Tony Labrusca admitted to going through a “gulung-gulo” phase after ABS-CBN’s shutdown.
He was confused: Should he stay or leave the network and its talent-management arm Star Magic?
In fact, he had offers from other networks and talent agencies.
Tony revealed this during the press conference of Star Cinema’s upcoming movie, U-Turn, on October 7, 2020.
Tony said, “Ipinag-pray ko lang din po iyon na parang, honestly, during this time kasi, gulung-gulo din ako kung anong gagawin kasi ang dami lumilipat.
“Honestly, meron din po akong naging offers sa ibang network and sa ibang agencies.”
Prayers had helped Tony arrive at the right decision: he chose to stay with ABS-CBN.
He continued, “Ipinag-pray ko iyon, sabi ko, ‘Lord please help me decide kasi I honestly don’t know what to do.’
“What’s meant to be is meant to be na lang, so it all ended up working out na I’m meant to stay lang talaga dito.
“I’d like to think na si Lord lang talaga iyong gumawa ng paraan kaya nag-stay ako kasi kahit ako, hindi ko rin alam kung ano iyong tamang decision.”
Currently, Tony has two projects with ABS-CBN.
He is part of the movie U-Turn, which will be screened via ABS-CBN’s online cinema platforms, KTX and iWant TFC, on October 30.
Tony is also one of the lead cast members in ABS-CBN’s upcoming teleserye, Bagong Umaga, which will premiere on October 26.
It will be shown on Kapamilya Channel on cable, Kapamilya Online Live on YouTube and Facebook, and A2Z channel 11 on free analog TV.
Most of ABS-CBN artists have made a career move and accepted projects from other networks, such as TV5.
Although some remained as Star Magic talents, they would be regularly seen in shows of TV5.
They were Maja Salvador, Jerome Ponce, Donny Pangilinan, Ritz Azul, and Piolo Pascual.
A few decided to leave Star Magic and transfer to other talent agencies.
One of them was Julia Barretto, who was supposed to play femaled lead and Tony’s partner in Bagong Umaga (formerly Cara Y Cruz).
She signed with VIVA Artists Agency on September 30.
McCoy de Leon and Diego Loyzaga had also signed with VIVA Artists Agency in August 2020.
TONY ON A2Z CHANNEL 11
Tony is glad that ABS-CBN shows will finally be seen again on free TV via A2Z channel 11.
It happened before Bagong Umaga premieres on TV, so Tony said it was indeed "perfect timing."
The 25-year-old actor remarked, “Super exciting, I’m so happy for ABS na kahit papaano, meron na tayong free TV.
“I’m so happy din sa lahat ng loyal na Kapamilya mapapanood na nila ulit on free TV.
“Perfect timing, I’m so happy, ang Bagong Umaga makikita din nila sa A2Z, so exciting talaga.”
ABS-CBN inked a partnership deal with free analog TV network Zoe Broadcasting Network, Inc., owned by Jesus is Lord founder Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
Zoe TV, which rebranded itself to A2Z, will show some of ABS-CBN’s programs starting this month,
It’s Showtime will begin on October 10, while ASAP Natin ‘To will air starting on October 11.
The network’s three ongoing teleseryes—FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, Ang Sa Iyo Ay Akin, and Walang Hanggang Paalam—will air catch-up marathons on October 10 and 11 before resuming with fresh episodes on October 12.