Despite all the animosity that transpired between Angel Locsin and her former home network, GMA-7, the young actress revealed that she's just waiting for the right time to reach out. She hopes that all the wounds brought about by the fallout would eventually heal.
"Lahat ng taong tumulong sa akin para marating kung nasaan ako ngayon, importante pa rin po sila sa akin. Mahal ko pa din po sila, hindi magbabago ‘yon," said Angel to the members of the press last Friday, October 19, in an exclusive press conference prepared by ABS-CBN.
Angel rose to fame during her stay with GMA-7 and was heralded as one of the network's treasured talents due to the success of her fantaseryes, Mulawin, Darna, Majika, and Asian Treasures. Aside from these shows, the dusky actress also appeared in several youth-oriented films and numerous commercials, which reinforced her growing reputation as one of the most popular young actresses of the past four years.
However, Angel decided to severe ties with GMA-7 when her five-year co-managerial contract with the network expired last March 31, 2007. What followed next was a bitter exchange of words—aggravated even more when Angel inked an exclusive contract with rival station ABS-CBN—between the ex-talent and her former home studio.
IN GOD'S GIVEN TIME. Months after the controversy, Angel is slowly regaining her bearings, although she admitted that she's still in the process of adjustment.
Angel said she's happy with her current roles, which require serious acting. Recently, she starred with Sam Milby in an episode for Maalaala Mo Kaya, aired last October 19. She's still ecstatic over working with the likes of Maricel Soriano and Dolphy, among other veteran stars affiliated with ABS-CBN.
Nonetheless, she reiterated that she'd forever be grateful to the people who guided her when she was just a showbiz neophyte. Angel said that given the proper time and place, she'd be the first one to extend a hand in truce towards the people whom she felt were offended because of her decision to jump ship.
"Ako po ang unang lalapit," she humbly stated, adding that the gesture would be carried out in private so as not to smear the sincerity of her intention.
NOT MEANT TO BE. Prior to leaving her former home network, it was well known that the part of Marimar was initially offered to Angel. But given her uncertainty at the time, she turned down the offer before officially announcing her transfer to ABS-CBN.
The part of Marimar eventually went to Marian Rivera. As in Angel's case when she was just an upstart, Marimar is currently doing great wonders for Marian's career. The local adaptation of the Mexican soap has consistently dominated the primetime race since its debut last August 13, 2007.
"Ibig sabihin hindi po talaga siya para sa akin," replied Angel when asked if she had any regrets in turning down Marimar.
She's also happy and proud of Marian for doing a great job.
"Masaya po ako para kay Marian and sa success nung show," said Angel. She went on to say that she finds Marian very nice and sweet.
Incidentally, Angel broke the record when her GMA-7 Darna TV series registered a whooping 52.1 percent rating on April 14, 2005.
Preceding that milestone, Darna's debut on local television on April 11, 2005, gained a 47.1 percent rating—the highest rating for a pilot episode in Philippine television history. The figure consequently shattered the 46.5 percent rating previously held by ABS-CBN's Pangako sa ‘Yo.