So far, we have seen major celebrities jumping from one station to another. From Kapamilya to Kapuso or Kapatid and Kapuso to either Kapamilya or Kapatid. We have seen big shifts so far this year. Let's have a rundown.
January 16 - Carmina Villaroel
After being an asset to GMA 7 for her hosting skills, Carmina Villaroel decided to go back to ABS-CBN. She served the Kapuso network for eight years. In those eight years, her name was known more of a host than an actress. This is simply because despite being given acting stints for their primetime shows, those roles were usually for fantasy series. Roles that didn't require much of acting.
As she transferred, she became the lead in Lorenzo's Time, a unique primetime offering that paired her with Zaijian Jaranilla
Asked about her feeling in transferring, Villaroel said: "Don’t burn bridges anywhere you go. I’m just so happy to be back here. I’m just so thankful, so blessed and happy."
January 29 - Iza Calzado
Just days after Carmina Villaroel's transfer, her friend also jumped ship--Iza Calzado. Being one of the stable actresses in GMA 7, Iza Calzado felt that it was time for her to explore new things and challenges. Iza said there were many instances that led her to consider transferring to Kapamilya. One of them was Gary V. who had a conversation with her and her dad about working with Kapamilya network. Maribeth Bichara also told her after receiving the posthumous award for her dad that dad Lito Calzado wanted her to transfer to ABS-CBN.
Currently, Iza is doing a late primetime soap Kahit Puso'y Masugatan with Jake Cuenca, a former Kapuso as well, and Andy Eigenman. But the biggest show she was looking forward to is The Biggest Loser Philippines because she also used to be overweight.
When asked to describe her situation in the transfer, she said: "With all humility, I'm ready to shine!"
June 19 - Marvin Agustin & Daniel Matsunaga
Without much talks, Marvin Agustin suddenly appeared in TV5, the 3rd largest TV network in the country owned by Manny Pangilinan. Now he's doing Artista Academy as one of the hosts alongside Cesar Montano who did a short transfer to GMA 7 after his long years in ABS-CBN.
His appearance in TV5 is a non-exclusive contract so there's no telling as to which network he would next join.
Marvin was a priced possession in GMA 7 in the acting department. He was first remembered as a Kapuso in Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. He already appeared as major lead in other shows before that. He was also the host of a reality cooking show that searched for the country's best chef. That show was instrumental since it allowed the Kapuso network to discover what could take back the ratings for the 11:30 am slot from Kapamilya's It's Showtime. It was also instrumental to find a precious talent Chef Boy Logro who then took over the time slot with his own cooking show.
Asked if he can appear in other networks, he said: “Bakit hindi? Pero alam n’yo naman na yung mga kontrata. Basta hindi kasabay ng shows ko dito sa TV5."
In the same month, Daniel Matsunaga also transferred to TV 5. Was it wise for him to transfer? Nobody knows. But as far as his presence in GMA 7, the network was already grooming him as on of the supporting leads. When he and Heart Evangelista stopped dating, things changed though.
At present, the Brazilian-Japanese hunk is part of Game N Go and horror series Third Eye.
It was a big loss for GMA 7 to lose all these talents. In one of the speeches of Atty. Felipe Gozon, the network's CEO, he said that pirating talents is a no-no for their network. If people come to their doors knocking for opportunities, he said that they will see what potential projects they could be part of. But just recently, we witnessed Kapamilya stable actors transfer to Kapuso as well.
June 7 - Agot Isidro
News had it that Agot Isidro already signed a two-year exclusive contract with the Kapuso network. It was indeed true. She wanted change period. Agot Isidro is one of the good friends of Iza Calzado. It seemed as if they just exchanged networks. Interestingly, they had similar reasons for their transfer.
Now, Agot Isidro is more known as Leila, the hate-worthy but sometimes sympathy-worthy villain role she plays for One True Love, a primetime soap directed by one of her friends, Andoy Ranay, she used to work with in Marina days.
Agot is set to be part of the biggest primetime offering of GMA 7, Indio with Sen. Bong Revilla. It's set to be released next year.
August 23 - Rafael Rosell
GMA 7 officially published that former member of The Hunks of ABS-CBN is now a Kapuso. Rafael Rosell, who made a big mark on TV with his well-played roles back in Kapamilya network, decided to ink a deal with GMA 7.
Marian Rivera's manager Popoy Caritativo is currently managing him. That could be one of the reasons why GMA 7 decided to get him.
Rafael Rosell first appeared as Kapuso in Party Pilipinas last Sunday.
"I have to explore my options na, so 'yon ang ginawa ko, after one month of soul searching. GMA opened their arms to me and it looked bright, so sabi ko, game! Try natin 'to," said Rosell.
He's set to guest in the new Kapuso primetime show Aso Ni San Roque and to be one of the leading men of Marian Rivera's new show, Temptation Of Wife.