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The Biggest Filipino Celebrity Apologies of 2020

From Notes app screenshots to Canva apology templates, we sure have come a long way.
ILLUSTRATOR WARREN ESPEJO
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It seems like it was only yesterday when the media called 2016 the age of the celebrity apology. Now, famous people are churning (or tweeting) out apologies faster than they actually get canceled. From Notes app screenshots to Canva apology templates, we sure have come a long way since the early days of social media. Still, celebrity apologies are pretty much the same. Whether it be on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or YouTube, here are the biggest Filipino celebrity apologies of 2020.

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Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu was in the headlines a lot this year, but you probably already know what we're gonna talk about—her biggest controversy. Back in May, she issued an apology after she made her now-infamous bawal lumabas statement while on Facebook Live. Chiu said sorry after finding out that she trended on Twitter saying her emotions got the best of her.

She said, "Hahaha nagising ako na trending na pala ako! Okay po. Hahah natawa nalang ako sa sinabi kong about classroom. Nadala lang ng emosyon. Sensya na." Not the most serious thing to apologize about (nor the biggest apology) but it still counts.

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DJ Loonyo

If there was someone that got a lot of internet hate this year, it would have to be DJ Loonyo. After his less-than-impressive speech about the pandemic, face masks, and mass testing, he was pretty much branded dumb by the internet and even celebrities like Lauren Young.

A few days after his speech, he apologized: "First off, I apologize for the wrong use of terminology in that particular instance. My point is not particulary about the “Covid Mass Testing”; I was actually referring to "CLINICAL TRIALS". I understand that the use of terminology is critical, so I apologize for any confusion caused." But, his apology still missed the mark for many.

Nikki Co

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Even during a pandemic, we weren't safe from thirst traps. Nikki Co, for one, learned the hard way that personal protective equipment (PPE) isn't a fitting thirst trap prop. The actor tweeted a fit pic of his PPE while showing off his body which quickly caught the ire of Twitter.

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He quickly tweeted an apology while defending himself, saying, "It was never my intention to affect you people negatively. Sorry kung yun yung naparating ng post ko. Also, i need the PPE too: to protect myself and di mahawa pag pumupunta kami ng hospital for regular check ups ng mom ko. Again, sorry for showing insensitivity. God bless."

Heart Evangelista

Many people took issue with Heart Evangelista's tweets when she praised a video of a bone cancer patient walking to Philippine General Hospital from Antipolo. The tweets were deemed tone-deaf, out of touch, and insensitive to the plight of the poor.

In response, Evangelista deleted the video and tweeted a three-part apology: "I deleted all my previous tweets . I understand the hate . I should have elaborated my sentiments more . I am sorry . So sorry... You may not see my heart and that’s ok so I just wanna say I am truly sorry if I offended “you” so sorry I really am :( this is driving me crazy :( I am so sorry"

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Drew Arellano

The whole flawed and dangerous notion that coronavirus is good for the world reached a whole 'nother level when Drew Arellano tweeted that "[Humans] are the virus and covid's the cure really" back in March. Naturally, Twitter didn't really react to Arellano's toxic positivity well and pointed out that it's insensitive to the thousands of people dying each day. He finally tweeted an apology saying: "My apologies for the tweet. It was insensitive. Hoping everyone is fine on their end."

Iza Calzado

Iza Calzado was probably the first celebrity to be canceled by the internet during the pandemic. Just after the Philippines was put in lockdown, Calzado made a comment on a shared post by Lea Salonga saying: "I agree with this and have been thinking about how the Covid situation is actually the Universe’s way of making the world a better place moving forward. Praying for the best."

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Twenty days after making the comment (and getting COVID-19 along the way), Calzado issued an apology saying that her intent was misconstrued. "Hello Everyone! It’s a brand new week and today I am grateful for my life. Most of you know what happened to me. Before I talk about it, I would like to address something. When I started getting sick, I made a comment on an IG post that was totally misconstrued."

She continued, "I understand how and why that happened and I am sorry if anyone was offended and felt bad about it. Please know that I would never intentionally say anything to hurt others nor celebrate anyone else’s suffering. I am a hopeful person and always try see the silver lining in every dark cloud. I am sad that you missed my heart but I also understand your sentiments."

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Slater Young

With everyone making sacrifices during the lockdown, Slater Young wanted to chime in on Twitter by relating his experiences inside the Pinoy Big Brother house. He tweeted, "Uhm guys, 5 months po kami sa bahay ni kuya, wala pang internet sa loob. Kaya natin to. #stayathome"

After answering replies that questioned his privilege, Young deactivated his Twitter and apologized on Instagram Stories. "Hey guys, yesterday, I was an asshole. I posted on Twitter about relating my time in PBB and staying home. I posted this without truly understanding the situation in manila and the hardship of our kababayan. I apologize for the ignore and I understand the hate."

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Lea Salonga

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In a Facebook post back in June, Lea Salonga vented out her frustrations about the country: "Dear Pilipinas, putang ina, ang hirap mong mahalin." Salonga was quickly criticized by the internet for her choice of words and seemingly putting the blame on the country as a whole. She clarified her post in a Twitter thread by saying, "Contrary to what some of you might believe, I never, NOT EVER, cursed the Philippines." She also apologized for "hurting your feelings with my choice of words."

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