"Let Diether make his own announcements soon."
This was what Ms. Wilma Galvante, GMA-7 SVP for Entertainment TV, told PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in a text message earlier today, November 19, when we asked her if Diether Ocampo is really transferring to the Kapuso network.
Entertainment editor and columnist Ricky Lo reported in Philippine STAR today that Diether "has jumped ober da bakod" from ABS-CBN to GMA-7. According to his report, the actor already signed a "maximum of four-year contract" with the Kapuso network last Monday night, November 17.
Ricky also reported that Diether's first project as a Kapuso star will be the Pinoy adaptation of the hit Koreanovela All About Eve, which will be topbilled by Sunshine Dizon and Iza Calzado. Also in the cast are former Kapamilya stars Jean Garcia, Eula Valdes, and Richard Gomez.
Ricky added that Diether "very kindly informed his bosses at ABS-CBN" before inking a deal with GMA-7. The actor was last seen in the ABS-CBN primetime soap Iisa Pa Lamang, where he played the leading man of Claudine Barretto.
Diether started his career in ABS-CBN as a member of Star Circle Batch 2. As far as we know, he is still being managed by Star Magic, the Kapamilya network's talent arm headed by Mr. Johnny Manahan. In fact, Diether is included on the cover of the 2009 Catalogue of Star Magic, along with the other bigger stars of ABS-CBN.
If Diether has really transferred to the Kapuso network, he will join other former homegrown Kapamilya stars who also made the big switch. The list includes Jolina Magdangal, Marvin Agustin, Paolo Contis, Camille Prats, and Heart Evangelista, to name a few.
Diether is still considered one of the top leading men in ABS-CBN, so if this report is true, then his decision to move to GMA-7 is a big surprise.
What prompted him to leave ABS-CBN after more than 13 years and transfer to GMA-7? These questions will soon be answered when Diether finally makes his announcement, as Ms. Wilma told PEP.
PEP also tried getting additional information from other GMA-7 executives, but they still have to return our calls and text messages. We will keep you posted as soon as we get a report.