In the television industry, it is often big news when a celebrity jumps from one network to another.
This 2017, the trend continued as several celebrities decided to look for other opportunities from rival networks.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) has been monitoring the movement of stars from January to December 2017.
Just this year alone, ABS-CBN welcomed 21 new actors in its roster of talents.
Some of them are first-timers in the network, while others decided to return after years of doing projects with rival stations.
As PEP.ph looks back on the showbiz events that happened in 2017, check out this list of celebrities who transferred to the Kapamilya network.
Take note that this list includes those who signed exclusive contracts, or freelance actors who have not worked with ABS-CBN for a year or more.
This report does not include talents who intermittently appear in shows of both networks.
After a one-year hiatus in showbiz,
RICHARD GUTIERREZ decided to sign up with ABS-CBN.
For his first Kapamilya project, Richard was given a kontrabida role in
La Luna Sangre, where he is reunited with former love team partner Angel Locsin.
The actor also gets to work again with Angel in a movie called
Wife, Husband, Wife, together with Angelica Panganiban. Stories We Are Tracking BIANCA KING joined ABS-CBN after a two-year hiatus in showbiz, and after being with GMA-7 and TV5.
She is currently part of the Kapamilya afternoon series
Pusong Ligaw as the show's female kontrabida.
Bianca even said during a presscon that she is at her happiest now that she's with ABS-CBN.
Stories We Are Tracking
ALJUR ABRENICA's contract with GMA-7 expired, he joined the Kapamilya network.
He had a guest appearance in the prime-time series
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. Aljur even revealed that it was actually Coco who hired him to guest in the show, after an encounter in a gym.
Aljur was paired again with Louise delos Reyes via the weekly series
He is currently taping for the upcoming TV series
Asintado. Stories We Are Tracking RUFA MAE QUINTO's transfer to ABS-CBN was supposed to happen in 2016. However, she got pregnant.
When she returned after her pregnancy break, Rufa Mae starred in an episode of
Rufa Mae signed a contract with the network and joined the sitcom
Home Sweetie Home. Stories We Are Tracking LOUISE DELOS REYES surprised everyone when she signed up with VIVA Artists Agency during the first part of 20176, after being with GMA Artist Center for several years.
Louise's management transfer was later followed by a network switch to ABS-CBN. She first appeared in
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano.
It was announced by ABS-CBN that Louise will be a cast member in the upcoming drama series
The Blood Sisters, starring Erich Gonzales. Stories We Are Tracking SID LUCERO returned to the Kapamilya network this year, after being with GMA-7 for seven years.
He joined the prime-time series
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano as one of the new villains introduced during the show's second chapter. Stories We Are Tracking Encantadia star John Arcilla to join Ang Probinsyano Did Sid Lucero's transfer affect Alyas Robin Hood 2? ROXANNE BARCELO returned to ABS-CBN after nine years.
She was tapped to play the role of Nathalie in
Wildflower. Stories We Are Tracking
Just like other TV5 talents,
MARK NEUMANN transferred to ABS-CBN when his contract with the Kapatid network expired last July.
He was given a role in
La Luna Sangre as part of the Moonchasers, a group of young teenagers fighting against vampires. Stories We Are Tracking Former TV5 actor Mark Neumann transfers to ABS-CBN Mark Neumann does not mind being "extra" in KathNiel serye RANDY SANTIAGO returned to ABS-CBN this year via the prime-time series La Luna Sangre.
Randy was the director of GMA-7's variety program
According to Randy, he was permitted by
Wowowin's host and producer Willie Revillame to join the Kapamilya show. Randy resigned from his directorial duties since he wanted to try acting again. Stories We Are Tracking Randy Santiago gives up GMA show to join ABS-CBN fantaserye
After three years of doing shows with GMA-7,
EULA VALDES returned to ABS-CBN last May 2017.
When her Kapamilya comeback was announced via the series
The Good Son, she was still taping for the Kapuso prime-time series Encantadia. Stories We Are Tracking Eula Valdes returns to ABS-CBN; joins 1st McLisse teleserye Eula Valdes says The Good Son offer came before Encantadia
When her two-year-old sitcom
Ismol Family ended its run on GMA-7 last year, CARMI MARTIN saw this as an opportunity to return to doing teleseryes.
In February 2017, Carmi transferred to ABS-CBN and became part of the afternoon series
The Better Half. This was followed by an installment of Wansapanataym where she was reunited with Roderick Paulate.
Carmi is set to be a part of the upcoming drama series
No Ordinary Love, starring Piolo Pascual, Arci Munoz, Alessandra de Rossi, and Empoy. Stories We Are Tracking ALICE DIXSON is now a Kapamilya after doing projects with TV5 and GMA-7 since her showbiz comeback in 2011.
Incidentally, before she left showbiz, her last TV appearance was in
Maalaala Mo Kaya, together with Heart Evangelista. It aired in 2005.
Alice recently did the movie
Ghost Bride, and is set to be a part of the drama series called Nostalgia. Stories We Are Tracking Alice Dixson drops hint about her upcoming prime-time series LORNA TOLENTINO makes her teleserye comeback in ABS-CBN via the new TV series Asintado.
Her last Kapamilya project was
Minsan Lang Kita Iibigin, aired in 2011. Lorna's last teleserye was the 2014 GMA-7 series My Destiny. Stories We Are Tracking Lorna Tolentino returns to ABS-CBN after 5 years
Since he is not an exclusive artist of any network,
JOHN ARCILLA was able to immediately jump to ABS-CBN after Encantadia ended its run on GMA-7.
He was introduced as the new kontrabida in
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano, the rival show of his former teleserye Encantadia. Stories We Are Tracking Encantadia star John Arcilla to join Ang Probinsyano LOTLOT DE LEON decided to return to ABS-CBN after four years with GMA-7.
She recently appeared in an episode of
Ipaglaban Mo, and will be seen in the upcoming drama series Love Will Lead You Back. Stories We Are Tracking Lotlot returns to ABS-CBN; Hero joins Jericho teleserye Why Lotlot decided to go back to doing projects with ABS-CBN INA RAYMUNDO set foot again on ABS-CBN after doing several shows with GMA-7 for two years.
She is part of the prime-time series
La Luna Sangre and the Star Cinema movie Ghost Bride. MERYLL SORIANO made a Kapamilya comeback via the TV series La Luna Sangre.
She was last seen in ABS-CBN via the 2014 series
Ikaw Lamang. After doing the show, she decided to transfer to GMA-7. KAREL MARQUEZ did a Kapamilya project again after 10 years of being with other networks.
She became a part of the prime-time series
La Luna Sangre for 12 weeks, and appeared in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya. SANCHO DELAS ALAS also switched to ABS-CBN this year, after being with GMA-7 for two years.
The son of Ai-Ai delas Alas is currently part of
FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. Stories We Are Tracking Former GMA-7 talent Sancho delas Alas joins Probinsyano RHEN ESCANO was a former Kapuso talent before she jumped to ABS-CBN.
The actress is currently part of
La Luna Sangre as a member of the Moonchasers.
Along with Mark Neumann,
AKIHIRO BLANCO also joined La Luna Sangre when he transferred to ABS-CBN.
He even taped a few episodes for
The Good Son.
However, Akihiro needed to back out of the two shows to focus on his movie career. Right now, he doesn't belong to any network.
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