49 masked couples tie up at NoCot mass wedding


NEWLY WEDS. The couple Carlo and Angelica Magluyan in their wedding car and with Mayor Pip Limbungan of Tulunan, North Cotabato (inset) after the wedding rites. They were among 49 couples who exchanged vows in a mass wedding ceremony on Thursday, November 19, 2020. (Photos courtesy of DXND – Kidapawan)

CITY OF COTABATO – Forty-nine couples exchanged “yeses” at a “face mask wedding” ceremony in Tulunan, north Cotabato, as the city celebrates its 59th founding anniversary on Thursday.

Tulunan Mayor Pip Limbungan, who hosted the mass wedding around noon at the town’s gymnasium, said the event had become one of the highlights of the town’s annual festivities.

The eldest bride was a 52-year-old disabled woman who had married a 44-year-old farmer.

They have lived as husband and wife for 10 years without civil or religious marriage, officials said.

“The minimum health protocols were properly adhered to, which is why it was called marriage with a face mask,” Limbungan said.

A photo of the couple Carlo and Angelica Magluyan aboard a “payong-payong” (tricycle) as their wedding car went viral on social networks.

It was decorated with native materials and marked “We get married”.

On the back of the “wedding tricycle” was a banana tree with two banana blossoms, symbolizing two hearts to be united in marriage. (ANP)

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