LOOK: 'Epal' tarps sprout amid Pope visit


Posted at Jan 13 2015 08:08 PM | Updated as of Jan 15 2015 01:58 AM


Tarpaulins adorned with faces and names of local politicians have sprouted in Metro Manila and other parts of the country ahead of Pope Francis' apostolic and state visit to the Philippines this week.

The "epal" tarpaulins are drawing flak in social media, with some politicians accused of using the pope to promote themselves.

Some that have errors have also drawn ridicule. One photo of a tarpaulin spreading in social media has a spelling error, while another said "Aura at Habag" instead of "Awa at Habag" (Mercy and Compassion) -- the theme of Pope Francis' visit.

The Vatican has already urged Filipinos to raise banners and tarpaulins of the images of Jesus rather than images of Pope Francis during his visit in the country.

The Palace has also ordered politicians to avoid using the pope for grandstanding. - with BMPM