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Last weekend, Billy Crawford and Coleen Garcia’s Ethiopian photoshoot has been the talk of the town. Social media netizens called them out for being “racist” and “distasteful” for using Ethiopians as “props” and “background.”

In a joint statement, Crawford and Garcia said that the photos were “taken out of context” and it was not their intention to be offensive. They also explained that the shoot was for the tourism of Ethiopian Airlines.

“It’s unfortunate how it was taken out of context. It’s far from what we intended. We were invited and sponsored by Ethiopian Airlines to do our shoot there for their tourism and capture their natural environment because we were told that tourism helps their economy. That’s why we were in Ethiopia,” the statement said.

Although the couple already clarified that the photos were not part of their official pre-wedding pictures, we’ve decided to list down some places in Manila that you can easily check out for a prenup shoot. No need to travel to the other side of the world!

1. Intramuros

Considered as one of the most historical places in Manila, Intramuros is the right location if you’re game for an Old Manila-inspired photos. You can choose from different spots located inside the Walled City like Casa Manila, Baluarte San Diego, Fort Santiago, Puerta Real Gardens, and many more.

Photo from Trip the Islands
Contact info:
Intramuros Administration
5th Floor Palacio del Gobernador, General Luna Street cor. Aduana Street Intramuros, Manila 
+63(2) 521 4458 and (02) 525 8857

2. Ronac Art Center

This art center in Ortigas is perfect if you’re looking for some artsy place to shoot. Its minimalist design speaks for itself. Just look at that gorgeous staircase!

Posted by Ronac ART Center on Sunday, April 1, 2012

Contact info:
Manila Yacht Club, Marina Office
2351 Roxas Blvd., Manila
+63(2) 521 4458 and (02) 525 8857

3. Manila Yacht Club

Situated along Manila Bay, the Manila Yacht Club is a beautiful place for a date and a gorgeous venue for a prenup shoot. Just imagine striking a pose with the love of your life with the sunset in the background. Sweet!

www.benjietiongco.com

Posted by Benjie Tiongco Photography on Sunday, September 3, 2017

Contact info:
Manila Yacht Club, Marina Office
2351 Roxas Blvd., Manila
+63(2) 521 4458 and (02) 525 8857

4. Filling Station Bar Café

’50s inspired shoots are still in this year. That’s why a good diner with nice interior is perfect for a Brandon Woelfel-inspired photos.

Contact info:
Filling Station Bar Café
5012 P.Burgos St., Makati City
(02) 897 2053, 899 5555

5. Streets of Binondo

Street photography for prenup? Why not! Explore the streets of Binondo and visit old buildings around the area. Instead of wearing glamorous outfits, you can wear comfy casual OOTDs for a change.

Get a permit at the local government of Manila located in Lawton, Manila. 
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