A Bishop Has Called for the Public to Boycott Maid in Malacañang
In just two days, Maid in Malacañang has received some heavy criticism and pushback from the public, including historians, activists, filmmakers, and even religious groups.
Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of the central Philippine diocese of San Carlos even went as far as saying that the controversial movie should be boycotted. He also challenged the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) to act on the issue.
Bishop Alminaza on Wednesday, August 3, described Darryl Yap-directed movie as "shameless" and even asked the filmmakers behind it to issue an apology, especially after the film's portrayal of the Carmelite sisters in Cebu.
“The producer, scriptwriter, director and those promoting this movie should publicly apologize to the Carmelite nuns, to President Cory Aquino’s family, and to the Filipino people,” Bishop Alminaza expressed in a statement.
The mah-jongg scene depicts former President Corazon "Cory" Aquino playing mah-jongg with the nuns at the Carmelite monastery in Cebu during the 1986 EDSA uprising. Bishop Alminaza also pointed out that even though the nuns in the film weren't wearing the Carmelite browns, the similarities are too apparent. It “is too obvious for anyone not to see," he noted.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia expressed her support for the Carmelite sisters, as well. "I stand with the Carmelite nuns of Cebu. And I condemn any malicious attempt to malign them," she wrote on a Facebook post.
Carmelite Monastery Prioress Sister Mary Costillas also chimed in. "We are praying for the unity of Filipinos. But this unity can only be built on truth and not on historical distortion," she added. “Depicting the nuns as playing mah-jong with Cory Aquino is malicious. It would suggest that while the fate of the country was in peril, we could afford to leisurely play games.”
The MTRCB, meanwhile, released a statement earlier today, August 4, that it has given Maid in Malacañang a Parental Guidance (PG) classification.
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"A PG classification means that a motion picture may contain themes that require parental supervision and guidance. We also note that the said motion picture is a dramatization of the last seventy-two hours of the Marcos family in the Palace in 1986 and does not purport to be a documentary."
While the PG rating serves to guide viewers, and was assigned by the Board based on its own judgment applying contemporary Filipino cultural values as standard, parents are encouraged to conduct their own assessment and use their best judgment to guide their children's viewing activities."