Friday, September 15, 2017

Atom Araullo Transfers to GMA (?) After Emotional Goodbye on UKG

Is Atom Araullo transferring to GMA 7?

This morning on Umagang Kay Ganda (UKG), Atom Araullo bid goodbye to ABS-CBN, his home network of more than a decade. One of the most popular and handsome broadcasters in the country today, his absence will certainly be a big loss for the Kapamilya network.

Atom Araullo last day on Umagang Kay Ganda with co host Anthony Taberna
Photo credit: Umagang Kay Ganda / ABS-CBN (screengrab)

Anthony Taberna opened the segment saying that on UKG, they treat each other as family. This is the reason why it has never been easy whenever one of the hosts has to leave. He then, immediately turned to Atom and asked if the rumors that he is leaving is true. Atom confirmed that it was, indeed, his last day on UKG, as well as on all the shows that he has been doing on ABS-CBN.

When asked why he was leaving and what his plans are, Atom joked that he plans to put up an auto repair shop and a beauty parlor. But, seriously, he said, he still has many plans and wants to try out a lot of things, although his work in the world of journalism will remain. He went on to reveal that a lot of opportunities have opened up for him these past months, mainly because of what he has done at ABS-CBN.

Watch Atom Araullo's Emotional Last Day on Umagang Kay Ganda

Transferring to Kapuso Network GMA 7

Also this morning on the "Sino?" segment of the radio program Saksi sa Dobol B, which is aired simulcast on GMA News TV, anchors Mike Enriquez, Arnold Clavio and Susan Enriquez (pitching in for Ali Sotto) talked about a blind item that was obviously referring to Atom Araullo.

Blind item news personality transferring to GMA Kapuso Network possibly referring to Atom Araullo on Saksi sa Double B with Mike Enriquez Arnold Clavio and Susan Enriquez
Photo credit: Saksi sa Dobol B / GMA News (screengrab)

Arnold, who is always initiating the blind item, told of a certain news personality who is set to transfer to the Kapuso Network. The clue is that there is a letter "A" in his first name and also an "A" in his last name. It was almost like a giveaway since Atom Araullo does have a letter A in both his first and last names. Therefore, maybe it is just a matter of hours or a few days before Atom's transfer to GMA 7 is confirmed.

On his Instagram account, Atom issues a statement saying,
"Working with ABS-CBN for over a decade has been an amazing adventure. However, the time has come to explore emerging opportunities and challenges beyond the organization. Although I am taking a new path, I have nothing but respect and gratitude for the company that helped me become the journalist I am today. To all the hardworking men and women of ABS-CBN, maraming maraming salamat :)"

Atom Araullo statement on leaving Abs-Cbn on his Instagram post
Photo credit: Instagram / Atom Araullo

ABS-CBN, on its part, also released a press statement on Atom Araullo's departure from the network, saying, 
"ABS-CBN has allowed journalist Atom Araullo to explore new interest in film, broadcast and digital media outside of the company. Atom says the training and exposure he got from the network as reporter and TV host have equippied him to try out other opportunities in the media industry here and abroad.

ABS-CBN wishes Atom all the best in his future endeavors. He will always remain a Kapamilya."

Abs-Cbn official statement on Atom Araullo leaving the network
Photo credit: Instagram / abscbnpr

Aside from being a journalist, Atom has recently diverted into a different field, which is that of film making. He has been tapped to play the title role of "Citizen Jake," which is the comeback movie of ace director Mike de Leon.

Atom Araullo as Citizen Jake

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