Racy pictures allegedly of young actress Ira Eigenmann are spreading on the Internet like wildfire, with various websites and blogs posting the unflattering images while creating links to spread the pictures specifically into adult forums.
Ira, who is part of ABS-CBN's afternoon drama series Prinsesa ng Banyera, belongs to the popular Eigenmann clan whose members include some of the most respected names in the Philippine entertainment industry—Eddie Mesa and wife Rosemarie Gil, and following in their parents' footsteps, Mark Gil, Michael de Mesa, and Cherie Gil.
Today, new generations of acting Eigenmanns include Ryan, Geoff, Gabby, AJ, Andy, and Ira. Ira is the daughter of Mark Gil and actress Irene Celebre and the brother of Gabby.
There are rumors circulating that Ira's ex-boyfriend, who is said to be an American, took the provocative pictures, then later posted them on the web.
Others, however, contest the authenticity of the images, arguing that the woman shown in the photo is not Ira at all, and that the pictures were either fabricated or the woman involved is just a spitting image of the young actress.
Whatever the real score, Ira is expected to take the initiative to come up with an official statement to shed light on this sensitive issue that is fast becoming a cyberspace sensation.
PEP (Philippine Entertainment Portal) is not releasing the more explicit photos—complete nudity, touching of breasts, and bare backside—until we are certain that the girl in these pictures in fact wants them as publicity photos.