The “Titibo Tibo” episode of Maalaala Mo Kaya which starred Maris Racal as a lesbian-turned-heterosexual received flak from the LGBTQ+ community.
Here is the synopsis of the controversial episode which aired last Saturday night, June 16, 2018:
At the early age of eleven, Tin (Maris Racal) already identified as a lesbian and had been in romantic relationships with other girls. But it was only until she turned 18, that’s when she met her first boyfriend, Andrew (Neil Coleta).
Their relationship lasted for four years and after that, Tin swore not to fall in love and get into a relationship until she was able to provide for her family’s needs.
However, fate had a different plan for her when the breezy chick boy Boom (Jameson Blake) entered her life.
Could he be the one to reignite the flame in Tin’s ‘titibo-tibo’ heart?
The trailer alone was questioned by some Lesbian netizens because of the phrase “ang pusong titibok tibok sa gwapo” which kind of implies that good looking men are the cure for homosexuality.
Watch the full trailer of the said episode featuring the character of Racal who identified herself as a lesbian since 11 but had two boyfriends later on, played by Neil Coleta and Jameson Blake:
Below are notable reactions of some members of the LGBTQ+ community on social media:
MMK, your #MMKTitibotibo trailer is lack of sensitivity to the feelings of lgbtq+ community.
You know, we can tell our own story and not hurting anyone else feelings.
— Snixx SanversCorp (@SnvrsSuperCorp) June 15, 2018
That #MMKTitiboTibo Trailer makes it seem as if a lesbian falling for a guy is so easy. It's not. I should know. Also, that mother clapping dahil lalake yung ipinakilala? Wow, so much support for #PrideMonth. NOT.
— Marie Louise 🌈 (@MLAntoinette) June 14, 2018
Nung pinanood ko yung #MMKTitiboTibo trailer, natakot ako. Takot na baka bumalik sa dating pagiisip na the oposite sex can "cure" you. Na phase lang lahat. Natatakot akong maging invalid. Sana pinagisipan nila ng mabuti yung kino-convey ng story. Its just plain bad story writing.
— Lana Del Gay 🌈 (@milkxslut) June 14, 2018
On the other hand, some viewers who were able to watch the full episode pointed out that the show did not imply that homosexuality is just a phase.
As one of the people who dismissed the MMK episode w/o even watching, I apologize. The trailer was meant to be misleading pala.
But I hope y'all understand rin na sensitive topic ang tamang representation for LGBTQ+ so sana wag n'yo rin balewalain yung mga arguments brought up
— Anissa V (@khalneessi) June 18, 2018
the trailer threw the whole thing off.
thank goodness naman pala this was on national television https://t.co/LeVy641KEK
— Rainelle (@RaineCanlas) June 18, 2018