What Filipinos say about Spanish-produced film on 'hero' Magellan

TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 07 2019 05:19 AM | Updated as of Nov 07 2019 06:59 PM

A movie poster of a Spanish production of an animated movie entitled “Elcano and Magellan: The First Voyage Around the World” is getting sharp criticism from Filipino netizens.

Part of the poster depicts an animation of Lapu-Lapu with the subhead “with Philippines very own hero Lapu-Lapu.”

The top left of the poster mentions a special highlight featuring the Battle of Mactan between Magellan and Lapu-Lapu.

Based on the trailer, the animation promises “a great adventure that will change the course of human history.”

But netizens are quick to point out that in today’s modern times, it is wrong to depict colonizers as heroes.

A Filipino animator with twitter handle @stavrncat wrote, "There's an animated movie about Magellan and just... YIKESSSS. Stop depicting colonizers as good guys."

Fil-Am and former BuzzFeed editor Matt Ortile added on the Twitter conversation, saying "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."

Click here to see the trailer.