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Judy Ann Santos' "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" Ends Soon

Viewers were surprised last week when a trailer for "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala," Judy Ann Santos' comeback teleserye for the Kapamilya network, suddenly announced the end of the series this month. Although no official announcement has been made, rumors have it that a conflict between Santos and the management has risen.

The series' premiere on June 17 marked Santos' comeback after taking a self-imposed hiatus to take care of her new family—husband Ryan Agoncillo and children Yohan and Lucho.

"Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala," which tackled domestic abuse and women empowerment, was not a consistent high-ranking in the ratings game although it rated fairly well against its competitor. However, it was moved to a later timeslot to give way to Julia Montes' "Muling Buksan Ang Puso."

Reportedly, Santos didn't mind the first move although that affected their ratings since it got pitted against GMA-7's phenomenal "My Husband's Lover." What reportedly irked the superstar was when ABS-CBN is poised to move "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" to the fourth sloth of its Primetime Bida to give way to Daniel Padilla's and Kathryn Bernardo's "Got To Believe." That move would put Santos' teleserye just a timeslot earlier than the late-night news program, "Bandila."

Alfie Lorenzo, Santos' long-time manager, said it was the actress' decision to cut short the teleserye's run because she fears that stretching the plot might affect the series' otherwise "okay" ratings. But reports said that Santos was the one who initiated the early ending of the teleserye, so that it won't suffer in the ratings game when the scheduled move takes place.

Also, there were reports that Santos' contract with the Kapamilya network is due to end soon. Are there any offers for the primetime queen? Agoncillo, her husband, is heavily involved with GMA-7 and TV5. Agoncillo, when asked for comments, did not take the treatment of his wife kindly. He reportedly felt bad for Santos and her teleserye.

"Got To Believe" will premiere sometime this August before "Huwag Ka Lang Mawawala" ends. Reports said it will first take the place of Koreanovela "This Winter, The Wind Blows." When Santos' teleserye ends, the Padilla-starrer will replace it and will then be followed by "Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin," the teleserye starring Gerald Anderson, Cristine Reyes and Dawn Zulueta.

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