Despite Liza Soberano’s departure from his management, talent manager and comedian actor Ogie Diaz revealed that more people want to be handled by him than ever before.
In an Instagram story, Diaz claimed that various talents had sought his assistance in managing their careers.
“Grabe, kung kelan lay low muna ako sa pagma-manage ng talents, saka naman maraming gustong magpa-manage,” he said.
Some tried to sell him properties and insurance.
“Tapos, andami pang nagbebenta ng real estate at insurance, hahaha!”
“Buti na lang wala nang nag-aalok ng casíno junket at chicken farm na pinasakit ang upper head ko!” he said.
Diaz previously posted a picture of himself with Bryce Eusebio, his former talent. He happily announced that Bryce is now a part of the Sparkle Artist Center talent pool.
Soberano’s decision to reveal her struggles in the entertainment industry and break away from Diaz’s management doesn’t seem to have affected the comedian all that much.
“Kung sinasabi ni Liza na parang kino-control siya ng mga taong nasa paligid niya kung ako man ‘yan at ang Star Magic gusto kong magpasalamat kay Liza kasi sinunod niya kami kaya siguro sumikat siya. Imaginin ninyo kung walang nangyari sa career ni Liza noong hawak ko siya at ng Star Magic, malamang iba ang narating niya ngayon. At least okay na ‘yan kaysa namang nagra-rant na walang nangyaring maganda sa career,” he said on February 27.
“Pero minsan di ba we have to meet halfway? Pinagbibigyan mo naman ang production kapag nilambing ka nila and I thank you for that. Pakikisama ang tawag doon, pagtatanim for the future may aanihin. Hindi rin naman siguro ako magiging Ogie Diaz kung ako lang mag-isa. Nakisama at naki-PR din naman ako pag may gusto ka o ayaw isinaalang-alang din nila iyon, di ba?” he added.
He said Soberano didn’t rise to stardom solely because of his managing skills.
“Tandaan mo anak, narating mo ang fame hindi lang dahil sa akin, suporta ng Star Magic, ABS-CBN at ng production staff dahil din ‘yan sa dedication mo sa trabaho. Dahil ‘yan sa ‘yo! Kaya palakpakan mo rin ang sarili mo, ha? Lahat ng narating mo pinaghirapan mo ‘yan anak para mabigyan ng magandang buhay ang pamilya mo, sila ang inspirasyon mo kaya minahal mo rin ang career mo.”
He also touched on Soberano’s decision to alter her screenname to Hope Soberano.
“Yung sinabi mong ‘I didn’t choose the name Liza, it was chosen for me,’ yung screen name na Liza Soberano na ibinigay sa ‘yo ni Tita Malou Santos ng Star Cinema, ‘yan ang nagtaguyod sa pamilya mo. Nabigyan mo ng bahay at magandang buhay ang daddy mo. Nakakapagpadala ka rin ng tulong sa mommy mo sa States. Naibili mo ng bahay at lupa sa Amerika ang lolo at lola mo na kumupkop sa inyo ng kapatid mong si Justin noong nasa Amerika pa kayo.”
“Lahat ‘yan ay dahil sa ‘yo, sa pagiging Liza Soberano mo. Mas isyu siguro ‘yung screen name mo kung hindi tumatak o tinangkilik ng mga Pilipino,” he furthered.
Diaz expressed his views on Soberano’s absent posts on her social media accounts on February 23. He claimed that ABS-CBN had not failed to provide projects to Soberano and her boyfriend, Enrique Gil.
According to Diaz, Sobreano and Gil also known as LizQuen were even offered to do a Philippine adaptation of the popular Korean drama ‘It’s Okay Not To Be Okay,’ but the couple declined the offer.
Diaz stressed that Soberano’s social media accounts had not been hacked and were part of her rebranding.