"JOSIE Rizal," the first Filipina character in the latest installment of Tekken series, received mixed reactions from Filipino gamers.
The character, wearing a red headband, yellow dress and a blue skirt, who was named after the Philippines' national hero, Jose Rizal, specializes in Filipino martial art eskrima and kickboxing.
Mad Catz community manager Mark "MarkMan" Julio, who has a Filipino blood, helped the creators and staff of Bandai Namco Games for the creation of Josie in "Tekken 7."
Julio said the character is a tribute to the heroism of Dr. Rizal, who fought to oust the Spanish colonial government through his writings.
Masaya na ipakilala ni 'Josie Rizal' ! Bagong character sa TEKKEN 7! Pinay pa rin at pangalan niya ay tribute sa bayaning Jose Rizal!— Mark Julio (?????) (@MarkMan23) March 29, 2015
josie rizal is perfectly filipino— just some guy (@nandoom_) March 30, 2015
Did Tekken 7 really have to name the new Filipino Character Josie Rizal?? Why??? Lol— Cholo Sediaren (@ccsediaren) March 29, 2015
Josie Rizal should be wearing filipiniana instead of that revealing clothes! hahaha— Rj DC (@awtsubelibelbel) March 30, 2015
Will Josie Rizal stab her opponent with a pen cos the pen is mightier than the sword?? Will she say "Mi ultimo adios" when she dies??— ????? (@soffrancheska) March 29, 2015
i think josie rizal looks great! idc what people are saying that it’s a half-assed excuse, but i much prefer her design to a stereotype— haca (@hacaplus) March 30, 2015