22-year-old mass marriage continues in pandemic Pagadian City


Masks were a must-have for couples who got married in Pagadian City on Valentine’s Day in a 22-year-old urban tradition. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

PAGADIAN CITY — They have lived together for 22 years, the age of their eldest daughter.

But for Susan Tamsi, 51, and Reynaldo Bancorro, 63, from the village of San Jose here, their wedding to Valentine’s Day Kasalang Bayan here only affirmed all their years of struggle and how ultimately the love has conquered everything.

Tamsi and Bancorro were among 38 couples Mayor Samuel Co officially married here Sunday, Valentine’s Day, for the city’s 22nd Kasalang Bayan in the city government’s executive reception hall.

Co said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of those who have married this year has fallen sharply from more than a hundred pairs in 2019.

For this year’s batch of newlyweds, Tamsi and Bancorro were the oldest.

“We didn’t get married before because we were struggling to make a living but now that our oldest has finally graduated our expenses are going down and we think we can finally save something for the occasion,” Tamsi said. , who added that they also need the right documents for their children.

For 22 years, the municipal government has held Kasalan ng Bayan every Valentine’s Day at City Hall to marry longtime partners who had lived together for years without officially marrying, the officer said. civil status of the city, Paulita Sergas.

Co said the parents’ formal marriage would greatly benefit their children.

The city’s largest Kasalan ng Bayan took place in 2003, when 228 couples were married in a ceremony presided over by the late mayor Henrito Dogon. said Sergas.

“The activity has continued every year and will continue as long as there are unmarried couples committed to getting married. It is very important for their future, ”she added.

Bancorro said it was difficult to rely solely on their small restaurant to meet their daily needs over the past 22 years, but it has helped a lot to send their children to school.

After years of struggle that gave birth to two children, their official marriage is now an affirmation that love triumphs over everything, Bancorro said.

“We have survived years of struggle and hardship,” he said. “Now that proves that we are now a legal couple. “


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