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Nag-sorry na: Claire Danes welcome to visit Manila, former councilor Kim Atienza says

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Hollywood actress Claire Danes is welcome to visit Manila after apologizing for past remarks about the city, according to former Manila councilor Kim Atienza.

Atienza changed his mind about the “Homeland” star more than two decades after sponsoring a resolution seeking a ban of her movies in the city. The Kapamilya tv host previously served as councilor of Manila.

“She has apologized many times. Clare Danes was young and careless then and has matured to be more responsible and retrospect in her observations. Clare is very welcome if she wants to,” Atienza tweeted.

Back in 1998, Danes was quoted in a Vogue interview as describing Manila as a “ghastly and weird city.” In another magazine interview, she said Manila “smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over, and that there is no sewerage system, and the people do not have anything – no arms, no legs, no eyes.”

The actress visited Manila a few times to shoot the film “Brokedown Palace,” including scenes inside an old hospital.

The Manila City Council denounced Danes’ remarks and passed a resolution declaring the actress “persona non grata” and banning her films in the city.

Danes has clarified that she did not mean to disrespect Filipinos, describing the people as warm, friendly and supportive.

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