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Photo of Joel Cruz’s twins’ christening sparks controversy among netizens

A photo of fragrance entrepreneur Joel Cruz’s twins’ christening has sparked a controversy among netizens. The photo  included Cruz, four priests, and Cruz’s twin sons being carried by their nannies.

On Facebook, netizens questioned why the nannies or yayas were wearing face masks and hairnets while carrying the twins. One commented that it showed some sort of discrimination and modern day slavery.

The photo that sparked controversy among netizens. Photo Credit: Instagram / Julius Babao
The photo that sparked a controversy among netizens.

Another netizen said that if the family didn’t want to be criticized, then they should not have included the nannies in the photo and should have held the babies themselves.

Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN

However, one netizen commented that the yayas were wearing masks because the twins were conceived through in-vitro fertilization and were susceptible to diseases.

Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN
Photo screen-grabbed from Facebook / ABS- CBN

In a comment on Instagram, another netizen questioned the Roman Catholic priests for allowing the christening. Other babies, he said, are not allowed to be christened if the parents are not in attendance or if the parents are unmarried or separated. But for this particular event, four priests officiated the christening. The netizen opined that perhaps the priests allowed the christening because Cruz is rich and famous.

The christening, held at the Santuario De San Antonio Parish last January 18, 2016, was a star-studded affair. Attendees included media couple Julius Babao and Christine Bersola-Babao, former Miss Universe Margie Moran, beauty expert Vicki Belo, singer Jaime Rivera, Filipino boxing champ Nonito Donaire, celebrity love team Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales, and former Ilocos Sur governor Chavit Singson.


The twins, Prince Harry and Prince Harvey, share the same mother as Cruz’s first set of twins, Princess Synne and Prince Sean.

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