Mika dela Cruz revealed that it was her sister Angelika dela Cruz who opened the idea for her to transfer to GMA-7.
In a video interview shoot with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) yesterday, March 9, Mika said that everything fell into place when her transfer to the Kapuso network finally materialized.
Mika admitted, “Actually, matagal na namang binabanggit ng sister ko na, ‘Try mo, kasi mababait sila, ganyan, aalagaan ka din nila.’
“E, siyempre nandito yung ate ko. Yung ate ko, lagi lang naman nag-a-advise sa akin yun kung ano magpapabuti sa akin, kung anong tingin niyang okay na itry ko.
“Inopen niya sa akin yung idea. Sabi ko, ‘Parang pwede nga, parang interested ako.’
“Nag usap-usap tapos parang gusto din naman nila ako. Actually sobrang bilis ng pangyayari, medyo natagalan lang sa pag-uusap, sa pag-aareglo...biglang may show na.”
Before she became a Kapuso, Mika started her career in ABS-CBN when she joined Star Circle Summer Kid Quest in 2006.
She grew up in front of the camera as a child star to teen actress.
Her sister Angelika also started her career in ABS-CBN via the long-running series Mara Clara, where she joined the second book of the show in 1996.
Angelika then did the show Esperanza in 1997, but her character was later on killed so that she can transfer to GMA-7 to join the drama series Di Ba’t Ikaw in 1999.
Angelika got her big break as an actress in the Kapuso network, topbilling the shows Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin (2001) and Habang Kapiling Ka (2002).
In 2004, she decided to return to the Kapamilya network and was included in the then ongoing series Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas where she was reunited with former onscreen partner Jericho Rosales.
She also first ventured into doing kontrabida roles via the 2006 remake of Bituing Walang Ningning.
In 2008, Angelika again decided to transfer to GMA-7 where she appears in teleseryes until today. However, she is currently on a break to focus on her new baby and political career.
HAPPY WITH GMA. According to Mika, she made the right decision to transfer to the Kapuso network.
When asked how she is right now with her new career, she answered, “Grabe, sa lahat naman ng nagtatanong, isa lang ang sagot ko, sobrang happy ako.
“Sobrang hindi ako nagkamali ng desisyon. Grabe kasi mag-alaga ang GMA, managers ko, si Direk LA [Madridejos].
“Feeling ko ang tagal ko nang andito, wala akong napi-feel na awkwardness, or parang nabago ako, wala.
“Parang everyone’s so welcoming at saka sobrang warm nang lahat ng tao dito.”
Currently, she is seen in the primetime series Meant To Be, which is topbilled by Barbie Forteza.
Mika believes that this project is really meant to be her first show on GMA Network, especially since she gets to work with director LA Madridejos, whom she already met in the past.
Just like Mika and Angelika, Direk LA also started his career with ABS-CBN where he used to be the assistant director of the late Wenn V. Deramas.
She narrated, “Kasi si Direk LA, matagal ko nang kilala. Hindi pa po siya director, lagi lang siya nagbi-visit sa set namin, e. Sa Goin’ Bulilit pa po ako noong time na yun, e.
“Batang-bata pa po ako nun. Tapos parang nasubaybayan niya kami lumaki, so sobrang blessed ko na si Direk LA yung director ko ngayon sa unang project ko [sa GMA].
“Kasi kung ibang director, medyo kakabahan ako, medyo mapi-feel ko siguro na out of place pa ako pero wala talaga, ka-meant to be ko ang Meant To Be.
“And now, I’m happy na Kapuso na ako.”
To know more about Mika, her relationship with Barbie and the Meant To Be Boys Ken Chan, Jak Roberto, Ivan Dorschner, and Addy Raj, check out her upcoming PEP interview soon on www.pep.ph/multimedia