News of Regine Velasquez officially joining ABS-CBN truly shocked the public. Despite staying for 20 years under GMA, she decided to end their ties and switch to its rival network. Although many people still find it hard to accept, Regine’s sister and manager Cacai Velasquez-Mitra revealed several factors behind the Asia’s Songbird’s decision to leave the network.
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In an interview with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), she stated that Regine took a long time before finalizing her decision. After months of contemplating, they only arranged to meet with ABS-CBN Executives when Regine’s show contract ended on June.
“Matagal, kasi ang tagal naming nag-decide, e. So, nagpaalam muna kami bago ako nag-mediation [sa ABS-CBN], e” she said.
Moreover, she said that it was a difficult decision for her sister. In fact, Regine had easily changed her mind about the matter.
“Saka hindi rin siya… kasi ilang beses ring nagtsi-change yung isip [ni Regine]. It was a difficult decision, di ba?”
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On the other hand, she admitted that talent fee was not the major factor on why she left GMA. Although it mattered at first, Regine prioritized to achieve her goal to work with other artists as well.
“Nothing to do with the TF [talent fee] anymore… eto yung decision niya na nothing to with the TF anymore.”
“It was a factor before but ang talaga sa kanya is to work with other artists, yun talaga.”
Apparently, her stay under GMA limited her from having partners in different projects. Cacai honestly revealed how this became a major deciding factor for Regine.
“Kunwari yung pag soap, sinong puwedeng i-partner? Yung ganun ba? In terms of project, nali-limit din.
“You’re limited to the characters also kasi yung leading man, medyo kapos.”
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Until now, the public has split opinions regarding her surprising transfer from GMA to ABS-CBN. Hopefully, everyone would later on understand her reasons and decisions in her own career. Right now, let’s just watch out for the upcoming projects of Regine as a certified Kapamilya star.