ABS-CBN TV Production and Star Magic head Lauren Dyogi wants to focus on the artists who stayed with ABS-CBN.
He said this during the Kapamilya Strong 2022 media conference held earlier today, February 23.
Asked if the Kapamilya network still has a place for those who left, the ABS-CBN executive began, “Unang-una, I would always respect the decision of every individual kasi hindi ko naman hawak iyong buhay ng bawat isa sa kanila.
“I mean, they made their decisions based on their lives’ circumstances, hindi na natin maaano iyon. Hindi ko makukuwestiyon iyon kung may pangangailangan sila o may plano sila sa buhay na sa tingin nila, hindi maibibigay ng ABS at Star Magic. That’s their option.”
His mind is on the artists under his wing.
Dyogi continued, “But I also like to say na para sa akin, mas importante iyong mga kasama ko ngayon dito.
“I don’t like to even spend my energy and my time thinking about who left because they’ve decided to move on and left.
“I’d like to pour my energy and my focus and my love to the ones who are here kasi iyon naman ang importante, e, iyong kasama mo ngayon sa hirap at ginhawa.”
After what happened to ABS-CBN, he saw how loyalty came into play.
He said, “The loss of the franchise gave us a lot of insight into what’s important in our lives and who are the people who are also important and who value that relationship.
“So iyon muna iyong tinitignan ko.”
Going back to the question—can the former ABS-CBN stars still come back?
Dyogi answered, “In the future, I can’t say. Sino ba tayo? We don’t know what the future [is], what’s there.
“Maliit lang naman ang industriya ng entertainment, so hindi ako magsasalita nang tapos na it’s for good na never ulit magkakasama, di ba?”
He then reiterated how much the network values those who chose to stay.
“But for now, ABS will focus and Star Magic will focus on the artists who decided to stay and be with us and journey with us and commit to be part of this very interesting and very challenging [time].
“Pero alam natin na pagkatapos nito, I think we’ve gone through the worst already. Paahon na kami, exciting times are just ahead.”
During the Kapamilya Strong event, the contracts of these stars were renewed: Regine Velasquez, Gary Valenciano, Jolina Magdangal, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby, Erich Gonzales, Shaina Magdayao, Zanjoe Marudo, Jake Cuenca, Ronnie Alonte, and Loisa Andalio.
Star Magic is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary this year. Some of its plans were presented during the press conference, including the return of Star Magic Games and ABS-CBN Ball in 2022.