Liza Soberano, Enrique Gil react to those questioning their nationality upon being cast in Bagani

by James Patrick Anarcon
Mar 15, 2018
Enrique Gil and Liza Soberano are proud of their new TV series Bagani. Enrique even declared, "This must be the best show na nagawa namin dito sa ABS-CBN."

Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil don't seem to be affected anymore by the opinions of other people about them being cast in ABS-CBN's fantasy series Bagani.

It may be recalled that before the show aired last March 5, some netizens were arguing about the show casting actors with foreign blood.

During the press conference of the show held at Dolphy Theater today, March 15, the LizQuen love team gave their reactions to these opinions.

Liza, who first reacted about the issue on Twitter, said, "Well, para sa amin po, siguro sa tingin po namin, kami, even if we’re half-Filipino, it doesn’t make us any less of a Filipino.

"And lahat naman po tayo, may sariling opinyon and para sa amin, Pinoy po kami.

"Kung para sa kanila, hindi po, we respect their opinion as well but we just want to let them know as well na we feel and we are proud to be Filipinos."

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Enrique, on the other hand, believes that their main goal is to deliver the best they can for the Filipino audience.

"Just the same as her. We just want to give a good show that the people would like to watch and enjoy and to teach some lessons about the history of the Philippines and hanggang doon lang po kami, e.

"We just want to give you a good show and just pour our hearts at all of them, to all the Filipinos watching, so that’s what we wanted to do."

In fact, Enrique declared during the presscon: "This must be the best show na nagawa namin dito sa ABS-CBN."

He explained, "Kung makita niyo naman, I think it’s very fresh sa atin po lahat because ABS hasn’t really come up with really, really epic shows of this proportion and it’s a good thing na we’re starting. So congratulations sa ABS-CBN and sa ating lahat."

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Liza echoed her love team partner's thoughts.

"Noong pinapanuod po namin yung pilot episode, sobrang kinikilabutan po kaming lahat, parang naramdaman po namin na lahat ng hardwork namin, nag pay-off.

"And it was just different kasi habang shinu-shoot namin, hindi naman namin nakikita visually because there are a lot of graphics. Pero noong napanood namin, napakaganda and jaw-dropping talaga para sa amin."

CHEd MEETING. Aside from this casting issue, Bagani also became controversial when the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) commissioner Ronald Adamat questioned the usage of the term "Bagani."

The government official said that the term "should not be used in a teleserye that is devoid of its true meaning and substance."

Last March 10, ABS-CBN and Adamat were able to have a dialogue and resolution about the issue, together with House of Representatives Committee on Indigenous Cultural Communities and Indigenous Peoples chairperson Rep. Nancy Catamco, and leaders of the Indigenous Peoples.

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Bagani creator and headwriter Mark Duane Angos explained further during the presscon what happened in the dialogue.

He narrated, "The team have already sat down with the concerned groups, the leaders and commissioner ng CHEd and we have come to conclusion na gamitin ang show, use it as an opportunity to further educate our audience about Philippine culture and yung mga ugat nila sa Indigenous People.

"Masaya kami na napag-usapan and ngayon, it’s an opportunity, it’s an avenue to discuss."

According to the ABS-CBN executive, the issues raised prior to the show's airing were also an opportunity to have healthy discussions about teleseryes.

He continued, "Dati pag lumabas ang teleserye, ang pag-uusapan, kanino ba yung anak, sino.

"Ngayon, we have intelligent discussions about culture, identity.

"In essence, nakatulong siya kasi yun naman po ang goal ng programa, i-promote ang Filipno culture na sana ang mga susunod na teleserye o iba pang contents ng ABS-CBN or other networks for that matter, magkaroon ng mga ganitong programa na tumutukoy at tumatalakay sa kulturang Pilipino.

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"So nakatulong po siya kasi it helps in putting front and center the discussion about Filipino culture."

First and foremost, how did the writers come up with the idea of using the term "Bagani" for the teleserye?

Mark explained, "Noong kinonceptualize po namin yung show, we’ve come up with a fantasy world kung saan may limang mandirigma.

"Doon po kami nagdesisyon kung ano tatawagin natin sa mga mandirigma. Tatawagin ba natin silang Avengers or Amazona or magba-borrow na naman po tayo sa mga salita o sa mga konseptong banyaga in order to put a name sa mga limang mandirigmang ito.

"So doon po kami nagsaliksik at dito po namin napagtanto, nalaman, na meron po pala tayong terminolohiya, meron po pala tayong salitang mandirigma sa Pilipino at ito po yung 'Bagani.'

"Hero, warrior ang isang tao who is willing to sacrifice his life, his own comforts para sa ikabubuti ng kanyang tribo at doon po namin napagdesisyunan na gamitin yung salitang 'Bagani' para po i-identify ang ating limang bida."

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