"Bakit naman siya ilalaglag ng sarili niyang network?"
These were the remarks of GMA-7 senior vice president for entertainment, Wilma Galvante, on Angel Locsin's rumored discontent with the way her mother network is handling the entire Marimar controversy.
In an article today, June 25, in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Angel reportedly asked for a meeting with Galvante to voice out her concerns on the slew of negative publicity against her for allegedly turning down the lead role for the remake of the popular Mexican telenovela.
Angel was accused by some reporters as "ingrate," "malaki ang ulo," and a "monster" among other unflattering labels. The young actress was said to be very hurt and slighted that GMA-7 wasn't exerting much effort to defend her.
"She was troubled... she cried," Galvante confides.
The network executive made it clear that Angel politely opted not to take the said role, though she was highly considered to play the part.
"It wasn't officially offered to her," Galvante casually pointed out.
She also said that Angel made known her decision to fly to London to study fashion design as well as to take a much needed breather after Asian Treasures.
"She deserves the break. She has been doing GMA-7 shows non-stop since Mulawin three years ago," Galvante said.
Angel's decision to skip Marimar eventually opened the doors for other stars to try their luck for the lead role.
Some of those who took their chances by auditioning were Karylle, Katrina Halili, Jennylyn Mercado, Sunshine Dizon, and Iza Calzado. Marian Rivera eventually bagged the coveted role.
But aside from the Marimar role itself, it was reported that Angel's four or five-year co-management deal contract with GMA Artist Center had already expired, although all negotiations and transactions regarding Angel are still being done in behalf of Artist Center.
Angel's father, Angel Colmenares, also spoke with Galvante and explained that it wouldn't be fair for both parties if Angel signed a contract right away even though his daughter is well aware that she couldn't work for at least two months because of her studies.