Doris Bigornia puts past rift with ABS-CBN behind her as she hosts her own show, Mutya ng Masa

Doris Bigornia on her past disagreement with ABS-CBN management: "It was a long time ago, so bawi na lahat yun because bongga naman ang pagbabalik ko, e."


News correspondent Doris Bigornia comes back to ABS-CBN’s News and Current Affairs team after being gone for 7 years. Now she has her own program titled Mutya ng Masa.


Ms. Doris tells PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) how happy she was to accept the offer from the Kapamilya Network.

“For the longest time, yun ang mga reports ko. About mga demolition, mga burol, yung mga rally rally, yung mga concerns talaga ng mga tao. Yung malapit sa kanilang bituka. So sabi nila ‘O, si Doris.’”

“When they presented it to me, I immediately liked it because nakita ko parang extension lang ng ginagawa ko sa TV Patrol. I call the people's feelings.

“’Ano problema ninyo? Papano masusulusyonan ng gobyerno?’ So nagustuhan ko kasi Doris yon. Siya yung gumagawa noon. Lalo ko pang nagustuhan yun when they said para ka lang magbibigay ng kaligayahan sa kanila. How? By asking them what would make them happy. Hindi naman yung bonggang bongga at talagang napakalalaking mga wishes."

MUTYA NG MASA. Mutya ng Masa is a magazine show that shares what’s happening in the lives of the Filipinos, their everyday tasks, problems, interests and simple dreams. It provides viewers a ray of hope and simple moments of happiness.

“Ang konsepto is simple lang. Because the program comes in at 4:15 in the afternoon, a few hours after is TV Patrol. Yung TV Patrol, andyan yung rape, patayan, diba?

“Yung sigawan, bungagaan, talagang sabunutan ng mga suspeks at mga naabuso. A few hours before that ang aim namin is bago kayo ma-immerse dun sa katotohanan, sa realidad, [sa] napakasakit na katotohonan ng buhay, kahit kaunti, kahit sandali lang, maging masaya naman tayo.

“Hindi nga lang yung talagang ‘Ah nabigyan nila ko ng laptop’ o ‘Nabigyan nila ko ng iPhone.’ Hindi, e.

“‘Ay nakapagpa-make-over ako, feeling ko ang ganda ko na, ang saya ko na’ because I’m like that also. Kaya nga nakakarelate ako sa kanila.

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“Ganun lang ang kaligayahan ko. After that, I'm fine. In the same way, yung people na siyempre na marami sila na mas matitinding problema, kung makapagbigay ka ng ganun sa kanila na feel good lang talaga. kahit sandali lang, okay na kami sa Mutya ng Masa.

“E, sila okay na, e, pa'no ba naman kami, di lalo kami.”

The show features ordinary Filipinos with simple happiness and fellow citizens that wishes for the betterment of others despite difficult times in their own lives.

"Meron kaming researchers, kung saan matao dun kami pumupunta.

“[Tulad sa] PUP, isang grupo ng mga trolley boys, makikipagkwentuhan yung researcher, ‘Sino sa palagay niyo ang pwedeng tulungan dito?’ tuturo nila, and then we come in.

“Hindi kami ang pipili. So yun ang konsepto, we grant the wishes, or give happiness to people na hindi kami pumili, sila mismong mga kasamahan nila.

“Dun kami naiiba. Walang letters sa ngayon. And that's heart-warming also to us.

“Meron paring tutulong sa iba. Kahit pare-pareho tayong may problema, e, gusto parin natin makatulong sa iba.

“And that makes us happy. Yung Mutya ng Masa program, ang saya-saya namin, ibang level ng saya na hindi pa kami nakaencounter ng ‘Ay ako na lang tulungan n'yo’ kundi, ‘Ah si ganyan kasi yung tatay nanay niya binubugbog siya, iniwanan siya.

“Wala kaming makain pero siya na lang ang tulungan niyo’.”

THE ORIGINAL. Since the broadcaster’s return to the spotlight with her new program, Doris is being compared to a reporter from a rival network. But Doris claims that she was crowned the title way back.

Doris explained, "Mutya ng Masa started when we were doing Dong Puno Live. Dong Puno Live, ang konsepto noon, Dong was in the studio, ako yung nasa remote. 'Mutya ng Masa' na ko dati pa."

"Ako yung kumukuha kung ano yung mga gustong katanungan ng mga tao dun sa guest namin sa studio.

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“Yung executive producer namin na si Cheryl Favila, E.P. [executive producer] na namin siya ngayon sa Patrol. Siya yung nag-imbento niyan.

“Siya yung nag-gawad sa akin ng korona ng 'Mutya ng Masa.' So matagal na yun na binigay sa king title.”



BACK TO BUSINESS AFTER SEVEN YEARS. After the controversial issue of the TV correspondent, she reveals that all is well between her and the ABS-CBN management. Time healed their wounds and she is now back with a big break.

Doris shared, "I've always said pag may nagtatanong sa 'kin, it was 7 long years na nawala ako. There was a, uhm, matinding disagreement with the former bosses of the news room.

“So meron mga hindi kami napagkasunduan. Talagang ganyan, So nauwi sa ganun.”

"Naayos na. It was about 2 years ago noong nagkaroon ng reunion ang TV Patrol and they invited me as being part of the original Patrol.

“They invited me to the reunion to perform. Well, it was my daughter who told me that, ‘E, talaga namang you cannot erase the fact that you were part of TV Patrol.’ So I said, ‘O sige yes.’

“Kumanta ko at sumayaw; and Gabby Lopez and all the big bosses were there. And that was it. Nung nagkita kami ni Gabby Lopez, yakapan lang, nothing was said.

“After a while, ayun na, inaayos na ang pagbabalik."

When asked to cite the person with whom she had a disagreement in the past, Doris declined to reveal the name. She said she would rather not disclose it since it is all in the past. Now she is back and she is focusing on moving forward.

"It was a long time ago, so bawi na lahat yun because bongga naman ang pagbabalik ko, e."

The solid Kapamilya proudly says she never thought of transferring to competing TV stations even though she did have a falling out with the ABS-CBN in the past.

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"I’ve never been talagang, hindi Kapamilya. I went back to doing foreign news.

“Kasi nga before Channel 2, nasa NHK ako, e, Japan television network, ako yung Manila bureau.

“So nung nawala ako, I did radio for a time, with DZXL with Erwin. And then I went back to foreign news reporting sa Channel News Asia.

“Hindi naman ako nag-Kapuso [GMA-7], or nagkaron ng Kapatid [TV5].

"I felt din that it wouldn't look, hindi naman it wouldn't look good, kundi ang feeling ko talaga Kapamilya ako, e. Parang wala akong gustong pagtrabahuhan. Kasi dito na 'ko nakilala."

Why did it take so long for her to return to the Kapamilya Network? She explains, “Parang, ang nangyari kasi parang parehong naghintayan? I mean, siguro talagang pinalipas lang, pinahupa lang talaga yung kung ano mang nangyari.”

“Talagang siguro nga the right timing ang hinintay, because I was also thinking siguro kung bumalik ako about mga 4, 5 years ago, hindi rin magiging maganda, kahit pa iba pa yung management na ganyan.

“Kasi yung nangyari sa 'kin, it was really a big learning lesson for me, personally and professionally. Ang dami kong natutunan. Hindi naman regrets.”

With the preparations for the show’s production, and after all those years in hiatus, the journalist admitted that she was initially hesitant whether she could still do news reporting as effortlessly as she did in the past.

"Siguro yung pagaayos talaga, it took about a year, a little over a year. Merong kailangan ayusin, yung mga ganyan but I am really very grateful to Jing Reyes.

“Kinarir niya rin talaga. And yung kanilang tiwala na kaya mo pa.

“Kasi noon iniisip ko, ‘Teka kaya ko pa ba?' Baka kinakalawang na ko bilang isang reporter at saka ang dami ng bata ngayon, ang dami ng mga ayan social media na ganyan, di ko na yan keri.’

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“But when they gave me my first story, they gave me my first live report, it came naturally. Ganun ulit, e.

“Oo may kaba, nanginginig ang tuhod ko, nung lalo na nung tinawag na ko nung anchor.

“Pero pagsalita mo, pagsabak mo ng ganun, diredirecho na.

“That's when I said, ‘Okay sige. Go na lang ng go, Doris. Kaya mo pa naman.’

“Especially when there was positive feedback from the viewers, ay lalo kong naenganyo, lalo kong na-ispire. Thank you and tama rin ang naging desisyon kong bumalik.”

Mutya ng Masa airs every Tuesday, 4:15 pm on ABS-CBN.


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