MANILA — Beauty Gonzalez and Dimples Romana, who portrayed rivals Romina and Daniela in the hit ABS-CBN drama “Kadenang Ginto,” were among the Kapamilya artists who expressed solidarity with their shuttered home network amid its forced retrenchment of thousands of employees.
Over the weekend, Gonzalez attended a noise barrage surrounding the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City, while Romana, who had been working, took part in the symbolic candle-lighting supporting the network.
“Humabol sa dasal ngayon para masamahan ang aking mga mahal na Kapamilya,” Romana captioned a photo of her lighting candles.
She also lauded her close friend, actress Angel Locsin, who has been a visible figure in the campaign against the government shutdown of ABS-CBN.
Gonzalez, meanwhile, was spotted inside her vehicle during the Saturday noise barrage. At one point, Gonzalez was seen pumping her fist while seated on the opened car window.
In a recent Instagram post, Gonzalez credited her co-workers in ABS-CBN for changing her life.
“Let us all hold our heads up high and remember that for at least that one shining moment in our time, we were all part of something that was good and true, imperfect, yet in the service of the Pilipino. Stay strong, be proud,” she said.
Despite several government agencies clearing ABS-CBN of supposed violations — from labor practices to broadcasting — Duterte allies in congress voted to kill the franchise application of the network, shuttering it for good.
After the decision, President Rodrigo Duterte, who had repeatedly vowed to put ABS-CBN off air, announced he has “dismantled” oligarchy in the Philippines. Unedited audio of his speech referred specifically to the Kapamilya network.
The halt of ABS-CBN’s radio and free-TV broadcast has forced the retrenchment of thousands of employees and entire units, among them Gonzalez and Romana’s own co-workers in the entertainment production arm of the network.