Ogie Alcasid on transfer to ABS-CBN: "It's never about money. It's about work."

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Ogie Alcasid on return to ABS-CBN after 25 years: "Hindi po kasi madali mag-decide especially when you're at the crossroads of your career. Marami ka nang ginawa. Bakit ngayon lang? I guess it was time... Ito yung perfect time na ginawa ni God for me to come back."


Ogie Alcasid said that getting a bigger talent fee has never been the deciding factor for him to switch networks.

“Yung usaping pera kasi, I don't really wanna talk about it.

"I don't think it's ethical for me to talk about it. But it has never been the priority of mine—money.

“As I said, I'll go where the work is, and I stand by that.”

The returning Kapamilya star had been an exclusive artist of TV5 from 2013 up until his contract expired on August this year.

Prior to his deal with TV5, he was a proud Kapuso for 18 years.

At his solo presscon held Thursday, December 15, Ogie was asked if money was the reason why he jumped ship to TV5 three years ago.

While he acknowledged that money is a “valid” consideration when it comes to making a career move, he reiterated that it's not on top of his list.

The multi-talented artist elaborated, “At the time, that's where I felt that I would be able to use the gifts that I was given. So I went there [in TV5].

“Hindi naman kaila sa inyo na malapit ako kay MVP [Manny V. Pangilinan].

"He needed help. He felt that I could help. So I went there.

“It was a commitment that I made, and I fulfilled that commitment.

“Now, I'm being offered to work again [this time with ABS-CBN]. Yun lang naman yun.

“It's never about money. It's about work.”

BIG MOVE TO ABS-CBN. Ogie faced the entertainment press today, December 15, at ABS-CBN's 9501 Restaurant, for his official launch as one of the celebrity judges for Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids.

This was also the first time that he gave details about how his decision to transfer to Kapamilya network last month came about.

The 49-year-old inger-comedian said, “Hindi po kasi madali mag-decide especially when you're at the crossroads of your career. Marami ka nang ginawa.

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“Bakit ngayon lang? I guess it was time. Sabi nga, in God's perfect time.

“Pero parang ito yung perfect time na ginawa ni God for me to come back. So, yun lang.

“Siya yung parang nagmaniobra ng lahat para maging ito yung tamang oras for me to come back.”

Ogie evaded queries about the duration of his contract and specific projects that he signed for with ABS-CBN.

For now, he said that he'll be busy being a judge in Your Face Sounds Familiar Kids and It's Showtime's "Tawag Ng Tanghalan" segment.

He's also set to record an album at the first quarter of 2017.

“You know, hindi naman siya isang gabi lang nangyari. It was a process.

"Nagkataon lang na naimbitahan ako lagi dito mag-guest sa ASAP at kung saan-saan pa.

“And the welcome was very warm. Nakita ko ulit lahat ng mga kaibigan ko.”

SHOWBIZ BEGINNINGS AS A KAPAMILYA. Ogie further said that he actually jumpstarted his showbiz career in ABS-CBN 25 years ago.

He remembered co-hosting the TV show Small Brothers with Janno Gibbs back in 1991.

He appeared in the sitcom Mana-Mana from 1991 to 1992.

He also co-hosted the game show Game Na Game Na with Amy Perez and Roderick Paulate from 1994 to 1996.

“Actually, pinaala nila sa akin, 'Alam mo, dito ka naman talaga nagsimula.' Sabi ko, 'Oo nga, ano?'”

But what Ogie remembered the most was the fact that he met his first wife Michelle Van Eimeren when he was tapped by ABS-CBN to act as celebrity “tour guide” of the 1994 Miss Universe pageant candidates.

“Naaalalo ko pa nun, sabi sa akin ni Tita Cory Vidanes, 'Hey, how would you like to be seen all over the world?'

"Sabi ko, 'How is that possible?' 'You will be the tourist guide of all the candidates.'

“To this very day, naalala ko yun.

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"Sabi ko, 'Ang gandang exposure niyan, ha.'

"Yun, na-expose ako nang na-expose.

“So, that memory was very fresh when I started coming back here [in ABS-CBN].

“And then, yun, nag-usap kami nang nag-usap [ng ABS-CBN management], and then they offered me a program.

“Kaya nga sabi ko, minaniobra ng ating Lord. Wala akong kinalaman dito.”

At this point, Ogie said that he's excited with the "boundless possibilities" in store for him as a Kapamilya.

"Grabe yung energy ko. Para akong nagkape ng marami. It feels good.

"I am very excited, especially dahil meron tayong TV show. 

"Ang ganda ng salubong ng 2017," he beamed.


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