MANILA, Philippines – After keeping her silence for months, the television show host-actress Kris Aquino has concluded the rumors and finally confirmed that she is leaving her mother network for more than 20 year, ABS-CBN.
Kris Aquino, one of the highest paid celebrities in the Philippines, is speaking up about her forthcoming plans for her showbiz career, months after announcing a long break from the business and working with Lopez-led ABS-CBN, her previous TV network with whom she worked for more than 20 years.
Kris Aquino announced on social networking service Instagram that she will be working with Mr. Antonio P. Tuviera (APT) Entertainment Inc, a subsidiary of Television And Production Exponents Philippines (TAPE) Inc.
Part 1: I want to tell you our truth & I pray you'll understand… 20 years ago, I went back to ABS CBN after a year w/ GMA (Star Talk & a Viva produced afternoon talk show). It started w/ Today w/ Kris Aquino & ended w/ Kris Tv. We had a memorable, excellent run. ABS saw me through my worst & my best. I had the chance to be part of career defining shows like TWKA, The Buzz, Game KNB, Deal or No Deal, PGT etc & had iconic movies like Feng Shui & Sukob. We were set to renew our contract February 2016, it was a generous, less demanding agreement but at that time there was a threat to my life we needed to take seriously, I had to regain my health, and I needed time for my family & me. We didn't sign then, I went to Hawaii, came back to campaign, then left again. Our agreement was we'd talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself- when you come back there's no guarantee that a space will be held for you. We spoke in July but there was no definite show & no assured time frame of my return on air. I perfectly understood- as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness- just HONESTY. So to all of you saying please don't leave- it wasn't a choice that was just mine to make. I take my share of the responsibility. And I say that w/ so much gratitude in my heart. ❤️
Both the mother production company TAPE and APT Entertainment produces TV shows for GMA network, the rival broadcasting station of ABS-CBN. TAPE producing the long-running afternoon variety show Eat Bulaga! since way back 1979, and with APT producing their Lenten Specials and popular motion pictures like, My Bebe Love, My Little Bossings and among others.
In March, Kris Aquino announced that she was taking a break off showbiz, citing health issues and time for her family, later revealing that a death threat from the the notorious extremist Abu Sayyaf was also a reason for her break.
Aquino explained that she and the ABS-CBN executives have agreed to talk after the election campaign and after her vacation with her children.
Part 2: Where am I now? Boy Abunda reached out to Mr. T- Tony Tuviera on my behalf. I had an excellent experience coproducing My Little Bossings w/ MZET, OctoArts, & APT. Our plan was initially just a digital initiative- I know you miss my #foodtrips & my #cooking #recipes #roadtrips & #travel… But maybe my guardian angel in heaven (could it have been you, Mom?) was working overtime & what was an attempt at something new & experimental, evolved into a vision & a presentation that felt perfect for who I am now & for our TV collaboration. Mr. T actually remembered coming to our home in Times Street in 1986 to meet my Mom to produce a show for me when I was 15 years old. 30 years after- dumating na ang TAMANG PANAHON. ❤️
“We didn’t sign [in February], I went to Hawaii, came back to campaign, then left again. Our agreement was we’d talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself – when you come back there’s no guarantee that a space will be held for you. We spoke in July but there was no definite show and no assured time frame of my return on air,” Kris said on her Instagram account.
“I perfectly understood – as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness – just HONESTY,” she added.
Part 3: My sons & I leave today for a little over a week- advanced making up on my part because I have an exceptionally full work calendar until Christmas. They had so much of me for 4 months- so we'll be adjusting… When we come back, the unit I'm renting from Tito Manolo & Tita Maritess Lopez in Rockwell will be ready (I believe that is proof enough that there is no bad blood between the owners of my former network & me.) This is the 1st & last I shall say about this chapter of my life. You deserved the true story & I gave you my truth, so that we may all move forward… So here's a shoutout of THANK YOU to the Kapamilya Network ABS-CBN for all that was, and here's a shoutout of THANK YOU to my new APT family for all that will be. And most of all my THANK YOU to all of you for allowing me to just be me. ❤️
Kris said that the initial negotiations for her upcoming project with APT Entertainment was supposed to be a digital initiative, but has since become a project for television. Kris Aquino is currently working with Eat Bulaga producer Tony Tuviera for her new television show with the network. Aquino has yet to confirm the genre of the TV show.