GMA-7's senior vice president for entertainment, Wilma Galvante, didn't wait for the weekend to pass as she voiced out her disappointment with Angel Locsin's definite transfer to rival network ABS-CBN.
Speaking to Showbiz Central hosts Pia Guanio and Raymond Gutierrez by telephone, the usually calm Galvante sounded very upset, saying that she and GMA-7 as an organization was shocked and saddened by this recent development.
"We nurtured her... we made her the star that she is," Galvante lamented.
Angel started her career with GMA-7 and was molded over the past five years as one of the network's prized talents. Angel's partnership with GMA-7 had worked wonders for both parties as evidenced by all the success they reaped while working together.
The dusky young actress's co-managerial contract with GMA expired last March 31, making her a freelancer. She's now free to work with any network of her choice without any clause of exclusivity.
Angel is currently in London taking a two-week crash course on fashion design. According to reports, Angel will buckle down to work as a Kapamilya actress as soon as she returns this August.
When the news confirming Angel's move first came out, a GMA-7 program manager remarked that they were not making any comment since they did not want to make a big deal out of the issue. But Galvante, in behalf of the management, couldn't help but feel slighted by their former favorite talent.
The Kapuso executive was obviously displeased with Angel and her manager Becky Aguila's seeming lack of courtesy in dealing with the entire matter as all negotiations were done behind closed doors.
The buzz surrounding Angel's transfer has being going on for several weeks now, even as Kapamilya insiders consistently rebuffed reports that Angel's manager was in constant negotiation with network officials.
Becky for her part has said that she's only working for her client's best interest and that they're only taking full advantage of the fact that Angel in now free to work with anyone, a benefit she never enjoyed as an exclusive GMA-7 talent for five years.