MTRCB releases results of It’s Showtime ‘Pastillas Girl’ GAD meeting

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) has released the results of the Gender and Development (GAD) meeting with It’s Showtime management regarding Pastillas Girl segment on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.


In a 3-page document released by the MTRCB, the agency addressed and recommend the following resolution, which reads:

The program shall ensure the protection of Ms. Angelica Yap’s (the real name of the so-called Pastillas Girl) dignity as a young woman by introducing scenes depicting het empowerment as a person while she faces various challenges in her young life (in this way, the impression, for instance, that her “only reason for living is to have a boyfriend” can be negated); and

The program shall continue to brief Ms. Yap before any episode considering that she is arguably now a “public figure” and thus may be perceived as a “model” by young women; this will ensure words and actions appropriate to the “PG” rating of the program.

Aside from the resolution, GAD committee also acknowledged the show’s manifestation that they “have actually provided Ms. Yap a life coach so that she may be guided as to how to mold her character positively and enable her to plan her life with care and informed choices, to the end that she will hopefully be able to avoid the earlier pitfalls she experienced.”

MTRCB also said that the board welcomed the information the show gave to them regarding the concerns expressed by some televiewers which deemed Pastillas Girl segment “inappropriate” for television.

These are “the outfits worn on the show go through a 3-tiered screening process” and “they require prior rehearsal by any performer for review and approval by program executives, to the end that the number does not violate any norm of gender-sensitivity or other rule.”

Last week, MTRCB asked It’s Showtime management to appear before GAD Committee regarding Pastillas Girl segment after Gabriella probe the agency to investigate on the issue of “pimping Angelica Yap to different interested men.”

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