Mel Tiangco faced the members of media for the publicity of her show in GMA-7 entitled “Magpakailanman.”
This coming Saturday, as the start of the second season, the show will feature the story of young Kesz Valdez, the Peace Prize winner in the Netherlands. Vincent Magbanua will play the role of Kesz.
Mel promised that the story they will featuring in the second season of the show will be heavier and well-researched, which had a huge difference from the Magpakailanman before.
“Before I accepted it, isa sa mga hiniling ko, ang mga istoryang mala-news ang klase ng pag-aaral at pagsasaliksik ng istorya.
“Ibig sabihin, talagang accurate. You have to be up-to-date. You have to present the truth, only the fact. Kaya ganun ang napapanood n’yo ngayon, kaya malalim ang napapanood n’yo na istorya.”
The news anchor admitted that she was nosy when it comes to her program and even knowing everything about it. She said she just wanted to make sure that the story she is featuring in the drama anthology she hosted will have a good outcome.
The media then asked her if she was willing to share her story for Magpakailanman. But, Mel only laughed in response and said,
“Hindi nga, e. Napaka-corny ng buhay ko!”
But the media still insist if she can only share some parts of her life. Mel said,
“Naku, baka hindi puwede! Kasi yun ang pang-aapi sa akin ng ABS.”
The Kapuso newscaster added,
“Pero puwede ba yun? Baka idemanda tayo! Kasi kung meron mang bahagi ng buhay ko na may matinding pinagdaanan ko—iyon, e. Wala naman yatang iba, e.”
Mel was reminded by the bitter experience she went through when ABS-CBN fires her, almost eighteen years ago.
It can be recalled that Mel was suspended on ABS-CBN in 1995 because of her appearance in a detergent commercial. She allegedly violated a circular. It is one of the conditions of ABS-CBN which prohibited the current affairs, news, and radio employees of the Kapamilya network to appear in any commercial advertisements without the management’s consent.
Because of this, there was a legal battle between Mel and ABS-CBN which leads her to transferred to another network, which is the GMA-7 together with her former co-host Jay Sonza.
“Kasi sobra ang panlalait sa akin. Sobra ang pagtapak sa akin. Dini-describe ko nga nun na, feeling ko, para akong ipis nun. Alam n’yo naman kung paano ba patayin ang ipis? Di ba, tinatapakan, tapos idiin pa para mapisa nang husto? Ganun ang feeling ko nun.”
But, despite all the bad things she experienced from the network, Mel learned a lot from ABS-CBN and she already forgave those people in the Kapamilya channel.
“Ang natutunan ko lang sa experience na yun, ‘You cannot put a good man down.’ Pero alam mo noon, litung-lito ako, na hindi ko alam kung ano ang gagawin ko. Kasi, you know, I love that company very much. I gave everything I had.”
“’Bakit ako ginaganito?’ Yun lang ang umaano sa isip ko, ‘Ano ba ang ginawa ko? Bakit nila ako ginaganito?’ But I did not lose my equilibrium. I did not lose my balance. I was still in control of my life.
“Dun na rin ako humugot ng lakas, kasi alam ko na mabuting tao ako. Alam ko na mabuting empleyado ako. Ibinuhos ko na lahat, malinis ang puso ko, malinis ang konsensiya ko.”
The television host further added that she already forgive those people who oppressed her in the Kapamilya network for a long time even though they didn’t ask for forgiveness. This is because of all the blessings she received when she transferred to GMA-7.
“Sabi nga sa akin, ‘Vindicated ka.’ Lumipat ako dito, naging number one ang newscast ko. Tapos nag-number one ang Magpakailanman nun, yun ang medyo yumanig nun sa Maalaala Mo Kaya, e. Ito yung mga bagay-bagay na talagang nagsasabi sa akin na, ‘Pabayaan n’yo na yun, kalimutan n’yo na lang yun.’”
“Napatawad ko na sila kahit hindi sila nagsu-sorry. Napatawad ko na sila. Bakit hindi ko sila papatawarin, e, ang ganda-ganda ng buhay ko dito sa GMA. Napakabait nila sa akin, napakarami kong fulfillment here at GMA,”
Mel didn’t mention the people who oppressed her but she gives a message to the people she was referring to from ABS-CBN Network.
“Sir, sana po nakakatulog kayo nang mahimbing. Ang buhay po ng tao ay hindi materyal lang ang mahalaga. Sa buhay ng tao ay mahalaga na lilingon ka at marami ang nagsasabi sa ‘yo, ‘Napakabuti mong tao.’ Sana po dumating ang panahon, sa inyo mangyari ‘yan.”
After the interview, Mel added that she should have said “sirs” because they are many.
What can you say about this? Are you happy with her achievement in life after moving from the other network? Do you believe in her revelation against her former network? Kindly share your comments, reactions, and thoughts with us.