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Eat Bulaga’s ‘Bawal Judgmental’ draws praise for its HIV/AIDS awareness episode

Eat Bulaga’s segment “Bawal Judgmental” gained praises on the internet for their HIV/AIDS awareness episode

  • Many netizens thanked the show for bravely discussing the issue and breaking the stigma
  • The segment invited guests who were HIV-positive who shared inspiring experiences and realizations

Eat Bulaga‘s segment “Bawal Judgmental” became a top trending topic on Twitter for its episode last December 7, Saturday which tackled HIV/AIDS awareness.

The segment opened its doors to guests who have been diagnosed as HIV-positive. These persons then narrated their personal experiences and realizations upon being knowing their condition as they were being “judged” by news anchor-TV host Susan Enriquez, the contestant.

One of the noontime show’s regular hosts, Paolo Ballesteros, then burst into tears as one of the guests, Kael made his speech to Susan.

Kael said,“Sige sasama ako sa Eat Bulaga. Kasi gusto ko ipakita sa lahat na ang isang taong may HIV ay hindi less na tao. Ang isang taong may HIV ay pwedeng mamuhay nang normal katulad nyo. Hindi kami disabled. Hindi kami dapat pandirihan.

“Yes, may pagkakamali kami pero hindi enough para ituring kaming less. At kung may isang bagay akong sasabihin sa lahat, yung yakap ni Mama yun yung nagpawala ng lahat ng pagod at sakit. At the end of the day, i-discriminate ako… I know pag-uwi ko sa bahay meron akong nanay na nagmamahal sa akin,” Kael said while crying.

The other guest named Basha then said,“ Yung acceptance yung pinaka importante dun. Kung natanggap mo sa sarili mo, tulungan mo ang sarili mo kasi hindi ka naman mamamatay dahil sa HIV.”

“For everybody na lang, yun nga, yung segment Bawal Judgmental. So ang mga taong merong HIV is pwede pa ring magkaroon ng relationship and pwede pa ring magkaroon ng pamilya… at maging masaya,” Mae stated.

Meanwhile, Dr. Stanley Carrascal from Infectious Disease Prevention and Control ng Department of Health was also invited to the show. He then made clarifications to common misconceptions about HIV.

“Once diagnosed ang isang tao with HIV, ang ating treatment will be lifetime. Pag nag-start na sila nang gamutan, ang HIV hindi na parang taning na 10 years ka na lang mabubuhay.

“Those people living with HIV that maintain treatment, ang lifespan nila pareho lang sa mga taong walang HIV… They really have to maintain on Antiretroviral Therapy,” the doctor shared.

This episode stirred the emotions of thousands of viewers in the studio and on social media. Many netizens showered Eat Bulaga with praises for featuring an informative and meaningful topic.

December is HIV/AIDS awareness month. According to Mary Joy Morin, Technical Officer of the Department of Health (DOH), in her speech this July, the Philippines has the “highest in HIV increase rate in the Asia Pacific region” adding that 140 percent increase of HIV cases has been recorded by the DOH over the past 10 years.

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