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Controversial Bench billboard draws mixed reactions from netizens

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban

Have you seen Bench’s latest campaign #LoveLocal?

The Bench billboard located at the end of NLEX near Balintawak Cloverleaf, featuring GMA Network stars Derrick Monasterio, Ruru Madrid, and Gabbi Garcia, became a hot topic on social media last week after netizen Kix Panganiban aired his negative sentiments on the ad.

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban

In his Facebook page, Panganiban pointed out that the Bench ad, which aims to support local merchandise, ironically used statements that seem to imply that “the quoted people are not actually well-immersed” in Filipino culture.


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Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban

His post made on June 13 quickly became viral and gained almost 12,000 likes and more than 1,500 shares on Facebook. It also gathered hundreds of comments from netizens with the same observation.

Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban

Although many agreed with his statement, several netizens slammed Panganiban for his comment. One netizen even accused him of criticising “upper class” Filipinos and failing to recognize that different lifestyles exist in the Philippines.

PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban
PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Kix Panganiban

In February this year, the lifestyle brand’s campaign “Love of All Kinds” also made headlines after the billboard of gay couple Vince Uy and Nino Gaddi showing their hands obscured spread like wildfire on social media.

PHOTO CREDIT: Fashion Pulis
PHOTO CREDIT: Fashion Pulis

In a statement, Bench admitted that the controversial billboard was neither defaced nor vandalised indicating that the company purposely released the controversial billboard with hands obscured.

Is this another marketing ploy from Bench? What’s your take on this issue?

Featured image credits to  Facebook/Kix Panganiban.

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  1. Daming napuna yan pa!! Unahin nyo munang punain kung ano mali sa sarili nyo at sa loob ng bahay nyo bago kayo lumabas. Ika nga sa kasabihan bago mo ayusin ang buhay ng iba at bago ka mamuna ayusin mo muna at punain ang buhay ng pamilya mo lalo na ang sarili mo.

  2. Why are you blaming this kids. Don’t you think it was the creative team behind the add who thought of this idea. Do you think it was them who think of what will show up on the add. I don’t think so. Why do you have to burden them of this negative criticism. In my opinion this Kix Panganiban is just a attention seeking idiotic fagot. Felt like this Kix is from Kapamilya Network alam na this.

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