|Pre-nup shoot at Libingan ng mga Bayani raises ruckus.
MANILA, Philippines – A seemingly innocent and harmless pre-wedding pictorial has ignited a barrage of criticism from the online community.
For the pre-nup shoot of couple "Jun" and "April," they picked an odd location to serve as a backdrop -- the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
The couple explained that the idea behind the shoot is to invoke the concept of "'til death do us part."
However, the couple's idea backfired as the photos circulated online, particularly on social networking site Facebook.
Photographers also criticized the concept, with wedding photographer John Mateos Ong saying there was no logic behind the shoot.
"Masyado siyang ironic. The place is for mourning pero kasiyahan ang nakikita mo doon," said Ong.
The shoot was also condemned for desecrating the grave markers.
Several photographs even showed the couple in "wacky" poses.
Bureau of Fire Protection Chief General Santiago Laguna, whose uncle is among those buried, felt offended.
"Dapat ay bigyan ng respeto ang mga na namatay na," he said.
Netizens took to Twitter and Facebook to express their dismay over the couple’s decision to shoot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.
On Facebook, Bonsai Solis said, “Marami namang ibang place/venue na pwedeng masabi na unique yung concept pero bakit naman dun pa? Nirerespeto nga natin yung libingan ng ordinaryong patay, bayani pa kaya?”
Also on Facebook, Fritzie Sy-Rojas wrote, “Maganda tignan sa larawan pero binabastos naman nila ang mga magigiting nating bayani na nahihimlay dun.”
Twitter user @phermendoza tweeted that the shoot was “tasteless” and “disrespectful”.
The photographs were immediately taken down by the studio responsible for the pictorial, East Digital Studio.
The studio’s Antoni Magana also apologized for the shoot’s concept, admitting that they “overlooked” the sanctity of the location.
Jun also sent a text message to ABS-CBN News, apologizing for the pictorial.
“Our concept for our pre-nup pictorial was the phrase "’til death do us part". The said pictorial was never intended in any way to offend or disrespect the buried soldiers and their families. If we have offended anyone from those images, I would like to express my deepest apology. In behalf of my wife, we are really sorry.” -- Report from Abner Mercado, ABS-CBN News