‘Josie Rizal’ is first Filipino Tekken character

/ 06:29 PM March 29, 2015

FILIPINO Tekken 7 players are in for a treat as they will have a chance to use a Filipino character in the said game.

Josie Rizal. Taken from the official Tekken website (

Josie Rizal. Taken from the official Tekken website (

The character is named “Josie Rizal,” a play on the name of the country’s national hero. She is a kick boxer who is also adept with the Eskrima technique.


In the trailer released on Sunday, Josie is seen wearing a gold dress and a blue skirt with gladiator sandals. She is also accessorized with gold earrings, bracelets and a red headband. She also spoke in English.

In a report by, Josie’s character design was made by Mari Shimazaki, who is known for coming up with the character design for Tekken 7’s Kazumi Mishima.
Mad Catz’s Mark “Markman” Julio was also consulted for the character design of Josie. Tekken project head Katsuhiro Harada said that Julio, who has Filipino blood, told him about Filipino culture and “offered advice that shaped many of the character’s traits, including her name,” the report said.


Josie was launched along with two other Tekken 7 characters: Jin Kasama and Devil Jin.

The Filipino kick boxer is yet to have a release date on when she will be launched in the game. AJH

TOPICS: Josie Rizal, technology, Tekken 7, Video games
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