Honolulu, Hawaii (The Adobo Chronicles) – Tony Award-winning Filipina actress Lea Salonga who shot to prominence by originating the role of Kim in the musical ‘Miss Saigon,’ took to her Facebook page to complain about being called ‘tita.’
‘Tita’ is a tagalog word that means ‘aunt’ or ‘auntie.’ It is widely used not only by nephews and nieces but as a sign of respect for an older relative, friend or co-worker. It is also a term of endearment among and towards gay men. But the diva thinks otherwise. Here’s what she posted on Facebook.
As Salonga’s post went viral and reached Filipinos living in Hawaii, her 10,000-strong fan club immediately disbanded in protest of her rude comment.
In Hawaii, it is very common to call someone ‘auntie’ whether or not the person is a relative. It is, like ‘tita,’ a sign of respect and aloha. Women in Hawaii, in fact, feel honored being called ‘auntie.’
Lea Salonga fan club president Jonathan Kealoha Pryce said, “We’re done with her. If she doesn’t want us calling her ‘tita’ or ‘auntie’ then we don’t want to have anything to do with her. We wish her good luck in her aging career.”
Salonga has yet to respond to the news about the fan club disbanding in Hawaii.
Next time, divas, think twice before you post something on social media.