MANILA, Philippines – She may have left the cudgels of ABS-CBN, but actress Claudine Barretto said her heart will always belong to the network's talent management arm that saw her mature both as a person and an actress.
In a taped video message aired on “ASAP 2012” on Sunday, Barretto gave credit to Star Magic, which managed her when she was still with ABS-CBN.
“Star Magic saw me grow up on kiddie TV, as a teenybopper, as a young adult in ‘Buttercup,’ saw me swim as a mermaid sa ‘Marina,’ and saw me cry buckets of tears sa lahat ng mga teleserye ko. My seat might have left your door, but my heart's forever and will always be with you,” she said.
Barretto said “there are some things in life that cannot and should not be erased,” and her experience with Star Magic is one of them.
“Thank you so much Star Magic for all of this. I will forever be grateful. May your magic continue. Happy 20th anniversary Star Magic. I love you,” she said.
Barretto left ABS-CBN to move to a rival network in 2009.
Despite her departure, she still figured a rift with Star Magic chairman emeritus Johnny Manahan in 2010, after she accused Angelica Panganiban, a Star Magic talent, of spreading rumors that she was having an affair.
Star Magic head Mariole Alberto recently revealed that Barretto tried to reach out when she called Manahan on his birthday last February 11, but Manahan refused to speak to her.
"They know how they were treated, e. And makikita nila kung ano 'yong iniiwan nila. And I've seen so many people naman who tried to come back. Si Claudine na nga lang....," Alberto said in an interview published in the July 2012 issue of YES Magazine, which looked back at 20 years of ABS-CBN's talent management arm.
When asked if Barretto had tried to return to ABS-CBN, Alberto "waved the question away," the magazine said.
Alberto admitted that the rift between Star Magic chairman emeritus Johnny Manahan and Barretto "has never been fully healed."