(SPOT.ph) Photos of a couple who had their pre-nup shoot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has circulated on the Internet, drawing criticism from the online community," reports ABS-CBN News. Online users described the gesture as "tasteless" and "disrespectful."
The couple, "Jun" and "April," explained that the concept supposedly evoked the idea of "till death do us part." Critics, including wedding photographer John Mateos Ong, said there was no logic behind the shoot. "Masyado siyang ironic. The place is for mourning pero kasiyahan ang nakikita mo doon (It's too ironic. The place is for mourning)," Ong said. The photographs also featured the couple doing "wacky" poses.
Netizens, meanwhile, took to Facebook and Twitter to express their dismay at the pictorial. Fritzie Sy-Rojas on Facebook wrote: "Maganda tingnan sa larawan pero binabastos naman nila ang mga magigiting nating bayani na nahihimlay dun (The photos looked good but they disrespected the brave heroes burie there)." Twitter user @phermendoza described the shoot as "tasteless" and "disrespectful."
The studio responsible for the shoot has since taken the photos down. According to Antoni Magana of East Digital Studio, they overlooked the sanctity of the location. Jun also texted a message of apology to ABS-CBN News: "The 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," he said.
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