As Sunday saw social media sites rejoicing over Lav Diaz’ big win at the 73rd Venice Film Festival (Golden Lion for Best Film award for Ang Babaeng Humayo), Monday had netizens reacting to a series of Instagram posts from Kris Aquino.
For, after months of keeping mum about her decision to leave ABS-CBN to join Tony Tuviera’s APT Productions (a movie and TV outfit closely connected to GMA Network), social media users suggested—both in blind items and outright statements—that Aquino’s timing in finally revealing the details of her big move were questionable.
A Facebook user pointed out that while talented Filipino artists are reaping international success, a certain celebrity tried to steal the formers’ thunder by coming out with news about their career. A long string of comments ensued thereafter, some giving initials of their guesses, while others coming up with clever hashtags like #krisis.
On Sunday evening, Aquino came out with a three-part post on her IG account with the following statements:
“Part 1: I want to tell you our truth & I pray you’ll understand… 20 years ago, I went back to ABS CBN after a year w/ GMA (Star Talk & a Viva produced afternoon talk show). It started w/ Today w/ Kris Aquino & ended w/ Kris TV. We had a memorable, excellent run. ABS saw me through my worst & my best. I had the chance to be part of career defining shows like TWKA, The Buzz, Game KNB, Deal or No Deal, PGT etc & had iconic movies like Feng Shui & Sukob. We were set to renew our contract February 2016, it was a generous, less demanding agreement but at that time there was a threat to my life we needed to take seriously, I had to regain my health, and I needed time for my family & me. We didn’t sign then, I went to Hawaii, came back to campaign, then left again. Our agreement was we’d talk when I got back. That is the risk of taking time for yourself- when you come back there’s no guarantee that a space will be held for you. We spoke in July but there was no definite show & no assured time frame of my return on air. I perfectly understood- as much as I wanted to believe I was a pillar of the network, everybody is dispensable. And I say that with no bitterness- just HONESTY. So to all of you saying please don’t leave- it wasn’t a choice that was just mine to make. I take my share of the responsibility. And I say that w/ so much gratitude in my heart. ”
The second part read: “Where am I now? Boy Abunda reached out to Mr. T—Tony Tuviera on my behalf. I had an excellent experience coproducing My Little Bossings w/ MZET, OctoArts, & APT. Our plan was initially just a digital initiative- I know you miss my #foodtrips #cooking #recipes #roadtrips #travel… But maybe my guardian angel in heaven (could it have been you, Mom?) was working overtime & what was an attempt at something new & experimental, evolved into a vision & a presentation that felt perfect for who I am now & for our TV collaboration. Mr. T actually remembered coming to our home in Times Street in 1986 to meet my Mom to produce a show for me when I was 15 years old. 30 years after- dumating na ang TAMANG PANAHON.”
Finally she posted: “My sons & I leave today for a little over a week—advanced making up on my part because I have an exceptionally full work calendar until Christmas. They had so much of me for 4 months—so we’ll be adjusting… When we come back, the unit I’m renting from Tito Manolo & Tita Maritess Lopez in Rockwell will be ready (I believe that is proof enough that there is no bad blood between the owners of my former network & me) This is the 1st & last I shall say about this chapter of my life. You deserved the true story & I gave you my truth, so that we may all move forward… So here’s a shoutout of THANK YOU to the Kapamilya Network ABS-CBN for all that was, and here’s a shoutout of THANK YOU to my new APT family for all that will be. And most of all my THANK YOU to all of you for allowing me just to be me. ”
On Monday morning, she finally posted a photo of herself with sons Bimby and Josh aboard a plane, with the caption: “Ready to fly…”
Aquino’s Instagram handle is @kriscaquino, and has 2.7 million followers to date.