ABS-CBN, indigenous peoples’ groups reach agreement over ‘Bagani’ title


Posted at Mar 13 2018 11:03 PM


The cast of Bagani during the Fan Con in Glorietta

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The title of the fantaserye "Bagani" will remain, ABS-CBN said after meeting on Tuesday with representatives from the Commission on Higher Education, Congress, and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples. 

The meeting sought to address the use of the term known to be exclusive to indigenous communities in Mindanao. 

"After hearing all sides, all parties have come to an understanding that the use of 'Bagani' is in good faith," said ABS-CBN. 

The company added that it will work with concerned organizations, as they aim to be a "partner" in further educating the Filipino audience about the culture of indigenous peoples. 

"There are real Baganis among IPs," ABS-CBN acknowledged. "They are the IP's warriors who protect entire communities and ancestral domains from external threats and armed intrusions.

"They are looked up to by IPs as armed vanguards willing to die for communities to thrive and live in peace.

"They are among the inspirations used by ABS-CBN in coming up with the fantaserye entitled 'Bagani'."

"Bagani," starring Enrique Gil, Makisig Morales, Sofia Andres, Matteo Guidicelli and Liza Soberano, first aired on March 5. 

The show features a disclaimer before each episode, emphasizing that the story is fictitious and that it takes inspiration from Filipino mythology and folklore. 

It also says that it "does not represent or pertain to any IP in the country."