By JAMES PATRICK ANARCON / PEP
Network transfers are a staple in the Philippine showbiz industry. There are those who have already established their own careers but decided to switch TV networks for further growth. But for others who have yet to make names for themselves, they were able to get better opportunities by transferring to rival networks gave them major breaks on television. PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) lists down 24 celebrities who were able to get major roles in TV projects after switching TV networks.
LIZA SOBERANO SCREENGRAB FROM EAT BULAGA / ABS-CBN
Just recently, a video went viral showing a very young Liza Soberano on Eat Bulaga! Apparently, the actress started her career on the GMA-7 noontime show in 2011. However, a week after she signed a contract, she asked to be released so she could sign up with Star Magic. Three years later, Liza got her first lead role on TV via the primetime series Forevermore along with perennial onscreen partner Enrique Gil.
ANNE CURTIS PEP / SCREENGRAB FROM ABS-CBN
Anne Curtis started her career in GMA-7 after being discovered by VIVA. She was included in the youth-oriented show TGIS and paired with Chubi del Rosario. In 2004, along with other VIVA talents, Anne transferred to ABS-CBN and got a major role in the teleserye Hiram which also starred Heart Evangelista and Geoff Eigenmann. Anne would later on star in her first title role in 2005, the adaptation of Vilma Santos movie Kampanerang Kuba. Anne would continue starring in teleseryes and movies, and is currently one of the hosts of the noontime show It’s Showtime.
JERICHO ROSALES SCREENGRAB FROM GMA / ABS-CBN
Jericho Rosales was hailed as the grand winner of Eat Bulaga’s “Mr. Pogi” competition in 1996, which aired in GMA. However, the following year, Jericho did projects with ABSCBN, and formed a love team with Angelika dela Cruz in the shows Oka Tokat (1997) and Esperanza (1997). Jericho was then groomed to be a leading man and got his big break in Pangako Sa ‘Yo in 2000, where his team-up with Kristine Hermosa emerged as one of the most successful love teams in the country.
PIOLO PASCUAL PEP / ABS-CBN
Piolo Pascual started his career as one of the mainstays in the variety show That’s Entertainment, which aired in GMA Network. In 1998, Piolo transferred to ABS-CBN and got a major role in the miniseries Sa Sandaling Kailangan Mo Ako. He was also included in the latter part of Esperanza (1997-1999) and Marinella (1999-2001). Piolo was eventually paired with Judy Ann Santos in Sa Puso Ko Iingatan Ka (2001) and got his first solo teleserye in 2004: the afternoon show Mangarap Ka. This paved the way for him to be known as the Ultimate Heartthrob in show business.
ELLA CRUZ PEP
Ella Cruz started as a child star in GMA, where she played the young Angel Locsin in Majika (2006). Because of the strong reception to her portrayal, she was given major roles in the shows Now and Forever: Duyan (2006) and Super Twins (2007). In 2007, Ella transferred to ABS-CBN to take the lead role in their adaptation of Annaliza, however, the project was shelved. She would then did projects for both ABS-CBN and GMA.
SARAH GERONIMO VIVA TV / ABS-CBN
In 2003, Sarah Geronimo won the VIVA singing search Star For A Night which aired in IBC-13. After her win, Sarah joined GMA-7’s variety show SOP. A year later, VIVA transferred their talents (including Sarah) to ABS-CBN. Soon after, she was given an acting break through the afternoon show Sarah The Teen Princess. Eventually, Sarah became known as the Popstar Princess and starred in various teleseryes, including the TV adaptation of Bituing Walang Ningning