A condom maker in the Philippines capital have to battled their Valentine's Day giveaway challenged by a church group who tried to persuade people to swap the contraceptives for free chocolates and chastity.
A colourful flower market in Manila became the unlikely battleground over the use of contraception in the Catholic-dominated Southeast Asian country as the church group countered the free condoms with chocolates and sweets complete with printed messages encouraging chastity.
"Exchange your condoms for candies, #WeKeepLoveReal," read the signs carried by volunteers from the Christian advocacy group Filipinos for Life.
"Condoms send the wrong message that Valentine's is about sex, when it's really about love," a volunteer told a local news reporter.
According to the country's biggest condom manufacturer, it planned of giving away 40,000 condoms over the weekend,
Offering free condoms alongside stalls selling bouquets of red roses, balloons and chocolates for Valentine's Day will help erase the stigma attached to contraceptives, the company head of marketing disclosed.
The country's ultra conservative Catholic Church continues to preach against contraceptives, likening its use to abortion, despite failing to block legislation to make them widely available to the poor.