Cristine Reyes is one of the "transferees" this year, but what makes her different is that she's starring in two different teleseryes on the primetime slot.
Aside from her secondary role in Kahit Isang Saglit, Cristine gets the title role in Eva Fonda, which will open on Monday, December 1, on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.
Although it took a while for the show to air, Cristine said that it's worth the wait. Eva Fonda had been talked about since Cristine decided to transfer from GMA-7 to ABS-CBN in the first half of 2008. But it was Kahit Isang Saglit of Jericho Rosales and Carmen Soo that came out first and Eva Fonda was re-scheduled early next year.
"Kasi gusto po nila tapusin muna 'yong taping para ma-can," Cristine explained. "Kasi, para ma-preview po ng mga bossing. Right after na-preview nila, um-okay naman kaagad."
The 19-year-old actress believes that it was a better decision. "Talagang uunahin nila ang Kahit Isang Saglit kasi second lead ako, itong Eva Fonda, lead role, so mas maganda kung ihuhuli siya."
But what can she say about having two teleseryes at the same time, which is rare for some original Kapamilya stars?
"Ako, I'm thankful, di ba, 'yon nga, kasi transferee lang ako dito, pero ang dami na kaagad nilang binibigay na trabaho. Ako naman, sa akin, hindi ko sinasayang ang opportunity na binibigay nila sa akin."
The young actress also expressed her gratitude to ABS-CBN for giving her venues to show her acting skills to the public, which was not given by her former mother network.
"Dito po kasi sa ABS-CBN, nabigyan po ako ng pagkakataon na ipakita sa lahat 'yong talent ko, na hindi ako nabigyan ng pagkakataon doon sa kabila. Pinagkatiwalaan ako ng ABS-CBN para sa mga project na binigay nila sa akin. At sa pagtitiwalang iyon, siyempre, hindi ko sila bibiguin—binigay ko ang best ko, ginalingan ko talaga."
When PEP asked if she thinks her career would be this successful if she had stayed with her former network, Cristine indirectly answered, "Well, siguro kasi, ano, e, naghihintay lang ako ng break. Gusto ko kasing umarte, which hindi naman nila nabibigay sa akin. Well, hindi ko na lang iniisip 'yon, at least dito sa ABS-CBN, binigyan nila ako ng chance para maipakita ang talent ko."
Cristine does not mind the intrigue about having more projects than her older sister Ara Mina, who also used to be identified with GMA-7.
"Hindi 'yon sa mas may career. Nagkataon lang ngayon na mas maraming project. Pero si Ate, established na siya, e, marami na siyang napatunayan. And hindi naman kumpetisyon ito sa aming dalawa, e, trabaho lang. Happy naman sa akin si Ate sa mga nare-receive kong blessings."
The Eva Fonda star further stressed, "Blessing ito sa amin at hindi naman ito kumpetisyon sa aming magkapatid. I'm sure happy siya para sa akin."Aside from Eva Fonda, Cristine will also do another soap opera for ABS-CBN and a movie under Star Cinema.