MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino is joiningTekken 7!
Josie Rizal joins the lineup of characters in the popular arcade fighting game. She’s a Filipino woman specializing in “Eskrima and Kick Boxing,” according to the Twitter account of Bandai Namco Games’ Katsuhiro Harada.
Josie Rizal (ジョシー・リサール) from Philippines Fighting Style: Eskrima & Kick Boxing Demo play video. https://t.co/Yxh7cWPyWk— Katsuhiro Harada (@Harada_TEKKEN) March 29, 2015
On Twitter, Mark “MarkMan” Julio, who is a community manager for madcatz.com, a gaming resource site, said in Filipino that the character is named after Jose Rizal, the Philippines’ national hero.
Masaya na ipakilala ni 'Josie Rizal' ! Bagong character sa TEKKEN 7! Pinay pa rin at pangalan niya ay tribute sa bayaning Jose Rizal!— Mark Julio (マークマン) (@MarkMan23) March 29, 2015
(Happy to introduce Josie Rizal, a new character in Tekken 7! She is Filipino and her name is a tribute to the hero Jose Rizal.)
With Josie, Jin Kazama and Devil Jin will also be returning to Tekken 7.
The topic “Josie Rizal” was soon a trending topic on Twitter Sunday, March 29. Here’s a sampling of what social media users had to say:
OMG! New character in Tekken 7 is Pinay and her name is Josie Rizal!! Is this real? Is this real? HAHAHAHA— SΔRΔH MICHELLE (@colormeapple) March 29, 2015
The first Filipino character! Josie Rizal, named after Dr. Jose Rizal SO EXCITED!!! pic.twitter.com/MnmwuwYGAy— Sidnee (@aileesia) March 29, 2015
Josie Rizal? She doesn't look like a Filipina to me— Jay 1SENTRO Reyes (@CAESARsalaaad_) March 29, 2015
In fairness, Josie Rizal is quite pretty.— 赤い眼鏡娘 (@_theatrice) March 29, 2015
EXCITED FOR TEKKEN 7 BECAUSE THERE'S A FILIPINA CHARACTER, JOSIE RIZAL AND JOSIE IS MY MOM'S NAME— Maria Jose (@maialtavas) March 29, 2015
JOSIE RIZAL, TEKKEN 7 GUYS. CAN I CRY WHILE I LAUGH?— Juzzrand Gimena (@miggygimena) March 29, 2015
Happy with Josie Rizal, but I am sure there will be naysayers. I am sure one issue fore sure will be that crying winpose.— Marco Dimaano (@TheLoneGamer) March 29, 2015
What do you think of Josie Rizal? Let us know in the comments below. – Rappler.com