Liza Soberano will no longer be handled by her longtime manager Ogie Diaz and will now be managed by her fellow actor James Reid, as Diaz revealed his contract with the actress is set to end by May 31.
Diaz disclosed the details about transitioning Soberano to a new management in his YouTube vlog today, May 27. He appears in the vlog with his co-host Mama Loi.
“Legally speaking, ako pa rin po ang manager ni Liza Soberano hanggang May 31, 2022. 11 years po kaming nagsama ni Liza bilang mag-ama at bilang manager-talent,” he told Mama Loi.
(Legally speaking, I am still Liza Soberano’s manager until May 31, 2022. We have been together as father-daughter and as manager-talent for 11 years.)
Diaz recalled that he had asked the actress via video chat if she wanted to have a new contract with him. Soberano later sent him a long message declining his offer and saying she wants to pursue opportunities in Hollywood.
“Magalang naman ‘yung bata, in fairness, at saka kilala mo naman ako, kapag happiness na ng tao ang concern, ibinibigay ko ‘yan,” he stated, noting he wants to save his friendship with his talents.
(The kid was respectful, in fairness, and you know me, if a person’s happiness is concerned, I give it to them.)
“Siyempre hindi naman ako ‘yung tipong alam ko rin ‘yung hanggang Hollywood. Kumbaga hanggang dito lang ang kaalaman ko bilang manager,” he added. (Of course, I am not the type who also knows about Hollywood. In other words, my knowledge as a manager only goes this far.)
Diaz stressed that his 11 years of being Soberano’s manager was enough as he recounted how the actress helped his family.
“In fairness sa bata (Soberano), very grateful din siya, very thankful din siya sa akin dahil kumbaga magkatuwang naming binuo ang kanyang pangalan,” he said. (In fairness to her, she is very grateful, she is very thankful to me because we worked together in building her name.)
When asked by Mama Loi whether the actress is now self-managed, Diaz said that Soberano had initially told him this, but it is currently not the case.
“Ipinakilala na niya sa amin ang bagong team na hahawak ng kanyang career. May bago na siyang management,” he said. “Pero ako naman, ‘yung transition ay unti-unti ipinapasa na namin si Liza sa kanya at ‘yun ay walang iba kung hindi ang team ni James Reid.”
(She introduced us to the new team that will handle her career. She is already under new management. For me, we are slowly passing Liza on to them and that is none other than James Reid’s team.)
“Yes, as a manager si James Reid. Kaya pansinin mo magkasama sila sa gala. Hindi lang si James ang kasama ni Liza kung hindi ‘yung mga ka-partners nila, kasi mayroon silang business group at kasama roon si Liza,” he explained, referring to the recent Gold Gala that the pair attended in Los Angeles.
(Yes, James Reid is [acting] as a manager. So if you will notice they were together at a gala. Liza was not just with James Reid but also their partners because they have a business group and Liza is part of that.)
He also noted that the new team will handle Soberano’s career in the United States and the Philippines.
Mama Loi then brought up the bashings Diaz received from fans of Soberano and her boyfriend Enrique Gil, as the love team had not appeared in a project since their 2019 film “Alone/Together” and their 2020 TV series “Make It with You.”
According to Diaz, Soberano and Gil were afraid to take on projects amid the COVID-19 pandemic and sometimes did not feel like doing the projects pitched to them.
“Nagkataon lang na parang hindi pa nila nararamdaman ‘yung right timing ng LizQuen kaya ayaw pa nilang gumawa, tapos na-busy sila sa kanilang negosyo. Pero hindi pa rin nila nakakalimutan ang fans na naghihintay sa kanila,” he assured the public.
(It just so happened that they do not feel it is the right timing for LizQuen, so they do not want to do it and they got busy with their business. But they still do not forget their fans who are waiting for them.)
Diaz added that despite this, if Soberano were to do a TV series, she wants to do it with ABS-CBN.
While they have previously worked together in the actor-singer’s music video for “Hello 2.0,” Soberano and Reid are yet to announce any new projects as of this writing. /ra
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