Kris Aquino apologizes for comments on post-APEC sunburn

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Among the latest to join the stream of headlines as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit winds down: presidential sister and TV personality Kris Aquino's comments on Instagram accompanying a post about her post-APEC sunburn. 

Comments on her post said she was insensitive to compare her sunburn to the struggles that commuters faced during the APEC. 

UPDATE: On Saturday morning, November 21, Kris apologized for her post about her sunburn, saying, "I humbly apologize for my failed attempt at self-depracating humor Thursday night that came across as being spoiled and insensitive."

Have a wonderful, stress free, love filled weekend ahead of you. #LoveLoveLove A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 20, 2015 at 4:56pm PST

 

Kris participated in a number of entertainment and cultural presentations prepared for the foreign guests, including a tour of historic Intramuros in Manila, organized by Kris and her sisters Viel Aquino-Dee, Ballsy Aquino-Cruz, and Pinky Aquino-Abellada. 

In the evening on Thursday, November 19, Kris said she got a sunburn after the day's events and referred to commuters' difficulties with road traffic during the summit.

About to sleep, Bimb took this picture- decided to post this so we can all have a good laugh tonight sa karma ng kaartehan ko na SUNBURN ako ng bongga- nabilad in Fort Santiago at the peak of the just before noon heat... You'll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nag ka lace patterned sunburn. Si Bimb naman said the shape of the sunburn is like the Batman mask from the Michael Keaton era ... Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag commute these past few days, patas ang mundo, patche patche naman ang balat ko.  #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine (I drank Paracetamol kasi parang lalagnatin ako sa init ng balat ko, any sunburn suggestions?) GOOD NIGHT. #LoveLoveLove A photo posted by Kris Aquino (@withlovekrisaquino) on Nov 19, 2015 at 5:14am PST

 

Her Instagram post was accompanied by this caption:

"About to sleep, Bimb took this picture – decided to post this so we can all have a good laugh tonight sa karma ng kaartehan ko na SUNBURN ako nang bongga – nabilad in Fort Santiago at the peak of the just before noon heat... You'll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, baka daw my entire back nag ka lace patterned sunburn. Si Bimb naman said the shape of the sunburn is like the Batman mask from the Michael Keaton era... Quits na tayo sa lahat ng nahirapan mag commute these past few days, patas ang mundo, patche patche naman ang balat ko.#LaughterIsTheBestMedicine (I drank Paracetamol kasi parang lalagnatin ako sa init ng balat ko, any sunburn suggestions?) GOOD NIGHT."

(About to sleep. [Kris' son] Bimb took this pictures – decided to post this so we can all have a good laugh tonight. Got a dose of karma due to my vanity. I got really sunburned at Fort Santigo at the peak of the just before noon heat... You'll love the sense of humor of my sister Viel, who said maybe my entire back would have a lace-patterned sunburn. Bimb said the shape of the sunburn is like the Batman mask from the Michael Keaton era... We're even, those who had a hard time commuting these past few days, it's all even, my skin has now become patchy. #LaughterIsTheBestMedicine (I drank Paracetamol as I think I'll get a fever because my skin is so hot, any sunburn suggestions?) GOOD NIGHT.)

The part about being "quits" with commuters, in the latter part of what was meant to be a lighthearted anecdote, did not sit well with social media users. During the APEC summit, the government closed several major roads in Metro Manila, causing very heavy traffic and forcing many commuters to walk for hours to get to work. 

One user, oishishi, wrote: "Paano naging kwits madam??? Hindi naman kami umarte sa initan gaya mo. Pumasok kami sa mga opisina dahil kailangan namin ng pera. Oo choice namin pumasok, choice mo din yan, wag mong icompare ang sunburn mo sa hirap ng mga commuters. I love you, but this post is too insensitive."

(How are we even? We weren't under the sun for the same reasons as you. We went to work because we need money. Yes, it was our choice to go to work, just like this was your choice. Don't compare your sunburn to the hardships of the commuters. I love you, but this post is too insensitive." 

"Konting bagay lang yan @withlovekrisaquino kaysa dinanas ng mama ko nong Monday stuck sya sa bus Pasay going Ortigas ng 10 hours. Walang kain at ma-lowbat na cp [cell phone]...take note my Mom is 63 years old..." wrote d_loria. 

(That's not such a big thing compared to what my mom went through last Monday, stuck in the bus from Pasay going to Ortigas for 10 hours. No food and her cell phone's battery was running out...take note my mom is 63.)

User candyjhoana wrote: "Think before you post something. Tandaan mo na ang mga TAO na naglakad ng kilo kilometro ang bumoto dyan sa kapatid mo."

(Think before you post something. Remember that those people who walked many kilometers – many of them voted for your brother.)

Some comments among the over 1,200 left by Instagram users supported Kris and asked other people not to bash her anymore, while others left sunburn care tips for Kris. 

 

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