For sometime CLAUDINE BARRETTO was reportedly in a limbo state when her two-year contract with GMA7 expired last year. Although her time spent on the said network did not really elevate her status as a star, she did gain a lot of criticism which made her appear as some washed out actress who just couldn’t get hold of herself. She was of course always on the dark side of the news after having had a scuffle with hardhitting journalist Mon Tulfo at the airport. Things were not so positive in her world after that; not to mention her alleged gambling sprees among other unsavory talks on her reputation. Of late, news have it that she has returned to her mother studio ABSCBN and hopefully also to her lost fame, glory and level-head. She is currently being managed by Viva’s Vic del Rosario and perhaps with some coaxing, coaching and lucid tales she just might get back on her feet and resume being the Optimum Star she was tagged as. But then what is an Optimum Star? Is it just a hurried afterthought to fill in some gap? We might never know until we get the hang of Claudine getting good reviews once she returns to the limelight!