During a pictorial, a model for FHM Philippines took off everything except a cap, a symbol that's considered by nurses everywhere as "sacred."
Businessman and broadcast personality Carl Balita, himself a registered nurse, criticized the popular men's magazine after he noticed a racy picture of a woman portraying as nurse .
"Nahubad lahat [everything was taken off], except the nurse's cap. What's the point? Did the magazine sell more because of the cap? #respectNURSES #NURSINGisPROFESSION #CAPisSACREDsymbol," Balita posted on Facebook on January 30.
The photo, which already garnered 4,288 likes, 675 comments and 297 shares as of 9 a.m. Friday, drew mixed reactions from his followers.
"This is an insult to the nurses and the parents who sacrificed so much to send their children to the nursing schools," netizen Marie Mae commented.
"Another reason why people lose respect to nurses.. I bet the girl is not a nurse.. If she is, God bless her soul. This is a disgrace to the profession!" said Jhaycis Wallace Bengwasan.
"Please respect the Nurses," Rosilie Maloloyon appealed. "Our Nurses Cap is sacred! We capitalized our blood & sweat before we are able to wear that!"
"The cap symbolizes responsibility. It also means acceptance, the humility and the ability to work on any area assigned to her. It also symbolizes morality; hence the color white that is a nurse character must be one of the unimpeachable quality that she should be a model, a person to admire and to follow," blogger Mel Bryan Billones added.
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We did a quick research and found out that the scandalous photo made its way online in October 2012.
It is among two dozens of pictures of FHM model Alyzza Agustin, who portrayed as nurse in the photoshoot for FHM magazine.