While most TV5 homegrown talents are transferring to ABS-CBN, Artista Academy runner-up Shaira Mae joins the daytime drama Trops, which is being aired on GMA-7.
Trops is co-produced by TAPE, Inc. and stars the BAEs of Eat Bulaga namely Kenneth Medrano, Miggy Tolentino, Joel Palencia, Jon Timmons, Kim Last, and Tommy Penaflor.
The TV5 actress first made her appearance on Trops last Friday, January 20.
Because of her appearance on GMA, PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) sent a text message to Shaira asking if she already transferred to GMA Network.
However, she answered, "No! Guesting lang! Hahaha!"
She told PEP that it was actually TV5 that helped pave the way for her to be noticed by the management of Trops.
She narrated, "Ang alam ko, kinontak lang ng APT yung TV5 na kung pwede nga daw, kunin ako for the role.
"Nakakatuwa nga kasi na-consider nila ako dun sa role.
"Kasi una kong project sa APT yung Kidlat, e. Kaya nakakatuwa kasi naalala pa nila ako."
In an Instagram post, Shaira revealed that her character named Mandy is considered as the "bad girl ng Trops."
Her character in Trops serves as the third wheel to Miggy Tolentino and newbie actress Taki.
According to Shaira, she enjoys working with the staff of Trops since she already worked with them in the past.
"Oo, super enjoy kasi yung prod [people] kilala ko na, maski si Direk Linnet [Zurbano], mga cameramen, kilala ko kaya ang gaan-gaan lang magtrabaho.
"Ang kapartner ko dito si Miggy, so parang ako yung third wheel sa kanila ni Taki. Si Miggy palagi [yung] kaeksena ko."
Shaira is glad that she was able to work with actress Irma Adlawan since she has always wanted to work with the veteran actress.
She exclaimed, "Sobrang happy ako kasi lagi rin kami magkaeksena ni Ms. Irma Adlawan!
"Sobra akong na-starstruck sa kanya kasi tuwing napapanood ko siya sa ibang soap, sabi ko, sana one day, makatrabaho ko siya.
"Tapos biglang ayun na nga, di pinatagal ni Lord yung wish ko! Nangyari agad!"
Shaira expressed her happiness through Instagram when she posted her photo with the 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival Best Actress.
She captioned, "It's a great privilege and an honor working with The MMFF's Best Actress, Ms. Irma Adlawan! Nakakakilig!!"
TV5 CONTRACT. Although she was allowed to do Trops which is a project outside TV5, Shaira said that she is still under contract with the Kapatid network until July 2017.
The TV5 homegrown talent recently posted her photo with Cannes award-winning film director Brillante Mendoza.
PEP previously reported that Brillante is set to do projects for the Kapatid network, including a TV movie special every month.
The photo might be an indication that Shaira will star in one of Brillante's projects for the Kapatid network.
Shaira started her career in 2012 when she joined Artista Academy and emerged as one of the runner-ups.
She was paired with Mark Neumann in several projects, including Kidlat (2013) and various installments of Wattpad Presents (2014).
In 2015, Shaira and Mark got plum roles in the Filipino adaptation of Baker King that aired on TV5.