Mark Herras celebrates his 13th year in showbiz with an exclusive contract that he signed with GMA Network on August 16.

Looking back on his humble beginnings as the first Starstruck Ultimate Male Survivor, Mark feels grateful that his home network has been supportive of him since.

“Ako, malakas yung loob kong sabihin na I will be with GMA, and kung pwede nga habang buhay, I will stay dito. Kasi ito talaga yung nagbigay sa akin ng opportunity na maging artista, na matulungan yung family ko and maging maayos yung buhay, so yung loyalty ko talaga is with GMA.”

The actor who was once called the Bad Boy of the Dance Floor still has a lot of things up his sleeve. He enjoys having character roles, since it hones him further as an artist. “Nasimulan sa The Cure yung kontrabida roles, so mostly ngayon, mga ganun yung gagawin namin. Mas challenging gawin, at doon ko kasi mas kayang laruin yung karakter sa screen,” Mark added.

GMA Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon commended the loyalty of the Kapuso star, “Well, natatandaan ko si Mark na kauna-unahan siyang nanalo sa Starstruck. Original yan. That’s why he’s really home-grown. And I am very glad that he’s succeeding in his craft.”

GMA Entertainment Content Group Senior Vice President Lilybeth Rasonable reveals that the actor will be seen on Primetime soon. She also noted that Mark expressed his interest in doing character roles, “Nakita naman natin yung development niya as an actor, kaya natutuwa tayo. So we want to give him more challenging roles. We’re glad because he is able to stretch his abilities and it shows his maturity and his growth as an artist, na willing to tackle not only good boy roles but also a wider range of roles.”

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Present in the contract signing were GMA Chairman and CEO Felipe L. Gozon, Senior Vice President for Entertainment Group Lilybeth G. Rasonable, Vice President for Corporate Affairs and Communications Angel Javier Cruz, Assistant Vice President for Talent Imaging and Marketing Simoun S. Ferrer, and Senior Talent Manager Joy Marcelo.