Marian Rivera during a press conference on Friday announcing her management transfer
GMA-7 contract expires in August, says actress
MANILA -- Marian Rivera announced on Friday that she has left her manager of seven years, citing the move as imperative to her "freedom" to make career decisions independently.
During a press conference held on Friday, the 28-year-old actress said her decision to leave her long-time manager, Popoy Caritativo, is also due to difficulties in their working relationship.
Rivera, who is one of the most visible leading ladies of her home network, GMA-7, said her career is now under the management of showbiz veteran Tony Tuviera, who was her manager for a time before she became a talent of Caritativo's firm, Luminary Talent Management.
"Siguro hindi na nagiging productive 'yung relationship bilang talent at bilang manager. May tampuhan. For seven years, ganoon ang nangyayari," Rivera said.
According to the actress, Caritativo openly accepted her decision. "Maluwag naman niyang tinanggap. Sabi niya, 'Rerespetuhin ko ang desisyon mo.'"
Admittedly, Rivera said she has been hurting from a supposed misunderstanding between her and Caritativo, which she pointed to as one of the reasons behind her transfer.
She refused to divulge details of their alleged misunderstanding.
"Medyo masakit kasi ang nangyari sa akin. In time, ako mismo ang makikipag-usap sa kanya. Walang away na naganap, para iklaro ko. Parang may hindi lang pinagkakaintindihan.
"Pero parang unfair naman kung ako lang ang magde-detalye para kay Popoy. Siguro mas maganda kung sa aming dalawa na lang po 'yun at hihingin ko po 'yung respeto ninyo pagdating doon," she said.
Her change of management, according to Rivera, will allow her to more freely and independently decide on her career.
"Ang pinaka-isa sa mga dahilan ay ngayon ay magagawa ko na ang lahat ng mga ninanais ko, na ako lang ang madedesisyon. Ito na 'yung freedom para sa akin, at isa lang ang taong naisip ko, na walang iba 'yun kung 'di si Mr. T (Tuviera)," she said.
Asked if she felt limited in terms of career choices under Caritativo's management, Rivera said, "Hindi naman sakal. Siguro, hindi ko rin masisisi si Popoy. Siguro, sabihin na lang natin na marami pa kasi akong gustong gawin sa buhay ko."
Under Tuviera's management, Rivera said she is set to negotiate her contract with GMA-7, which will expire in August this year. She added that she is open to the possibility of working under different TV networks.
"Ang GMA, hanggang August na lang ako. Hindi pa namin napag-uusapan, pero uupuan namin iyan ni tatay (Tuviera), pag-uusapan pa namin iyan, ang detalye.
"Pero hindi ko sinasarado ang pintuan ko sa iba't-ibang klaseng network, dahil nga sa sinasabi ko ngayon na freedom, ay gusto kong mag-try ng iba't-ibang klase na hindi ko pa nagagawa. Pero sa ngayon na may kontrata pa ako sa GMA, ayaw ko po muna magsalita," she said.
Asked which network she prefers to transfer to, should the opportunity arise, Rivera said, "Sa August po, magkita-kita tayo kung saan ako pupunta."