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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.

Jan 2, 2022



                                                                         GIL CUERVA

                                                             KELVIN MIRANDA

Great things are waiting ahead for talented young Kapuso hunks Gil Cuerva and Kelvin Miranda as they renewed their ties with GMA Artist Center just before the year ended.

Filipino-Spanish actor and TV host Gil Cuerva was first introduced to the limelight when he bagged the lead role in the Pinoy remake of the popular Korean drama series 'My Love from the Star' as Matteo where he won the hearts of the Kapuso viewers with his charming looks and dashing smile. 

Since then, he became a household name in the romance-comedy genre and starred in several series such as ‘Dear Uge: K-drama Rama’, ‘Daig Kayo ng Lola Ko: Ang Prinsipe at ang Feeling Api’, and ‘My Guitar Princess.’

Currently, he is part of lifestyle informative show ‘Taste Buddies’ where he won ‘Best Lifestyle Show Host’ in the 34th PMPC Star Awards for Television. 

"GMA feels like home. I never really considered leaving home. I'm just really grateful they have so much trust and belief in me. In return, that inspires me to do better and become better. So, I'm excited for this next chapter in my journey... I guarantee that I will always do my best in everything that I will do," said Gil. 

In the same way, fast-rising actor and singer Kelvin Miranda is also filled with gratitude with how the Kapuso Network has helped him grow as an artist. 

"Walang hanggang pasasalamat kasi isa 'yung GMA sa nag-build ng kumpiyansa ko sa sarili ko. Kasi isa ako sa mga hindi naniniwala sa sarili ko. Ang GMA at mga managers ko 'yung nagpalakas ng loob ko at nagpaniwala sa akin para magpatuloy sa kung ano yung nasimulan ko. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat."

During the contract signing, GMA Exec Lilybeth Rasonable congratulated Gil for his contract renewal and she shared a humorous story of how the people from the Entertainment Group used to gather around Gil whenever he's around the office.

"All the girls would flock to him. All would scream and take photos with him. One of my staff even named her son after Gil kasi talagang love na love nila si Gil. The feeling remains the same. 

"We are so happy that you're still a Kapuso. We're proud of what you have become through these years - a better host and a better actor. More things will come for you, that I can assure you. Congratulations."

GMA Exec Gigi Santiago-Lara expressed her admiration for Gil's attitude towards work. 

"He's always trying to give his best, be it with the workshops or the shows that he does, he's willing to experiment. I think that is something that makes you shine. Y

"ou're willing to learn. We're very happy to have you here with us in GMA. We trust you, and we are committed to you in the same way that you have given your trust to us. Congratulations, Gil."

On the other hand, Rasonable is in awe of the breadth and depth of Kelvin's charm as an actor. She shared an amusing anecdote of how Kelvin manages to attract audiences from different generations.  

"My 81-year-old mom asked me one time, 'sino ba 'yung nandoon sa ‘Loving Ms. Bridgette’ na napakagwapong bata? Siya na 'yung paborito ko ngayon.' It's very gratifying to have an artist who can attract a wide audience, and that means the whole family. 

"So, just keep on doing what you're doing and improving on your craft. You will go a long way. We are glad we are part of that journey. Congratulations.”

Abacan knew beforehand that Kelvin is a star-in-the-making, “When I met you four years ago, alam ko na that you're going to go places. Salamat sa paglago kasama ng GMA.”

Finally, Santiago-Lara is happy with how Kelvin is handling the trust that GMA and GMA Artist Center have given him.

"Natutuwa ako na sinusuklian mo iyon ng iyong husay at sipag. Open ka sa mga roles na ipinapagawa sa iyo. 

"You always know how to look back to the people who helped you in the past. I believe malayo ang mararating mo dahil masipag ka'ng tao at mahusay ka na aktor. 

“I'm very happy and proud to have you in GMA and in GMA Artist Center. We look forward to working with you more in the coming years. We hope that you would continue to grow as an actor and as a person and that you will stay with us for more years. Enjoy the good projects that we have lined up for you."