A pandemic mass wedding: 87 Silaynon couples tie the knot on Valentine’s Day
NIGS. Eighty-seven couples were married in a mass wedding in Silay City on Valentine’s Day. (Photo added)
Mass-weddingNEGROS. The eldest couple, Regie Demetillo and Carmen Nadura embrace as mayor Mark Andrew’s solemn officer Arthur Golez looks on. (Photo by Erwin P. Nicavera)g-2
NIGS. The youngest couple, Ryan Magpoc and Honelyn Tingson, lead the cutting and eating of the cake. (photo Erwin P. Nicavera)
NIGS. Silay Town Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez urges couples to put God at the center of their relationship. (photo Erwin P. Nicavera)
NIGS. Some couples show off their dance moves after the ceremony. (photo Erwin P. Nicavera)
NIGS. The garden-themed venue of the mass wedding in Silay City. (photo Erwin P. Nicavera)
LOVE was alive in every corner of the world on Monday, February 14, 2022, Valentine’s Day, and so in the Paris of Negros, Silay City, as 87 couples exchanged their vows in a mass wedding organized in times of pandemic.
For its sixth consecutive year, the annual mass wedding organized by the Silay city government has fulfilled the dreams of these couples to be linked as husbands and wives, to be celebrated as one and to enjoy the gift of marriage while continuing to build a family.
Mayor Mark Andrew Arthur Golez, who served as the celebratory officer, said the local government had come up with a program to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the city.
At Monday’s mass wedding at the Natalio G. Velez Sports and Cultural Center, he said couples who want to get married but don’t have the means to do so have the opportunity to say “yes” to each other in a unique way and memorable. wedding ceremony.
“The municipal government takes care of everything,” Golez said, adding that “we bring joy to couples, we strengthen the bond in them,” which is also important for building a strong family in their respective homes.
With health protocols in place like social distancing and the use of face masks, among others, the local government has been pushing through activity amid the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
All participating couples were fully vaccinated against Covid-19, Golez said.
“There are a lot of residents who would like to get married but cannot afford it, so we are giving them a chance in the face of the challenges posed by the pandemic,” the mayor said, adding that “we did last year, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t.” continue that effort this year.”
Dressed in white wedding dresses, the brides, accompanied by their grooms in their barong and ceremonial attire, marched to a garden-themed venue. The couples simultaneously exchanged “I backs”. They sliced and ate the cake at the same time. All together they shared wishes for their lovers during a wine toast.
Golez, in her post, inspired couples by sharing insight into her own love story. He urged them to always put God at the center of their relationship.
“When you put God in the center, everything falls into place. I always pray before I go to sleep. I pray to the Holy Spirit to give me guidance, wisdom, knowledge and patience. That’s why my relationship with my wife is falling into place because I know he is at the center of everything and guides me in everything I do,” the mayor said.
Apart from the free wedding rites and reception, the newlyweds also received five kilograms of rice from the city government. They also benefited from a free application, marriage counseling, maternity services for pregnant brides, a legitimation process, certified copies of marriage records, and pre-nuptial and wedding photos, among others.
Special prizes were also awarded to the oldest couple, the youngest couple, the oldest couple, the couple with the most children, the best in dress, the best dressed couple, the couple up -early and to the best dancing couple.
With grateful hearts, the oldest couple, Regie Demetillo, 41, and Carmen Nadura, 47, both from Barangay Rizal, thanked the municipal government for an early donation this year.
The pedicab driver and a housewife have a five-year-old child. They wanted to get married but they lack money.
Now that their dreams have come true, they have sworn respect and love to each other. “We promise to be strong for each other, for our family,” the couple said.
Meanwhile, other city government officials were also present at the mass wedding. They served as the couples’ main sponsors.