About 47 couples tied the knot in a civil mass wedding ceremony to be officiated by Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo at the City Quadrangle, Friday.

This is the 3rd time that Mayor Remollo presided a Kasalang Bayan to legitimize the union of couples, including common law partners, for free.

Like in the previous mass wedding, rings and pastries are given for free to the participating couples. Mayor Remollo thanked the donors including members of the Muslim community for their contribution to the activity.

Vice-Mayor Franklin Esmena, Councilors Lilani Ramon, Alan Gel Cordova, Karissa Tolentino-Maxino, Michael Bandal, Jose Victor Imbo and SK President Lei Marie Danielle Tolentino stood as sponsors of the couples.

Relatives and friends of the couples also came in full force to enthusiastically support their loved ones during wedding ceremony. Many of the couples are already living together and are rearing their children.

However, the apparent big expenses required for a wedding of their own remains an obstacle for the couples to contract even civil weddings.

Mayor Remollo, a lawyer by profession, has advocated particularly for live-in couples to legitimize their union and to secure the future of their children.