Mayor Felipe Antonio B. Remollo officiates the dusk mass wedding of seventy-three couples in a light hearted but sincere ceremony at the Pantawan sa Dumaguete Rizal Boulevard, Friday.
The event, a first in more than 17 years, was originally scheduled on Valentine’s Day was postponed due to Typhoon Basyang. The first mass wedding was held during the first term of Mayor Remollo in 2000 at the Quezon Park.
The program commenced with the couples, to include some foreigners, marching along Rizal Boulevard witnessed by over a thousand members of their families, friends and well-wishers before settling at the Pantawan for the ceremony proper.
Governor Roel Degamo, Councilors Lilani Ramon, Alan Cordova, Michael Bandal, Joe Kenneth Arbas, Manuel Arbon, Lionel Banogon and the barangay captains served as sponsors to the couples. Councilor Karissa Tolentino-Maxino and her husband Adriel Zane Cutillar Maxino renewed their vows along with the other couples.
Mayor Remollo lauded the efforts of the community to ensure the success of the mass wedding that will legitimize the union of the couples and their children. The mass wedding culminated in a one minute kiss to seal their union.
In his keynote message, Governor Degamo urged the couples to be faithful to each other and to put God in the center of their relationship. He also assured them that as sponsors along with Mayor Remollo they would try to help them in the hour of their need.
Among those who contributed to the success of the event aside from Mayor Remollo and the city government of Dumaguete were: Bread Camp owned by Councilor Ramon for the cupcakes, Sarah Magdara of the Muslim community for the free wedding rings, Governor Degamo for the wedding presents, Kagawad Racquel Samson for the chairs, Kagawad Erwin Luzada for coordinating the event with the City Tourism Office led by Jacqueline V. Antonio and the Local Civil Registrar headed by Carlo Cual.
A second mass wedding might be scheduled in the 2nd half of this year. Interested couples only need to contact the Local Civil Registrar’s Office beside the Fire Department for the requirements.