'Bagani' criticism? Matteo Guidicelli says it's a show 'to be proud of'
MANILA, Philippines – Amids the controversy surrounding Bagani, Matteo Guidicelli still believes the series is “something to be proud of.”
During the press conference for his new movie, Single Single on Tuesday, April 24, Matteo seemed to be unfazed by the criticisms Bagani has been receiving since it premiered in March.
Matteo plays the role of Lakam in the show, which also stars Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil.
“All news is good. News is news, kahit (whether) negative or positive, it’s still news,” Matteo explained.
“But the most important thing, Bagani is rating very high so maraming salamat sa kanilang lahat, sa mga Kapamilya natin (so thank you to everyone, to all the Kapamilyas out there).”
“It’s a team effort not just the artistas (artists) but the writers, the directors our creative team talagang (really) they work hard for this teleserye. I think it’s an amazing soap, something to be really proud of kumbaga.”
Negative comments started pouring in after the teaser for Bagani aired in February. Netizens were disappointed that ABS-CBN casted mestizo actors for a show that’s set in the pre-colonial Philippines.
Last month, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) also called out ABS-CBN for its “misleading or confusing” portrayal of Bagani, saying that the show was giving false information about the “exclusively indigenous term that refers to the peace-keeping force of the Manobo Indigenous Cultural Communities / Indigenous Peoples (ICCs/IPs) and other ICCs/IPs in Mindanao.”
The network soon after released a statement explaining that the production team did an “intensive research” for the show, adding that their intention was to “feature warriors, protectors, and heroes that espouse Filipino values.” – Rappler.com