'For married couples only': Iloilo hotel shuns 'short time' in viral room-sharing policy

Jessica Fenol, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 18 2019 12:41 PM | Updated as of Apr 18 2019 01:02 PM

MANILA - A farm hotel in Iloilo City has a standing ban on unmarried couples from booking shared rooms, part of its advocacy against extramarital sex, "short time" stays and "evil works" associated with intimacy outside marriage. 

In check-in guidelines that have gone viral, Ephrathah Farms, named after a place in the Bible, said only married couples are allowed to share a room. 

 

"In as much as we would like to maximize business gains, we are compelled by our Christian belief to adhere to this rule," the guideline read. 

Such policy went viral online after a netizen posted on Facebook its “Guidelines for Couples Booking a Hotel Room.” The rule has been apparently in place since the hotel started operations six years ago. 

In response to an inquiry from ABS-CBN News, Ephrathah Farms said it "believes in the sanctity of marriage." 

"We believe in the the sanctity of Marriage. We further believe that “SEX” should be done in the confines of married people only," the statement said. 

Guests undergo a screening process so that couples who have "short time" intentions are denied entry, the statement said. 

"This is the reason we screen guests of opposite sex wanting to check-in our rooms so that we can deny entry to couples whose intentions are for “Short Time” stay only or to do extra marital affairs," it added. 

The management said it was incumbent upon them to act as "caretakers and stewards" of God, adding that the hotel runs the business "the way the Lord intends His business to be ran and not be used for evil works."

For Ephrathah Farms, faith in God is greater than the money they could earn from guests turned away because they cannot abide by the rules.

A version of the guidelines posted online used a photo of ABS-CBN's teleserye "Halik," top billed by Jericho Rosales, Sam Milby, Yen Santos and Yam Concepcion. The television series' plot revolves around infidelity. 

The hotel said the photo was not used for commercial gains but to convey a "subliminal message" to guests.