film, he encourages us to just wait for further announcements and let the management do the rest.

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Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati To Delay Plans Of Having A New Baby, Main Priority is Career

Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati To Delay Plans Of Having A New Baby, Main Priority is Career

  • Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Delay Plans of having a new baby
  • Main priority of Richard Gutierrez for now, is work
  • Richard Gutierrez delays plans of having a new baby after Zion

“When it rains, it pours, I guess so I’m embracing the grind.”

The exact words of Richard Gutierrez talking about his overwhelming transfer to the Kapamilya network. Having offered several projects, Richard is only allowed to talk about his upcoming teleserye and the much-awaited reunion movie with Angel Locsin.

Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Delay Plans of having a new baby
The two have been together since 2014 [Photo credits:]

Delayed plans

It is earlier reported that Richard and his wife, Sarah Lahbati had already plans of having a new baby. But when asked again in his recent contract signing and press conference, he said,

“We’ll have to maybe delay [it] a little bit. Our main priority right now is of course, this opportunity that was given to me. You know, an opportunity like this doesn’t come very often. I’m not gonna take it for granted. I’m gonna embrace it, enjoy it and work hard for it.”

Not taking anything for granted, Richard admits that his main priority right now is the projects lined up for him. But he believes that everything will fall into its rightful places eventually.

Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati Delay Plans of having a new baby
The lovely family of Richard Gutierrez [Photo credits: PhilStar]
Let’s hope for the success of Richard Gutierrez’ comeback and also for his family!

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Richard Gutierrez To Play King Vampire In Much-Awaited “La Luna Sangre”

Richard Gutierrez To Play King Vampire In Much-Awaited “La Luna Sangre”

  • Richard Gutierrez To Play King Vampire Sandrino
  • La Luna Sangre gives you a new Richard Gutierrez
  • Richard Gutierrez finally signs contract with ABS-CBN

After months of speculations, Richard Gutierrez finally puts gossips to a halt as he signs a contract with ABS-CBN yesterday, May 31. Branded as the newest Kapamilya star, he officially announces his role in the upcoming  KathNiel teleserye, La Luna Sangre.

King Vampire

Richard Gutierrez To Play King Vampire
Richard Gutierrez invites you to watch La Luna Sangre

After making a respectable name in showbiz, Richard takes a huge part in the much-awaited comeback teleserye of teen king and queen, Daniel Padilla and Kathryn Bernardo.

Clarifying his role, he said that he will be playing the ‘King Vampire’ in ABS-CBN’s latest offering. Named Sandrino, Richard keeps mum about the specifics of his role, but to give everyone a clue, it’s a ‘bida-kontrabida‘.

Richard Gutierrez To Play King Vampire
Teen queen Kathryn Bernardo welcoming the newest Kapamilya, Richard Gutierrez

Despite Sandrino’s tough physique, his humble and painful beginning is a must-watch, he says. When asked if he will appear in the pilot episode, he simply said,

“Regarding sa pilot episode, abangan na lang po daw (laughs). Abangan na lang po kung ano ang mapapanood sa pilot episode, but I guarantee you the first week that I’ve shot so far, napakahusay.”

Acknowledging the excellent team he’s currently working with, he lauded Direk Cathy Garcia-Molina for taking care of her actors. He even admitted that their stunt choreographer is from Singapore.

Richard also encourages everyone to watch out for this new teleserye, and to never miss a single episode.

“Dapat abangan talaga yung first episode hanggang–the whole show,” he added.

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