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Where do they go from here?

Angel Locsin (Instagram)

JUST A THOUGHT: “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”—Lady Bird Johnson


ACTORS’ DIRECTION: With the unexpected closure of ABS-CBN, television as a playing field has become even narrower.

In an instant, opportunities for growth have been snatched from channel 2’s many talents—actors, writers, directors, producers—not to mention the more than 11,000 employees who have just joined the country’s growing ranks of the unemployed.

Many employees of the network have only until end of August to keep their jobs. Significant departments, including film restoration, have been dismantled from top to bottom.

The situation leaves GMA and TV-5 as the only surviving commercial networks. Of course, there are also the small players like UNTV and Net 25, though they are identified with certain religious groups.


ACTORS IN LIMBO: What happens now to ABS-CBN’s stable of actors, those signed to the network, and also those who may be freelancers but are identified with channel 2?

June Rufino, president of talent managers group, Professional Association of Managers, says they’re still on standby mode. It’s sad, she says.

Leo Dominguez, whose agency houses teleserye regulars Paulo Avelino and JC de Vera, says he’s still waiting for network to talk to them.

Star Magic, the network-based talent development agency, has not issued any official word yet, says handler Allan Real.


LOYAL TO ABS-CBN: Meanwhile, in social media posts and during a live appearance, Angel Locsin called on fellow artists to speak up in defense of their home studio.

Kathryn Bernardo (Instagram)

Kathryn Bernardo pledged her allegiance to ABS-CBN, saying she will never abandon her home studio.

Piolo Pascual may have wp-block-image size-larged in a minor political controversy, but the fact remains, based on his pronouncements, he’ll forever be Kapamilya.

Many others are expected to sing same tune, the likes of Jericho Rosales, Bea Alonzo, Daniel Padilla, Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil, Jolina Magdangal, Sam Milby, all of them homegrown talents.


Erickson Raymundo

WELCOME CORNERSTONE TV: Erickson Raymundo, president of Cornerstone Entertainment, says he’s awaiting the decision of ABS management regarding the existing contracts of his artists.

“Then, we will decide. It’s really sad.’’

As if anticipating the worst, Erickson’s agency has been creating content online since the start of this pandemic. He says they will continue to produce content and explore platforms where they can show them.

Cornerstone TV (CSTV) airs on the agency’s Facebook page.

Uploaded daily are musical numbers by their signed artists, full concerts, and TV specials in partnership with certain brands.

There are informative shows, lunches with stars, game shows, singing search. Variety is the key, says Erickson, who is also behind Spring Films in partnership with Piolo Pascual and Joyce Bernal.

Jeffrey Vadillo, vice-president for entertainment, says Cornerstone’s entry into content creation signals a new direction for the company. Producing content for multi-level platform is the future, he says.

In the pipeline are TV and online mini-series that will tap the talents of the company’s stable of artists. CS has in its roster off-cam artists as screenwriters and directors.


CSTV SHOWS: “OPPA-NALO:” Trivia game show on K-pop and K-drama hosted by Yohan King. Mondays at 8 pm.

“WITTY 101:” Unique game show hosted by wacky woman Via Antonio. Tuesdays at 6 pm.

“FITNESS TIPS FOR LAZY PEEPS:” Markki Stroem flexes muscles, Tuesdays at 7 pm.

“DEAR EMPOY:” Master Empoy and Mark Oblea host this funny game show, Friday nights at 8.

“VOCALYMPICS:” Online singing contest hosted by Erik Santos welcomes contestants from here and abroad. Featuring Welwel Silvestre, Via Antonio and celebrity judges.

“SOUL IN LOVE LIVE:” Sunday nights at 8 are live gig nights with Jay R.

“STRAIGHT TALK WITH JAYA:” Singer Jaya covers topics in no-holds-barred interviews with celebrities.

“ONLINE TOGETHER:” Bonding with Cornerstone artists like Yeng Constantino, KZ Tandingan, Inigo Pascual, KC Concepcion, etc. Wednesdays at 8 pm.

“LUNCH WITH THE STARS:” Fridays at 12 noon. Catching up over lunch with stars at home.

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