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Ifugao expert clarifies on rumors about Leni Robredo wearing a death blanket

Ifugao expert clarifies on rumors about Leni Robredo wearing a death blanket

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  • Vice President Leni Robredo got accused of wearing a death blanket on a Rizal Day ceremony.
  • An Ifugao expert clarified that it was not a death blanket but an Ifugao ikat as Robredo is an active promoter of the Ifugao products.

Vice President Leni Robredo was in the middle of a controversy regarding the skirt she wore while leading the Rizal Day rites in Luneta Park on December 30.

Facebook page Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan first posted the photos, accusing Robredo of wearing an Ifugao death blanket and suggesting that she should read about cultural appropriation.

Wait. I hope that is not an Ifugao death blanket the Vice President is wearing. Or Isinai. In the second picture below…

Posted by Luminous by Trixie Cruz-Angeles & Ahmed Paglinawan on Monday, December 31, 2018

Ifugao expert and University of Hawaii graduate Stephen Acabado clarified that the Vice President is not wearing a mistaken-to-be a death blanket, but an Ifugao ikat.

Ikat is a dyeing technique used to pattern textiles prior to weaving the fabric.

He added that this just shows how many Filipinos are ignorant about the Philippines’ history.

My VP is wearing an Ifugao ikat! The lizard motif is a dominant design in Southeast Asian textiles/images.It is not a…

Posted by Stephen Acabado on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Page Ifugao Nation also clarified that the fabric is not funerary and that many Ifugao weavers are actually recipients of Robredo’s Angat-Buhay programs and she also helps in the promotion of their products.

YES, the VP is wearing our fabric.NO, it's not funerary. Many Ifugao weavers are recipients of the VPs angat-buhay…

Posted by Ifugao Nation on Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Ethel Booba calls out rallyists for vandalism

Ethel Booba calls out rallyists for vandalism

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  • Ethel Booba expressed her disappointment at vandalism committed by rallyists.
  • She clarified that she’s not against rallies but the mess they leave behind.

On September 21, rallies were held in light of the 46th anniversary of Ferdinand Marcos‘ declaration of martial law.

Amidst the arguments of the pro and anti Marcos, Ethel Booba called out all the rallyists that vandalized the surroundings in hopes to get their message across.

In one of her tweets, Ethel asked them about the possibility of expressing their emotions without having to make a mess of the environment.

Bandalismo na naman ang iniwan ng mga nagrally. Hindi ba nila kaya maglabas ng saloobin ng hindi dinudumihan ang kapaligiran? Gastos na naman pagpipintura dyan di bali sana kung art ang ginawa nyo. Charot!

There were netizens who expressed their disagreement but she explained her side, saying that she understands other people’s views but does not give them license to do wrong and vandalism is never reasonable.

Nanghinayang din kami sa mga perang napatunayang nanakaw pero hindi ibig sabihin na may nagawa sila mali eh maling gawain din ibabalik natin. Di ako kontra sa mga rally na talagang may pinaglalaban, doon lang talaga sa vandalism part. And I thank you! Charot!

A Twitter user encouraged her to join a rally so that she would know the reasons behind the vandalism but she declined.

Thanks for the invite Sis. But it’s a NO for me. Charot!

Another netizen told her to listen to the rallyists’ side and she shared that she actually did talk to some of them and how she also explained to them why she’s against vandalism.

I listened from some of them. Actually nakausap ko iba via DM, they shared why do that and I explained why I’m against vandalism. We spoke about it wala na kaming arte arte na we are rooting for you or you are cancelledt. Charot!

Someone said that he hopes that someone would rally against vandalism and the comedienne immediately rode on the joke.

Rally with pleasing personality. Charot!

Ethel emphasized that she’s not against the rallies being done.

Again gaya ng sinabi ko sa ibang tweet ko, di ako against sa rally or protesta lalo at kita mong may tamang pinaglalaban. May ibang kilos protesta na after ng event eh madaming kalat ang iniiwan at yun ang sinisilip namin hindi ang kanilang mensahe sa ating mga kababayan. Charot!

Lastly, she expressed that she never said that she was chiding those who were in Luneta and urged them to read her tweets clearly.

FYI po sabi ko sa tweet ay “May ibang kilos protesta” at di ko sinabing about sa Luneta. Alam kong mas mataas ang pinag aralan nyo kesa sa akin pero basahin nyo sana mabuti. Charot!

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