"Ingrate," "monster," and "malaki ang ulo" are examples of the negative write-ups circulating about Angel Locsin nowadays. Some reports even went as far as narrating instances when the actress was said to have raised her voice to a couple of staff members of Asian Treasures—a telenovela on GMA-7 in which Angel plays the lead alongside Robin Padilla.
GMA-7 Program Manager Redgie Magno answers the issues coming out about one of their top stars, including the alleged non-renewal of contract with GMA-7 Artist Center.
NOT SO ANGELIC? Asian Treasures fight director Val Iglesias, a veteran in his field, was said to have been one of the "victims" of Angel's reported outbursts on the set. Angel supposedly screamed at Val for making her do hard stunts. She was said to have been complaining that she was already tired.
Also, two make-up artists allegedly experienced the same thing with Angel. They ended up quitting, reports said.
"Totoo na tumaas ang boses ni Angel, pero hindi pasigaw," said Redgie about the incident with Val.
The GMA-7 executive imitated Angel: "Tatay Val, ikuha niyo na lang ako ng double. Hindi ko na kaya."
She explained that Angel ended up doing the fight scenes with close-ups and that a body-double was used for the harder stunts.
"Hindi namin alam kung paano kumalat. Normal lang naman ‘yong [di pagkakaintindihan] sa set," Redgie commented.
Redgie explained that the two make-up artists left the show for different reasons.
"The first one kasi hindi nagkasundo sa presyo. ‘Yong professional fee nung make-up artist, ang GMA-7 ang nagbabayad, hindi si Angel. ‘Yong second, hindi ko alam. Basta nagpaalam na lang," she explained.
BAD PRESS. The reports also said that Angel losing the Marimar project was GMA-7's reaction to the actress's prima donna ways. "She should be brought down to earth," a network executive allegedly said.
Redgie was quick to deny this.
"Noong napapag-usapan ang Philippine version ng Marimar, matunog ang pangalan ni Angel. Siya ang best bet namin for the role, pero wala pang official offer dahil at that time, hindi pa nabibili ang rights. Pero habang nagne-negotiate, nag-iisip na rin kami ng cast," she clarified.
She added, "Wala pang official offer na nagaganap, Angel already signified her intention to study abroad. Bakit pa namin sa kanya io-offer? Kaya nagpa-audition kami."
The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported last June 25 that Angel voiced out her concern because of all the negative publicity that she's getting. The actress was said to have been hurt and slighted that her home network was not exerting much effort in protecting her.
Redgie cleared the air: "Lumalabas na kami daw ang nagpapakalat ng negative write-ups. Walang rason para gawin namin ‘yon. Kami nga rin, marami kaming naririnig na sinasabi daw ni Angel, na kesyo hindi niya kailangan ang GMA-7 pagbalik niya galing London, tutal siya raw ang nagpa-number one sa GMA-7. Endorsements na lang daw ang aasikasuhin niya dahil mas malaki ang kita kaysa soaps. Pero hindi kami naniniwala because hindi ganoon ang pagkakakilala namin sa kanya."
Angel got her big break in Mulawin, a Kapuso fantaserye topbilled by her and Richard Gutierrez. Since then, she has made some ten movies with different film outfits and three teleseryes with GMA-7: Darna, Majika, and Asian Treasures. Becky Aguila, with whom Angel had a falling out before, and Artist Center (GMA-7's talent management arm) are managing her career.
"Nag-usap si Becky and Ma'am Wilma [about the tirade of intrigues]," said Redgie. "Sabi ni Ma'am Wilma, ‘Let me investigate internally within the staff. Sabi ni Becky, ‘The damage has been done. It's beyond repair.'"
Redgie was referring to Wilma Galvante, GMA-7's senior vice president.
KAPUSO. Another issue that has been brought up is Angel's contract with GMA-7. The Asian Treasures star's contract with the network as a talent and as one of their stars in Artist Center has expired. The network, of course, was said to be willing to renew both contracts.
"Before, ilang beses humihingi si Ma'am Wilma ng meeting kay Becky. Postpone nang postpone. Kesyo busy daw siya sa Angels. Pinaghihintay niya ang SVP," noted Redgie. Angels is the movie that Angel co-produced with Becky under Eagle Eye Productions.
Rumor has it that Angel is not renewing her contract with Artist Center. Is this true?"Ayaw na daw ni Becky ng co-management," she confirmed. "At sila nagbalita sa press na hindi sila magre-renew sa amin."