MANILA, Philippines – Liza Soberano’s former manager, Ogie Diaz, as well as several Kapamily executives and writers with whom she previously worked, reacted to her recent life update and career revelations.
|Liza Soberano shared in a vlog that she’s finally living a career for herself after leaving ABS-CBN | Screenshot: YouTube/ Liza Soberano
Liza looked back and also said she’s moving forward in her career, as she shared on her latest vlog posted on Sunday, February 26. According to Liza, she’s been working for 13 years, yet she hasn’t had the chance to grow on her own terms. She added that her career felt like it wasn’t hers.
She said, “I had always been told what to do, what to wear, what to say, and what not to say. I know this was for my own good. It was to protect me and my career, but it was a career I had no say, in a career that in many ways wasn’t mine.”
Liza claims that she felt she had no right to share her thoughts on projects for years and only did what the management wanted her to do. “I felt like I was being told to be just a flower for so long,” she added.
She even shared that using the name Liza was not her choice, and now that she’s finally “breaking free,” she wants to be referred to by her real name, Hope Soberano.
In 2022, many were surprised when Liza left her manager, Ogie, and signed with James Reid’s agency, Careless Music. She admitted that many weren’t pleased with her decision, but she stood by it. She explained, “What they didn’t understand was that I chose a team that wanted to support my vision rather than lay one out for me.”
She concluded her vlog by saying, “For the first time, I’m finally living my life for me.”
Liza’s vlog sparked debate among netizens, and some Kapamilya writers and executives shared their reactions to it. Mico Del Rosario, a Star Cinema executive, made a snide remark about people who act as if they didn’t help them advance their careers. He tweeted, “Hiyang hiya naman ako sa statements. parang walang walang naambag sayo at all ah. kayo talagang mga kayo. hahahaha #hilap.”
hiyang hiya naman ako sa statements. parang walang walang naambag sayo at all ah. kayo talagang mga kayo. hahahaha #hilap
— Mico del Rosario (@micodelrosario) February 26, 2023
ABS-CBN Music head Roxy Liguigan also seems to be alluding to Liza in his recent tweet, saying, “Be Grateful. Not just in good times, but at all times.”
Be Grateful. Not just in good times, but at all times.
— RXL (@Roxy_Liquigan) February 26, 2023
Producer John Leo Garcia tweeted about a person blaming others for their decisions. He also said that people should learn to be kind and grateful.
mas bilib ako sa taong kaya panindigan ang mga decisions nila sa buhay than being desperate and blaming others for their decisions that didnt work out. yun ang brave. needs to learn: being kind, being grateful. periodt.
— john leo garcia (@johnleogarcia) February 26, 2023
Screenwriter Mark Angos, with whom Liza has worked on all her teleseryes, shares a more positive vibe and wishes the actress well. He explained where Liza was coming from and appealed for more patience from their colleagues who got offended. He went on to say that his interpretation of the vlog was that of someone trying to figure herself out.
He added, “So I wasn’t hurt. I’m actually more excited about what she will become. And I’m rooting for her with all my heart. -love, from the writer who wrote all those teleserye episodes.”
A friend asked me if I was hurt by Liza’s insinuation that we boxed her so hard that it drove her away from our industry. That’s a horrible take. What I got from the vlog was a person trying to figure herself out. To be fair, she’s only “starting to dip her toes into writing.”
— mark duane angos (@markangos) February 26, 2023
Ogie Diaz said he would respond in a vlog about it. But earlier, he had already expressed his dismay over the path of Liza’s new career. He said, “Nanghihinayang ako sa career ni Liza, wa echos kasi nandoon na siya.”
You can watch Liza’s vlog via her YouTube channel:
— Sally, The Summit Express