The trailer of the new ABS-CBN Pinoy fantasy series “Bagani” was released a week ago and people quickly took to Twitter their disappointment on the show. Before we get into the whole drama and how it unfolded, watch the full trailer here:
It’s a good idea for a show, to be honest. It’s the best place to showcase Philippine culture and history in a new medium to a wider range of audience. Having Filipino-centric series on primetime television really makes a difference on how the general public views our history.
This is where a lot of people took to Twitter to express their disappointment. This is what most have to say:
bagani had so much potential, so much room for representation but i guess market value is more important 💁♀️— johly (@jullsflores) February 17, 2018
Bakit naman puros tisoy at tisay ang nasa Bagani.— #SarapNgTikoy (@Absolutalbert) February 10, 2018
Sana "Sweet Cagayan Valley High" na lang ang ginawang title.
i want to support bagani w all my heart bc i’ve been waiting for a ph mythology-inspired show/film for the longest time. but why does abs-cbn have to ruin it by casting half whites when there’s literally an array of dark skinned actors and actresses to choose from 🤔😒 pic.twitter.com/ZQiO0KMcvv— chie • 70 (@chinalois) February 10, 2018
And in light of the historic film Black Panther, where a predominantly black cast and crew (from the actors, directors, producers, to every single person in production) pay homage to the beauty and elegance of African culture by staying true to their roots, people started to compare the difference in representation of the two:
Movies like #BlackPanther pay homage to African culture by innovating without sacrificing authenticity..— Miguel "Warmonger" Poblador (@MiguelPoblador) February 15, 2018
While shows like #Bagani slather half-white asians in bronzer to pass them off as precolonial filipinos because kayumangi doesn’t sell. pic.twitter.com/TwuuakPyF3
This isn’t the first time mestiza/mestizo Filipinos were cast to play post-colonial or historical characters, take Marian Rivera with Amaya for example:
first it was marian rivera with amaya, and now it's liza soberano/enrique gil for bagani. funny how philippine media creates shows like these to "celebrate our culture" while simultaneously tainting it by glorifying eurocentric standards.— sًhayne the yuzu love bot (@enyhsle) February 10, 2018
With all these criticisms circulating around the soon-to-premier fantaserye, here is what the star of ‘Bagani’ herself has to say:
And who says were not pinoy? My Father is full filipino. I was raised by two filipinos since the age of 4. I looooove sinigang i think thats as pinoy as pinoy can get.— Liza Soberano (@lizasoberano) February 16, 2018
From what started as a clamor for proper misinterpretation has now become a fight on who is Filipino and who is not. Things are getting political over at Twitter!
What do you think? Should have they gotten more morena celebrities to play the cast, or should we just stick to Enrique Gil and all the current cast. TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!
P.S. Boopmark will get into the memeful and hilarious reinterpretations of Liza Soberano’s now famous sinigang tweet in the next blogs to come so stay tuned!