LOOK: Liza Soberano’s reply on not being Filipino enough sparks lengthy debate online

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED February 20, 2018 09:27 am

(Inside Manila) ABS-CBN actress Liza Soberano voiced out her thoughts on what it is to be Filipino based on criticisms about her not being Filipino enough for her “Bagani” role. The answer, however, bore a long and complicated debate on Filipinos’ diverse ethnic brew.

She said in a tweet: “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.”

Some people replied to Liza’s tweet saying she missed the point of the debate, others defended the actress and some poke fun of her response.

The whole issue actually came from a very long history of misrepresentation in media that has been hounding the minorities. “White-washing” has always been a problem especially in Hollywood. That is why, the recent “Black Panther” movie has gained so much traction for it depicts African culture, made by and represented by Africans. The soon-to-be aired “Bagani” teleserye maybe misrepresented but this only embodies the problem in our modern entertainment industry.

More importantly, this is obviously a sign that we, Filipinos, need to find better and smarter ways of defining ourselves. Roasting an actress because of her skin color is just plain ridiculous and shallow, what we need is a refresher of what it really takes to be a Filipino.



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