"We're being redirected to where the Lord wants us to go."
These were the words of ABS-CBN Entertainment production head and Star Magic head Laurenti Dyogi as he shared his realizations after ABS-CBN was shut down.
In an interview with Toni Gonzaga for her Toni Talks YouTube series, Lauren relayed that the shutdown pushed him and the management to find new ways to produce content.
“Kung hindi rin po dahil sa shutdown, hindi kami makakadiskubre ng ibang paraan ng paggawa. Hindi natin gagawin 'yung digital partnership. Hindi natin gagawin 'yung ibang bagay na pwede na pala nating gawin kasi naka-concentrate kami sa free TV for the longest time. My 32 years, my 33 years in ABS, free TV lang ang alam namin. Ngayon, forced ka maghanap ng pera, forced kang gumawa ng paraan,” he said.
Lauren remarked that in a way it is "challenging and exciting.”
"Kaya lang nga, nandoon ‘yung pangamba lagi. But I think 'yung kaba is good also for our growth. It’s still not a perfect set-up. It is still difficult. But alam mo kasi na kung sino ‘yung kasama mo sa hirap, siyempre iyon 'yung hopefully kasama mo sa ginhawa. One day,” he stated.
Asked by Toni what were the lessons that he gained from the recent challenges that the network encountered, he said, “It’s really a very humbling experience. You were the number one network and [in a snap], everything gone. Kailangan mo lunukin lahat ng pintas, lahat ng harsh words. You just have to believe na kaya mo bumangon."
Lauren remarked that what keeps ABS-CBN going "are the relationships we've built with each other."
"Totoo pala talaga 'yung Kapamilya, na sa hirap at ginhawa, magkakasama kami. We experienced pay cut... Pero ganun naman ang pamilya, 'di ba? Kapag nasa hirap, magti-tighten ng sinturon, sama-sama kayo dahil mahal niyo yung katrabaho niyo."
He added, "And we learned that it's not the end of the world. You will have an opportunity to rise up and do better and to improve. And we're still at that stage wherein we're transforming into a better organization.”
Lauren pointed out that failures are just redirections.
“I'm also very grateful na dinaan ko ito in my professional life, na hindi lang 'yung pag-angat hanggang sa nong bumagsak at pagbangong muli. Pinagkalooban ako ng pagkakataong ma-experience ko 'yun and always through my history, the failures will only appear like failures if you will all consider it a failure, but have faith and trust that you are being directed to a better path and a better place for yourself and for the people who care for you,” he stated.