Aicelle Santos, Mikee Quintos renew ties with GMA


Multitalented artists Aicelle Santos and Mikee Quintos remain loyal GMA talents as they renewed their management contracts with GMA Artist Center on November 18. 

Aicelle began her long journey with the network when she captured the hearts of the Filipinos in GMA’s singing competition Pinoy Pop Superstar in 2005. Since then, she has continued to prove her passion and excellence in her craft when she represented the Philippines in Cameron Mackintosh’s critically acclaimed musical Miss Saigon in the UK and Ireland. Aside from this, she showcased her singing prowess in several GMA musical-variety shows, including Party Pilipinas, Sunday All Stars, and currently as one of the mainstays in All-Out Sundays.

“As a person, I only take things day by day. Just being with GMA throughout the years, how they just embraced and supported me with everything that I did and am still doing now, napakalaki pong utang na loob. That’s why I’m very grateful and beyond blessed that I am renewing my contract with GMA.”

 Mikee, on the other hand, is fairly new in her journey with GMA but she is steadily showcasing her versatility in various projects. She got her first big break as Lira in the top-rating Encantadia in the 2016 iteration. After this, she headlined various programs, including Onanay, The Lost Recipe and is presently part of Pepito Manaloto: Ang Unang Kuwento. Apart from acting, Mikee also pursued her knack for singing as she released her debut single, “Just Enough,” under GMA Playlist.

“Ang hirap i-express in words ’yung napi-feel ko right now but I’m so grateful for everything. Because of the network’s belief and trust in what I can do, that’s how I saw it din sa sarili ko.”

GMA executives celebrated this occasion with Aicelle and Mikee via Zoom, video messages, and their presence at the Marquee Tent of Edsa Shangri-La Hotel. Present during the contract-signing were GMA Network Films Inc. president and programming consultant to the chairman and CEO Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, senior vice president for entertainment group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, first vice president and head of Regional TV and Synergy Oliver Amoroso, first vice president for program management Jose Mari Abacan, senior assistant vice president for alternative productions Gigi Santiago-Lara, GMAAC assistant vice president and head for talent imaging and marketing unit Simoun S. Ferrer, senior talent managers for GMA Artist Center Vic del Rosario and Joy Marcelo.

Gozon-Valdes expressed her delight seeing Aicelle grow in her craft: “Si Aicelle, sa simula pa lang sa Pinoy Pop Superstar, nakita na natin ang galing niya. As the years have gone by, lalo pa siyang gumagaling. We’re very happy to have such a talented person here in GMA.”

Rasonable is thankful to have journeyed with Aicelle in all her milestones: “Another thing we are so happy about is that through the years, we have been part of her professional and personal journey. Dito na siya nagkaroon ng asawa, ng pamilya, at ng napaka-cute na baby. That’s one of the things that gratify us. We are still together in her journey in life.” 

Meanwhile, Gozon-Valdes also shared how she saw Mikee’s star quality from the start: “The moment I saw Mikee, nakita ko na she was oozing with charm. And when she had shows in GMA, we all saw her exceptional talent. So, malayo pa ang mararating ni Mikee.”

 Rasonable likewise congratulated Mikee for staying with GMA: “We are so proud of what she has achieved so far. We know that she still has a long way to go because she’s so talented. Acting, singing, dancing, talagang triple threat.”

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