Almost a month after ABS-CBN’s franchise rejection, Richard Gutiérrez can’t help praise the network for figuring out ways to continue to serve the Filipino people with news and entertainment.
Speaking to the entertainment reporters last Monday, Gutiérrez expressed his full support for the network, especially during these tough times. Gutierrez said he is proud to be part of a network that continues to thrive given the difficulties it faces.
“The network went through a lot [in] the past couple of months, especially the people. Maraming naapektuhan. I just want to stand by the network and with the people of ABS-CBN, ang realization ko sa nangyayari ngayon, gaya nga sinabi ko kanina, despite sa lahat ng nangyayari, ‘yung ABS-CBN nandiyan pa rin. Hindi sumusuko,” he said.
From a positive perspective, the actor-hunk also sees that this is a perfect opportunity for ABS-CBN to develop and think beyond the box given the challenges it faces.
“If we look at the positive side of this, ngayon ang ABS-CBN ay nabigyan ng opportunity to think out of the box, to even grow as a network, to grow creatively, to grow businesswise. Kailangan mag-think tayo out of the box kung paano natin malalagpasan ang pagsubok na ito,” he added.
Last Saturday, ABS-CBN introduced Kapamilya Online Live, the new home for the biggest shows on the network.
Kapamilya Online Live, which is now available via ABS-CBN Entertainment’s Facebook and YouTube pages, will be streaming well-loved network programs, including “FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano,” “It’s Showtime,” “ASAP Natin ‘To,” “Love Thy Woman,” “A Soldier’s Heart,” “Magandang Buhay,” “Paano Kita Mapasasalamatan,” and “Iba Yan.”
— #KapamilyaOnlineLIVE (@KapamilyaOn1ine) August 3, 2020
In this time of crisis, Gutierrez believes that entertainment is necessary and one thing that he can be sure of is that ABS-CBN can provide the kind of entertainment that Filipino people need.
“I am happy dahil tuluy-tuloy nga ang paglabas ng content ng ABS-CBN so they are coming out with fresh content, hindi lang replays. I think important din ‘yung entertainment for everyone because ang daming problema, ang daming iniisip. At least somehow, in some way, with us being entertainers, makakalimutan ng mga tao ‘yung problema nila kahit sandaling panahon lang kapag nakanood sila.”
Now that ABS-CBN has taken a big step in expanding its online presence, Gutiérrez is hopeful that the network will once again set high standards when it comes to digital content.
“I think now that we are doing stuff heavily online, I think ABS-CBN will be the pioneers of online content and they will be number one for online content for sure. I think itong bagong tinatahak na path ng ABS-CBN, it’s a breakthrough. I think it’s going to be the pioneer of this kind of system,” he said.