TANGUB CITY - At least 70 pairs of "unmarried" couples attended a free mass wedding ceremony sponsored by the City Government on March 4, 2019, at Sinanduloy gymnasium and carried this year's theme "Pangalan ko Pangalan mo."
The said mass wedding was among the annual project of the incumbent mayor Philip Tan, purposely to legalize unions of men and women. It is held every month of February, it was learned. It was also part of the city's 47th founding anniversary.
A wedding cake and cash gift of P1,000 were given to the couples to make their wedding even more beautiful and worth remembering. “We are holding also a mass wedding because we believe that family is the basic unit of society,” the city mayor said in his speech. Tan added that a family should live together harmoniously.
Stability of Marriage
The city mayor said he believes in the stability of marriage as the solid foundation to build a strong family together
Tan's wife Jennifer, who was also the president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC), reminded the newly married couples of their duties and responsibilities as husband and wife.
She added “This is symbolic of your maturity now. You are now accepting each other and making a commitment. You should complement and complete each other.”
Melvin Villanueva, 36 and his wife Jam Nueva Gomez, 33, were among those who joined the mass wedding celebrations. They've been live-in partners for 15 years, yet they also dream that someday they will get married, and this free mass wedding was realization of their long time dream.
"We are happy to be finally married after living in together for 15 years. We thanked city government for holding the mass wedding rites for free. - Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon/JCE/MDN