Elmo Magalona is now a Kapamilya.
The 21-year-old actor-rapper officially signed a contract with ABS-CBN today, November 26.
In a presscon after his contract signing with ABS-CBN executives, Elmo clarified speculations that he made the big switch because he felt neglected in his former home network, GMA-7.
He said, “Hindi yun part of the [deciding factor].
“Hindi po yun yung nasa isip ko kung bakit [ako lumipat].
“Hindi ko naman po iniiwan yung five years na experience ko na ibinigay sa akin ng GMA.
"Kasi that's what put me into my spot now. Yun ang nag-mold sa akin."
Without going into details, he maintained that he has no bad blood with GMA-7 after he decided to transfer to ABS-CBN.
“Nothing bad. No bad vibes,” Elmo reiterated.
NOT AN EASY DECISION. Elmo clarified that his contract with GMA Network ended sometime between "mid-August to early September."
“Few weeks after natapos contract ko sa GMA, that's when I got my offer.
“Everything was [surreal], it just happened,” he related.
Elmo also admitted that making such a big career decision wasn't easy for him.
“More on pinag-usapan po namin ni Mom [Pia Magalona] kasi she manages me.
“It took a while, it was a thinking process talaga.
“Pero naging mutual po ang decision namin.”
When he finally got an offer from ABS-CBN to do a teleserye, Elmo jumped at the chance to do something new.
He added, “In the end, yung offer po dumating.
"It's a new adventure. It's a new challenge.
"I didn't want to lose the opportunity. So, I grabbed the opportunity.”
Elmo kept mum, however, when asked whether or not the GMA management made a counter-offer before he transferred to ABS-CBN.
He simply answered, “Like I said, it wasn't really easy, but I just wanted to try something new."
Elmo's last regular show on GMA was the primetime series More Than Words, which paired him with girlfriend Janine Gutierrez.
TEAMUP WITH JANELLA SALVADOR. For his first project as a Kapamilya, Elmo is slated to star opposite Janella Salvador in ABS-CBN's upcoming teleserye Born For You, to be shown in early 2016.
Janella, 17, even joined Elmo for the official announcement of their teamup at the same presscon.
Asked about his first impression of Janella, Elmo said that she is bubbly and very energetic.
Given their common interests, Elmo is confident that he and Janella will easily establish rapport on and off cam.
“Kaka-meet ko lang kay Janella this week.
“I think it's cool na parehas kami coming from a family of musicians," he beamed.
Elmo's father is the late Master Rapper Francis Magalona; Janella's parents are singers Jenine Desiderio and Juan Miguel Salvador.
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Elmo added that Born For You will tackle romance, family drama, and a lot of fun soundtracks.