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Why did Jona a.k.a. Jonalyn Viray leave GMA-7?

by James Patrick Anarcon
Mar 25, 2016
Jona said that she sought the permission of her former network GMA-7 before transferring to ABS-CBN. She revealed that it was Star Music's plans that made her decide to be a part of the Kapamilya Network.

Jonalyn Viray, who now goes by the screen name Jona, said that it was Star Music’s plans for her that convinced her transfer to ABS-CBN.

In an interview with Boy Abunda in Tonight With Boy Abunda, Jona said that she talked with GMA first before making her transfer to ABS-CBN.

“Yes, maayos po kaming nakipag-usap sa GMA Network.

“First of all gusto ko po talagang linawin sa 10 years na pinagsamahan namin, sobrang nagpapasalamat po ako sa lahat ng experiences ko with them.

“But dumarating rin po sa pagkakataon minsan na kailangan po nating mag-grow as an artist.

“At ito nga po yung Star Music, meron po silang naipresent na magagandang projects po for me kaya yun po yung naging deciding point na ito na po yung panahon."

In the same episode, it was announced that Jona is now officially part of ABS-CBN's music subsidiary.

Jona said that it was also Star Music’s decision to change her name from Jonalyn Viray to Jona.

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“Actually po, decision po ito ng Star Music, because it’s part of the branding bilang bagong singer po ako sa Kapamilya network.

“Kay sir Roxy (Liquigan, Star Music Ad Prom Manager) po nanggaling yung pangalan na yun.”

Currently, Jona is one of the interpreters for the Himig Handog P-Pop Love Songs 2016 competition. The song is titled “Maghihintay Ako.”

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Jona said that she sought the permission of her former network GMA-7 before transferring to ABS-CBN. She revealed that it was Star Music's plans that made her decide to be a part of the Kapamilya Network.
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