ABS-CBN, even without a franchise, has a very loyal talent in the name of Joshua Garcia.
In an exclusive interview with LionhearTV, the actor explained why he chose to remain a Kapamilya despite the huge setback it received in 2020.
According to Joshua, he owed ABS-CBN everything that he has achieved as an artist. He also did not feel leaving just because the Network cannot return to free TV yet.
“Dito ako nagsimula, dito ako lumaki. At ayoko naman na nagkaro’n lang sila ng problema eh aayaw—parang aalis na ako agad sa kanila. Ang pangit naman na balikan sa lahat ng tulong na binigay nila sa’kin.”
To further prove that he will be a Kapamilya until the end, Joshua is willing to make sacrifices for ABS-CBN.
“So ngayon, hangga’t kaya ko magtitiis ako na maging—kasi before dere-deretso yung work namin, so mas marami akong ginagawa. Ngayon kasi, since may protocol, one project at a time lang, hindi na gano’n katulad dati,” he added.
The actor also shared one more reason why he stuck with ABS-CBN.
“Siguro kasi what I love about being a Kapamilya is yung…kahit nawalan sila ng prangkisa ay hindi nila pinapabayaan ‘yung mga artista nila, at yun ang nagustuhan ko sa kanila,” he said.
When asked why he continues pursuing acting despite ABS-CBN having without a franchise along with the stress and the complication of being a celebrity, this is what the actor answered:
“I just love acting sobra. Parang do’n ko na-express ang mga emotions na hindi ko mailabas sa totoong buhay.
“I get to portray different characters, ang dami kong natutunan sa mga characters na ginagampanan ko.
“Siguro yung pagmamahal ko sa craft, na feeling ko will last forever. Iba ‘yung part ng acting for me, mas’yadong malalim. Grabe ko ma-appreciate yung acting, sobrang mahal ko talaga.”
In the meantime, Joshua is busy with his newest business venture and his latest teleserye project Viral.
The actor recently opened his Academy of Rock (AOR) Philippines, a music school dedicated to teaching rock and popular music, and his co-owner, actor Enchong Dee.
Joshua and Enchong, through AOR, aim to help aspiring local artists in honing their craft.
“Isa sa mga goals namin is ma-hone yung talents ng mga local artists natin, mga aspiring na gustong matuto ng iba’t-ibang klaseng instrument. Gusto namin silang matulungan,” he revealed.
His upcoming teleserye with Charlie Dizon will also be coming soon. Joshua teased that the show will be seen either in September or October of this year.
“Yung Viral, second cycle pa lang namin. Pabalik palang ako ngayong August. Pero, I think ipapalabas s’ya ng fourth quarter, siguro September or October. Exciting ‘yon, abangan n’yo yun. Kasi ang gagaling ng mga kasama ko,” teased Joshua.
In the series, Joshua and Charlie are joined by stars Jake Cuenca and Dimples Romana.
Rommel Padilla, Ria Atayde, Maxene Magalona, Vance Larena, Kaila Estrada, Markus Paterson, Gian Magdangal, Louise Abuel, Karina Bautista, Miko Raval, and Aljon Mendoza are also included in the cast.
Viral is produced by ABS-CBN and RCD Narratives. The latter was behind the shows Killer Bride and the war drama, A Soldier’s Heart. It is directed by Dado Lumibao and Froy Allan Leonardo.
The upcoming teleserye will be seen on Kapamilya Channel (cable), Kapamilya Online Live (free live-streaming), iWant TFC (on-demand streaming), and A2Z Channel 11 (free and digital TV in Mega Manila).