Liza Soberano defends herself from netizens questioning her Bagani role

by James Patrick Anarcon
Feb 19, 2018
Liza Soberano defended herself from a netizen saying that she is not Filipino enough to portray her role in Bagani.

Bagani has become the talk of the town after ABS-CBN released teasers of the upcoming fantasy series.

Recently, lead actress Liza Soberano took to Twitter to defend herself and love team partner Enrique Gil against netizens who are saying that they do not fit their roles in the show, mainly because of their Eurocentric features.

Liza's mother is an American, while Enrique has German and Spanish blood.

Last February 12, Liza quoted a tweet showing Enrique's tanned face in Bagani being compared to a popular vine video named Peanut Butter baby.

The 20-year-old actress wrote in her tweet, "The only resemblance i can see is the cuteness."

Later, Liza responded to a netizen named @deeCrz who claimed that both Liza and Enrique are not Pinoy.

The Kapamilya actress told the netizen, "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."

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As of this writing, the parent tweet of Liza's response has already been deleted, but other netizens were able to get a screengrab of the tweet.

Meanwhile, Liza's tweet drew mixed reactions from her followers on Twitter.

Some netizens voiced out their opinions that Liza is not Filipino enough to portray the role of Ganda since they say Bagani is set during pre-colonial times.

On the other hand, other netizens, including the fans of LizQuen, defended their idols about being cast in the Kapamilya fantasy series.

HEADWRITER DEFENDS CASTING. Meanwhile, Bagani creator and headwriter Mark Duane Angos defended his show against netizens who expressed their opinions about the cast members of the fantasy series.

Angos posted a screengrab of a Twitter post of a netizen comparing the cast of Bagani and the American superhero film Black Panther, which is currently being screened in cinemas.

The netizen wrote, "Movies like #BlackPanther pay homage to African culture by innovating without sacrificing authenticity.. While shows like #Bagani slather half-white asians in bronzer to pass them off as precolonial filipinos because kayumangi doesn’t sell."

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Angos responded, "Sana like BlackPanther, pinanood mo muna Bagani bago mo hinusgahan. You’ll know it’s not precolonial. Speaking of colonial, do you see the irony of your tweet- na katanggap-tanggap lang ang isang locally produced show kung maihahantulad ito sa gawang banyaga. Very postcolonial."

In a series of tweets, Angos explained the premise of Bagani and how it is not set in the pre-colonial times of the Philippines.

He wrote, "Bagani is set in a fictional world called Sansinukob- isang alternatibong mundo na may mga elemento ng mitolohiyang Pilipino. It is not PRECOLONIAL. It is not HISTORICAL. Hence it is not a portrayal of sinaunang tao or a particular historical period or event."

A netizen then asked why Liza and Enrique's skin had to be tanned for the show.

Angos answered, "In the script, the desert people were described 'the dirt or sand sticks to their skin but instead of washing it off, they wear it like a badge forming part of their identity.' Baka that’s the way the make up artist interpreted it."

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In the end, the Kapamilya writer acknowledged the healthy debate among netizens about the etymology of Bagani. He also rejoiced that Pinoys are talking about a Filipino TV show instead of foreign fantasy shows.

He said, "When Filipinos raised in Europe started playing for Azkals & sparked the renaissance of Philippine football- the criticism was ‘hindi naman mga Pilipino ‘yan. Walang representation ang tunay na mga Pinoy.’ It broke my heart not just as a football fan, but as a Filipino. Deja vu.

"Ang silver lining, pinag-uusapan natin ngayon ang etimolohiya ng Bagani. For once, hindi tayo nagtatalo o nagkukuro-kuro tungkol sa demogorgon o kung Targaryen ba sina Daenerys at Jon Snow. Konseptong Pilipino, likhang Pilipino. Mabuhay ang pantaseryeng Pilipino!"

ABS-CBN has yet to announce the playdate of Bagani, but it is believed to air this March, replacing the fantasy series La Luna Sangre, which is now down to its last two weeks.

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