Heart Evangelista is back to work as a Kapamilya. Aftermonths of lying low and exploring opportunities elsewhere, the young starrecently had a meeting with ABS-CBN executives Cory Vidanes and Malou Santos todiscuss possible projects.
"Kumbaga alma mater ko na to [ABS-CBN], di ba?" points outHeart. "So it was worth it, sticking around even if it was hard na wala pangprojects because 'andaming canned na soap. It's still worth it ‘cause I stillwant to be here... Para rin naman makita nila na even if I was having a hardtime, I didn't just go the easy way out."
Last year, Heart and real-life boyfriend Jericho Rosales left the network's artist management arm,Star Magic, and signed up with Manila Genesis Entertainment of Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano. Also, they are no longerunder an exclusive contract with the station, meaning they can do projectselsewhere—even GMA-7.
Even if she's legally free to accept work from the rivalstation, Heart says she opts not to.
She explains, "I don't think I can appear ‘cause even ifit's a per project thing, I'm still known as a Kapamilya. It's a big thing ifum-appear ako sa GMA-7, di ba?"
Heart hosted I Love Philippine Idol, a nightly update, for ABC-5.
A NEW START. This month, Heart and Jericho will star in an episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya,titled "The Kaye Chua-Tinga Story." She says it's about the love story ofTaguig City mayor, Sigfrido Tinga, and his Chinese wife, Kaye Chua, focusing onFilipino-Chinese relationships.
Also, Heart is set to star in a sineserye—a remake of an oldmovie made into a teleserye—this summer.
A NEW ALBUM. Aside from acting, Heart is trying herfeet in producing. She is currently recording songs for new album, co-producedby Australian recording company Gromic.
This new endeavor started because of "Tell Me," a single sherecorded a few years back.
Heart narrates, "It was a long time ago, around three years.I recorded a single. Hindi ko pa siya nagustuhan at hindi ko pa talagapinag-aaralan kasi may mga times na, yeah, I was working pero... [I can afford notto work]. Bago ko i-record ‘yong song talagang pinag-aralan ko lang siya sa mayparking lot. Wala akong gana, ganoon. And then I recorded it.
"A year ago or two years ago, I didn't know na hinahanap nauli ako nung guy na ‘yon because nga they sent us an e-mail just recently na itwas number 18 in the Top 50 charts in Australia, and this is new. PussycatDolls and Black Eyed Peas were below me! And no promo at all! It was justparang press releases na ‘a Filipina girl, her name is Heart Evangelista, has asong...' Sabi ko, ‘What? Ano ginagawa ko noon? Ba't hindi nakarating sa akin?'Siyempre, it's a far place."
She excitedly recounts, "Sumisigaw kami ni Echo. I was onthe floor because parang with everything happening parang ‘Wow!' Witheverything happening, meron palang nagbukas na door somewhere else."
The single is going be released in the country soon.
"I just recorded the song the other day. Iniba namin ngkonti para puwede ko ma-release dito kasi medyo iba ‘yong tunog ng song kasiit's for Australians... Ako actually, hindi ko gusto ‘yong kanta [noong una], perowe did it again. It'll be released na here," announces Heart.She says the goal is to become an internationalrecording artist. She is also currently working on filming a music video forthe song.