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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Mar 3, 2014

Richard Gutierrez Should Be Back On Gma Now That Gf Sarah Lahbati Has Reconciled With GMA Exec Annette Gozon

WE’RE GLAD Sarah Lahbati and Annette Gozon Abrogar have patched things up in their mediation. Sarah was on the verge of being one of GMA’s top leading ladies after being successfully launched in “Kokak” and being Richard Gutierrez’ leading lady in “Makapiling Kang Muli”, so we don’t know what came over at bigla siyang nagluka-lukahan in suing GMA. No doubt her career stalled.

As one writer says: “Papataas na sana, naudlot pa.”

And now, she has to start all over again. For starters, GMA Artist Center is allowing her to do a telemovie for TV5’s “Studio 5 Original Movies”. But it looks like it’ll be a tough uphill climb for her, judging from the reactions of a netizens who post negative reactions about her on social media.

As for Richard, no doubt his relationship with GMA then was affected as he had to side with his girlfriend. This must be one of the reasons why he didn’t renew his contract with them. But now that GMA and Sarah have kissed and made up, he can probably reconsider his options and return to GMA. After all, he still has movie for GMA Films which he just completed, “Overtime”, an action-thriller where he’s paired with Lauren Young. A few days ago, Chard has already agreed to be a guest in “The Ryzza Mae Show” and the feedback is great.

Now that GMA is having problems with their primetime shows that seem to lag in the ratings game, maybe they should cook a good project Richard. We should remember that GMA-7’s performance in the ratings started zooming up with Chard’s “Mulawin”. We have no doubt that if they could find a good mature material for Chard (not another telefantasya ala-Captain Barbell or Kamandag), it would give him a very good chance of having a second wind in her career. But for now, he’ll be busy promoting his movie with GMA Films, “Overtime”, an action thriller which has an April playdate.