Coco Martin's primetime series allegedly used Dingdong, Marian and Zia Dantes' photos without permission

The Kapuso Primetime King and Queen, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera or #DongYan amazed the world with their epic royal wedding on the 30th of December in 2014. Their wedding cake, Yan's wedding gown, the venues, and almost everything about their special day trended on Social Media.

Even the christening of their pretty little princess, Maria Letizia gathered so much attention from the press. Zia was baptized on February 14, 2016, Sunday at the St. Alphonsus Mary de Liguori Parish in Magallanes Village in Makati City.

Coco Martin and the Dantes Family.
Coco Martin and the Dantes Family.


Because of the Dantes Family's popularity, most of their photos and video clips are shared thousand of times (maybe millions) on the Internet. But the solid fans of the couple claimed that they saw an edited photos of the family in one of the shows of rival network of GMA 7.

An edited clip from "Ang Probinsyano" showing the wedding picture of DongYan and the family picture during the Christening Zia, in 2 separate episodes.

According to Dingdong Dantes' Facebook post...
Last week, the DongYanatics has brought to my attention that photos of our family were used and altered for a primetime television show. In two episodes of Ang Probinsyano, our wedding photo and a photo taken during Zia's baptism were edited and featured without the consent of our photographer and our family.

I have been deeply thinking about disclosing my response to the public. However, I owe it to the DongYanatics, to other friends who also expressed their concern, and to our family, to share our action regarding this.

A letter has already been forwarded to the production team of Ang Probinsyano. This was done, in good faith, to express my dismay and deep concern.

Courtesy and fair practice must always be observed especially in an established industry like ours. But whether or not it is done within the entertainment sector, we should always be reminded of the basic etiquette for online photo use and sharing that includes asking permission and/or citing sources.

I do hope that this won't happen again to anyone.


And here's an excerpt from the letter that was sent to the producer of the show, Ang Probinsyano last August 11, 2018:
I appreciate that you found artistic inspiration from the original photos. Unfortunately, there is the inescapable consequence that legal and moral rights were violated here. And as you may very well be aware of, established industry practice is against such act as it amounts to disrespect. Worst of all, as a father and husband, I cannot help but feel offended and deeply hurt by such actions, which happened not just once, but twice. Basic rules of courtesy in this case dictate that you first secure permission from the photographer and my Family.


"FPJ's Ang Probinsyano" is one of the longest television series in Philippine TV history, it is also the most famous show on the primetime as of now. The show stars Coco Martin as Cardo Dalisay / Ador de Leon. The program is currently included on ABS-CBN's Primetime Bida.


Sources: Video by STARIRAY on YouTube, Facebook post by Jose Sixto Gonzalez Dantes III
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Coco Martin's primetime series allegedly used Dingdong, Marian and Zia Dantes' photos without permission Coco Martin's primetime series allegedly used Dingdong, Marian and Zia Dantes' photos without permission Reviewed by BubbleFeed on August 13, 2018 Rating: 5