179 Couples Exchange ‘I Do’s’ in 2nd Mass Wedding
Some 179 couples were officially declared as husband and wife as the city of Bacolod hosted its 2nd Mass Wedding at the Bacolod Arts Youth and Sports (BAYS) Center, yesterday.
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella with the oldest couple taking part in the traditional slicing of the cake.* (CMO-PIO photo)
Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella led the ceremony as solemnizing officer, while Councilors Sonya Verdeflor, Ana Marie Palermo and Kalaw Puentevella acted as witnesses alongside former city officials Catalino Alisbo, Jude Thaddeus Sayson and Homer Bais.
First Lady Josefa Puentevella, running mate Vladimir Gonzalez and several Barangay Captains also graced the occasion.
“This is a day of love, and we are all very happy for you,” said Puentevella in his inspirational message. The Mayor further expressed that what they had promised to each other is a sign that they have “sealed their love with a bond that will last a lifetime”.
Palermo, meanwhile, said the sacrament of marriage aims to strengthen their families and to legitimize their relationship.
“Marriage has its privileges and obligations, but what God has put together, let no man break,” she added.
The oldest couple to exchange vows was Johnny Dulce, 65 and his wife, Emilia Oniate, 71. They were also chosen as the model couple and had the privilege to cut the cake and make a toast.
Joebert Pastor and wife Jurey Prudente, on the other hand, was adjudged as the “Best Dressed Couple” alongside Jerry Unabia and wife Margie Granton and Carlo Arceo and wife, Honey Grace Española.
Jaime Palma, Jr. and Roselyn Catahum was awarded with the “Early Bird” citation.*(CMO-PIO)