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To ban or not: Palace says let MTRCB decide on ‘Magellan’ movie

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 03:16 PM November 07, 2019

MANILA, Philippine — It is up to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) whether to ban or not the new animated movie about Ferdinand Magellan and Filipino hero Lapu-Lapu that is set to be shown in January next year, Malacañang said Thursday.

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“I think that’s the jurisdiction of the MTRCB. They will decide on that,” presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

Netizens slammed the movie Thursday after they claimed that Lapu-Lapu was depicted as a villain.

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Asked if Malacañang would object to the movie’s showing in the Philippines, Panelo said: “We will not want to preempt the jurisdiction of that agency,” referring to MTRCB.

The animated movie titled “Elcano and Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World” is set to be shown in Philippine cinemas in January 2020.

Magellan, who landed in Cebu in 1521, was killed by Lapu-Lapu in what to be known as the battle of Mactan.

In a Twitter post, Fil-Am and former BuzzFeed editor Matt Ortile said “put this colonialist garbage in the trash.”

“Spanish film producers and distributors (Filmax, Dibulitoon) literally made a film w/ Magellan as hero and Filipinos as romantic interests/understanding supporters/antagonists………and they’re about to show this film in the PH……….put this colonialist garbage in the trash,” Ortile wrote.

A Filipino illustrator with twitter handle @stavrncat condemned on Twiiter the movie, saying: “There’s an animated movie about Magellan and just… YIKESSSS. Stop depicting colonizers as good guys.”

President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed admiration for Lapu-Lapu and frowned on the fact that he is made a mere name of a fish.

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Duterte also backed the renaming of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport to Lapu-Lapu International Airport in honor of the Visyan hero. /jpv

READ: Duterte backs renaming of Mactan airport to Lapu-Lapu airport

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