Ryza Cenon apologizes to GMA Artist Center

by Nerisa Almo
Nov 19, 2006

Young actress Ryza Cenon publicly apologized to GMA Artist Center over statements she made in a magazine article accusing the talent arm of GMA-7 of favoritism.

The StarStruck 2 winner also admitted she had erred in airing her grievances over her spat with fellow StarStruck graduate Jennylyn Mercado in an interview with showbiz news magazine Hi! instead of directly communicating with the network talent managers.

Her controversial interview which appeared in Hi! magazine’s December issue reportedly caused a rift between Ryza and GMA Artist Center executives.

In an interview with the GMA-7 showbiz talk show Startalk on November 18, Ryza apologized to GMA Artist Center over her revelations in the article.

It was a year ago when Ryza was accused of causing the break-up of Jennylyn and Mark Herras—StarStruck Batch 1 ultimate survivors. During this time, Ryza added in the article, Jennylyn sent her profane text messages, which she had shown to StarStruck director Rommel Gacho. Copies of these messages had then spread to the entertainment press until it reached GMA Artist Center.

While Ryza said she was unaware that GMA Artist Center also reprimanded Jennylyn, the young actress explained that she only wanted to be heard.

“Kasi gusto kong ipaliwanag 'yung side ko about du'n sa issue, hindi ninyo ako binigyan ng chance para pakinggan ako. Yung feeling ko, ako lang yung may mali, in-accuse na ako kaagad na ako 'yung may kasalanan, ako 'yung may mali,” Ryza said.

After learning that GMA Artist Center had been fair in handling the issue between her and Jennylyn, Ryza said she was retracting her published statements against the talent group.

“Pero nu'ng sinabi n’yo sa akin na pinagsabihan n’yo rin si Jen, okay na po sa akin 'yun. Wala na po sa akin ‘yun. Ngayon ko lang nalaman na ganu'n pala, pantay po 'yung trato n'yo [sa amin]. Sorry po kung may nasabi man ako [at] nasaktan ko po kayo. Sorry.”

Ryza had revealed in the Hi! interview that GMA Artist Center was particularly favoring talents with more projects. “Nasabi ko po kasi [in the article] na kung sino ba 'yung maraming projects 'yun 'yung kakampihan kahit mali.”

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“Parang nilabas ko lang po talaga 'yung mga sama ng loob ko pero mali, mali po talaga as in mali. Dapat sa inyo ko mismo sinabi [nang] personal. Sa inyo mismo hindi sa [Hi! Magazine] writer, sorry po.”

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