Precious Lara Quigaman surprised by reactions to her Instagram posts

Precious Lara Quigaman posted two Bible verses on Instagram yesterday, January 17, drawing mixed reactions from netizens who assumed she was criticizing the papal visit 2015. Precious explains: “I respect Pope Francis. I am grateful to him for bringing hope to our kababayans and making a lot of us smile. I think he is doing a great job.”


Umani ng magkakaibang reaksiyon ang Instagram post ni Precious Lara Quigaman kahapon, January 17.

May ilang sumang-ayon at iba naman ay binatikos ang pag-post ni Precious Lara ng dalawang Bible verse na nagsasabing “Jesus is the only way.”

Ilan sa kanyang followers ang hindi nagustuhan ang mga posts ni Precious Lara sa kalagitnaan ng mainit na pagtanggap ng karamihan ng Katolikong Pilipino sa pagdating ni Pope Francis sa bansa.

Sabi ng Instagram user na si @dyosa_cpa: “Oh my goodness Miss Lara. You could have posted these verses some other time. Not when everybody's in hype and really happy with the Pope coming here in the Philippines. What is really disrespectful of you is that this post makes us feel that u are probably thinking that the Catholic people do not know these things...”

Halos ganito rin ang naging reaksiyon ni @nanaynisam sa posts ni Lara: “...I think whatever happiness the millons of filipino people are experiening right now because of the visiting Pope must at least be RESPECTED by all regardless of beliefs or religion. I agree that the bible quote you just posted, VERY TRUE, and I am sure so does Pope Francis. There is no need to make catholic believers feel that what they are doing, welcoming and celebrating with the Pope is against what the bible tells us.”

Sa kabilang banda, may ilan namang dumepensa kay Precious Lara kaugnay ng kanyang dalawang posts.

Isang @abigaailmrtnez ang sumang-ayon kay Lara at nagsabi: “I think what she said was right. She's not against Catholic on celebrating and welccoming the pope. But she is against other people who think that Pope Francis is Lord, Pope Francis is a symbol of God, he is an example for us to be better Christians and to draw ourselves closer to God.”

Sabi rin ni @allaboutmaloi: “What is wrong with you judgemental people? This is a bible verse. Walang tinamaan na religion si Ms. Lara dito. Kayo lang ang nag-assume na may pinatamaan sya so problema nyo yun hwag kayo magreklamo sa post nya mali ba nya na kung may pagkajudgemental kayo. That is a bible verse, even pop francis knows that verse, kayo lang naman ang nag assume at nag over react.”

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Ang Instagram user naman na si @marvingramm ay may paalala kay Precious Lara: “@laraquigaman be careful with what you post on #ig for once posted you dont have the control on how the public perceives it.”

LARA DEFENDS POSTS. Sa sumunod na post ng beauty queen-actress na si Precious Lara, isang larawan na may nakasulat na “Respect” ang kanyang ibinahagi sa kanyang followers.

Sa caption nito ay pinaliwanag niya ang kanyang dalawang naunang posts.

Ayon kay Precious Lara, “When I post pictures, it's not just for my followers to see but for me to look back to. Again. This is my IG page, I post what I want... sure I want to please my followers, but I also post for my own pleasure and more than that I want to please my God.”

Sa bahagi nito, sinabi rin niya, “I respect Pope Francis. I am grateful to him for bringing hope to our kababayans and making a lot of us smile. I think he is doing a great job.”

Narito ang kabuuan ng kanyang pahayag:

“I usually post quotes, bible verses, etc on MY IG page to encourage, inspire, remind not just my followers but myself. When I feel down I post something to cheer me up. When I post pictures, it's not just for my followers to see but for me to look back to. Again. This is my IG page, I post what I want... sure I want to please my followers, but I also post for my own pleasure and more than that I want to please my God.


“Which is why I don't understand why a lot of people suddenly reacted to my recent posts. #nagulatako#super

“I respect Pope Francis. I am grateful to him for bringing hope to our kababayans and making a lot of us smile. I think he is doing a great job.

“The Bible Verses I posted are very powerful. And I believe in them. The reason I posted them is for my own personal reminder not to look anywhere else but to focus on Jesus. My Lord and Savior. My God. Because I Believe that He is the only way to Heaven. (Even Pope Francis reminded us to focus on God and not Him)

“So what is the fuss all about? It was not my intention to offend or disrespect anybody and I'm not going to apologize for sharing God's Word. Words from the Bible.

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“Whether you are a catholic or a born again Christian- you will find that in your Bible. Im sure even the pope believes these verses.


“And you know what made me sad. People asking me to respect them when I think they don't even know what it means to respect someone. You are the ones who are not respecting me and what I believe in. And This is what I believe: that JESUS CHRIST is LORD. He died on the cross to save us all if we believe in HIM. HE IS THE ONLY WAY. THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM! And I just shared it on MY IG Page. MY PAGE. May God enlighten your minds. Peace.”

I usually post quotes, bible verses, etc on MY IG page to encourage, inspire, remind not just my followers but myself. When I feel down I post something to cheer me up. When I post pictures, it's not just for my followers to see but for me to look back to. Again. This is my IG page, I post what I want... sure I want to please my followers, but I also post for my own pleasure and more than that I want to please my God. Which is why I don't understand why a lot of people suddenly reacted to my recent posts. #nagulatako #super I respect Pope Francis. I am grateful to him for bringing hope to our kababayans and making a lot of us smile. I think he is doing a great job. The Bible Verses I posted are very powerful. And I believe in them. The reason I posted them is for my own personal reminder not to look anywhere else but to focus on Jesus. My Lord and Savior. My God. Because I Believe that He is the only way to Heaven. (Even Pope Francis reminded us to focus on God and not Him) So what is the fuss all about? It was not my intention to offend or disrespect anybody and I'm not going to apologize for sharing God's Word. Words from the Bible. Whether you are a catholic or a born again Christian- you will find that in your Bible. Im sure even the pope believes these verses. And you know what made me sad. People asking me to respect them when I think they don't even know what it means to respect someone. You are the ones who are not respecting me and what I believe in. And This is what I believe: that JESUS CHRIST is LORD. He died on the cross to save us all if we believe in HIM. HE IS THE ONLY WAY. THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM! And I just shared it on MY IG Page. MY PAGE. May God enlighten your minds. Peace.

A photo posted by Lara Quigaman Alcaraz (@laraquigaman) onJan 17, 2015 at 1:57am PST


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