In recent years, followers of showbiz happenings have been seeing a pattern in terms of stars from other networks either working on apparent one-off projects with Philippine media giant ABS-CBN, or in certain cases simply jumping ship to join the network (or in the preferred “Kapamilya” parlance, to “return” to ABS-CBN). Regine Velasquez becoming a Kapamilya had been a major blow to GMA 7, about the only other Filipino network that is equal with the juggernaut. Recently, Kapuso Star Alden Richards was invited into ABS-CBN HQ following production of “Hello, Love, Goodbye” alongside Kathryn Bernardo. Not long after this worrying (to GMA) event, Alden’s “love team” partner will also star in a Kapamilya movie soon.
ABS-CBN News tells us that Black Sheep, a production studio under ABS-CBN Films, has announced production of “Isa Pa with Feelings” under the direction of Prime Cruz. The lead stars for this project are Kapamilya star Carlo Aquino and Maine Mendoza, better known as “Yaya Dub” who with Alden Richards formed the phenomenally successful AlDub pair that has been a focal part of GMA7’s noontime variety show “Eat Bulaga.” Black Sheep announced the bombshell during their first story conference this Thursday, which was also the first time Maine and Carlo would meet for this project.
For Carlo Aquino, this will be his second film to be done under the Black Sheep production label, having already starred in “Exes Baggage” last year alongside Angelica Panganiban. This is the first time Aquino will be in tandem with Mendoza just as it is the first time the latter will be taking part in a major production under the ABS-CBN umbrella. The story conference for “Isa Pa With Feeling” was light on details regarding the film’s plot, and is also partly overshadowed by the ramifications of both halves of a GMA7 power couple working with Kapamilya stars in succession.
It should be recalled that Alden Richards was taken through a tour of ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City just this Tuesday, June 25, with his “Hello, Love, Goodbye” costar Kathryn Bernardo serving as guide. Though not the first time he has set foot in the place, Alden described this visit as “surreal,” considering that he had lunch with many of the Kapamilya network’s higher-ups including managing editor Oivia M. Lamasan, Carlo Katigbak and Mark Lopez. Richards’ first movie with Bernardo, directed by Cathy Garcia-Molina, will premiere this coming July 31.
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