The Philippines: Erasing History through Good Vibes and Toxic Positivity

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“What do you think is the greatest lesson you learned from your father?” asked Toni Gonzaga, one of the Philippines’ biggest celebrities, to her guest on her YouTube program Toni Talks.

The question itself is not controversial. It is a question talk show hosts ask pop stars, politicians, actors, and athletes. But when the guest of the talk show is the son of a late dictator, the question takes a whole new meaning. It was, as some in social media point out, much like asking North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un what he learned from his father.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
Specialist publicationHeinrich Böll Stiftung South East Asia
PublisherThe Heinrich Boll Foundation
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2022


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