Pampanga, Philippines – Netizens were dismayed at how local tourists disrespected the most famous religious symbol in the form of the crucifix. Comments generated from netizens were mostly negative since it was posted.
City Mayor of Mandaue Luigi Quisumbing, using his facebook account shared photos of local tourists reportedly disrespecting the wooden cross by posing as Christ while taking pictures and selfies, allegedly two women and two men are involved. The post by the mayor was posted last April 13, Thursday.
The Mayor said “Ok. This maybe one of the worst things ever. Photo: sent by a friend. CTTO (credit to the owner),” referring to the photos sent by his friend.
Even Senator Sherwin Gatchalian got involved and commented on the post “This is so wrong. Where is this?”
Another netizen commented that the photos were snapped in Pampanga and was already 5 years old as of posting.
The viral pictures were taken last 2012 on Good Friday after the seven last words ceremony (siete palabras) during the dramatization of Jesus’ death and crucifixion in Angeles City, Brgy. Lourdes Northwest.
The posting of the controversial photos that same year stirred uproar among Pampanga netizens over the disgraceful acts.
According to Department of Tourism Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico through a facebook comment last 2012 regarding the posts “This is indeed a desecration of our solemn tradition and faith. Absolutely despicable. Calling on the brgy (village) chairman… Condemnation to the max…,” he said.
Another netizen commented “This is so disrespectful and unbecoming… so sad that some people sometimes do not realize the real essence of the cross.”
The reappearance of the controversial posts surprised Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan.
The City Government of Angeles last 2012 took disciplinary actions to avoid the same incident from reoccurring again, the mayor told Rappler last 2013, a year after the incident happened
“After that unfortunate incident, wire fences were installed, and tourists were no longer allowed to get near the area of the solemn and sacred rite.” Pamintuan added.