Isabelle Duterte’s pre-debut Malacañang shoot was heavily scrutinized, particularly because of production costs. Photographer Lito Sy couldn’t hold it any longer and clarified everything through his social media posts.
First off, he did the shoot for free as a favor to Isabelle’s mother Lovelie Sangkola Sumera. Apparently, Lovelie is Lito’s friend back in Davao. So naturally, the friendship card was used. The red designer gown by UAE-based Garimon Roferos Couture which was reportedly at roughly P600,000, according to Lito, was also “sponsored” because the designer was also a “good friend” of Lovelie from Davao. He did not mention the cost of shipping or who shouldered the costs for her fittings.