Stars who caused major changes in teleseryes: 2020 edition

by James Patrick Anarcon
Aug 17, 2020
Why the characters of Jiro Manio, Arci Munoz, and Ariel Rivera were killed off in the teleseryes they were part of.
PHOTO/S: Tayong Dalawa / Pamilya Ko / A Soldier's Heart

Changes are inevitable in a teleserye.

Among the top reasons have something to do with major cast members either quitting because of a better offer or being replaced because of a personal problem.

It falls then on the shoulders of the creative writers to alter the storylines.

In 2015 and 2017, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) released a list about stars who caused sudden changes in the teleseryes they were part of.

Here's the 2020 edition.

(Read: Stars who caused sudden changes in teleseryes)

JIRO MANIO

In June 2009, ABS-CBN announced its decision to remove actor Jiro Manio from the teleserye, Tayong Dalawa.

According to Deo Endrinal, the series' business unit head, Jiro had an asthma attack during a taping session and was sent home.

He was unable to return to work right away because his attacks got worse.

Management eventually decided to kill off his character, further fuelling the rumors that Jiro had been taking illegal drugs and causing problems on the set.

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Endrinal said he knew nothing about Jiro’s activities outside the show, and had not noticed anything unusual about the young actor's behavior on the set.

However, ABS-CBN later released a statement explaining Jiro's departure from the teleserye. Part of it read, "Narating ang desisyong ito matapos ang maraming pagkakataong ibinigay kay Jiro upang itama ang ilang maling gawi at bumalik ang kanyang interes na gampanan ang kanyang role sa nasabing teleserye.”

Jiro also left ABS-CBN's talent-management arm, Star Magic.

Years later, in 2015, it was reported that the actor was found wandering in the vicinity of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport.

Ai-Ai Delas Alas, who became Jiro's mom in the movies Ang Tanging Ina Niyong Lahat and Ang Tanging Ina Mo (Last Na 'To), had him admitted to a rehabilitation facility in Quezon City.

She helped him transfer to another rehab facility in Bataan.

But in June 2017, Jiro left the rehab center on his own.

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In January 2020, he was arrested allegedly for frustrated homicide, but was released on bail.

In PEP.ph report dated August 11, 2020, one of Jiro’s relatives said that the actor needs help and assistance "dahil may mga ginagawa at sinasabi pa rin siya na unusual, tulad po ng pagsasalita at tumatawang mag-isa."

Jiro ManioJiro Manio as Kim Chiu's brother in Tayong Dalawa

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ARCI MUÑOZ

Arci Muñoz was one of the major characters in the ABS-CBN prime-time series Pamilya Ko.

She played the role of Betty, the best friend of Chico (JM de Guzman), who would later become her love interest.

But viewers were shocked when her character was thrown by James (Kit Thompson) into a river.

At around that time, a blind item about an actress being removed from her series due to attitude problems gave clues pointing to Arci.

The StarStruck alumna denied the blind item and explained her reason for leaving the show: she was set to do five movies this year.

Pamilya Ko, which started airing in September 2019, ended abruptly with an incomplete storyline in March 2020, the month COVID-19 pandemic began putting the country under quarantine.

It was supposed to make a comeback, but was later cancelled after ABS-CBN received a cease-and-desist order from National Telecommunications Commission on May 5, following the expiration of the network's franchise.

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Arci MunozArci Munoz in Pamilya Ko

ARIEL RIVERA

Until recently, Ariel Rivera was one of the major characters in the prime-time series A Soldier’s Heart.

He played the role of General Victor Mondejar, the father of Jethro (Elmo Magalona), one of the main characters in the show.

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The series—which also stars Gerald Anderson and Carlo Aquino—began taping its episodes in late 2018. But it premiered in January 2020.

A Soldier’s Heart is one of the shows that has been affected by the pandemic

It temporarily stopped airing after the safety protocols of quarantine and lockdown were put in place on March 15.

The show resumed airing on June 15, with four weeks' worth of canned episodes.

At the time, Ariel has already been staying in Canada with his family

His character still appeared in some episodes because he was able to tape his scenes before the quarantine.

But for the new episodes that were taped in June 2020, Ariel’s character was shown in video-call scenes.

His final scene was shown on July 20, and it was a car explosion, which was taped without Ariel.

A Soldier’s Heart is able to finish its remaining scenes during the one-month lock-in taping, but it has not announced when the show’s run will end.

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Ariel Rivera

PAULO AVELINO

In 2018, Paulo Avelino was doing the afternoon series Asintado when it was announced that he would be part of The General's Daughter as one of Angel Locsin's leading men.

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In Asintado, he was part of the main cast, which included Julia Montes, Shaina Magdayao, and Aljur Abrenica.

In the story, Paulo's character, Gael, got married to Julia's character, Ana.

However, Gael was killed in an ambush that targeted Ana and was orchestrated by his parents (Lorna Tolentino and Nonie Buencamino).

Gael took all the bullets to save Ana.

Paulo had to leave Asintado because he had to start training for his action scenes in The General's Daughter.

Paulo AvelinoPaulo Avelino's death scene in Asintado

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ROCCO NACINO

Rocco Nacino was supposed to play the leading man of Sanya Lopez in the 2019 afternoon drama series Blood Money.

He even attended the teleserye's story conference in March 2019.

It was supposed to be the reunion project of Rocco and Sanya, who were paired in Encantadia (2016-2017) and Haplos (2017-2018).

But in the same month, Rocco posted a photo from what seemed like a military training.

His followers asked if it had something to do with GMA-7’s remake of Descendants of the Sun. A lot of them also noticed his resemblance to the original DOTS cast member Jin Goo.

GMA-7 later changed the title of Blood Money to Dahil sa Pag-ibig.

In April 2019, teasers revealed that Rocco Nacino was no longer part of the cast, and that Benjamin Alves replaced him.

In June 2019, with Dahil sa Pag-ibig already on air, GMA-7 announced that Rocco was tapped to portray the character of Jin Goo in the Descendants of the Sun remake.

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The series premiered on GMA-7’s prime-time block in February 2020, and is currently on an airing break due to the pandemic.

Rocco NacinoRocco Nacino as Captain Diego in Descendants of the Sun remake

JC SANTOS

JC Santos attended the story conference of Sino Ang Maysala? in September 2018.

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It was supposed to be his first teleserye with Bela Padilla, who was his leading lady in the movies 100 Tula Para Kay Stella and The Day After Valentine’s.

Also part of the cast were Ivana Alawi, Tony Labrusca, Kit Thompson, and Ketchup Eusebio.

In November 2019, JC announced his plans of taking a break from showbiz.

When Sino Ang Maysala?'s trailer was released, he was no longer part of the cast.

In an interview with PEP.ph, Dreamscape Entertainment creative manager Rondel Lindayag said the creative team decided to scrap his character.

JC Santos

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DIEGO LOYZAGA

Diego Loyzaga played one of the main characters in the afternoon series Los Bastardos.

He played Joaquin, the second child of Ramon Cardinal (Ronaldo Valdez).

In December 2018, two months after the show aired its pilot episode, Diego's character died in a plane crash.

Around this time, reports had it that Diego was having personal problems, and had taken a break from showbiz.

In May 2020, Diego resurfaced and joined Star Magic’s online project called “Love Lockdown Portraits.”

On August 12, 2020, Diego inked a management deal with VIVA Artists Agency.

Diego LoyzagaDiego Loyzaga's last scene in Los Bastardos

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ALBERT MARTINEZ

Albert Martinez was already in the cast of The General’s Daughter when he was tapped to become part of Kadenang Ginto.

In The General’s Daughter, he was the biological father of Angel Locsin's character. The series premiered in January 2019.

In Kadenang Ginto, Albert played the role of Robert Mondragon, the patriarch of the rich Mondragon family. It started running in October 2018 on ABS-CBN’s afternoon drama block.

In the first week of February 2019, with The General’s Daughter already airing, Albert’s character in Kadenang Ginto was killed in a helicopter explosion.

When The General’s Daughter ended in October 2019, Albert returned to Kadenang Ginto. His character turned out to be alive.

But after a few months, Albert’s character was killed, and never returned.

Albert Martinez

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AYRA MARIANO

In January 2018, StarStruck 6 First Princess Ayra Mariano was tapped to portray the role of Ekay in the GMA-7 prime-time series The One That Got Away.

Ekay was the younger sister of Alex, played by Lovi Poe.

In February 2018, just a few weeks after The One That Got Away had its premiere, Ayra had to leave the show.

The reason: GMA-7 cast her as one of the leads in the morning series Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw, where she was paired with Bruno Gabriel.

Ayra and Bruno were love-team partners in the weekly series G.R.I.N.D.

Her character exited The One That Got Away by leaving for another country.

However, Ang Forever Ko’y Ikaw ran for only eight weeks and when it ended, The One That Got Away was still running.

Ayra's character returned to The One That Got Away before its finale.

Ayra Mariano

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JAMES BLANCO

James Blanco was part of the major cast of GMA-7’s afternoon drama series, Dragon Lady, top-billed by Janine Gutierrez as Yna.

James played the role of Bryan, the husband of Yna’s biological mother, Almira (Diana Zubiri). Bryan was a kind and protective stepfather to Yna.

As part of the story, Yna went through a tragedy that led her to believe that Almira and Bryan were dead.

This prompted Yna to get back at the people who wronged her family.

Later, it was revealed that Bryan and Almira were alive.

James appeared in a few more episodes until his character left for the States, where he died in a car explosion.

Apparently, his character in the Kapuso series was killed because he had to start taping for the ABS-CBN drama series, The Killer Bride.

James Blanco

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PHOTO/S: Tayong Dalawa / Pamilya Ko / A Soldier's Heart
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