21 stars who left and returned to ABS-CBN

IMAGE @bernardokath on Instagram / Spring Films / ABS-CBN

Kathryn Bernardo, Carlo Aquino, and Kristine Hermosa are some of ABS-CBN actors who left and returned to their original mother station.


Change is constant in show business.

These changes can happen to celebrities who want career change and growth, which is why they decide to switch networks.

Some of these network transfers were fast and quiet, while others became controversial and shocking to fans.

Even though their transfers became controversial, these celebrities did not burn bridges with their former home networks and they even managed to return to their original home.

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down 21 celebrities who left the stable of Kapamilya talents, but eventually returned to ABS-CBN.


Regine Velasquez



Regine Velasquez pointed out that she did not transfer to ABS-CBN because she originally started in the Kapamilya Network. She used to be part of Triple Treat and Teen Pan Alley in the 1990s. She then became a talent of GMA-7 for the past 20 years.

Asia's Songbird signed a two-year contract with the Kapamilya Network on October 17, 2018 and revealed her first major projects, including a singing competition, a musical sitcom, and ASAP.

The OPM icon, host, and actress revealed in her first press conference as a Kapamilya that she will judge a singing competition for the first time in the upcoming show Idol Philippines.

Also for the first time in her career, she will star in a yet-to-be-named musical sitcom with her husband Ogie Alcasid and actor Ian Veneracion. She will also join ASAP as a mainstay, and will join the cast in its international show in Sydney, Australia this weekend.

Regine also announced that she will perform the theme song--written by Ogie--of the upcoming teleserye The General’s Daughter.


Kathryn Bernardo

Kathryn Bernardo started her career with ABS-CBN as a child actress. She was tapped to play younger versions of lead actresses in teleseryes such as Bea Alonzo (in It Might Be You, 2003), Alex Gonzaga (Pangarap na Bituin, 2007), Angelika dela Cruz (Prinsesa ng Banyera, 2007), and Judy Ann Santos (Krystala, 2004).

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In 2006, Kathryn played the love interest of Makisig Morales in the superhero-themed series Super Inggo. Projects then started dwindling for Kathryn as a child actress.

In 2010, Kathryn decided to do a project with GMA-7, as the teenage version of Marian Rivera in Endless Love. On the day of Endless Love's pilot episode, she also appeared in the premiere telecast of ABS-CBN's Magkaribal, where she played the young Gretchen Barretto.

Kathryn was supposed to be included in GMA-7's Tween Hearts. However, she decided to return to ABS-CBN and do the remake of Mara Clara.

The 22-year-old actress was able to do several teleseryes where she played the lead, along with her reel-turned-real life sweetheart Daniel Padilla.

 IMAGE @bernardokath on Instagram


Kristine Hermosa

Kristine Hermosa started her career with Star Magic in the late '90s, and was given a big break via Pangako Sa 'Yo, the first series that used the term "teleserye" that was coined by ABS-CBN.

The show was such a hit that her love team with Jericho Rosales was assigned to do different shows and movies. It also put Kristine's name in ABS-CBN's league of drama actresses.

This would go on until 2010, when Kristine decided to temporarily take a leave from show business and focus on her family life with husband Oyo Sotto. She received several offers, including a sequel of Pangako Sa 'Yo, but she did not accept them.

In 2016, after a long hiatus, Kristine finally made a TV comeback, via GMA-7 and APT Entertainment's sitcom Hay, Bahay, which she co-starred with Vic Sotto, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and her husband Oyo.

When the show ended in early 2017, Kristine was not seen in TV.

In April 2018, Kristine returned to ABS-CBN when she accepted the role of Malaya in the fantasy series Bagani as a kontrabida.

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 IMAGE Bagani (ABS-CBN)


Sharon Cuneta

Sharon Cuneta has been with ABS-CBN for the longest time, since her show The Sharon Cuneta Show transferred to ABS-CBN in 1988. It continued airing until 1997. After Sharon took a year-long hiatus, she returned in 1998 with a reincarnation of her talk show titled Sharon. It aired in the Kapamilya network until 2010.

The Megastar also hosted reality shows such as Star Power (2010) and The Biggest Loser Pinoy Edition (2011).

Sharon was supposed to host another season of Star Power in 2011 when reports came out that she might be leaving ABS-CBN once her contract expires in January 2012, and that auditions for the show have been cancelled.

However, as early as November 2011, Sharon already signed a contract with TV5, with rumors saying that her contract came with a whopping P1 billion talent fee, which she never confirmed.

She was able to do the TV5 shows Sharon, Kasama Mo Kapatid (2012), The Mega and the Songwriter (2013), and her first teleserye Madam Chairman (2013).

In August 2014, Sharon announced on Twitter that she is no longer with TV5, despite the remaining two years in her contract.

After months of speculations about which network she would be joining, Sharon formally signed a contract with ABS-CBN in March 2015.

Recently, Sharon just finished her stint in Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids, and is busy doing a movie with Kathryn Bernardo and Richard Gomez.

 IMAGE @reallysharoncuneta on Instagram


Beauty Gonzalez

In May 2018, PEP.ph received a feed from a showbiz insider that Beauty Gonzalez met with an executive of GMA-7. A month later, she was introduced as the newest Kapuso in the game show Celebrity Bluff.

However, Beauty surprised everyone when she did an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya in August 2018.

On August 16, 2018, Beauty finally ended speculations regarding her network when she signed an exclusive contract with ABS-CBN.

According to her, it was her first contract with ABS-CBN, despite being a Kapamilya since 2008.

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She is set to top-bill a drama series together with Dimples Romana and Albert Martinez, which is titled Kadenang Ginto.

 IMAGE @abscbnpr on Instagram


Claudine Barretto

Claudine Barretto is known to be a prime talent of ABS-CBN. She was even tagged as the network's Optimum Star.

This was after she starred in several flagship drama projects of the Kapamilya network such as Mula Sa Puso (1997) and Marina (2004).

In 2009, Claudine surprised everyone when she suddenly signed up with GMA-7. Back then, it was announced that she would top-bill the Kapamilya drama series Magkapatid (later titled as Magkaribal) with sister Gretchen Barretto.

In 2015, after several years, Claudine returned to ABS-CBN via its film arm, Star Cinema, and a guest appearance in Maalaala Mo Kaya.

In 2016, she top-billed TV5 and VIVA's drama series Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap?

As the show was short-lived, Claudine took a break in acting, and returned to ABS-CBN via a Christmas episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya.

 IMAGE @claubarretto on Instagram


Carlo Aquino

Carlo Aquino started his career in ABS-CBN as part of Ang TV. He was also popularly known as part of the JCS trio, which features John Prats and Stefano Mori. They would later become the lead actors of the youth-oriented series G-Mik.

G-Mik would also give birth to Carlo's team-up with Angelica Panganiban.

When their reel-and-real life relationship ended, Carlo moved on to doing supporting roles, including a role as love interest of Sarah Geronimo in Bituing Walang Ningning.

In 2006, Carlo decided to explore outside ABS-CBN when he did the TAPE Inc. produced series Makita Ka Lang Muli, which was aired on GMA-7. This was followed by several kontrabida roles with the Kapuso network, including the major villain role in Sine Novela: Maging Akin Ka Lamang (2008).

In 2012, Carlo returned to ABS-CBN with guest appearances in Maalaala Mo Kaya and Wansapanataym. His return became official when he became part of the prime-time series Anna Liza.

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Currently, Carlo is busy promoting his reunion film with Angelica, Exes Baggage. He is also part of an upcoming ABS-CBN show.

 IMAGE Meet Me In St. Gallen (Spring Films)


Aga Muhlach

In his 18 years as a Kapamilya, Aga Muhlach did several sitcoms that were all top-raters, including Oki Doki Doc (1993-2000), Ok Fine Whatever (2002-2007), and That's My Doc (2007-2008).

When sitcoms became less popular on television, Aga top-billed movies that were all hits.

In 2011, Aga decided to transfer to TV5, and stayed in the Kapatid network for 3 years.

After his stint with TV5, Aga took a short hiatus in showbiz.

When he returned in 2016, Aga returned to ABS-CBN and signed a contract as a judge in Pinoy Boyband Superstar, and did the family movie Seven Sundays.

His film First Love, where he is paired with Bea Alonzo, is set to be shown in cinemas this October.

 IMAGE Seven Sundays (Star Cinema)


Maricel Soriano

Maricel Soriano has been doing shows with ABS-CBN for the longest time since 1991, via her drama anthology The Maricel Drama Special.

She later starred in sitcoms of the network, including Kaya Ni Mister, Kaya Ni Misis (1997) and Mary D' Potter (2001).

She also did the teleserye Vietnam Rose (2005).

In 2010, Maricel decided to do a project with TV5, via the drama anthology 5 Star Specials. She also appeared in GMA-7's Pilyang Kerubin.

In 2013, Maricel was supposed to take part in the ABS-CBN teleserye Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin. However, Maricel was replaced due to a controversy involving her and co-star Gerald Anderson. Dawn Zulueta became her replacement.

The following year, in 2014, GMA-7 tapped Maricel to play one of the lead actresses in the prime-time series Ang Dalawang Mrs. Reyes, alongside Lovi Poe and Dingdong Dantes.

She then took a break from doing regular shows, apart from guest appearances in GMA-7 and ABS-CBN weekly shows.

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In 2018, it was announced that Maricel will officially return to doing teleseryes in ABS-CBN via The General's Daughter, starring Angel Locsin.

 IMAGE MMK (ABS-CBN)


Jolina Magdangal

Jolina Magdangal began her career in ABS-CBN when she joined Ang TV in 1992. She instantly became one of ABS-CBN's most promising stars, especially when she was paired with Marvin Agustin in 1996, via the youth-oriented series Gimik, which was followed by the teleserye Labs Ko si Babe in 1999.

In 2002, Jolina decided to transfer to GMA-7, where she stayed there for 12 years. She was given teleseryes (such as Narito Ang Puso Ko, 2003), hosting stints (Starstruck, 2004), and was also given a stint in the network's variety programs like SOP and Party Pilipinas.

In October 2014, a few months after she gave birth, Jolina returned to ABS-CBN via the afternoon series Flordeliza.

She remained a Kapamilya up to this day, and is hosting the daytime talk show Magandang Buhay.

 IMAGE @mariajolina_ig on Instagram


Robin Padilla

Robin Padilla has been doing television shows with ABS-CBN since the late '90s, including the sitcom Pwedeng Pwede.

It was also in the network when he first did a teleserye, Basta't Kasama Kita in 2003, alongside Judy Ann Santos.

In 2007, Robin transferred to GMA-7 and did a string of action-fantasy shows, including Asian Treasures and Totoy Bato.

In 2010, he returned to ABS-CBN to host the noontime show Pilipinas Win na Win, and did the shows Guns and Roses and Kailangan Ko'y Ikaw.

In 2014, Robin transferred to TV5 to host Talentadong Pinoy.

He returned in ABS-CBN in 2016, as host of Game ng Bayan and a judge in Pilipinas Got Talent.

Robin just finished the daytime series Sana Dalawa Ang Puso with Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap.

 IMAGE ABS-CBN


Alex Gonzaga

Alex Gonzaga began her career in the youth-oriented comedy series Let's Go in 2006.

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She was then given several supporting roles in teleseryes of ABS-CBN.

In 2008, Alex hosted the TV5 showbiz talk show Juicy. Back then, Alex would still do shows with the Kapamilya network.

In 2010, Alex became an official talent of the Kapatid network, and was given her first solo drama series Babaeng Hampaslupa in 2011.

In 2013, Alex returned to ABS-CBN via the reality competition The Voice.

She is currently part of the game show I Can See Your Voice.

 IMAGE @cathygonzaga on Instagram


Maxene Magalona

Maxene started her career as part of the kiddie gag show Ang TV in the late '90s.

However, Maxene's big break came when she became one of the hosts of the kiddie magazine show 5 & Up, which was aired in ABC-5 (now TV5), and later on GMA-7.

In 2001, Maxene became an official talent of GMA-7 when she was tapped to play one of Vic Sotto's daughters in the sitcom Daddy Di Do Du, which ran from 2001 to 2007. In 2004, Maxene tried acting via the prime-time series Hanggang Kailan.

Maxene was also considered to play the lead role of Alwina in Mulawin. But then, she decided to focus on her studies. The role eventually went to Angel Locsin.

A few years later, Maxene headlined several afternoon shows for the Kapuso network, mainly installments of Sine Novela, an umbrella series of the network featuring movies that were serialized for television.

In 2014, Maxene decided to return to ABS-CBN via the prime-time series Dream Dad. She would then continue to do kontrabida roles as a Kapamilya.

Maxene is part of ABS-CBN's upcoming daytime series Playhouse.

 IMAGE @maxenemagalona on Instagram

Patrick Garcia

Patrick Garcia began his career with ABS-CBN as a child star, being part of Ang TV and the junior cast of Gimik.

In 1999, Patrick became part of the youth-oriented series Tabing Ilog. He also took part in the drama shows Pangako Sa 'Yo and Darating Ang Umaga.

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In 2006, he decided to transfer to GMA-7 and did the kontrabida role in Captain Barbell. Patrick would do more teleseryes with the Kapuso network.

In 2012, Patrick returned to ABS-CBN as one of Maja Salvador's leading men in Precious Hearts Romances: Lumayo Ka Man Sa Akin.

Patrick's last project was the early prime-time series The Blood Sisters. He is also set to appear in the daytime series Playhouse.

 IMAGE @onlypatrickgarcia on Instagram


Diether Ocampo

Diether Ocampo was one of ABS-CBN's homegrown drama actors. He was the leading man of Claudine Barretto in Mula sa Puso (1997) and Saan Ka Man Naroroon (1999), and he played the lead in the afternoon series Recuerdo de Amor (2002).

Diether did more teleseryes with ABS-CBN until 2013.

In 2015, after a hiatus in doing teleseryes and a shelved project with the Kapamilya network, Diether did an installment of TV5's Wattpad Presents. This was followed by the short-lived prime-time series Bakit Manipis Ang Ulap?

But then, his transfer did not push through and instead, he appeared again on ABS-CBN in 2018 via the fantasy series Bagani.

 IMAGE Bagani (ABS-CBN)


Hero Angeles

Hero Angeles began his career in 2004 via the reality search Star Circle Quest, where he was hailed as Grand Questor.

He was able to do several shows with love team partner Sandara Park. However, Sandara suddenly left the Philippines, leaving Hero's career in limbo. An alleged mishandling of showbiz engagements by his brother Henry further jeopardized his solo career.

In 2008, Hero decided to transfer in GMA-7, playing supporting roles in teleseryes like Dyesebel and Luna Mystika.

After a special role in Jennylyn Mercado-Mark Herras soap Paano Ba Ang Mangarap in 2009, Hero decided to leave show business.

In 2015, Hero took another chance at his career in ABS-CBN when he appeared in the prime-time series Nathaniel. This was followed by guest appearances in Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ipaglaban Mo.

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Currently, Hero can be seen in the ABS-CBN prime-time series Halik.

 IMAGE Halik (ABS-CBN)


Alessandra de Rossi

Alessandra De Rossi began her career in the late '90s as a part of Star Circle Batch 7. She was able to do guest roles in Oka Tokat and Gimik.

In 2001, Alessandra transferred to GMA-7 via the TAPE Inc. produced series Biglang Sibol, Bayang Impasibol. She also became a part of Click.

A year later, in 2002, she landed a plum role in the political series Kung Mawawala Ka, as one of Sunshine Dizon's half sisters.

Alessandra started her career path as a resident kontrabida through the 2005 remake of Darna where she played the role of Valentina. She acted opposite Angel Locsin.

In 2008, Alessandra decided to transfer to ABS-CBN, citing that lack of work prompted her to accept the offer of ABS-CBN.

In 2011, she returned to GMA-7 when she signed a two-year contract, the first time that she had a contract after her Star Magic stint in 1997.

In 2016, Alessandra moved again to ABS-CBN and did several drama series.

Her love team with Empoy Marquez, which was formed while doing their hit movie Kita Kita, allowed them to be part of the now defunct prime-time series Since I Found You starring Piolo Pascual and Arci Munoz.

 IMAGE Since I Found You (ABS-CBN)


Agot Isidro

Agot Isidro's TV career was mostly with ABS-CBN, starting with a hosting stint in 'Sang Linggo nAPO Sila, and the sitcom Oki Doki Doc.

She would later venture into teleseryes, starting with Marina (2004), and followed by other remarkable roles in Lobo (2008) and Tayong Dalawa (2009).

In 2012, Agot looked for a career change, which is why she signed a contract with GMA-7, and did the prime-time series One True Love.

Just a year later, in 2013, Agot returned to ABS-CBN via Muling Buksan Ang Puso, and did another project with GMA-7, the Marian Rivera-starrer Carmela.

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After Carmela, Agot again returned to the Kapamilya network, and stayed there until today.

She is finishing the afternoon series Asintado.

 IMAGE @agotisidro on Instagram


Antoinette Taus

Just like most actors in this list who started out as child stars, Antoinette Taus began her career with ABS-CBN, as part of Ang TV. She also did the sitcom Oki Doki Doc, and the movie Patayin Sa Sindak si Barbara.

In 1996, Antoinette transferred to VIVA Artists Agency and top-billed the Sunday afternoon series Anna Karenina, which ran for 6 years. It was in that show where her team-up with Dingdong Dantes was born.

This was followed by a stint in the second batch of TGIS and two more movies. She was also given her solo segment in SOP.

In the middle of Anna Karenina, Antoinette left show business to pursue a career abroad. She returned in 2001 and she was included in Click and two installments of GMA Mini Series.

In 2004, Antoinette once again left show business.

She returned to showbiz in 2013 and did shows with ABS-CBN, including Bridges of Love (2015), Tubig at Langis (2016), and guest appearances in Maalaala Mo Kaya and Ipaglaban Mo!

In 2017, after being with VIVA Artists Agency, Antoinette signed up anew with ABS-CBN's talent arm, Star Magic.

 IMAGE @antoinettetaus on Instagram


Desiree Del Valle

Desiree del Valle started her career as a teen star in ABS-CBN, where she was included in Gimik and Tabing Ilog.

In 2002, Desiree received her big break via the series Bituin, where she played a kontrabida.

After doing more kontrabida roles with the Kapamilya network, Desiree decided to accept a project in GMA-7, via the afternoon series Now and Forever: Dangal. She also appeared in the prime-time fantasy series Atlantika.

In 2007, Desiree returned to ABS-CBN and would stay in the network until present.

She is currently seen in the afternoon series Asintado.

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 IMAGE @deslois on Instagram


Adrian Alandy

Adrian Alandy, who formerly used the screen name Luis Alandy, started his career with GMA Artist Center. He was supposed to be part of the youth-oriented series Click.

However, he immediately left after a misunderstanding with the network, and joined ABS-CBN.

Luis was given plum roles in teleseryes like Pangako Sa 'Yo and Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan.

In 2007, he returned to GMA-7 and did several shows as a kontrabida, and eventually, as leading man.

In 2016, Luis returned to ABS-CBN via the afternoon series The Greatest Love.

In early 2017, Luis started using his real name Adrian Alandy when he appeared in an episode of Ipaglaban Mo!

In 2018, Adrian did a special role in GMA-7's Onanay.

Immediately after his stint in the show, Adrian was announced to be a part of a Kapamilya teleserye, which was later revealed to be the  afternoon series called Kadenang Ginto.

 IMAGE @adrian_alandy on Instagram


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