Meet Josie Rizal, the first Filipino Tekken character

Yes, she’s named after our National Hero.


( A newly unveiled video game character has been the talk of the town since the weekend. The latest installment of Tekken now features a Filipino character who goes by the name of, wait for it, Josie Rizal. She is a kickboxer who is also adept in the Eskrima technique.




Mark Julio of gaming accessories company Mad Catz was consulted in terms of culture and "offered advice that shaped many of the character's traits, including her name." Julio, who was reported to be of Filipino descent, earlier tweeted that the character was a tribute to Rizal.




Speaking of her name, Bandai Namco Games’ Katsuhiro Harada also tweeted (above) that he knew the character’s name is a play on that of Rizal.


So far, opinions on the name choice have been mixed. What do you think, Spotters? Should she have been named differently or not? Sound off in the comments section.

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