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When the trailer for the new series starring Liza Soberano was published online on February 7, social media netizens has already started to express their disappointment about the casting of the show.

Bagani, a pre-colonial inspired TV show, stars Soberano, Enrique Gil, Sofia Andres, Makisig Morales, and Matteo Guidicelli. A lot of people pointed out that the new Kapamilya fantaserye shouldn’t cast “fair-skinned” actors.

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Posted by Bagani on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

In a viral Facebook post, Paolo Cruz posted a screencap of a tweet that compared Bagani to Black Panther, which is an American movie that was able to celebrate the African culture “innovating without sacrificing authenticity.”

“Movies like Black Panther 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 kayumanggi doesn’t sell.”

Long post ahead haha di ako masyado nagpopost sa FB pero mejo nakaka stress yung kagabi HAHA gotta let it out.So ayun…

Posted by Paolo Cruz on Friday, February 16, 2018

Patay na si Hesus actress Chai Fonacier expressed his dismay in a tweet last February 10.

“Don’t brown face to serve majority of a population that are naturally brown skinned. To condescend on your own kind this way and scream PiNoy PriDE in your station IDs AND call them “family” is blatantly stupid and insulting.,” Fonacier wrote.

The debate about the show has been the talk of the town after Liza Soberano responded to the now-deleted tweet by Twitter user @deeCrz saying that she and Enrique Gil are not Filipinos.

Netizens take the issue lightly and joke about Liza’s love for sinigang.

User @pocahontascruz also cleared that the debate isn’t about who raised who and how much Liza love sinigang, but it is about “how you need to be more informed & responsible” with the roles she accepts.

“This is about… how you are propagating a culture that takes away roles from just-as-capable-and-beautiful Morena actors,” she tweeted.

While some people said Liza missed the point of the whole issue, others defended the actress.

What can you say about this issue revolving the new show Bagani? 


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