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Pre-nup album 'desecrates' Libingan ng mga Bayani, sparks outrage online

(photo by East Digital Studio)
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MANILA, Philippines - What was supposed to be a romantic prenuptial photoshoot at the Libingan ng mga Bayani has sparked outrage on the Internet, with netizens decrying the irreverent poses of the couple involved - over grave markers for unknown soldiers killed in World War II - as "disrespectful" and in "bad taste."

The prenup photoshoot for "Ruskin and Priscilla" at the Libingan ng mga Bayani was posted on the Internet and gained criticism from

photography enthusiasts and the online community.  In one photo, a man strikes a "wacky" pose as he hugs a cross serving as a grave marker. In another, his bride-to-be is seated on the beam of another cross, liquor bottles set before her, as she holds up a wine glass in toast.

(photo by East Digital Studio)

The photo album was attributed to East Digital Studio. tried to call East Digital Studio but nobody was answering. A message on the online forum posted a purported message from the studio, which expressed regret over the photos. The controversial album has since been taken down, but not before it had circulated in various online platforms.

In the online forum Philmug, member "wildcard" commented: "oh that's just so bad and disrespectful. Why did the admins of Libingan ng Bayani allow this?"

Another comment from "ransom" said: "And how would you feel if this was your relative or friend's grave marker?"

At PinoyExchange, "NokiO" said: "The cheapest and most distasteful prenup photo I've ever seen! This kind of cr@p should stop! Imagine that's your father's 'puntod!'"

He further commented, "I feel bad for this couple...especially the retarded guy who even has the guts to mock the cross for a dead soldier."

On Facebook, a page was created with the title: "100,000 likes to condemn desecration of graves of Filipino soldiers"

Others didn't see anything wrong with the photos. Username "boybastos15" said, "I don't see anything offensive (with) the shot. It's just a picture. They didn't vandalize or make the place dirty."

The Libingan ng mga Bayani is a national cemetery within Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City. It was established as a memorial for Filipino soldiers, including generals, heroes and martyrs. Among those interred there are former Philippine presidents Carlos Garcia and Diosdado Macapagal.