A Pinoy couple’s pre-wedding photoshoot became a hit online as it highlighted their opposing political views ahead of the May 2022 elections. The woman supports Leni Robredo, while the man’s presidential bet is Bongbong Marcos.
Enrique Mosqueda and Divina Grace Abella—who have been engaged for three years—decided to do away with their initial “Boho, Victorian, and Fifty Shades of Grey” theme and went for their wedding coordinator Carlo Abaquita’s concept: Halalan 2022.
The idea was brought up during a random discussion on the “toxicity in social media where friends and families are unfriending and blocking each other because of different political stands,” Enrique said.
“We then shared our experience on different political stands but we choose to respect each other’s choice. They were amazed and that is how the Halalan 2022 concept was suggested by Sir Carlo.”
Since it was timely and quite fitting for the pair, they agreed to push through with the unique theme. “We also want to send a message on spreading love not hate, despite our differences we can still be united.”
For Enrique, it could be their “little contribution” to the country. “Unity starts in the smallest unit of the society—the family,” he added.
Admittedly, the couple do have discussions about their presidential bets for the upcoming polls, but they make sure to keep an open communication.
“That includes listening and understanding each other’s points. We don’t discredit each other’s presidentiables as they surely are qualified to run the nation. We just have different qualifications that we set for our candidates. Whoever wins, we both agreed to support the incoming president,” he explained to PhilSTAR L!fe, adding that they prefer not to share their reasons for their support for their presidential candidates.
For couples who have different political views like them, Grace stressed the importance of respect. “At the end of the day, kayo pa rin ang magsasama at magkakaintindihan. Lawakan ang pag-iisip and be open-minded,” she said.
Enrique, for his part, acknowledged that arguments are part of any relationship. “Normal for a couple ‘yan but too much and uncalled for na away is already toxic. Me and my partner personally don’t allow our political differences to drain our energy.”
“This is not one of those things na you needed to have one decision as a couple,” he added. “Huwag ipressure si partner at huwag mapressure kay partner. Don’t worry, you’re okay.”