Christine Bersola-Babao

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Christine Bersola-Babao
Born Christine Bersola
(1970-10-30) 30 October 1970 (age 46)
Manila, Philippines
Other names Tintin, Mammu, Ninang Dub
Education University of the Philippines Diliman
Occupation Television & Events Host, TV Producer
Spouse(s) Julius Babao
Children 2

Christine Bersola-Babao, known as Tin Tin, (born October 30, 1970) is a Filipino veteran Multi Media Personality


Christine Bersola-Babao is considered a "Celebrity Mother".[1][2][3]



Being Gay article[edit]

In Christine Bersola-babao's article published on Monday, March 11, 2013 entitled " Being Gay" she was at the receiving end of online flak for her Homophobic point of view.[4]

She interviewed the television psychologist Camille Garcia, a catholic conservative on what to do when a child is showing "signs" of being gay.[5]

Dr. Camille stated: “Arrest the situation, ’yun ang tama. ( that is the right thing to do ) But most parents encourage the situation. Tatanggapin agad ( they gladly accept the situation). Let’s be moral in making the child understand the situation, di ba yun ang dapat. ( is it not the right way to do it ) We tell our child, ‘Anak, mali ito.’” ( transalated from Filipino as "son, that is wrong").[6]

Bersola-Babao added her method of raising her three-year-old son, Nio.

"As a mom who has a three-year-old son named Nio, my personal take on the matter is this: Nio, when curious, plays with his big sister’s toys. But we always point it out to him that those are toys for girls, and these are toys for boys. We compare toys so that he will understand."

Bersola-Babao's misunderstanding of Gender, Gender roles, Sexuality and Sexual identity was so apparent it was a trending topic in social website Twitter.[7]

Her resource person Camille Garcia, only known for a local TV show, failed to cite peer reviewed studies to back her assumptions. The Psychological Association of the Philippines noted that this ran counter to the professional and ethical commitments of the Psychological Profession.[8]

An excerpt from the statement of the Psychological Association of the Philippines states:

"The PAP enjoins Filipino psychologists to stand by their professional and ethical commitments to affirm the rights and wellbeing of all individuals. Its position paper on Non-Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression reads, “The PAP Code of Ethics (2010) is clear in its stance against discrimination. Filipino psychologists are called upon to recognize the unique worth and inherent dignity of all human beings; and to respect the diversity among persons and peoples. This means that Filipino psychologists should not discriminate against or demean persons based on actual or perceived differences in characteristics including gender identity and sexual orientation.”[9]

Public reaction[edit]

Bersola-Babao and Dr. Camille Garcia's statements incurred the ire of Filipino netizens.,[10] which forced her to apologize on her Twitter account.[11] Blaming the editing style and/or the interviewee as the blame of the backlash.[12]

Political party reaction to the article[edit]

The Ang Ladlad political party reacted to the article on March 13, 2013, stating that the “moral condemnation of same-sex relations is unfortunate, and her advice to parents on how to deal with their effeminate sons is wrong-headed, woefully inadequate, and potentially damaging.”

The group reminded Babao that “outdated and destructive gender stereotypes are not helpful and can have adverse effects on children’s sexual orientation and gender identity development.”[13]


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