ORANI, Bataan – Forty-seven couples exchanged “I do’s” in a pre-Valentine free mass wedding Friday, before sunset in this town.
The beautiful town plaza that sits between the town hall and the old Catholic church was transformed into a colorful but simple wedding rite venue and reception. A dome-like small building at the middle of the plaza served as the venue for the official wedding ritual.
Gonzalo, 63 and Lily Pitogo, 61 who have been together for 33 years were among those who were finally declared as “man and wife” in said free mass wedding ceremony officiated by Mayor Benjie Serrano.
The Pitogo couple has five children and 10 grandchildren. “Her husband just died so we just got married now,” the old man a little bit limping said.
Not only the wedding process was free but the newly-weds were also given free gifts and free meals, one ninong and one ninang with some chosen members of the family included in the early dinner.
Dining tables were set along the plaza. A short burst of fireworks display concluded the ceremony. Dr. Bong Galicia, Orani vice-mayor, Geraldine Roman and some town councilors acted as principal sponsors for all the 47 couples.
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