For the first time, Star Magic head Lauren M. Dyogi appears on the cover of lifestyle magazine MEGA Man for its June issue.
The ABS-CBN executive looked neat and dapper as he posed in a black bespoke suit and trousers by JOAQUIN Official. He was styled by Paul Sese, with grooming by Aimee Grey.
"One of the most powerful men in a highly influential industry, Direk Lauren Dyogi is redefining showbiz as he steers the direction of Star Magic to a new, modern way," wrote MEGA Man on Instagram as it unveiled its newest cover.
In the magazine, Lauren talked about his introverted personality—his commanding but quiet presence that has earned him a certain reputation in the industry.
"I'm quiet, so people think I'm mysterious. [But] there's a lot of emotions going on inside. There's just a lot of things that you have to absorb, think about, and synthesize before you make any judgment. As a director, I was taught to think fast and make decisions fast. I think those things help me," he said.
"You can't panic. Especially nowadays, you can't show panic because a lot of people rely on you. A lot are also going through mental issues. And when you're going through that, it's nice to have people around who are seemingly grounded."
He then added: "Siguro dahil tumanda na rin ako. I try to manage my emotions."
The Star Magic head also opened up about his own struggles when the ABS-CBN network shut down in May 2020, on account of its lapsed franchise.
"I've been honest about this. I went through my own mental crisis, mental issues. [But] it's a good thing that I have a very supportive family and a very supportive work. Someone helped me. I get into, you know, trying to meditate, trying to just be okay mentally. That was the personal challenge that I went through," he said.
"But it's not only me. A lot of my artists went through that and a lot of my staff members went through it and are still going through it. It's a good thing I experienced this so I can relate fully to them. Minsan sasabihin mo, 'A, kaya mo 'yan, anuhin mo lang 'yan.' It's real. Mental issues are real, and it's tough. It's a tough thing to deal with."
Having worked with ABS-CBN for more than 30 years, Lauren shared that he had thought about quitting work at the age of 50, which then became 55, and now 60. He said that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed his perspective on retiring.
"I wanted to just stay at home, relax, then the pandemic came, sumobra naman ang pag-stay home," he said, then added: "You can't abandon the family at this point."
Stripped of his titles and accolades, Lauren would describe himself as really just a simple person.
"I'm just learning these past few years that I'm really just a simple person. I've realized that mga dating gusto ko, mga luho, I don't like them anymore. Now, I just want to enjoy the company of my family. Re-prioritize. You're more confident about how you provide for your family, how you live your life. Everything will be okay. I'm at that moment where I just want to enjoy my life," he said.