MANILA - Aljur Abrenica was, in his words, "speechless and honored" to have officially signed as an ABS-CBN leading man mid-last year, after nearly a decade with rival network GMA-7.
Now, the 27-year-old actor is set to top-bill for the first time a Kapamilya teleserye, "Asintado," along with Julia Montes, Shaina Magdayao, and fellow "StarStruck" graduate Paulo Avelino.
Abrenica won, while Avelino was a finalist in the fourth season of the reality show, which was billed as GMA's flagship "artista" search.
An ABS-CBN star for seven years now, Avelino has appeared in over a dozen Kapamilya series, mostly as leading man. "Asintado" will mark the 29-year-old star's return to teleserye acting, just a year after "The Promise of Forever" in 2017.
Avelino an Abrenica are not the only "StarStruck" graduates who sought "meatier roles," as Avelino put it, and finally transferred to ABS-CBN.
In photos and videos, here are eight other celebrities who entered showbiz via "StarStruck," and eventually transferred to the Kapamila network.