Atom Araullo surprised everyone last September 15 with his announcement that he was leavingABS CBN.
According to the 32-year-old broadcast journalist, he wanted to explore more opportunities outside the Kapamilya network.
Rumors are strong that Atom will transfer to rival network GMA-7.
Photos of Atom at the lobby of GMA Network Center recently appeared on social media soon after his departure from Channel 2.
However—did you know that Atom actually started his career with GMA-7?
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) takes a look back at Atom's career milestones before he announces his future career endeavors —including the TV network he will join in the coming days.
'90s kids will remember that Atom started his hosting career in his pre-teen days via the educational kiddie program 5 and Up.
The show, which ran from 1992 to 2002, was aired in two different networks—ABS-5, and later, GMA-7.
This also jump-started Atom's hosting career, with other young hosts like Maxene Magalona, Chynna Ortaleza, Rodjun and Rayver Cruz, who are now known as actors in their respective TV networks.
After 5 and Up, Atom was no longer seen on television. He focused on his studies.
When he returned to the small screen, it was as a sports reporter in GMA-7's primetime news program 24 Oras.
In March of 2004, or during the early years of 24 Oras, Atom was given his own segment, "ATOMic Sports," where he was seen engaging in various sports.
The segment's title, of course, was derived from his name.
Atom even tried firing a pistol for 24 Oras.
However, the segment only lasted a few months, with Atom transferring to Studio 23 that same year of 2004.
He got the assignment of junior host in the morning show Breakfast Supersize.
Aside from interviewing guests, Atom also had his own segment called "ATOMic Kitchen," where he demonstrated simple, easy-to-prepare meals that could be done in a minute.
After Breakfast, Atom would do several shows for ABS-CBN, mainly Basta Sports and KNN: Kabataan News Network.
In 2009, Atom joined the morning show Umagang Kay Ganda, where he showed his less-serious side.
In one of its episodes in 2013, he performed "Hanggang Kailan," which was originally performed by Orange N' Lemons.
Atom also became a news reporter in ABS-CBN's other news programs, including TV Patrol and Bandila.
In November 2013, he became a trending topic on social media after his "buwis-buhay" coverage of Typhoon Yolanda.
With a news team, Atom went to Tacloban, which was one of the hardest hit provinces, and he continued reporting for Umagang Kay Ganda in the midst of heavy rains and strong winds.
That same year, Atom also went viral on social media because of a candid moment.
Atom was caught on cam fixing his hair and practicing his smile before he was to go live for a report.
This moment was included in Marc Logan's special report on TV Patrol's bloopers for 2013.
In 2016, Atom resigned from doing reportorial duties in these news programs.
A statement released by ABS-CBN indicated that Atom wanted to pursue other career interests.
However, he remained an on-camera talent of the Kapamilya network.
Atom continued to host different programs for ABS-CBN's News and Current Affairs department.
One of these was the afternoon horror program, Hiwaga, where Atom featured accounts of people who had experienced supernatural encounters.
Another program he hosted was the public affairs program Red Alert, where Atom demonstrated survival tips to overcome disasters and accidents such as fires and earthquakes.
In one episode, Atom demonstrated how to survive a sinking boat. For this report, he had to take off his pants and he was seen on TV wearing only boxers.
In April 2017, Atom's documentary, Warmer, won a bronze medal at the New York Festivals for international TV programs and films in the Climate Change & Sustainability category.
Warmer is a documentary that shows climate conditions experienced in two different parts of the world.
This 2017, Atom ventured into acting, portraying a journalist in his debut film, Citizen Jake.
The movie serves as the comeback of critically acclaimed director Mike de Leon.
It also features veteran actresses Cherie Gil and Dina Bonnevie, GMA-7 actress Max Collins, Gabby Eigenmann, Luis Alandy, and Nonie Buencamino.
Aside from this being his acting debut, Atom also co-wrote the script with de Leon.
On September 20, Atom appeared in his last show as a Kapamilya.
He served as host of the fourth episode of The Crawl, a TV show aired on ABS-CBN's subsidiary channel, Lifestyle TV.
For the episode, he went to Hong Kong with Pino Resto Bar’s executive chef Edward Bugia and checked out the city's food spots.
NEXT MOVE? A teaser about a new Kapuso star was uploaded earlier today, September 20, on social media.
A man is seen using Waze to look for directions going to GMA Network Center's headquarters in Quezon City.
The identity of the man is not revealed, but the camera focuses on his chest, his eyes, and his hands.
When he enters the GMA building, the Waze voice over alerts, "You have arrived."
The speculation is that the new Kapuso is none other than Atom Araullo.
PEP.ph is betting that it is.
The reveal will happen tomorrow, September 21, on 24 Oras.
PEPsters, do you think Atom Araullo is the new Kapuso?
Share your thoughts in the comments section below.