‘Bagani’ term used in good faith, ABS-CBN execs and IP leaders finally agree
After much debate on the use of the word “Bagani” in the title of ABS-CBN’s new TV show, the groups concerned finally agreed that the term was used in good faith, and may remain the title of the fantaserye.
ABS-CBN corporate communications head Kane Errol Choa and “Bagani” head writer Mark Angos met with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) commissioner Ronald Adamat and representatives of the Indigenous People (IP) led by North Cotabato Second District Rep. Nancy Catamco. The group had a dialogue last Saturday. This was later announced in a statement issued yesterday, March 13.
ABS-CBN, CHED COMMISSIONER ADAMAT, REP. CATAMCO, AND IP LEADERS FIND COMMON GROUND ON USE OF “BAGANI” AS TITLE OF FANTASERYE From left to right: Tribal youth leader Melchor Bayawan, artist Bae Bayang Barrios, IP Core Group spokesperson and IP advocate Melissa Claire Icdang Barrera, Manoboprincess Bae Jennifer Limpayen Sibug Las, CHED commissioner Ronald Adamat, Star Creatives business unit head Lourdes De Guzman, Rep. Nancy A. Catamco, “Bagani” headwriter Mark Angos, ABS-CBN legal services head Atty. Caesar Poblador, Atty. Arnel Ordas, and ABS-CBN corporate communications head Kane Errol Choa
“After hearing all sides, all parties have come to an understanding that the use of ‘Bagani’ is in good faith,” the statement read. “In continuing the use of ‘Bagani’ for the teleserye, all have agreed to be partners in further educating the Filipino audience about Filipino culture and its roots from Indigenous Peoples (IP).”
ABS-CBN clarified that since the fantasy drama first aired on March 5, it has been showing a disclaimer before each episode airs. The disclaimer states that “Bagani” is “purely fictitious, taking inspiration from elements of Filipino mythology and folklore, and does not represent or pertain to any Indigenous Peoples in the country.”
“The show would like to reiterate that it recognizes the importance of the ‘Bagani’ to our Indigenous Peoples’ culture and history and never intended to malign or disrespect their beliefs,” the network further stated.
Aside from the use of the term”Bagani,” the show has been drawing flak from netizens for allegedly promoting colorism, despite the show being set in pre-colonial times. Angos and lead actress Liza Soberano have each made their stand through statements issued on their social media pages, denying the allegations. JB
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