(LSJ)196 couples tied the knot via Pag-Ibig and QC government

February 14, 2013 11:30 pm 

By Leilani S. Junio

MANILA, Feb. 14, — Around 196 couples from various barangays in Quezon City on Thursday, Feb. 14 availed of a free wedding ceremony at the Quezon Memorial Circle.

The wedding event is mark as “Pag-ibig Day” wherein the Pag-ibig Fund, in coordination with Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista provided 196 couples a free wedding ceremony and reception to realize their long-cherished dream of a wedded love.

Marissa Manalang, from marketing and enforcement division of Pag-ibig Fund, Kamias Branch said that since Pag-ibig itself connotes “love” it deemed appropriate to express love during this love month particularly, Feb. 14, which is celebrated as valentine’s day.

Last year, about 2,000 couples from various parts of Metro Manila enjoyed free wedding ceremony at the Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City.

Manalang added that a total of 4,000 couples wedding ceremonies is also simultaneously held nationwide Thursday to promote “love between couples”.

The requirements are just married license and they should be Pag-ibig members, or if not, they should be at least a member for one month prior to the application to qualify to be in the list of those who will avail of the free wedding ceremony and reception.

Some couples who availed of the free wedding mass ceremony cannot hide their happiness.

Teresita Noriega, 54 and Edwardo Idos, 57 from Commonwealth Quezon City said that they are happy that after 35 years of living together as man and wife, they finally got married and be legal husband and wife. The couple has 8 children and the eldest is 16 years of age.

Jonalyn Llames and Garry Gabanes, both 23 years old from Commonwealth QC also said that the marriage ceremony is somewhat practical in the sense that the marriage will provide them a way to save a lot especially now that Jonalyn, is on her 7th month pregnancy period. “We can now save for our baby's forthcoming baptismal,” Garry added.

More couples lauded the joint move of Pag-ibig Fund in conducting free mass wedding ceremony, adding that the event is not only worth remembering because it is a red-letter day but also gave them opportunity to be legally married as husbands and wives and strengthen their unity as one married couple .

Pag-ibig Fund is now on its 32nd year. (PNA)

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