200 couples solemnized in mass wedding
Some 200 couples living together for quite sometime have exchanged vows yesterday, February 13, whom Mayor Evelio Leonardia solemnized at the lobby of the Bacolod City Government Center, giving impetus to the celebration of Valentine’s Day. This is a yearly event of the city usually held on February 14, but this time moved to February 13 because Feb. 14 happens to be Ash Wednesday.
MASS WEDDING. Yesterday's mass wedding at the Bacolod City Government Center officiated by Mayor Bing Lenoardia and witnessed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Em Ang, Bart Orola, and other city officials.* (Photo-grab from SPM Ang's FB)
The oldest couple, Revicente Almedo, 59, an electrician who hails from Kalibo, Aklan decided to marry Leonora Eliazar, 47, resident of Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City.
They met in Manila in 2002 through text messages and later in 2007 went to Bacolod City to live together as couple. They are now 15 years as couple and are childless.
Leonora said she is extremely happy because she could carry the family name of her husband. “I cannot explain the joy in my heart,” she said. Revicente is in love with the whole being of Leonora because she is really a model woman for him.
Another couple who are living together for six years are Jeje Enario, 23, and Nancy Germino, 24, residing in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City. They also met in Manila, where Jeje worked at a Gasul dealer. They decided to go home to Nancy’s hometown, Bacolod City. They are still childless. They plan to have a church wedding in October.
Aside from choosing the oldest couple, the mass wedding organizers also chose the 80th couple, who registered as number 80 among the 200 couple registrants. This is to emphasize the 80th year of Bacolod as a charter city. They were Romnick Gitalan and Sara Deopita.
The best dressed couples were Marvin Conde and Eddie Bie Manaytay; Aljon Arcila and Charmaine Roca; and Eujane Sabino and Janice Medel. They received tokens from the city government.
The principal sponsors were Philippine Statistics Authority-Bacolod assistant head Luis Gonzales, Mayor Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Em Ang, Cindy Rojas, Bart Orola, Bacolod City Civil Registrar Ronelo Pauyon, Cong. Greg Gasataya represented by his staff Mark Mayo, Marlon Solidum, George Zulueta, and Israel Salanga. Other principal sponsors in absentia: Councilors Caesar Distrito, Dindo Ramos, and Renecito Novero,
The office of Mr. Pauyon facilitated the documents of the couple, and limit to 200 only so that it will be manageable.
Gonzales reminded the couples to take good care of their documents like marriage certificate, birth certificate of their children, and even the death certificate because all of these are needed by their children.
Orola advised the couples to make God the center of their lives. To Rojas, “husbands should always make their wives happy because a happy wife is a happy life.” Ang told them that their wedding is the start of their forever relationship. Zulueta and Solidum reminded them that married life has many storms to surpass. Vice Mayor Familiaran congratulated the couples for solidifying the foundation of their relationship.
Leonardia, who solemnized the marriage of couples, said “we want this ceremony to establish a family, because an established family is an established city, thus, making a good city that also makes a good country.”*(EDITH B. COLMO)