Leaving a TV network you’ve stayed with for several years is probably one of the hardest decisions an artist has to make in his or her career. Celebrities who needed bigger breaks in their career had to give up years of being a Kapamilya in order to shine brighter as a Kapuso.
From a former child actor to a veteran actress, these artists took a bold step in their careers in order to get bigger and better opportunities in GMA 7.
Here are 12 Kapamilya celebrities who chose to become Kapuso stars.
1. Heart Evangelista
Kapuso star became a household name for playing the role of Missy in the ABS-CBN teen-oriented show “G-mik”. Evangelista topbilled several Kapamilya teleseryes including “Hiram” and “Panday”.
The actress-host made several hit films for Star Cinema including “Trip”, “Jologs”, “My First Romance”, and “Bcuz of U”.
In late 2009, Evangelista made the big switch as Kapuso from Kapamilya.
Now Mrs. Arellano, Iya is reunited with hubby Drew Arellano in her original network after 10 years of being a Kapamilya. Villania moved to ABS-CBN in 2004 after doing a couple of shows for Kapuso network from 2002 to 2004. The TV host-actress did a lot of hosting stints in the Kapamilya network including “Wowowee”, “ASAP”, “Umagang Kay Ganda”, “U Can Dance”, and “I Dare You”.Iya currently hosts Chika Minute and Home Foodie.
Prior to stardom, Domingo played the iconic role of “Simang” in ABS-CBN’s “Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan” in 2002. The comedienne was also recognised for her supporting role in the Star Cinema movie series “Ang Tanging Ina” series as Philippine comedy queen Aiai delas Alas’ best friend.
The award-winning actress eventually decided to move to GMA 7 in 2008. Domingo now hosts “Celebrity Bluff”, a Saturday game show in the Kapuso network.
4.Rachel Anne Go
Just weeks after being proclaimed as the grand champion of GMA 7’s reality talent competition “Search for a Star”, Go quickly signed a contract with ABS-CBN.
From 2004 to 2010, Go appeared in several Kapamilya shows like “ASAP”, “Star in a Million”, and “Your Song”. She finally moved to the Kapuso network in 2010.
Prior to being one of the most sought-after actors of GMA Network, Dennis Trillo started out as a member of Star Circle batch 10. The award-winning actor played supporting roles in Kapamilya shows “Pangako Sayo” and “Sa Dulo ng Walang Hanggan”.
Trillo made the decision to move to the Kapuso network in 2002, but it was in 2004 that he got the biggest break of his career when he starred as Gabriel in the fantaserye “Mulawin”. Trillo is best known for his gay role in the highly controversial TV series “My Husband’s Lover”.
The hunk actor first appeared on television when he joined the Pinoy Big Brother: Double Up in 2009. After Rodriguez’ stint inside the Big Brother House, he was given several projects including “Guns and Roses”, “Anghelito: Ang Batang Ama”, and “Be Careful with my Heart”.
,,In 2013, Rodriguez was cast as the leading man in my “My Husband’s Lover”. His role in the controversial gay-themed series catapulted him to stardom.