Last week, Rica Peralejo-Bonifacio caught the attention of netizens for posing with a fake designer bag on Instagram. The former actress casually mentioned it in her caption along with other details of her outfit, writing, "Very tita vibes on a Friday. On me: Francesca in utility grey from our #mumxrpbcollection_01, face shield natural, mask din, sandals from @uniqlophofficial and my fake LV bag."
Rica continued by saying that she isn't into buying branded items. She also revealed that she has already sold her branded bags since she wasn't using them. "I would rather buy a tent with that money wahaha," she said.
The said bag, which is a replica of the Louis Vuitton Neverfull, was given to Rica as a gift.
The actress soon drew flak for using a counterfeit item, and according to some entertainment sites, she received comments like:
"But, isn't it against the law to buy or use counterfeits?"
"Agree ako sa mga comments. I would rather buy local or yung mga mas affordable bags than buy class A Hermes, LV, or whatever."
On the other hand, Rica also received support from some of her followers for being honest about her bag.
"Just love you're genuineness in sharing Rica! Made me laugh hahaha!"
"Sure ako na hindi lang si Rica ang gumagamit ng fake LV, siya lang ang matapang na umamin sa publiko."
Shortly after her post went viral, the former actress turned off her comments section and edited her caption to address the situation, expressing disappointment over "exaggerated" news reports and netizen reactions.
"I am in a remote area and when I turned on data what greeted me was the news that I am in the news for saying this thing about my bag," wrote Rica. "Some of them have added a thing or two to what I said here so pls read well and see where [they] exaggerated my caption for news' sake. Tandaan na the spin is theirs not mine. (Like I prefer daw fake branded bags eh sinabi na nga I am not into luxury bags sa caption at ginamit ko lang to kasi natuwa ako sa function, di nagbabasa!"
She then explained the reason she disabled comments and gave her two cents on the issue: "I turned off commenting kasi nagaaway away na tao. Nagpapasalamat ako sa mga very kind sakin, at sa mga harsh, expected ko naman na yan. Minsan lang nakakapagtaka yung level ng bashing na galit na galit sakin akala mo naman inapi api ko siya [laughing emoji]. BUT THIS IS PART OF THE SOCMED PALENGKE. Ganyan na talaga life these days. Lahat kasi may sarili ng mic."
See Rica's original post below: