WATCH IT HERE: Did Doris Bigornia just insult Lea Salonga?
As written about before, ABS-CBN news personality Doris Bigornia is currently facing backlash from netizens after allegedly displaying arrogant behavior during the concert of Irish pop-rock band The Script last April 17.
This came after Richard Anthony Lim, a member of the Association for the Advancement of Karatedo and an experienced coach for international karate competitions, shared on his Facebook account his tense interactions with Bigornia during that night.
The controversy began when Bigornia and her children rushed to the front when the band was introduced. Lim said that many other concert-goers followed what the reporter did, which caused their area to get too crowded. The karate coach said it came to a point when his son was already having difficulty breathing. He said he personally asked Bigornia to return to her seat so that others may do the same, but his request was rebuffed.
In the confrontation after the concert has concluded, the Bigornia can be heard telling Lim: “Next time, watch a Lea Salonga concert. Next time, watch a Lea Salonga concert, or better yet Blakdyak!” her tone becoming more sarcastic toward the end. Watch her say those lines beginning at the 1:45 mark of the video below.
There can be two interpretations to this. Since Salonga is a theater performer known for performing in more intimate venues, Bigornia could be trying to tell Lim to avoid rock concerts if he doesn’t want people to see people suddenly stand up and rush to the front row.
“My daughter and I rushed to the front or the mosh pit to get close to our favorite band, which is typical in all rock concerts,” the reporter said in her Facebook page. Come to think of it, it will be hard to imagine people going wild whenever Salonga is introduced or after she sings the likes of “On My Own” or “A Whole New World.”
But the counterpoint to this argument is Bigornia’s mentioning of Blakdyak in the same breadth as the Tony-award winning performer. Blakdyak, for those too young to know, is a Filipino-American comedian-singer best known for the early 2000s novelty song “Modelong Charing.” Except for occasional appearances on some television shows, Blakdyak has essentially disappeared from the Philippine music scene. Is that how Bigornia see Salonga as well?
Salonga, an active user of social networking sites, is yet to comment on the matter.