Liza Soberano finally speaks up about the cancellation of her prime-time series with Enrique Gil, Make It With You.
On her Instagram post yesterday, June 9, Liza wrote an open letter to the "solid followers" of Make It With You.
According to Liza, she is heartbroken to confirm the news that their teleserye will no longer return to television.
She then revealed that they were still being asked to resume taping on June 13, but most of the cast members, including her, had hesitations.
Liza particularly mentioned that her "weak immune system" makes her at risk with COVID-19.
Part of her letter read, "When we were asked to resume taping on June 13, many of us had hesitations.
"Considering that the COVID-19 situation here in the Philippines is far from contained, there are many risks in place for me (and everyone involved) given my history of having a weak immune system.
"I consulted my family, my managers, and the team and we all came to an agreement that it might be for the best to not continue with the show anymore."
Liza also stated that apart from the cast members' hesitation, there are also other factors why Make It With You will no longer return on air.
At the end of her post, Liza apologized to the fans that Make It With You "won’t be able to give our audience the ending they deserve."
Here is Liza's full post:
"To all the solid followers of our show Make It With You,
"Thank you so much for embarking on the journey of Billie and Gabo.
"It breaks my heart to confirm that we will no longer be coming back to air.
"I know a lot of you are upset and looking for answers and the only explanation I can give you is genuine fear of the virus.
"When we were asked to resume taping on June 13, many of us had hesitations.
"Considering that the COVID-19 situation here in the Philippines is far from contained, there are many risks in place for me (and everyone involved) given my history of having a weak immune system. I consulted my family, my managers, and the team and we all came to an agreement that it might be for the best to not continue with the show anymore.
"That, along with many other factors are the reasons why MIWY will no longer continue.
"I’m sorry we won’t be able to give our audience the ending they deserve.
"Thank you and looking forward to our next adventure."
Liza's Instagram post came with group photos of the Make It With You cast and staff.
ABS-CBN'S FRANCHISE ISSUE
Make It With You's last aired on March 13, 2020.
That night, ABS-CBN announced the suspension of production for entertainment programs to comply with the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Replays of past ABS-CBN programs temporarily replaced the ongoing shows of the Kapamilya network.
On May 5, 2020, ABS-CBN stopped broadcasting altogether after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) issued a Cease and Desist order against the Kapamilya network following the expiration of its congressional franchise.
Hearings for the franchise are currently being held at the Congress.
On June 4, 2020, ABS-CBN announced that some of its shows will return on television via the Kapamilya Channel, which will be shown on cable and satellite TV.
Only three teleseryes were announced to resume their run: FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, Love Thy Woman, and A Soldier's Heart.
Aside from Make It With You, the other teleserye that will no longer return on TV is Pamilya Ko.
Pamilya Ko, which aired its pilot episode in September 2019, topbilled Sylvia Sanchez, Joey Marquez, and JM de Guzman.
Midnight of June 5, Liza's manager Ogie Diaz first confirmed that Make It With You will no longer continue its run.
In the afternoon of June 5, director Theodore Boborol, who co-directs Make It With You with Richard Arellano, said on Twitter that the returning dramas have already canned multiple episodes even before ABS-CBN halted production because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Even then, LizQuen fans were disheartened by the news that "Make It With You" will no longer return.
The news trended on that same day, with more than 100k tweets.
Make It With You will be replaced by the Tagalized version of the K-Drama The World of a Married Couple starting June 15 on the Kapamilya Channel.