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‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

‘Banana Sundae’s’ spoof draws mixed reactions

  • ABS-CBN’s ‘Banana Sundae’ attracted controversy for using blackface in skit
  • The Sunday afternoon comedy show is in the middle of a growing controversy after its actors sported blackface to make fun of the Binay family, one of the Philippines’ major political clans
  • ‘Banana Sundae’ uses Blackface, sparks anger in netizens

On April 27, during an election forum organized by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting in a church, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay  and her brother, also her political rival, got into a pretty heated argument. Abby says that her brother said some pretty nasty things to her, including something about her husband Luis Campos, and these all happened infront of their father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay.

According to reports, everything started when Abby, during her speech, said that the other candidates should stop spreading lies about her, which triggered her brother. When she returned to her seat beside Junjun, the siblings immediately got into it and were separated.

‘Banana Sundae,’ formerly known as ‘Banana Split,’ a gag show that has been around since 2008, did a skit of the entire situation last Sunday.

The Binays are known for their darker than usual skin tone, and this feature have has been made fun of before. The skit showed three people playing Abby, Junjun, and Jejomar, with their faces painted in black.

Netizen Joey Lazaro aired his frustration by posting that “A skit was shown in Banana Sundae with the intent of having a spoof of the Binay incident that happened last week. The show just used black face to portray the Binay siblings including their father, our former Vice President.

Dear ABS-CBN , how could you allow such insensitivity to happen? NOT FUNNY AT ALL.”

The Facebook post has nearly 8k likes and has been shared over 6k times.

Netizens felt that the skit was disrespectful and ‘racist.’ They also criticized ABS-CBN for allowing it to be aired. But a good amount of netizens were not concerned about it and actually found the whole skit to be funny.

Blackface is part of a history of dehumanization, of denied citizenship, and of efforts to justify state violence. In the 20th-century in America, non-black actors used blackface to portray black people that created racist stereotypes. After the civil rights movement, blackface was labeled offensive and  unacceptable by modern standards of political correctness.

Here in the Philippines, unlike in the west, we have no known history of slavery. Nobody enslaved the native Aetas, and they are closest to being black than any indigenous group in the country, and that is the reason why Filipinos still do not understand why the blackface is offensive.

There have been blackface issues in the past, for example ‘Bubble Gang’ making a skit about NBA Star LeBron James, the show ‘Maalaala Mo Kaya,’ ‘Nita Negrita,’ and a few others.

Twitter users had something to say about it too.




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Filipino family experiences Racism in New Zealand; a white woman calls them ‘a piece of trash’

Filipino family experiences Racism in New Zealand; a white woman calls them ‘a piece of trash’

  • A Filipino family became a subject of ‘racism’ in New Zealand.
  • A woman told them to go home as the country is for “white people only”. 

A week ago, a Filipino family who went on vacation at Wellington, New Zealand experienced a stressful and disappointing experience as they were subjected to a ‘racist’ tirade.

18-year-old Southern Institute of Technology student Krizia Egipito and her family were in the area on October 26 after she renewed her passport and have decided to visit the Night ‘n Day Manners Street coffee shop.

While waiting for their coffee, Krizia’s father, who works in Winton, and another Filipino inside the shop started a conversation.

Their day took a turn as a woman behind them spoke out and told them to be quiet. She said that they were surprised by the woman’s demand since the conversation of her father and another Filipino was not actually loud. Avoiding any conflict, her parents decided to step out.

Before Krizia even got out of the coffee shop, the woman suddenly said, “Don’t come back here. You’re not welcome here. This is only for white people. This country is for white people only.”

Not able to contain her emotions, Krizia answered the woman, asking her if it’s her shop, and called her ‘racist’.

When she explained what happened to the store management, they asked the woman to leave.

But the ordeal didn’t end there as they passed by the woman (again) while walking around Wellington.

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Posted by Graciano Aguillon on Monday, October 29, 2018

Krizia explained that they have legal papers that gave them the right to stay in the country, but the woman didn’t take it and replied “I don’t care, you are replacing white people like that man over there. Move along, I don’t want to talk to you. Go away, you’re a piece of trash.”

She said that after the second exchange, two women walked up to them and gave her a hug.

The story has reached Justin Lester, the mayor of Wellington and called her to apologize about the incident.

“A staff member asked for my number and then the mayor of Wellington (Justin Lester) called me up to apologize about what happened. He also said that if I ever go back to Wellington, that he would personally take me on a tour to show how much he appreciates us.

“I was really surprised and overwhelmed because that is the mayor of Wellington, which is the capital of New Zealand.”

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Discrimination and Racism are Real even with these 12 Famous Celebrities

Discrimination and Racism are Real even with these 12 Famous Celebrities

  • Personalities who once experienced discrimination.
  • The following people experienced bullying and racism in and out of the country.

With the recent discrimination that gone viral, let’s look back to other well-known personalities who did not escape such.

Gilas Pilipinas.

Who can forget the controversial game of Gilas Pilipinas against Australia‘s team that resulted to a huge fight at the mid-game of FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier.

The fight did not start from nothing as the Gilas players claimed that the members of the opposing team called them midgets and monkeys.

Wilma Doesnt.

A socialite actress once uttered the words to Wilma: “Pwede ba maligo ka pagkatapos niyan?

“May nag-discriminate sa akin, isang socialite actress. Oo, nagtrabaho na ako noon. Kasi kausap ko ‘yung asawa niya so may kausap din akong friend, most of my friends are boys. So baka kasi dahil nga lumaki ako sa neighborhood ng boys.

“So kausap ko ‘yung asawa niya gani-ganiyan, so ‘yung asawa niya tawa nang tawa because komedyante ako. Alam mo ba humarap sa akin [at sinabi niya] ‘Puwede ba maligo ka pagkatapos niyan ha.’”

Veejay Floresca.

Fashion designer Veejay was once denied entry at  high-end lounge and bar Valkyrie in Taguig.

The designer showed her California State ID that indicated her female name and gender marker, however, the bouncer still muttered, “Lalaki pa rin yan.”

She said that this was her second time being denied in the club because of their no-cross-dressers policy.

Trixie Maristela.

The Miss International Queen 2015 was also denied entry to Valkyrie because of her “inappropriate” outfit.

She took it to Facebook to share her disappointment as she was wearing a simple neon dress with sleeves at the time.

BB Gandanghari.

BB Gandanghari was denied entry to Aruba Bar & Restraurant in Metrowalk. She was not allowed to enter as cross-dressing was not allowed at the place.

She was supposed to watch Rannie Raymundo‘s concert, however, she decided not to push through.

Bianca Gonzales.

Bianca once admitted that she’s a victim of bullying and discrimination because of her tan skin.

She shared her experience in one episode of Boy Abunda’s The Bottomline 

“Sinasabi lang nila negra, baluga. Masakit talaga.

“Hindi ko maintindihan. ‘Di ba Pilipino tayo? We are supposed to have brown skin. It was a mystery to me bakit binu-bully ang brown skinned?”

She added that it hurts more because she once had a crush at the guy who bullied her.

Sam YG.

The DJ and television personality revealed that he was bullied as a kid just because he’s Indian.

“Nandoon ‘yung notion ng five-six, na mabaho [ang mga Indian]. Lahat ng mga kaklase ko, pinagti-trip-an ako. Parang ‘ah, ayaw naming makipag-basketball sa iyo kasi mabaho ka. Bawal kang makipaglaro sa amin.’ As in solid discrimination, talagang heart-crushing. Masakit talaga.”

Lea Salonga.

A few years ago, Broadway Diva Lea Salonga shared that she was once rejected for the role of Eliza Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’.

The reason was that she  she’s Asian. But instead of dwelling on the rejection, it urged her to prove that race has nothing to do with any talent.

Pia Wurtzbach.

“I experience bullying in different forms” the 2015 Miss Universe stated. “I felt like I was the odd one out growing up in the province because I was half-Filipino and half-German, so I wasn’t full blooded Filipina and of course I was the tallest in my class and I felt kind of awkward. I went through an awkward phase and even when I was an actress, there was a lot of scrutiny there as well.”

She also shared that she had a hard time finding a job in England just because she’s a female.

Rhian Ramos.

Rhian shared on Instagram and unpleasant experience while having a vacation in France.

She said that she encountered a racist lady in a restaurant but instead of arguing, she brushed off the incident.

Jake Zyrus.

In an interview with GMA Network’s news program “24 Oras”, Zyrus opened up about his experience using public bathrooms in the Philippines. He said that whenever he approaches a restroom, he gets “the look” from people, which leads him to sometimes use the separate stall for people with disability, just to avoid conflict.

KaladKaren Davila.

The most recent incident of viral discrimination was KaladKaren‘s encounter at a H&J Sportsbar in Poblacion, Makati.

She and her friends were denied entry by the security personnel because according to the latter, gay people are not allowed inside.

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WATCH: Racist Chinese Woman Body-shames and Humiliates OFW in Public

WATCH: Racist Chinese Woman Body-shames and Humiliates OFW in Public

  • Chinese woman humiliates OFW in Hong Kong
  • Filipina gets scolded by Chinese woman in public

A cringy and triggering video went viral online when Angela Sentillas Pasco posted her experience with a rude Chinese woman in Kwau Chung, Hong Kong.

The story

chinese woman humiliates ofw

The Filipina OFW Angela shared her experience with a rude local while commuting on her way home. According to her, she got on the bus and sat next to a woman who got mad because she has to take off her bag next to her so Angela could sit.

chinese woman humiliates ofw

Then the woman started yelling at her saying that she was too fat and was told to get off the bus.

“What if I’m fat, that’s not your problem,” she answered back. “Later I started to film her as she kept yelling at me in Chinese. Some of the things in translation means that I’m a slave/helper in Hong Kong. That, I should go back to my country because Hong Kong is for Chinese people,” Angela continued.

The scolding was followed by swearing, name-calling, and disrespectful regards on Asians.

Did the woman stop?

Angela kept her cool and ignored the woman because according to her, “there’s no point to fight with her.”

Meanwhile, a passenger on the bus talked to her telling the woman that she was in a public vehicle and that she should contain her emotions. Luckily, the woman stopped. Angela hopes to never see that woman ever again.

Watch here for the whole video!

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Cruel! This Racist Guy Spat On A Baby’s Face And Cursed The Mother

Cruel! This Racist Guy Spat On A Baby’s Face And Cursed The Mother


Discrimination comes in many forms and racism is the most common one. It is when a race or an ethnic group feels superior to the other races/groups. It is an issue that is very evident up until now.

Caucasians, being a more superior race, is not immune from discrimination and harassment.

South Shields, England–It was a nice sunny day, Rebecca Telford took her daughter Layla-Jean outside for a stroll. When the two rested for a while and the almost two-year-old baby was sitting on her pushchair, a man comes up to them and suddenly spat at the clueless child.

He then shouted, “White people shouldn’t breed!”

Racist Guy Spat Baby's Face
Who would have thought that this baby would be a victim of racist attack | Photo from North News

When Telford confronted the man, he simply shouted “Shut the [email protected]*% up!” and left. The crazy man was Rezzas Abdulla, a local from the city. Abdulla had already two previous convictions for race-hate attacks on white females and was tracked down later through CCTV.

Why the hate?

The man was convicted of racially aggravated common assault after a trial at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. He was supposed to appear at the hearing, but he did not attend.

When Telford was asked for a statement, she told the police, “I am completely disgusted and distressed that a grown man, regardless of race or religion, would spit on a defenseless baby in a completely unprovoked attack.”

She also said that if he had just walked by, she would not have even noticed him, there was no eye contact, according to her. No words had been exchanged, and she never saw Abdulla before.

I believe he spat on her purely because we are white, I was a lone female and an easy target,” Rebecca added.

Abdulla was given a suspension for 18 months, with rehabilitation and mental health treatment. The court suggested that Layla-Jean must be taken to the doctor for a fear that she might have contracted Tuberculosis.

Racist Guy Spat Baby's Face
Abdulla, Guilty of the attack | Photo from North News

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On Racism: “Filipinos are racist too” says historian

On Racism: “Filipinos are racist too” says historian


Racism has been a trending topic for the past weeks. Thanks to Koko Narak and his disparaging remarks against Filipinos. The incident brought forth awareness to Netizens about the implications of racism. Koko Narak and his deportation served as an eye-opener to us, Filipinos.

But what exactly is racism? Racism by definition in Socioloy, is the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others, or in layman’s term, discrimination or prejudice based on race.

According to Xiao Chua, a historian and lecturer at the De La Salle University, we should admit that Filipinos are racist too. ‘We make maligning comments about other people that are very detrimental and spiteful. Filipinos should scrutinize themselves’, he added, ‘coming out clean when in reality we also make racist comments just like the others’. Sometimes we utter remarks we thought were just a piece of our mind, but didn’t know it was racist. We discriminate, make fun, and judge people which make us a racist even more. But what is more derogatory than racial comments made against fellow Filipinos, or worse (no less than) against ourselves?

Photo Credit: tutorart.com
Photo Credit: tutorart.com

Chua believes that pride should be associated with love, and Filipinos, in order to be truly proud of its culture should start by knowing more about its history. The way to be proud of your identity as a Filipino is to learn your root.  He explained Filipinos suffer from identity crisis because of the years we were colonized. Unlike other Asian neighboring countries (Thailand he cited in particular) with strong identity of their country. This identity crisis is also a result of years of reading Philippine history through the perspective of Westerners, who do not fully understand Filipino culture. We tend to believe we’re not good enough because this is what the historical accounts say about us. This contributes to our being a racist. Since we think we’re no match to other superior countries, we discriminate people we think inferior to us. Even these people are our own.

Chua emphasized that Filipinos tend to be very “hard on ourselves”. We say words worse than the ‘pignoy’ that the Thai expat labelled us. “Filipinos should know how to project a positive image of the country despite its imperfection”, he added. It is by how we project our culture. Other countries may also be imperfect but they know how to project their country, and that is why they are admired.

We should be proud about our country, its culture, and our roots. If people see that we value our history and culture, who would even dare to say anything against us? And no Filipino would ever question or mock his fellow Filipino if he patronizes his own country, his roots, to the core.

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Koko Narak Story Ends with Deportation; Hopes to Return to the Philippines One Day

Koko Narak Story Ends with Deportation; Hopes to Return to the Philippines One Day


For the past week, we’ve been following the story of Koko Narak, the Thai expat who spewed racist remarks against Pinoys. From blogger kinsleytuy’s posting about the latter’s derogatory comments which trended nationwide, to his company issuing an official statement about their say to the incident (which led to his termination), Narak’s story is bound to end with the Bureau of Immigration finally filing a deportation complaint.

See copy of the deportation charge below:

Deportation charge against Narak for posing a risk to public interest (undesirable). PHOTO CREDIT: abs-cbnnews.com
Deportation charge against Narak for posing a risk to public interest (undesirable).
PHOTO CREDIT: abs-cbnnews.com

Koko Narak, whose real name is Prasertsri Kosin, was working in the Philippines for the past three years under a special non-immigrant visa (based on Sec. 47(a)(2)) of the Philippine Immigration Act, in which, according to BI spokesperson Elaine Tan, “The visa will be eventually cancelled should he be determined to be undesirable“.

He is now in a BI detention facility after he submitted himself for a voluntary deportation last Tuesday. Narak, claiming the posts he made was only a way to relieve his anger, once again, apologizes to the Filipinos and asks for forgiveness.

Narak's apology letter PHOTO CREDIT: abs-cbnnews.com
Narak’s apology letter
PHOTO CREDIT: abs-cbnnews.com

More so, after all the flak, he said he loves the Philippines and hopes to return to the country one day to visit his Filipino friends.

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Deportation of the “Racist” Thai National Being Eyed by the Bureau of Immigration

Deportation of the “Racist” Thai National Being Eyed by the Bureau of Immigration


Prasertsi Kosin (also known as Koko Narak on facebook) might face extradition after his inexcusable racist statements against Filipinos. Koko Narak is a Thailand national and he have been staying here in the Philippines for more than three years.

Philippines’ Burueau of Immigration was said to have already filed an undesirability charge against Koko Narak for his racial insults which angered many Filipinos. The 32 year old Thai rose to fame after screenshots of his racist comments were shared on the Asean Community facebook page.


According to various sources, Koko Narak is working at a BPO company in Taguig City. The company where he is working for have already written a letter of apology which was posted on the company’s facebook page.

Koko Narak have already issued a public apology as well courtesy of Coolbuster. In his letter, he reiterated that he just did it out of “playfulness” and that he is now facing a punishment set by his employer.


Calling Filipinos “low-class slum slaves”, “useless race in this world”, “pignoys,” “toilet lickers” and “stupid creatures,” might have just strengthened the desire to make him leave the country. To some, the possible deportation of Koko Narak may be the only way to atone for the offense that he made.

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Map Reveals World’s ‘Most Racist’ Countries

Map Reveals World’s ‘Most Racist’ Countries


Coming from the World Value Survey, which measured the social approaches of people in different countries, as reported by the Washington post sometime of May a year ago, a surprising data with a map of the world’s ‘most racist’ countries is revealed.

The survey inquired the individual’s opinion on what types of people would they refuse to live within their neighbourhood. Consequently, a count has been done to reveal mainly how many people chose the option ‘people of a different race’ as a percentage for each country.

In light with this, researchers mentioned that societies where most number of people who said that they don’t want other races to be neighbours with can be directly reflected to a country with less racial tolerance.

Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/.


Britain, as the survey said, is one of the most racially tolerant countries on the globe.

Accordingly, the global social approach study revealed that most racially intolerant populations are in Jordan and India in the top five.

By contrast, the study of 80 countries over the last three decades showed that Western countries were the most accepting of other cultures with Britain, the U.S., Canada and Australia more tolerant than everywhere else.


  • 40% + (of individuals surveyed would not want a person of another race as a neighbour) – India, Jordan
  • 30 – 39.9% – Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, South Korea
  • 20 – 39.9% – France, Turkey, Bulgaria, Algeria, Morocco, Mali, Zambia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Hong Kong


  • 0 to 4.9% – United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Britain, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Australia, New Zealand
  • 5 – 9.9% – Chile, Peru, Mexico, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Belarus, Croatia, Japan, Pakistan, South Africa
  • 10 – 14.9% – Finland, Poland, Ukraine, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovakia
  • 15 – 19.9% – Venezuela, Hungary, Serbia, Romania, Macedonia, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Russia, China



Despite the results, some have pointed out glitches in the survey informations, saying that since the polls took a long period of time, they are mostly unreliable to existing approaches.

Moreover, a serious fault could be seen in the circumstance that in most Western countries, the topic of racism is a great taboo that many people will conceal their intolerance and lie to the inquirers.

Max Fisher from the Washington Post said that, maybe ‘Americans are conditioned by their education and media to keep these sorts of racial preferences private, i.e. to lie about them on surveys, in a way that Indians might not be’.



  • Gye, H. Map shows world’s ‘most racist’ countries (and the answers may surprise you). (2013, May 16). Retrieved from http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2325502/Map-shows-worlds-racist-countries-answers-surprise-you.html#ixzz2ygt6IjbR.
  • Fisher, M. A fascinating map of the world’s most and least racially tolerant countries. (2013, May 15). Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/05/15/a-fascinating-map-of-the-worlds-most-and-least-racially-tolerant-countries/.