Christine Bersola-Babao

Christine Bersola-Babao (born October 30, 1970), known professionally as Tin Tin, is a Filipino multi-media personality. She is best known for starring in the educational television program Sine'skwela.[1][2]

Christine Bersola-Babao
Christine Babao (2010).jpg
Bersola-Babao in 2010
Christine Bersola

(1970-10-30) 30 October 1970 (age 49)
Other namesTintin, Mammu, Ninang Dub
EducationUniversity of the Philippines Diliman
OccupationHost, television producer
Spouse(s)Julius Babao

Life and careerEdit

Christine Bersola-Babao is considered a "Celebrity Mother".[3][4]


"Being Gay" interview articleEdit

on March 11, 2013, Christine Bersola-Babao published an article entitled "Being Gay" where 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’” (translated 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 article became 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 reactionEdit

Bersola-Babao and Dr. Camille Garcia's statements received criticism from Filipino netizens.[6][10][11]

Political party reactionEdit

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.”[12]


  1. ^ Conservation of Water Resources | Sineskwela. YouTube. November 12, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  2. ^ Effect of Pollution to Organisms | Sineskwela. YouTube. November 26, 2019. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  3. ^ "Mommy Talks : Tintin Babao". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 16, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Being gay". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Tintin Babao gets flak for 'Being Gay' article". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 17, 2013. Retrieved March 24, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-03-15. Retrieved 2013-03-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Parenting column receives backlash, Christine Bersola-Babao tweets apology -". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Christine Bersola-Babao's "Being Gay" article earns her flak; Critics accuse her of bigotry". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 16, 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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