Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Josie Rizal, Andrea Bonifacio and Other Tekken 7 Filipino Characters

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Nope! There's only Josie Rizal announced as a new Filipino character among the three new ones of the Tekken 7 fighting game. The Andrea Bonifacio is fictitious, but why not - Emilia Aguinaldo, Apolinaria Mabini, Marcela Del Pilar, Juana Luna, Nene Aquino and all the rest of our male Pinoy heroes created with a female version seems interesting to watch fight each other on screen.

Or is it not a fitting tribute since it's a fighting game after all. Not really promoting camaraderie or good traits. Even Jose Rizal fought with his pen - which is supposed to be mightier than the sword or the gun. But a fist may be different - still it's promoting violence, and who are addicted to these games bit our kids who will be influenced by these arcade games.

The other two characters new in the game are Jin Kazama and his evil supernatural alter ego Devil Jin. This makes Josie Rizal the newest female character of Tekken 7.

But all the legal aspect issues and the controversies hounding the new character patterned after Jose Rizal may cause the creators of Tekken 7 to delete the character from the game. The name was obviously taken from our national hero Jose Rizal's name but I don't think the outfit makes any resemblance. A cropped yellow top and a red and blue skirt is not really Jose Rizal's type of wardrobe. Though the character is skilled in eskrima and kickboxing, our national hero would also not be fighting his way out of a conflict which means it is not an actual portrayal. It's only the name that they adapted and nothing more.

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) has issued a statement it will study the legal aspects but they remain mum and still don't have an official stand regarding the issue.

How about you? Are you happy with the female version of our national hero beating up other guys in a game?

By the way, why not create characters Gabriel Silang, Melchor Aquino, or Coro Aquino? Why female only?

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