Saturday, May 16, 2009

Candy Pangilinan is Baguio City's "Persona Non Grata"

Despite her apologies (read it HERE), Candy Pangilinan was declared a "persona non grata" in Baguio City after she cracked a joke about "Igorot" during her stand-up comedy act held in SM Baguio last Saturday. Candy came in late and made her apologies by saying, "Sorry, tao po ako hindi po ako Igorot."

This drew strong criticisms from the Igorot community. According to Atty. Jose Molintas, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Candy's statement is an etchic slur and an insults to the Igorots.

In a special session held by the Baguio City council on Friday, Pangilinan was declared "unwelcome visitor" by a majority vote. This motion also banned Candy's movies from being shown in the city's theaters.

Appearing weary and tearful before cameras on Thursday (watch it
HERE), Pangilinan said she regretted her blunder. She said she delivered the line incorrectly due to lack of sleep and rest, since she had just flown back to the country from Guam.

"If you were there and had finished the show, you would have heard me acknowledge my blunder. I apologized and explained myself. I even went on to uplift the Benguet or Igorot community," she said.

Photo credit: TV Patrol, ABS-CBN

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