Julia Barretto leaves Star Magic to officially join Viva

Jan Milo Severo - Philstar.com
Julia Barretto leaves Star Magic to officially join Viva
Actress Julia Barretto
MJ Felipe via Twitter, screenshot

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Julia Barretto was officially launched as the new artist of Viva, according to ABS-CBN entertainment reporter MJ Felipe.

In his Twitter account, MJ posted a photo of Viva launching Julia as their newest artist.



“HAPPENING NOW: Julia Barretto launched as the newest talent of Viva,” MJ captioned the post.

According to MJ, Julia asked for the blessing of Johnny Manahan and Mariole Alberto of Star Magic before she moved to Viva.

“Julia said that she consulted and asked for blessing from Mr M and Mariole Alberto of Star Magic. Big factor for her departure from Star Magic was Alberto's retirement,” MJ said.

“When I made the decision to make the move to Viva, of course ang mga una ko talagang kinausap ay si Miss Mariole and Mr. M. Bakit? Dahil sila po ang head ng Star Magic. Bilang sila po ang head ng Star Magic, sa kanila po ako nagpaalam,” Julia explained in a video MJ posted.

“Si Tita Mariole kasi nag-announce siya ng retirement niya in December a few months back na rin. Kami-kami pa lang nakakaalam sa Star Magic. After nun, 'yun talaga 'yung mga oras na I really took some time to think and pray. Nag-pray talaga akong matindi para tulungan lang malaman kung ano pa ang mga posibleng tahakin ko sa karera ko. Like I said, they were always guiding me,” she added.

Julia also clarified rumors that the production team of upcoming ABS-CBN TV series “Cara Y Cruz” was surprised with her departure from Star Magic. She said she understands the decision to replace her in the series, reportedly, with Barbie Imperial.

“Regarding ‘Cara Y Cruz’ naman po, hindi totoo na hindi na lang ako nagpakita bigla. I was present in all our script readings, in our general assemblies. I was present for our look test. I was present for our one-on-one meetings with the director. Nakapag-usap na kami ng mga gagawin namin sa character. If I’m being honest, nakapag-empake na rin po talaga ako, (for the lock-in taping),” she said.

Julia also expressed her gratitude and appreciation to ABS-CBN for the big breaks and career milestones she had with the network.

“(I have) friends na naging family ko na rin po sa ABS-CBN, the staff, the production, my Star Magic family, my road managers, my handlers, talagang lahat naging parang pamilya ko na. Hanggang ngayon naman, nakakausap ko pa, nakakakamustahan. Solid ang relationship with ABS-CBN. I’m just so proud to have a journey with them,” she said.

On Instagram, Viva said it formally welcomes Julia as "the newest gem" in its roster of artists.

"Giving you our warmest welcome, Julia! We are so excited to work with you!" the agency said.


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