Sensitivity. Sensibilities.

THE “P” TALKS!

BY: Pilar Mateo

MELA FRANCO HABIJAN is a proud transgender woman with a beautiful purpose. She was crowned Miss Trans Global 2020.

A Filipina actress, educator, public relations consultant, and writer. She was born in Marikina City, Philippines. She finished a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication at the Ateneo de Manila University. She identifies as a transgender woman.

She has this to say about the trailer she saw recently, Viva Films’ entry to the Digital MMFF2020.

“Dear Direk Al Tantay, Viva Films, the creatives, and the main cast of “PakBoys: Takusa”,

“Naiinsulto po ako!

“I just saw the trailer of your movie. Honestly, basing from the title, I already had an idea of what it would be about — toxic masculinity.

“True enough, the first 10 seconds of your trailer presents a trans woman peeing… while standing. And then Dennis Padilla is seen bothered and feeling victimized by sleeping with her.

“Nakakapanliit kasi ginagawa niyo na namang katatawanan ang pag-ihi namin! Nakakainsulto kasi ginagawa ninyong katatawanan ang katawan namin. Nakakagalit dahil pinagtarawanan ninyo ang pagiging trans woman namin.

“Ano ang nakakatawa sa ipinanganak na may titi pero ang isip at puso ay babae? Sa nakatayong umiihi? Sa pakikipagtalik sa trans woman?

“I pity you, because as the world has evolved, you are still stuck in your discriminatory, slapstick, LGBTQIA-phobic comedy.

“At habang may galit at lungkot, may awa. I pity you, because as the world evolved, you are stuck in your trashy, slap stick, LGBTQIA-phobic comedy.

“Pero habang mukha kaming katawa-tawa sa inyo, as a trans writer and actress, I commit: Babawiin namin ang kuwento namin! Hindi niyo hawak ang katawan namin. Hindi niyo hawak ang komedya namin. Hindi niyo hawak ang pagkatao namin!

“We will fight back and end your toxic masculinity.

“PS. I hope the MMFF upholds their criteria on gender sensitivity and gender inclusivity. Given the transphobic scene, they will be sending a wrong message to the audience about us. Thus, this film must be disqualified from the festival.

AND WHEN comedian Dennis Padilla addressed this comment of Ms. Habijan, he made ‘kwento’ about his LGBTQIA daughter Diane who got married to another woman in the US.

To where Ms. Mela replied, “Dear Dennis Padilla,

“I celebrate with you for having an LGBTQIA+ child, however, you never use this to justify the transphobia and misogyny of your film.

“But, putting my anger aside, let me take this opportunity to educate you on why your film is transphobic.

“First, it reiterates the idea that trans women are deceiving men. Base sa rekaksyon ng iyong character, nagulat at nanlumo ito nang nalaman niyang trans woman ang kanyang nakasiping. May pandidiri. May pakiramdam na niloko at naisahan.

“Ang reaksyong ito ay maglalabas ng ideyang: “Kadiri! Pumatol siya sa bakla!”

“Kakabit nito ay ang ideya pa na kapag pumatol ang lalaki sa trans woman, bakla na siya. Na kabawasan ito sa pagkalalaki niya. Na hindi kamahal-mahal ang mga trans woman.

“And with all due respect, Sir, please don’t take pride of the love making scene, because your character is married. It is cheating!

“Higit pa rito, pinapakita nito kung bakit kami pinagtatawanan at hinahamak mundo — dahil pinanganak kaming may titi.

“Na kahit anong gawin namin, dahil trans women kami, hindi namin deserve ang respeto. Katawa-tawa kami, kabastos-bastos kami, at hindi kami katanggap.

“At marahil, hindi mo ito maiintindihan kasi lalaki ka. Sa mata ng mundo, normal ka.

“Pero ito yung laban na hindi namin bibitawan. We will patiently educate. Because just like any person, we trans people deserve respect for our truths, for our choices, and for being us.”

WAS that heard loud and clear?

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