Gabby Concepcion is a proud Kapuso.
The 53-year-old actor said he’s grateful to be entrusted with two successful teleseryes since he transferred to GMA Network from ABS-CBN in 2015.
But it was only in August 2016 when he formally signed a two-year contract as an exclusive Kapuso star.
Speaking to PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), Gabby elaborated, “Well, it was a good decision.
“Kasi hindi ko alam kung anong mangyayari.
“Sabi ko kanina, you are only as good as your last project.
“Eto, ang ganda ng break na binigay nila, because this is the first time na pumirma ako ng station contract.
“And eto yung binigay ko sa kanila. Yun din ang binigay nila sa akin na project.
“So, it’s reciprocated naman.”
He first starred in the Kapuso primetime series Because of You with Carla Abellana followed by the still-ongoing afternoon series Ika-6 Na Utos, which he co-headlines with Sunshine Dizon and Ryza Cenon.
It was his role as Rome in the afternoon drama soap that earned him the Asian Star Prize at the 2017 Seoul International Awards, held at KBS Hall in Seoul, South Korea last September 7.
Gabby said his win wouldn’t have been possible without his co-stars as well as the staff behind the show, whose team effort resulted to Ika-6 Na Utos's TV content that often goes viral and gets the attention of viewers.
At 53, Gabby feels like he’s getting his second wind in showbiz.
“Yung career ko natapos na nung umalis ako. Bonus na lang ‘to,” said Gabby, referring to his decision to quit showbiz back in the mid-90s.
He lived in the States for “13 years” and came back to the Philippines in March 2008 to take care of his ailing father Rolly Concepcion, who passed away due to a heart disease on September 23 that same year.
Talking about returning to showbiz in 2008, he recalled, “Bumalik lang ako dito to see my dad kasi mamamatay na yung dad ko nun e.
“I didn’t think na meron akong career dito.
“Although inalok ako ng movie at ng teleserye, sabi ko, ‘Okey, meron akong passive income habang naghihintay kay dad.
“And then he died. So, ngayon puwede na akong umalis…
“Pero nag-snowball yung one project after the other. So, yung family ko pinauwi ko na dito.”
Upon his return to showbiz, Gabby did several TV projects with ABS-CBN including Iisa Pa Lamang with Claudine Barretto in 2008 and Dahil May Isang Ikaw with Lorna Tolentino in 2009.
He also starred in Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo with Kris Aquino in 2010, Kahit Puso’y Masugatan with Iza Calzado in 2012, and then he did a supporting role for Mars Ravelo’s Dyesebel in 2014.
In 2012, the former matinee idol also starred in TV5’s TV adaptation of P.S. I Love You, his 1981 with ex-wife Sharon Cuneta.
Fast forward to 2017, Gabby certainly remains on top of his game as a Kapuso star.
Does he think ABS-CBN regrets letting him go?
Gabby answered, “Hindi naman siguro. Marami silang artista sa industriya…”
More than anything else, he stated that he’s just enjoying the opportunities being thrown his way.
He added with a smile, “Basta, I am here to work.”
PEP's latest interview with Gabby happened at his solo presscon, which was held at the 17th Floor of GMA Network Center last September 12.