Love is In The Air: Mayor Marcy Officiates Mass Wedding in Marikina
by Famela Dahonog
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Mayor Marcy Teodoro solemnizes the union of eight couples in a civil wedding organized by the City Government of Marikina last Monday, February 3 at the ancestral house of Kapitan Moy.
Mass weddings in the City are being held regularly for free every first and last Tuesday of the month, officiated by Mayor Marcy himself and arranged by the staff from the City Hall.
Mayor Marcy wants a romantic and memorable wedding ceremony as the couples exchanged “I Dos” and lifetime vows.
“Pag-ibig. Iyan ang totoo, magpapakasal kayo dahil mahal ninyo ang isa’t-isa. Tadhana ito, ito ang pag-ibig, dumarating sa hindi inaasahan, pero tinadhana na iyan matagal na,” said Mayor Marcy in front of the newlyweds and their loved ones.
Couples tied the knot in the historic Kapitan Moy ancestral house where the first pair of shoes in Marikina was made way back in 1887. Today, Kapitan Moy has become the center for culture and the arts in Marikina and space for rent for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, seminars and graduation ceremonies.
The rustic theme of Kapitan Moy sets a warm mood of love and bliss for the newlyweds.
The couples are accompanied by their respective sponsors and intimate family members.
On the day of the wedding ceremony, there is a registration and checking of requirements. The couples are then briefed followed immediately by the wedding proper and signing of legal documents.
There is also a photo opportunity for the couples, the couple’s families and principal sponsors, and with Mayor Marcy.
The Local Government of Marikina also answers the bridal bouquet and photo coverage of the wedding. The photos will be stored in a compact disc (CD) and will be delivered to the couple’s home with the wedding contract in two weeks for free.
The civil mass wedding in Marikina aims to legitimize the union and strengthen the bond of couples. The matrimonial rite is the city government’s way to support couples who wish to be married regardless of financial status.
Although open for any couples, many who join mass weddings do not have adequate funds to host their own wedding in view of the expenses that come with arranging a wedding. Some couples, on the other hand, are already living together for years.
A wedding is important to Filipino couples. It is formally and legally sealing their commitment and love for each other.
Mayor Marcy sends best wishes to the new couples as they embark on a new chapter in their lives.
For requirements and inquiries, you may go to the Local Civil Registry office located on the ground floor of the Marikina City Hall.
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