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Ryza Cenon has left GMA Artist Center, believing she could do more as an actress with Viva

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For Ryza Cenon, 12 years with GMA Artist Center (GMAAC) is enough, deciding not to renew her contract with them when it expired early this year.

Ryza Cenon

The actress admitted it wasn’t easy, maintaining, “Hindi po ako umalis sa kanila nang basta na lang.”

“February 2017 nang mag-expire ang kontrata ko sa GMA Artist Center, so mahabang proseso ito,” she added. “Hindi ito biglaang desisyon lang. Pinag-isipan kong mabuti ito talaga.”

Ryza has signed a five-year contract with Viva Artists Agency (VAA).

“Nag-decide po ako na lumipat kasi gusto ko na mag-explore pa. Gusto ko po gumawa ng movies eh, so na-excite ako na ganu’n din ang gusto ng Viva for me. Kumbaga, for me, parang ano ito, eh… from high school noon, ito college na.”
Not that she hasn’t done any movies while with GMAAC.

“Oo, I did several pero I want challenging roles,” she said. “Gusto ko naman magka-award siyempre. Sino ba namang artista ang hindi (gusto ’yon)?”

The actress cleared there is no bad blood between her and GMAAC or GMA Network.

“Kinausap ko po ang Viva na, ‘Bago ako pumirma sa inyo, gusto ko nang ayos lahat.’ Naayos po naman lahat,” she maintained.

In fact, she will continue appearing in Kapuso programs.

“Ipinaglaban ko po sa Viva,” she said. “Sabi ko, mag-stay pa rin ako sa GMA-7 dahil du’n ako nagsimula.”

The 29-year-old started her showbiz career in 2004 as the Ultimate Female Survivor on “StarStruck 2: The Nationwide Invasion.”

She has appeared in numerous GMA shows landing prominent roles on “Ay, Robot!,” “Majika,” “Fantastic Man,” “Joaquin Bordado,” and “Machete,” among many others.

Last year, Ryza made headlines opening up about her depression due to a supposed dearth in projects.

“Almost one year din kasi akong walang work. Mag-isa lang din ako na binubuhay ’yung sarili ko. Sobrang na-depress ako. May time na iniisip ko talagang mag-suicide,” she was quoted as saying then.

“May times na sinasaktan ko ’yung sarili ko, pero hindi ’yung sinusugatan talaga. Like, kung anong mahawakan ko. Before pa (nga), may dumbbell tapos ipupukpok ko sa ulo ko.”

Ryza with Viva Communications Inc. president/COO Vincent del Rosario, Viva Entertainment’s chairman/CEO Vic del Rosario and Viva Artists Agency President/COO Veronique Corpus (mb.com.ph)

Ryza with Viva Communications Inc. president/COO Vincent del Rosario, Viva Entertainment’s chairman/CEO Vic del Rosario and Viva Artists Agency President/COO Veronique Corpus

Then came her landmark role as Georgia, the primary antagonist on the popular afternoon series “Ika-6 Na Utos.”

“I consider it na pinakamalaking break sa career ko so far kasi talagang tumatak sa tao ’yung character ko,” she related. “Natatawa nga ako sa mga comment nila sa social media kasi galit na galit talaga sila sa akin.”

Given the newfound success some wags are insinuating Ryza’s decision to leave GMAAC was mainly due to the instigation of boyfriend Cholo Barretto, who is also with VAA.

But Ryza is adamant.

“Linawin ko po, si Cholo po, wala siyang kinalaman sa desisyon ko,” she said.

“Never siyang nakialam or nagsalita about my work, at hindi ko rin po siya i-a-allow kasi isa ’yan sa pag-aawayan namin. Nakilala niya ako nang ganito. Kailangan niya na i-accept ’yun at respetuhin, at ginawa naman niya.”

The couple is set to commemorate one year of togetherness in November, something Ryza looks forward to.
“Sana umabot,” she said with a smile.

On them eventually ending up as husband and wife, she said, “Naku matagal pa po ’yan, career muna dapat.”

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