The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has called the attention of It’s Showtime executives due to negative feedback against its Pastillas Girl segment.
Tagged as “Nasaan Ka Mr. Pastillas,” this segment showcases Pastillas Girl’s (Angelica Jane Yap) active search for a potential boyfriend (a.k.a. Mr. Pastillas) among a number of suitors.
In a letter dated October 1, the MTRCB has summoned some of the top executives of the Kapamilya noontime show for a meeting about “gender sensitivity concerns” on October 13.
This is after the women’s group Gabriela filed an “official” complaint against It’s Showtime’s Pastillas Girl segment.
Signed by MTRCB Chairman Toto Villareal, the letter cited the regulatory body’s 2012 memorandum that requires all TV networks to maintain a “positive and non-derogatory portrayal of women in television, in support of Magna Carta of Women 2009.”
Here is the full letter of the MTRCB, addressed to It’s Showtime executives, including director Norbert Vidanes, business unit head Reily Santiago, and executive producer Mark Rejano:
“Further to the Memorandum of Understanding dated 28 March 2012 by and between our Agency and various television networks and entities, including ABS-CBN Corporation, as well as the official letter we received last week from the party-list alliance Gabriela, not to mention some feedback from the general public, we are impelled to invite your authorized representatives for the program 'It’s Showtime' to a dialogue with the Special Sub-Committee of our Gender And Development (GAD) Committee on 13 October 2015, at 10:00 a.m., at our ground floor conference room.”
The same letter is copy furnished to ABS-CBN TV Production Entertainment Head Laurenti Dyogi and Gabriela's Secretary General Joan Salvador.