Last week, a netizen angrily posted on Facebook some photos taken from her brother’s wedding, complaining about how the venue was mostly bare when they paid an extra Php5,000 for the decorations. But this post was met with mixed reactions.
Estela Puso shared photos of the ‘plastic labo’ balloons decorating the archway at the church entrance. There were also photos of the flower arrangements along the aisle that only had a few flowers in it. These were just some of her complaints.
But netizens pointed out that Php5,000 isn’t a huge amount of money if you want lavish decorations, because flowers alone would have used up that amount. Because Estela mentioned that her brother is an OFW who prepared 2 years for the wedding, many netizens slammed them for the ‘cheap’ wedding when her brother could have saved up more money for the wedding within that span of time.
Still, some eagle-eyed netizens pointed out that the flowers along the aisle in the video of the bride’s entrance still appeared abundant while these looked very few in the photos Estela posted. Hmmmmm…
But after the post went viral, someone from the parish gave an explanation regarding the issue.
Ang katotohanan sa plastik labo na yan” (Ito, hindi na fake news) Hindi talaga naningil ng kahit magkano ang parokya. Nagbigay yung kinasal ng 500 bilang donation at yung 300 pa dun ay napunta sa pagpapa-notaryo ng marriage contract ng ikakasal.
Yung sinasabi niyang 2-5K, hiningi yun para pambili ng bulaklak which is alam naman natin na kulang talaga. Wala talaga silang nirentahan na organizer. Yung inaakala nila na organizer ay volunteer lang din sa simbahan. Nag volunteer din siya para lang sa pagbili ng bulaklak. Complete pakage ng flowers. Mula sa isle, kotse at sa mga abay. Kung tutuusin, ang 5k na hiningi ay kulang na kulang pero pinilit na makabili ng sapat para sa kasal.
Ang plastic labo ay hindi talaga para sa kasal. Ito ay ginamit ng El shaddai sa kanilang anniversary celebration. Sa likod ng mga yan, wala ng ano mang siningil ang parokya. Kahit pa-meryenda sa mga BOLUNTARYONG NAG LINIS SA SIMBAHAN, Wala.
PS: Kita din pa so CCTV footage kung gaano ka solemn ang kasal pero nang dahil sa issue na nangyari, naging nonsense nalang lahat.
PPS: Ito ay sinabi mismo ng pari sa simbahan na nadadawit sa issue.
PPPS: Doon na nga din sila nag ayos sa likod ng simbahan which is hindi din normal na nangyayari sa kasal. Kadalasan bago pumunta ng simbahan, ayos na lahat. Pero sila, doon pa sila nag ayos sa feeding area ng simbahan.
Others also noted that the altar actually had flowers whereas Estela claimed it was bare.
But Estela stood by her post, slamming her bashers and explaining that they didn’t want a lavish, expensive wedding but she was just questioning why churches demand payment and even have different rates for different wedding schedules.