Former Hashtags member Jon Lucas has left ABS-CBN and its talent arm, Star Magic.
Through his Instagram post today, June 19, that he also shared on Facebook and Twitter, Jon expressed his gratitude to the Kapamilya network for giving him a break in showbiz.
He wrote (published as is), "Hello Kapamilyas all around the World! Just wanna say thank you for everything! Thank you for the love that you gave me and my family.
"Thank you for the wonderful 6 years you've given me! I will forever be grateful and blessed to be part of your wonderful Family! Maraming salamat sa mga oportunidad na binigay niyo sakin. Oportunidad na totoong nagpabago sa aking buhay bilang isang tao. Mga Oportunidad din na sinayang ko ng maraming pagkakataon."
Jon acknowledged that he had his own share of shortcomings during his six-year career.
In 2018, Jon was suspended from It's Showtime for undisclosed reasons.
At the time, there were speculations that the cause of his suspension was getting his girlfriend pregnant.
In July 2018, Jon confirmed that he is already a father and is married to It's Showtime dancer Shy Feras.
He continued, "Alam ko kung gaano niyo ko pinahalagahan noong una akong tumapak sa inyong tahanan, ramdam ko yon at ng aking buong pamilya.
"Ngunit alam ko rin na ako'y lubos na nagkulang sainyo, lalo na sa mga taong malalapit sakin, na noong una ay labis labis ang pagtulong sakin para maabot ko ang aking mga pangarap. Lubos po akong nagpapasalamat sainyo! Salamat sa sakripisyo at pang-unawa na hindi matatawaran."
The 23-year-old actor also thanked the bosses of ABS-CBN, Star Magic, and It's Showtime for taking care of his career for the past six years.
"SALAMAT SA LAHAT NG MGA BOSS! MARAMING SALAMAT SA STARMAGIC FAMILY KO!! MARAMING SALAMAT SA IT'S SHOWTIME FAMILY KO na mga naging Kapamilya kong tunay sa mga nagdaang taon.
"Salamat sa Malupit kong handler na si Ate Gidget Dela Cuesta. Sa loob ng anim na taon na katigasan ng ulo ko eh tinuring niya ako bilang anak (na pasaway). gayunpaman Maraming salamat sa mga payo at saway mo! Salamat sa lahat ng Road Managers ng Starmagic na matiyaga kaming iningatan at inalagaan!
"Salamat din sa mga kaibigan ko sa industriya! Diko na kayo iisa-isahin basta lahat ng nakatawanan ko, nakasama ko sa kalungkutan, sa kalokohan, sa mga meetings na malapit na kamo kami alisin! kayo ay tinuring kong mga kaibigan. DABEST KAYO!!
"Salamat din sa mga Marshalls, Art Dept, CamDept, Utilities, Security Guards, at sa mga Masisipag na tagapaglinis ng TAHANAN ng ABS-CBN! Kahit hindi tayo magkakakilala basta magkasalubungan tanguan agad na parang may secrets tayo sa isat isa. Mamimiss ko kayo kabatian pag magkakasalubong tayo!"
Jon also acknowledged his fans for supporting him throughout his showbiz career in ABS-CBN.
"SALAMAT SA MGA FANS! Na naging tunay na kaibigan at kapamilya! Kung may pinakamahusay magtiyaga para sa taong mahal nila, ay KAYO YON! Hindi matatawaran ang hirap at pagod niyo para lamang samin. Hindi namin kailanman masusuklian yung efforts niyo! Ang kaya lang namin gawin ay mahalin din kayo tulad ng pagmamahal niyo samin!
"HIGIT SA LAHAT! SALAMAT SA DIYOS! Pinakilala niya ako sa mga Kapamilya na magtitiis at magtitiyaga sa lingkod niya! DABest Kayo!!"
IS JON LUCAS TRANSFERRING TO GMA-7?
Prior to Jon's goodbye post to ABS-CBN and Star Magic, he was officially welcomed as part of Becky Aguila Artists Management (BAAM) through its Instagram account on June 16.
Becky Aguila is the manager of GMA-7 actress Jennylyn Mercado, former Star Magic talent Empress Schuck, and current Star Magic and Kapamilya actress Andrea Brillantes.
BAAM wrote on its Instagram post, "Welcome to the #famBAAM @lucas_aljhon !! Also a happy father's day to you! We take pride knowing that a very talented young dad like you is finally part of our roster of artists. We are excited with this new journey with you! Thanks for the trust!"
Today, June 19, the verified Facebook page of SOLID Kapuso Latest Updates posted that Jon was spotted at the shoot of the GMA Artist Center Folio.
Jon also posted on his Instagram stories that he had a studio shoot yesterday, June 18. However, he did not mention any details about the pictorial.
Jon and his new management has yet to formally announce if he will be signing with GMA-7 in the coming weeks.
JON LUCAS'S SIX YEARS WITH ABS-CBN
Jon started his career in ABS-CBN in 2013, via the early prime-time series Kahit Konting Pagtingin, starring Angeline Quinto, Sam Milby, and Paulo Avelino. Jon played the role of Angeline's younger brother.
In the same year, he was launched as part of Star Magic Circle 2013, with Janella Salvador, Julia Barretto, Khalil Ramos, and Liza Soberano.
He was then tapped to be part of the prime-time series Got To Believe, starring Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla.
Jon was also able to do the teleseryes Sana Bukas Pa Ang Kahapon (2014), Be Careful With My Heart (2014), Luv U (2015), and We Will Survive (2016).
He also did several episodes of Ipaglaban Mo and Maalaala Mo Kaya.
In 2015, Jon was launched as part of It's Showtime's boy group Hashtags, along with McCoy de Leon, Ronnie Alonte, and Jameson Blake. Jon was part of the variety program until 2018, the year he was suspended from the show.
Though he had several guest appearances on It's Showtime after his suspension, Jon wasn't able to return anymore as a regular Hashtags member.