Of all the things that have come out of the Aloysius Pang tragedy, the most surprising and bittersweet is his secret romance with fellow actor Jayley Woo. Who knew? The mystery is how they managed to keep the relationship away from prying eyes for so long that when it was disclosed by Jayley herself on her Instagram, it caught everyone — including the entertainment media — off-guard. And the entertainment media hates to be caught off-guard. We pride ourselves on being pals with the stars and knowing all, secret romances included.

Over the past few days, a strange tangent has risen from the narrative that has captured the attention and sympathy of the nation. Besides the overwhelming sadness and outpouring of condolences and tributes from Aloy’s colleagues and fans, away from the public’s need to know exactly what happened in that Howitzer, and related to Jayley’s very public way of grieving, which is to post a long series of photos of Aloysius and also of herself with her late boyfriend on her IG stories, there has emerged the topic of how intrusive and sensitive the media should be when dealing with such a delicate situation.


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