Here's What Liza Soberano Has to Say About the Controversial Casting of Bagani

...that the Internet turned into a meme.

( The premiere of Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil's latest fantasy teleserye, Bagani, is still on March 5, but it's already being talked about nonstop. The teaser for the new show was released on January 31, and while fans were excited for the love team's TV comeback (their last teleserye, Dolce Amore concluded in 2016), some Internet users had a few things to say about the show's casting choices.





According to a report by ABS-CBN, Gil describes the show as a "story about how the Philippines, 'di ba archipelagic tayo, how the Philippines was born. It’s about our culture." Internet users expressed their disagreement with the show's choice to cast leads with prominently foreign features. They also critiqued the show's use of makeup to make the actors look darker than they are.



One of the writers of the show, Mark Duane Angos, defended the show, saying that the show is set in a fantasy world and is only inspired by Philippine mythology.



Soberano herself finally acknowledged the debate online, and commented on a post that made a jab about Gil's makeup on February 13.



On February 14, Soberano replied to another tweet (from an account that now no longer exists) that says, "Not against Enrique and Liza, pero kasi...gets. Hindi naman sila Pinoy." In her reply, Soberano brings up her Filipino lineage and love for sinigang, prompting the Internet to say that she's missing the point about proper representation in media.



Other Internet users also added to the discussion and started making their own versions and memes based on Soberano's statement about being Filipino because of her love for sinigang.













Meanwhile, Angos once again defended the premise of the show with another tweet, saying, "Bagani is set in a fictional world called 'Sansinukob'—isang alternatibong mundo na may mga elemento ng mitolohiyang Pilipino. It is not PRECOLONIAL. It is not HISTORICAL. Hence, it is not a portrayal of sinaunang tao or a particular historical period or event."

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