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Did Dingdong-Marian wedding violate Philippine Civil Code

Did the Dingdong Dantes-Marian
Rivera wedding violate the
Philippine Civil Code against
‘thoughtless extravagance’?
December 31, 2014
by Ilda
It was hard to ignore the recently-
concluded nuptials of Philippine
celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes
and Marian Rivera. The news of their
“royal wedding” was all over the
local mainstream and social media.
Their highly-anticipated wedding
has been the talk of the town for
months. The appearance of no less
than Philippine President Benigno
Simeon (BS) Aquino as the couple’s
Witness of Honor probably helped
build the hype even more. The
country’s current who’s who were
present during the celebration
including queen of talk show and
Presidential sister, Kris Aquino:
The GMA-7 actor arrived at the
wedding venue in a black
Ducati motorcycle, wearing a
Randy Ortiz cream suit.
Meanwhile, the stunning bride
wore a Michael Cinco ecru lace
wedding gown studded with
Swarovski crystals and a pearl
tiara.
President BS Aquino managed to
find time out of his 'busy' schedule
to grace the 'royal' occasion.
President BS Aquino managed to
find time out of his ‘busy’ schedule
to grace the ‘royal’ occasion.
While a lot of people were excited
about the wedding celebration, I
couldn’t help but feel a bit turned-
off by the blatant display of
decadence. There is no doubt that
the telegenic couple looked beautiful
on their “special day” but I couldn’t
stop thinking about what the poor
people are thinking about the
extravagant celebration.
Why do some members of the
Philippine elite feel the need to
show off their wealth knowing
millions of Filipinos suffer in abject
poverty? I thought I was the only
one who felt the wedding was over
the top, but a lot of folks on Twitter
agreed with my view that the
excessive display of wealth left a bad
taste in the mouth particularly since
millions of Filipinos struggle to find
their next meal everyday.
The venerable lawyer, Ferdinand
Topacio even reminded us that there
is a law against “thoughtless
extravagance” specifically Article 25,
Chapter 2: Human Relations under
the Philippine Civil Code, which
states:
Art. 25. Thoughtless
extravagance in expenses for
pleasure or display during a
period of acute public want or
emergency may be stopped by
order of the courts at the
instance of any government or
private charitable institutions.
The country’s leading Forensic
Pathologist Raquel Fortun who held
the view that the 2 million peso
wedding gown was excessive asked
this question: “But what court will
stop the wedding though?” What
court, indeed? Especially since BS
Aquino gave his blessing for the
wedding to go ahead and had time
for it despite his “busy” schedule.
Likewise, motorists and commuters
along E. Rodriguez and other streets
near the Immaculate Conception
Cathedral were even rerouted in
Cubao, Quezon City during the big
day.
Fortun also said that one can argue
that “thoughtless extravagance”
might be viewed as subjective since
the Philippines is not in a “period of
acute public want or emergency”. To
which I responded that in my
opinion, the Philippines has been in
a permanent period of acute public
want or emergency for a long time.
The below quote from a blogpost
explains the concept behind the
civil code:
1. Reason for Curtailing
Thoughtless Extravagance
Thoughtless extravagance
during emergencies may incite
the passions of those who
cannot afford to spend.
2. Who can Bring the Action?
Only a charitable institutions
(whether government or
private) may bring the action.
The Mayor of a city, should he
desire to stop an alleged
display of extravagance by a
social organization cannot
summarily order the stopping
all by himself. He has to ask
for a court order. A Mayor
indeed cannot just take the
law into his own hands, no
matter how noble or sincere
his motive may be.
In the case of the Dingdong Dantes-
Marian Rivera wedding, hardly
anyone from the public complained
about the excesses during the
celebration. And it was obvious that
no one was going to stop the event
for the wedding of the year.
This brings us to the part where the
author of the Civil Code failed to
consider the fact that sadly, Filipinos
in general do not see anything
wrong with “thoughtless
extravagance in expenses for
pleasure or display during a period
of acute public want or emergency.”
A lot of Filipinos even go gaga over
the actions of the elite who act like
members of the royal family.
There are times when I thought that
the decadence of the Philippine
elite will somehow push the masses
over the edge into finally storming
the country’s gated communities.
But I don’t think Filipinos have it in
them to demand for a sense of
decency from people who can make
a difference in their future. Until
then, those who suffer from abject
poverty will remain where they are.
How they can live in miserable state
is beyond me. It seems their
wretched existence is not enough to
make them rebel against excess.
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Comments

  • Ang daming pera NI Dingdong. :naughty: Sabagay wala naman tayong pakialam kung saan nya gastusin pera nya, pero di ba may foundation sya for the youth daw, nirerepresent nya ang youth sa gobyerno na kataka taka naman na meron na kagad syang posisyon sa gobyerno without battling an Eyelash. Iba na talaga nagagawa ng connections.:naughty: Pati Si Marian naambunan din ng ng connections sa Malaca?ang.:rolleyes:

    Sobrang grand nga ang kasal. At Lahat yun sabi eh sagot lahat NI Dingdong, I doubt me share man Lang ang magulang nya, eh di naman talaga sila sobrang Yaman.

    Yung kasal nI mega engrande rin pero sagot yun ng magulang NI Sharon na talagang mayaman Naman talaga. Wow naman ha. Grave ha, Laging nagtotour out of the country, pati bridal showers sa Ibang bansa pa with the entourage. Para syang principe ng Brunei ah, sobrang Yaman.:D
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  • rumored that Dongyan's "wedding cake" is the biggest to date breaking the former Guinness Book of World Records holder. if that is true, how much did they spend? imagine, the previous record holder can feed up 59,000 people.
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  • may MMFF entry pa si Dong na isa rin sya sa biggest producers which can cost up to 90-100 million pesos if we were to include the gastos for promo. at bridal shower abroad sagot daw ni Dong huh! naku! something fishy talaga
  • Di ba government official na Si Dingdong dapat mag declare na rin sya ng SALN nya. :naughty:
  • steelbardancersteelbardancer PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    [highlight]Did the Dingdong Dantes-Marian
    Rivera wedding violate the
    Philippine Civil Code against
    ‘thoughtless extravagance’?[/highlight]
    December 31, 2014
    by Ilda
    [CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]It was hard to ignore the recently-
    concluded nuptials of Philippine
    celebrity couple Dingdong Dantes
    and Marian Rivera. The news of their
    “royal wedding” was all over the
    local mainstream and social media.
    Their highly-anticipated wedding
    has been the talk of the town for
    months. The appearance of no less
    than Philippine President Benigno
    Simeon (BS) Aquino as the couple’s
    Witness of Honor probably helped
    build the hype even more. The
    country’s current who’s who were
    present during the celebration
    including queen of talk show and
    Presidential sister, Kris Aquino:
    The GMA-7 actor arrived at the
    wedding venue in a black
    Ducati motorcycle, wearing a
    Randy Ortiz cream suit.
    Meanwhile, the stunning bride
    wore a Michael Cinco ecru lace
    wedding gown studded with
    Swarovski crystals and a pearl
    tiara.
    President BS Aquino managed to
    find time out of his 'busy' schedule
    to grace the 'royal' occasion.
    President BS Aquino managed to
    find time out of his ‘busy’ schedule
    to grace the ‘royal’ occasion.
    While a lot of people were excited
    about the wedding celebration, I
    couldn’t help but feel a bit turned-
    off by the blatant display of
    decadence. There is no doubt that
    the telegenic couple looked beautiful
    on their “special day” but I couldn’t
    stop thinking about what the poor
    people are thinking about the
    extravagant celebration.
    Why do some members of the
    Philippine elite feel the need to
    show off their wealth knowing
    millions of Filipinos suffer in abject
    poverty? I thought I was the only
    one who felt the wedding was over
    the top, but a lot of folks on Twitter
    agreed with my view that the
    excessive display of wealth left a bad
    taste in the mouth particularly since
    millions of Filipinos struggle to find
    their next meal everyday.
    The venerable lawyer, Ferdinand
    Topacio even reminded us that there
    is a law against “thoughtless
    extravagance” specifically Article 25,
    Chapter 2: Human Relations under
    the Philippine Civil Code, which
    states:
    Art. 25. Thoughtless
    extravagance in expenses for
    pleasure or display during a
    period of acute public want or
    emergency may be stopped by
    order of the courts at the
    instance of any government or
    private charitable institutions.
    The country’s leading Forensic
    Pathologist Raquel Fortun who held
    the view that the 2 million peso
    wedding gown was excessive asked
    this question: “But what court will
    stop the wedding though?” What
    court, indeed? Especially since BS
    Aquino gave his blessing for the
    wedding to go ahead and had time
    for it despite his “busy” schedule.
    Likewise, motorists and commuters
    along E. Rodriguez and other streets
    near the Immaculate Conception
    Cathedral were even rerouted in
    Cubao, Quezon City during the big
    day.
    Fortun also said that one can argue
    that “thoughtless extravagance”
    might be viewed as subjective since
    the Philippines is not in a “period of
    acute public want or emergency”. To
    which I responded that in my
    opinion, the Philippines has been in
    a permanent period of acute public
    want or emergency for a long time.
    The below quote from a blogpost
    explains the concept behind the
    civil code:
    1. Reason for Curtailing
    Thoughtless Extravagance
    Thoughtless extravagance
    during emergencies may incite
    the passions of those who
    cannot afford to spend.
    2. Who can Bring the Action?
    Only a charitable institutions
    (whether government or
    private) may bring the action.
    The Mayor of a city, should he
    desire to stop an alleged
    display of extravagance by a
    social organization cannot
    summarily order the stopping
    all by himself. He has to ask
    for a court order. A Mayor
    indeed cannot just take the
    law into his own hands, no
    matter how noble or sincere
    his motive may be.
    In the case of the Dingdong Dantes-
    Marian Rivera wedding, hardly
    anyone from the public complained
    about the excesses during the
    celebration. And it was obvious that
    no one was going to stop the event
    for the wedding of the year.
    This brings us to the part where the
    author of the Civil Code failed to
    consider the fact that sadly, Filipinos
    in general do not see anything
    wrong with “thoughtless
    extravagance in expenses for
    pleasure or display during a period
    of acute public want or emergency.”
    A lot of Filipinos even go gaga over
    the actions of the elite who act like
    members of the royal family.
    There are times when I thought that
    the decadence of the Philippine
    elite will somehow push the masses
    over the edge into finally storming
    the country’s gated communities.
    But I don’t think Filipinos have it in
    them to demand for a sense of
    decency from people who can make
    a difference in their future. Until
    then, those who suffer from abject
    poverty will remain where they are.
    How they can live in miserable state
    is beyond me. It seems their
    wretched existence is not enough to
    make them rebel against excess.[/CROUCHING-TIGER-DISAPPEARING-SPOILER]

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  • lawrence_melawrence_me PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I think hindi naman. Pera naman nila yun. For me the extravagance shouldnt be an issue.
    Kasi baka yung mga kapamilya stars pg kinasal, mas me bongga pa, so should it be an issue as well? :love:
  • angelianangelian PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Pareho naman silang malaki ang kinikita sa showbiz. Kahit sinasabi nila sa press release na si Dingdong sasagot sa lahat ng gastos, malamang gumastos din si Marian. Milyon nga siya kung magregalo kay DD eh.

    Merong iba mas gusto yung solemnity at privacy ng mga personal events nila. They prefer the presence of just family members and close friends. That's their choice. Pero merong iba mas gusto nila ang bongga, they indulge in extravagance or luxury on special occasions. Once in a lifetime occasion at very important ang wedding. Afford naman nila, so why not? Yung iba nga birthday lang milyon-milyon din ang ginagastos. And based sa nabasa ko, ayaw nila tumanggap ng regalo. Gusto nila dun sa foundation na nga lang daw ibigay.

    Anyways, pera man nila or hindi, their wedding is out of ordinary. And anything that is out of ordinary naki-criticize.
  • ang nakakaloka yung taguring "royal couple" at "royal wedding".paki-explain kung bakit silang tinawag na royal couple at bakit naging royal wedding ang wedding nila?
  • angelianangelian PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    marcfers wrote: »
    ang nakakaloka yung taguring "royal couple" at "royal wedding".paki-explain kung bakit silang tinawag na royal couple at bakit naging royal wedding ang wedding nila?

    Kasi nga king and queen daw sila sa Kapuso network :)
  • Archie_AtembangArchie_Atembang PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    marcfers wrote: »
    ang nakakaloka yung taguring "royal couple" at "royal wedding".paki-explain kung bakit silang tinawag na royal couple at bakit naging royal wedding ang wedding nila?

    Most likely, for salvaging MR's downspiraling career. Gaya ng pag-hype ng involvement niya sa charity projects after Queen Angel got identified with the Red Cross :confused::shrug:
  • Archie_AtembangArchie_Atembang PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    marcfers wrote: »
    ang nakakaloka yung taguring "royal couple" at "royal wedding".paki-explain kung bakit silang tinawag na royal couple at bakit naging royal wedding ang wedding nila?
    angelian wrote: »
    Kasi nga king and queen daw sila sa Kapuso network :)


    Ah, okay. :rolleyes: :bashful:

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  • jammerakwaii10jammerakwaii10 SeeTheLight PEx Expert 🎖️
    As usual. Daming bitter dito. :glee:
  • As usual. Daming bitter dito. :glee:

    hindi na ako nag-taka dyan. lolz! mapait kasi ang buhay nila dahil mga bakla ang mga yan o ikakasal sa bakla. kaya sobrang pait. :lol::p

    pag utak talangka yung pinoy, disease na yun. lolz.
  • dapat talaga ipatawag sa senado ang royal couple at isiwalat ang mga amount ng regalo ng kanilang ninong at ninang. Infact, hindi naman sila talaga royal couple unlike Angel Locsin na isang muslim princess talaga. The title Royal couple should be exclusively used by Angel Locsin and Luis Manzano.
  • lawrence_melawrence_me PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    me ngpapanggap :lol:
  • Both may pera, alam ng lahat yan. Bakit ka aasa sa parents mo kung limpak limpak naman ang pera mo. They have the right kung ano gagawin nila. Wala naman silang inagranyabo. Once in a lifetime lang yan.

    Sa mga bitter, good luck sa 2015 :rolleyes:
  • beawakbeawak PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    E pera naman po nila ang ginamit. Karapatan nila po yun. If that grand and over-publicized wedding was their way to stay relevant in the eyes of the public, i think they succeeded. Ilang buwan din silang pinag usapan ha. Effectively shunning the attention away from their so-so showbiz projects.

    Ang tanong ko lang po... Since it was dubbed as The Royal Wedding, pinagkaguluhan din po ba sya ng mga tao sa kalsada? The same way na pinagkaguluhan ang Sharon-Gabby wedding before? Yun lang po kasi ang nakikita kong pwedeng icompare na wedding sa showbiz.
  • beawakbeawak PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    And please yung mga fans na nagmamalaki na kesyo sinara yung mga roads around the church. E natural para sa security ng pangulo yun no! :rolleyes:
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