Kapamilya celebrity parents worried about family's future after ABS-CBN shutdown

by FM Ganal
May 7, 2020
John Prats (3rd from L, left photo) and Jolina Magdangal (2nd from L, right photo) have been in the industry for more than two decades. They have spent most of those years as a talent of ABS-CBN. Now, with the network shutdown, John and Jolina are suddenly about the future of their respective families.
PHOTO/S: @johnprats / @mariajolina_ig on Instagram

Following the ABS-CBN shutdown last May 5, celebrity parents who have been with the Kapamilya network for years are suddenly worried about their family's future.

Though the Kapamilya executives assured its employees that there won't be a retrenchment in the next three months, celebrities are now faced with uncertainties when it comes to their projects.

Jolina Magdangal

Jolina has been part of the showbiz industry for 34 years.

But as a mother to two kids, Pele, 6, and Vika, 1, this is the time when it is most important to have a job.

Published as is, Jolina begins in her Instagram post: "Sa buong 34 years ko sa industriya at sa trabahong ito, ngayon ito naging pinakamahalaga sa akin dahil bukod dito, ako na ngayon ay isang Nanay.

"Isang nanay na araw-araw ay nag-aalala para sa pamilya.

"Nasa gitna palang tayo ng pandemic na ito at nag-aalala tayo sa kalusugan ng pamilya natin, pati narin ang edukasyon ng mga bata, biglang nadagdagan pa ng pagsara ng aking minamahal na ABS-CBN."

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Jolina is one of the hosts of the ABS-CBN morning show Magandang Buhay.

During the enhanced community quarantine and until the shutdown, Jolina and co-hosts Karla Estrada and Melai Cantiveros had entertained fans via the video conference app Zoom.

"Araw-araw sa Magandang Buhay sinusubukan naming pasayahin at magbigay ng inspirasyon sa lahat ng manonood lalo na't napakahirap ng pinagdadaanan natin ngayon.

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"Ako mismo naiinspire sa mga kwento ng kabutihan, pagtutulungan at lakas ng loob ng bawat pilipino.

"Para mawala itong opportunity na ito ngayon ay nakakadurog ng puso."

Despite the situation, Jolina holds on to her faith.

"Sa mga kapwa ko Nanay at Magulang, patuloy natin pag dasal ang isa't-isa, at manalig na maaayos din ang lahat ng ito.

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"Hindi tayo bibigyan ng Panginoon ng pagsubok na hindi natin kakayanin.

"Tuloy parin ang laban."

Jolina's husband is Rivermaya drummer Mark Escueta.

Dimples Romana

Dimples has two kids with her husband Boyet Ahmee: Callie, 16, and Alonzo, 5.

Her hearts "bleeds" for moms who are also the family's breadwinners.

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The celebrity mom writes in one of her recent Instagram posts: "Kapag Ina ka, kapag magulang ka, anak, Hindi kailanman nawawala sa puso at isipan mo ang pangamba araw araw para sa mga taong umaasa sayo.

"Lalo na sa mga panahon ngayon na sinusubok ang ating katatagan ng epidemiang ito.

"Mas nadagdagan pa ito ng malungkot na pangyayari ngayong gabi."

Dimples also laments the timing of the shutdown since it happened days before Mother's Day.

"Mother's Day sa Linggo, my heart bleeds para sa lahat ng ina, nanay, mommy, mama, lahat ng breadwinners who will not be able to sleep tonight thinking, worrying of how the coming days will be for their families who depend on them knowing our home network has signed off tonight."

Dimples has been with ABS-CBN since 1997.

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Denise Laurel

A single mother to her nine-year-old son Alejandro, Denise says she woke up "nearly anxious" the day after the ABS-CBN shutdown.

Published as it was written, the actress' post says: "Unemployed sole parent/provider (with a tiny bank account lol), thinking about everyone during this network shutdown and thinking about everyone during this pandemic, tempted to think about the future with questions i can't answer.."

The Your Face Sounds Familiar Season 2 winner surrenders her worries to God.

"How He's done EVERYTHING for me and my family! He has always, always shown up for me in my life! Specially when I least expect it lol!

"I may not know how things are gonna be or turn out but I KNOW HIM and that's enough.

"Crazy what faith can do."

Denise began her showbiz career in 2001 via the youth-oriented comedy variety show Ang TV 2.

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John Prats

For John Prats, the former child actor is not holding back his emotions.

The actor-director opens up about the deep sadness he felt after ABS-CBN went off air.

His wife Isabel Oli, nicknamed Liv, was beside him when the television screen went black.

Liv, who is pregnant for the third time, was in tears.

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She hugged John to comfort him.

John held back his tears, trying his best to look strong for the family.

But later that night, the Kapamilya talent gave in and broke down.

He expresses his sorrow in a lengthy Instagram post.

Published as is, John says: "Ganito pala ang pakiramdam na mawalan ng trabaho no?

"Yung sa oras na yun hindi mo alam kung anong pwede mong gawin para

"Umayos ang nararamdaman mo. Hindi mo alam kung anong emosyon

"ang dapat mong maramdaman kasi nga para kang biglang tinapon sa kawalan.

"Ang daming tanong na pumasok sa isip ko. Paano na ang pamilya ko?

"Mayroon akong dalawang anak, may paparating pa na isa dahil buntis si Liv.

"Saan ako magsisimula? Anong unang hakbang ang kailangan kong gawin

"Hangang sa niyakap ako ni Liv, sobra [siyang] nagaalala.

"Iyak sya ng iyak habang ako nagpipigil ng emosyon para

"mapakita ko na kaya natin to at malakas ako.

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"Pero pagdating ng 3:11 AM hindi ako makatulog, nagbukas ako ng TV at nakita ko

"na nasa channel 2 at kulay itim lang ang nakita ko, tiningnan ko ang aking Pamilya.

"Doon ako nagsimulang bumigay at madurog, mag isa akong umiiyak habang nakatitig sa dalawa kong anak at sa ang aking asawa."

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John and Liv have two kids: Feather, 4, and Freedom, 1.

Liv is due to give birth to their third child in July 2020.

With this present situation, John feels helpless.

He then thinks of his fellow employees: "Ang bigat bigat ng puso ko, gusto kong sumigaw lang ng sumigaw.

"Binalot na naman ng lungkot at mga katanungan yung buong pagkatao ko.

"Nasaan ang puso nyo? Anong karapatan nyong tanggalan ng trabaho ang
halos 11,000 na pamilya sa gitna ng epidemyang ito?

"Naiintindihan nyo ba ang sitwasyon ng ibang tao? O okay lang sa inyo gawin ito para mapatunayan ang

"Kapangyarihan nyo? Para saan? Para kanino? Sa sarili nyo, oo sa sarili nyo.

"Sa dulo ng lahat ng ito mapapatanong ka kung anong ginawang mali ng sambayanan

"para matanggalan sila ng karapatan at boses sa panahon na kailangang kailangan nila ito.

"#LabanKapamilya

"May God bless us all."

John has been with ABS-CBN for 28 years.

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John Prats (3rd from L, left photo) and Jolina Magdangal (2nd from L, right photo) have been in the industry for more than two decades. They have spent most of those years as a talent of ABS-CBN. Now, with the network shutdown, John and Jolina are suddenly about the future of their respective families.
PHOTO/S: @johnprats / @mariajolina_ig on Instagram
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