20 Stars who left and returned to GMA-7

by James Patrick Anarcon
Sep 20, 2018
(L-R) Rayver Cruz, Ai-Ai delas Alas, and Atom Araullo are three former GMA-7 stars who left and returned to the Kapuso network.

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 happened quickly while others became controversial and shocking to fans.

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

PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down 20 celebrities who left the stable of Kapuso talents, but eventually returned to GMA-7.

Rayver Cruz

Rayver Cruz is the most recent GMA-7 star to return to his original home network.

After his appearance on ABC-5's 5 and Up, Rayver had his first taste of acting via the Kapuso sitcom Kiss Muna (2000).

In 2004, he resumed his career as part of ABS-CBN's dance group Anime, and was tapped for acting projects such as Spirits, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin (2005), Abt Ur Luv (2006), among many others.

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He also played leading man roles in the shows Magkano Ang Iyong Dangal? (2010) and Reputasyon (2011).

In June 2018, while doing the prime-time series Bagani, Rayver officially left Star Magic, ABS-CBN's talent arm. People speculated that he would transfer to GMA-7 once his stint in Bagani ended.

On September 6, 2018, Rayver officially signed a contract with GMA-7 and GMA Artist Center. He is now taping for his first teleserye, Asawa Ko, Karibal Ko.

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Ai-Ai delas Alas

It was in 1991 when Ai-Ai delas Alas first appeared in GMA-7 via the late night talk show R.S.V.P.

She served as a host in the variety programs Lunch Date and SST: Salo-Salo Together, and did the sitcom 1 For 3 with Vic Sotto and Rosanna Roces.

In 1998, Ai-Ai transferred to ABS-CBN and joined the noontime show Magandang Tanghali, Bayan. It was also in ABS-CBN when Ai-Ai got her big break on film, the 2003 smash comedy hit Ang Tanging Ina.

Ai-Ai was tapped to do drama in the shows Bituing Walang Ningning (2006), Super Inggo (2006), Maria la del Barrio (2011), My Binondo Girl (2011), and Dyesebel (2014), among many other shows.

In 2015, what started as a mere speculation became true when Ai-Ai signed a two-year exclusive contract with GMA-7. She was given three shows: the teleserye Let The Love Begin, the Sunday noontime show Sunday PINASaya, and the talk show CelebriTV.

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Ai-Ai just recently renewed her contract with GMA-7, and is currently appearing in The Clash as a judge.

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Atom Araullo

Atom Araullo started his newscasting career in GMA-7, with the 24 Oras segment "ATOMic Sports."

As the segment was short-lived, Atom transferred to ABS-CBN in 2005, where he hosted several shows.

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In 2016, Atom resigned as a news reporter in ABS-CBN programs, specifically from his duties in TV Patrol and Bandila.

On September 15, 2017, Atom surprised everyone when he announced that he was leaving ABS-CBN, during an episode of Umagang Kay Ganda. This sparked rumors that he might be transferring to GMA-7.

True enough, six days later, on September 21, Atom was officially welcomed as the latest Kapuso in 24 Oras.

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Willie Revillame

Willie Revillame started his career as a host in GMA-7's defunct noontime program Lunch Date in 1987.

At the same time, he was also able to do sitcoms in GMA-7 and RPN 9.

In 1998, Willie was given a break by ABS-CBN to host Magandang Tanghali Bayan. However, he was removed from the show in 2004 because of a derogatory joke directed at his co-host Mahal.

In 2005, Willie was able to return to the noontime slot via Wowowee. Unfortunately, he faced another controversy that caused the show to end its run in 2010.

From 2010 to 2014, Willie hosted various game shows in TV5.

In 2015, Willie returned to his original home, GMA-7, via the game show Wowowin which airs until today.

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Megan Young

Megan Young began her career as a finalist of StarStruck season 2 in 2004. She was the last female contestant to be eliminated.

She was able to do a stint in Love to Love, and guest roles in Posh and Asian Treasures.

In 2007, Megan signed up with ABS-CBN and Star Magic, and was given plum roles in teleseryes. These include portraying a kontrabida in I Love Betty La Fea and taking on the lead role in Precious Hearts Romances: Hiyas.

Megan also had projects with TV5 in 2013: Never Say Goodbye and Misibis Bay.

After her TV5 stint, Megan joined Miss World Philippines, which she eventually won. Part of her prize was a one-year managerial contract with GMA-7.

After Miss World Philippines, Megan was hailed as Miss World 2013. She then took a temporary leave from showbiz to fulfill her duties as Miss World.

In 2015, Megan formally signed a contract with GMA-7. She was assigned to host StarStruck, and was given the lead role in the network's MariMar remake.

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Megan is currently part of the GMA Afternoon Prime series The Stepdaughters.

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Valerie Concepcion

Valerie Concepcion began her career as part of the youth-oriented show Click in 2002. This was followed by several roles in drama shows, including the leading lady of Oyo Sotto in the afternoon series Walang Hanggan.

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After Valerie's temporary break from showbiz due to pregnancy, she returned to GMA-7 with a kontrabida role in Now and Forever: Mukha (2005).

In 2007, Valerie got her big break via a lead role in the afternoon series Sine Novela: Sinasamba Kita.

However, a week after the show ended, everyone was surprised to see Valerie on ABS-CBN's noontime show Wowowee. At that time, her contract with GMA-7 had already expired.

Valerie then continued to do more drama projects with ABS-CBN, and later, with TV5.

In 2013, she returned to GMA-7 via the remake of Anna Karenina. She intermittently did shows with GMA-7 and ABS-CBN.

Valerie is currently the main villain in the Kapuso afternoon series Ika-5 Utos.

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Inah de Belen

Inah De Belen began her career as Inah Estrada in QTV 11's teen-oriented self-help show Candies.

After taking a break from showbiz, Inah signed up with ABS-CBN's Star Magic in 2014, taking part in shows such as Wansapanataym, Ipaglaban Mo, and Maalaala Mo Kaya.

She also did projects for TV5, like an episode of Wattpad Presents and a role in Baker King.

In 2016, Inah officially transferred to GMA-7, and started using the screen name Inah de Belen.

Currently, she is part of the Kapuso afternoon series Ika-5 Utos.

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Angelika dela Cruz

Angelika began her acting career when she joined ABS-CBN's Mara Clara in 1996.

In 1999, while doing the Kapamilya teleserye Esperanza, Angelika's character was killed off in the show so she can transfer to GMA-7. She was then included in the drama series Di Ba't Ikaw.

In 2001, Angelika got her big break via the Kapuso prime-time series Ikaw Lang Ang Mamahalin. This was followed by Habang Kapiling Ka.

In 2003, after doing Habang Kapiling Ka, Angelika decided to return to ABS-CBN, where she did the shows Sana'y Wala Nang Wakas, Ikaw Ang Lahat Sa Akin, and her first kontrabida role in the remake of Bituing Walang Ningning.

In 2008, while in the middle of doing Prinsesa ng Banyera, Angelika returned to GMA-7 where she did a string of kontrabida and mother roles.

Her latest teleserye with GMA-7 was the afternoon series Ika-6 Na Utos.

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Angelu de Leon

Angelu de Leon began her career in ABS-CBN's Ang TV, but her star shined brighter when she became the lead actress in GMA-7 and Viva Television's youth-oriented show TGIS in 1995.

Her love team with Bobby Andrews was so well-received by fans that they were able to get their own teleserye, Ikaw Na Sana, in 1997.

When Angelu returned to showbiz in 2001 after her pregnancy in 1998, Angelu resumed her career with GMA-7 and did Sana Ay Ikaw Na Nga.

In 2003, she worked again with ABS-CBN when she joined the second season of Buttercup.

In 2004, Angelu ventured in playing a kontrabida via GMA-7's Te Amo: Maging Sino Ka Man.

In 2006, Angelu did a project for ABS-CBN where she played the mother of Makisig Morales in Super Inggo.

In 2009, the actress signed up as a Kapuso and played kontrabida to Marian Rivera in Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang.

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Angelu remains a Kapuso up to this day, with her guest appearance in Inday Will Always Love You as her latest project.

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Rachelle Ann Go

Rachelle Ann Go started her career when she won Search For A Star in 2004, a talent show produced by Viva Television that aired in GMA-7.

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She had a short stint in SOP, but she later moved to ABS-CBN together with Mark Bautista and Sarah Geronimo. She was a regular performer of ASAP.

Rachelle Ann also had appearances in the drama anthology Your Song.

In 2010, Viva Artists Agency moved Rachelle Ann to GMA-7 to join Party Pilipinas. She also did acting stints in Diva (2010), Nita Negrita (2011), Amaya (2011), and Indio (2013).

Rachelle Ann is now a Broadway actress, taking part in musical productions such as Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, and most recently, Hamilton.

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Gelli De Belen

Gelli De Belen first became a Kapuso when she was tapped to host the morning show Sis in 2001 with her sister Janice De Belen.

In 2007, Gelli finally ventured into doing teleseryes via a special role in Impostora. This was followed by a string of mother roles in teleseryes.

In 2012, Gelli transferred to TV5 to do hosting and acting jobs.

In 2016, she moved to ABS-CBN and starred in Magpahanggang Wakas and La Luna Sangre.

Just this year, Gelli became a GMA-7 star once again and is included in the afternoon series Ika-5 Utos.

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Geoff Eigenmann

Geoff Eigenmann started his career as an actor in the 1999 series Kirara: Ano Ang Kulay ng Pag-ibig, produced by TAPE Inc. He was also part of two GMA Sunday programs: Kahit Kailan (2002) and Love to Love: Yaya Lovely (2003).

In 2004, Geoff transferred to ABS-CBN and was promoted to leading man status in the prime-time series Hiram, alongside Heart Evangelista and Anne Curtis.

He was also part of several drama series of the network, like Hiram na Mukha (2007) and Lobo (2008).

In 2009, Geoff returned to GMA-7 via the weekly series SRO Cinemaserye. This was immediately followed by a leading man role in Rosalinda.

Geoff then continued to do leading man roles in various teleseryes of the Kapuso network.

In 2016, many were surprised to see Geoff in the Kapamilya stable when he did a guest appearance in Ipaglaban Mo, which was followed by a role in the daytime series Be My Lady.

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In late 2017, Geoff returned to GMA-7 to play leading man to Glaiza de Castro in Contessa.

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Edgar Allan Guzman

Edgar Allan Guzman began his career when he joined Eat Bulaga's Mr. Pogi contest in 2006. He was able to do the drama series Makita Ka Lang Muli and an installment of Daisy Siete in GMA-7.

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In 2010, Edgar Allan transferred to TV5 and did a string of teleseryes and variety shows.

In 2014, he officially transferred to ABS-CBN when he was included in the prime-time series Hawak Kamay and daytime series Oh My G!

He also played leading man to Julia Montes in Doble Kara.

In 2017, after Doble Kara's two-year run and a special role in Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin, Edgar Allan returned to GMA-7 via the prime-time series My Korean Jagiya.

Edgar Allan just finished his stint in the afternoon series The Stepdaughters.

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Ciara Sotto

Ciara Sotto began her TV career when she joined the second year of TGIS in 1996. She was also given plum roles in the teleseryes Halik Sa Apoy (1998) and Di Ba't Ikaw (1999).

In 2001, Ciara transferred to ABS-CBN and did the shows Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan and Buttercup.

She then returned to GMA-7 to co-host Eat Bulaga! She also did installments of Love to Love, and had a kontrabida role in Now and Forever: Dangal.

After taking a short break from showbiz, Ciara joined TV5 for the series Madam Chairman in 2013.

In 2015, Ciara returned to GMA-7 for the daytime series Princess In The Palace.

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Iya Villania

Iya Villania started her career in Click in 2002. Her batchmates included Jake Cuenca and Valerie Concepcion.

When Click wrapped up in 2004, Iya was supposed to be part of its replacement show Joyride. However, she decided to transfer to ABS-CBN, where she was given hosting opportunities in ASAP and other shows.

Iya also landed roles in teleseryes such as Seasons of Love and Lastikman.

In 2010, Iya was supposed to transfer to GMA-7, but she decided to sign another contract with ABS-CBN. She was included in the daily show Umagang Kay Ganda and did the teleseryes Kristine and Apoy sa Dagat.

In 2014, Iya finally returned to the Kapuso network when she signed an exclusive contract.

Her most recent teleserye was the 2017 series My Korean Jagiya. The GMA-7 star serves as the anchor of the 24 Oras segment "Chika Minute."

Iya is currently on maternity leave.

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Kiko Estrada

Kiko Estrada's first taste of acting happened via GMA-7's Tween Hearts in 2011. After his character left the show, Kiko transferred to ABS-CBN in 2012.

In the network, he did the shows Angelito: Bagong Yugto and Annaliza.

He was supposed to play leading man to Julia Barretto in Mirabella. However, he was replaced by Enrique Gil at the last minute.

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In 2014, Kiko returned to GMA-7 via the prime-time series Strawberry Lane.

Kiko was tapped to play lead and villain roles in shows such as Sinungaling Mong Puso (2016), Mulawin vs. Ravena (2017), and My Guitar Princess (2018).

Just recently, Kiko worked with other ABS-CBN actors in the movie Walwal.

His contract with GMA-7 is set to expire in October 2018.

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Paul Salas

Paul Salas started his career by joining StarStruck Kids in 2004. After the search, he did several projects including Mulawin and Majika.

In 2008, he transferred to ABS-CBN to do several TV projects, such as Kung Fu Kids (2008) and Mula sa Puso (2011), Aryana (2012), and You're My Home (2015), and The Good Son (2017).

In May 2018, Paul officially returned to GMA-7. He has yet to top-bill a teleserye.

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Charee Pineda

Charee Pineda first appeared in TAPE Inc.'s teleserye Ikaw sa Puso Ko, which was aired in GMA-7 in 2004.

After doing bit roles in Kapuso teleseryes, Charee was relaunched in ABS-CBN's teen sitcom Let's Go in 2006.

She was supposed to join the sitcom's second chapter Go Kada Go. However, her manager Becky Aguila transferred her to GMA-7 to do Impostora.

Charee returned to ABS-CBN in 2009 and signed a contract with Star Magic. She became a part of Katorse (2009), Alyna (2010), and Mula sa Puso (2011).

In 2011, Charee was promoted to leading lady status when she was paired with JM de Guzman in Angelito: Batang Ama, which had a sequel titled Angelito: Bagong Yugto.

In 2013, Charee returned to GMA-7 to do a kontrabida role in Akin Pa Rin Ang Bukas.

Her most recent project was the afternoon series Hindi Ko Kayang Iwan Ka starring Yasmien Kurdi.

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Wendell Ramos

Wendell Ramos started his TV career through GMA-7's teen-oriented show Click. He was then assigned to do supporting roles in teleseryes.

In 2007, Wendell became the leading man of Sheryl Cruz and Valerie Concepcion in Sinasamba Kita. This was followed by more leading man roles in other Kapuso teleseryes.

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In 2011, he decided to leave GMA-7 and transfer to TV5.

In 2015, Wendell moved to ABS-CBN and did the shows Pasion de Amor and Wildflower.

In 2018, he returned to GMA-7 and is currently part of Onanay.

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Ryan Agoncillo

Ryan Agoncillo was first introduced as a TV host in GMA-7's Campus Video in 1998. He was also part of Mornings @ GMA and Unang Hirit.

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In 2001, Ryan transferred to ABS-CBN and became a host of Talk TV and Star In A Million.

In 2004, he was paired with Judy Ann Santos in Krystala. This was followed by several acting stints in the teleseryes of the Kapamilya network.

In 2008, Ryan top-billed the afternoon teleserye Pieta, a remake of the 1983 film written and directed by Carlo J. Caparas. At the same time, he was also hosting TV5's Talentadong Pinoy.

In 2009, Ryan joined GMA-7's Eat Bulaga!, but remained a freelancer.

Ryan officially transferred to the Kapuso network when he was tapped to host the game show Picture! Picture!

Currently, Ryan is on leave from his hosting duties in Eat Bulaga! to recover from a knee injury.

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