Pro-lifers to hand out candy bags, reminder that ‘true love waits’ on Valentine’s Day



MANILA, Philippines—Saying true love is more than bodily pleasures and fleeting sensations, pro-life volunteers are spreading out in Metro Manila to remind the public not to give in to lust on Thursday, Valentine’s Day.

Pro-Life Philippines and Filipinos for Life (F4L) have announced that their members will hand out candy bags to pedestrians at various points in Metro Manila with a reminder that “love is about sacrifice of one’s self for the other, and not about giving in to one’s urges.”

“The giving of the candies (with a reminder from the scriptures to stay pure) is our response to the growing trend of people giving away condoms during Valentine’s, which teaches the wrong idea about what true love is,” F4L president Anthony James Perez said in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the bags of candies would carry a note reminding everyone of Christian purity as taught by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 6:20: “You were bought with the blood of Christ so honor God with your body.”

Pro-Life Philippines and F4L will distribute candy bags at the Light Rail Transit (LRT) Line 1 stations at UN Avenue and Pedro Gil in Manila, the Metro Rail Transit stations in North Edsa and Cubao, LRT Line 2 station in Santolan, Quiapo Church, Sta. Cruz Church and Intramuros.

Perez said their campaign was a radical departure from the much-criticized Valentine’s Day condom distribution campaigns near motels and flower shops organized yearly by pro-RH (reproductive health law) groups.

The distribution of condoms promotes lack of discipline and even marital infidelity, according to Perez.

“Free condoms during Valentine’s Day also send the wrong message to the youth—that they can have sex without consequences,” Perez said.

“The message should be this: True love waits,” he added.

F4L and the group Doctors for Life will also file jointly the eighth petition against the reproductive health law on Thursday.

“We are filing this petition on Valentine’s Day to register our position that the law destroys the openness to life that characterizes true love between husband and wife,” said doctor Rey Echavez of Doctors for Life.

“The RH law is unconstitutional because it will weaken the family as an institution by promoting artificial contraception and its false promise of a better life,” he added.

Echavez also said doctors would not be able to exercise conscientious objection under the RH law.

“In its essence, RH is a false choice. It will coerce doctors and it conditions the minds of couples that taxpayer-funded artificial contraception is the only acceptable means to the government and its pro-RH allies,” he added.

Get Inquirer updates while on the go, add us on these apps:

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • Sugbuanon86

    Hoy mga pro-lifers, alam niyo naman na iyong mga mag-kasintahang binigyan ninyo ng kendi, naka-reserve na ng kuwarto sa Hotel Sogo, no?

    Anong gagawin nila sa kendi?

    Gagawing condom ang supot?

    • txtman






      ALL RIGHT!

      FREE SEX


      • Jane Tan

        Loko ka pala eh. Kung tinuruan mo ng mabuti ang mga anak mo, dapat hinde nila gagamitin ang mga ito kahit mabigyan mo sila. Kung hinde ka naman marunong maging magulang, talagang dapat mag-alala ka – hinde kasi meron silang condom, pero kasi hinde mo sila tinuruan ng mabuti ang baka kahit bata pa sila marami na sex partner nila.

      • sapula saputi

        yun pala. alam mo naman pala ang tama jane. na dapat TURUAN ng TAMA. hindi KUNSINTIHIN.

      • Lalaine

        Daming tanga sa mundo. Kahit hindi mo bigyan ng condom at kahit anong pangaral mo sa kabataan, magmo motel at magmomotel yan kung gusto nila. Might as well teach them how to keep from knocked up. 

        12 pa lang tuturuan ko na daughter ko ng reproductive health. Kaysa matuto pa ng kabobohan sa mga makikitid ang utak tulad niyo. 

      • Crazy_horse101010

        whats wrong with that is anyone being hurt and is everyone a morality cop. 

  • lucidlynx

    Even St. Paul’s statement “You were bought with the blood of Christ so honor God with your body.” doesn’t make sense to me. I thought it was our souls which were saved by Christ’s death, so what’s this about honoring God with our bodies?

    Even as a child, these passages from the bible is confusing to me. But of course, we don’t question authority and just accept it as it is. I do believe that, overall, the teachings of the catholic church is good for us. It is just that the bases don’t make sense. Maybe, it’s better to just go with it but still continue to think for yourself. Isn’t ignorance bliss?

  • Jane Tan

    “We are filing this petition on Valentine’s Day to register our position that the law destroys the openness to life that characterizes true love between husband and wife”

    There you have it folks. True Love – giving your wife 10 kids to clothe, feed, etc on a meager budget.


    • sapula saputi

      it doesn’t mean that if you get married and you don’t use condoms or pills, you’ll have 10 kids.

      And at least, they are fighting to use the budget for better purposes like jobs and schools so those who want to use pills or condoms can buy their own. not from the taxes paid by people who doesn’t agree the use of it. gusto mo gumamit? bumili ka.


      • Lalaine

        Dina, Lumabas labas ka sa bahay mo at kausapin ang mga nasa impoverished areas and rural pockets. They are the ones who are already asking the government for assistance, that is to help them stop from producing more babies. Condoms may be cheap for us but it is not for those who have no idea where to get their next meal. 

        Huwag mo ring sabihing magpigil sila or do the abstinence crap. Sex is a basic urge na mahirap pigilin, moreso between husband and wife or two people co-habitating.  Huwag kang ipokrita. 


      • Tamarindwalk

         It’s the poor who need the help to keep the number of kids they have to what they can afford.  The Catholic church and its outdated morality haven’t done a good job, so far.

    • Repeal_RHlaw

      Lolz, tell me if your contraceptives can provide food on their table? why not your 21B population budget spend in Technical schools and training  schools to train less fortunate people to get jobs in the country. RH law is a waste of money.

  • Tamarindwalk

    Fact: neither time nor love stand still for anyone.

  • mangtom

    You so-called Pro-Life are masters of deceipt. Are you saying or implying that those who do not believe in your crap are anti-life? You are way off base. Usap ng mga cone head a$$holes ito at pinaniniwalaan naman ninyo. Use your head for once and think for yourselves. 

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks



latest videos