Bea Alonzo Criticized for Her Portrayal as a ‘Native Princess’ in 1521

The portrayal of Bea Alonzo as a “native princess” in the movie 1521 was flooded with criticism

BEA ALONZO – The Kapuso actress was criticized for her portrayal as a ‘native princess’ in 1521.

The actress has been making a buzz online, particularly on the microblogging site, Twitter for two different reasons.

Firstly, it was confirmed that she would be one of the judges on “Battle of the Judges,” the latest spin-off of “Got Talent” hosted by Alden Richards. She will be joined by King of Talk Boy Abunda, former Eat Bulaga host/comedian Jose Manalo, and GMA Senior Vice President Annette Gozon-Valdes.

Bea Alonzo
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Secondly, it was due to the trailer for the film “1521”. The movie features acclaimed actors like Danny Trejo and Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan. “1521” is a historical romance drama set in the year 1521, during the period of indigenous cultures in the Philippines before Spanish colonialism. The story revolves around the love between Bea’s character, a native princess, and the translator of Ferdinand Magellan, the explorer who discovered the Philippines.

However, the use of the English language in the film has drawn criticism from netizens. Many believe that utilizing the native languages of the Philippines and incorporating subtitles would have been more appropriate for an authentic portrayal.

Furthermore, concerns have been raised regarding Bea Alonzo’s suitability for the role. While acknowledging her acting skills, some feel that her Caucasian features do not align with the typical appearance of indigenous people during the pre-colonial era.

As of now, neither the film’s production team nor Bea Alonzo has responded or issued a statement regarding the criticisms.

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