Condoms v chocolates in the Philippines on Valentine’s Day
A condom maker in Manila on Saturday (Feb 14) found their Valentine’s Day giveaway challenged by a church group.
The group tried to persuade people to swap the contraceptives for chastity and chocolates.
A colourful flower market in Manila became the unlikely battleground over the use of contraception as the church group countered the free condoms with chocolates and sweets — complete with printed messages encouraging chastity.
A church volunteer holds a sign that shows a message "Exchange your condoms for candies" in Manila
“Exchange your condoms for candies, #WeKeepLoveReal,” read the signs carried by volunteers from the Christian advocacy group Filipinos for Life.
“Condoms send the wrong message that Valentine’s is about sex, when it’s really about love,” volunteer Anna Cosio told AFP.
DTK Health, the country’s biggest condom manufacturer, plans to give away 40,000 condoms over the weekend, the company’s head of marketing Mr Emmanuel Alfonso said.
A woman giving away condoms to truck drivers in Manila on Saturday to promote safe sex on Valentine's Day.
Offering free condoms alongside stalls selling bouquets of red roses, balloons and chocolates for Valentine’s Day will help erase the stigma attached to contraceptives, he said.
While men casually accepted the condoms from the DTK models in tight blue T-shirts and shorts, some bashful women handed them back and then scurried away.
But some people got both candies and condoms.
College student Danny Villegas said: “I already ate the candies. The condoms, I can’t use it yet because I’m only 16 and I don’t have a girlfriend. Maybe I will keep it in my wallet for good luck.”