Couple weds under ECQ’s “new normal”

THE Luzon-wide Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) has banned social public events but that did not deter Daniel Catchillar and Gracely Villafania from getting married as planned while yielding to its limitations and restrictions.

Newlywed couple Daniel and Gracely, both Jehovah’s Witnesses, were wed early morning of April 27 at the Kingdom Hall in Barangay Poblacion Norte.

A Kingdom Hall is a house of worship used by Jehovah’s Witnesses for their religious services.

In an interview, Daniel said they had a hard time planning their wedding because of the ECQ. He said the physical distance between them alone, Daniel is from Basista while Gracely is from Sta. Barbara, was a struggle.

They had the wedding scheduled on April 27 but friends and relatives advised them to postpone till after the lockdown but they opted to stick to the plan.

The couple already secured all requirements including permits for the wedding.

 “Madaming adjustment po kasi naka-prepare na lahat, kaso biglang nagkaganito”, Daniel said.

Sta. Barbara Mayor Joel delos Santos had advised them to strictly follow and observe protocols recommended by the government, i.e, to wear face masks, observe social and physical distancing, etc.

Mahirap, but it was worth it,” the happy groom said,

Instead of the usual crowd in weddings, there were only eight people inside the Kingdom Hall to witness their exchange of marital vows.

Daniel and Gracely met each other during a construction volunteer service. They are both s full-time ministers doing separate part-time jobs.

Daniel and Gracely’s story is a testament to the Bible’s adage at 1 Corinthians 13:8, “Love never fails”. (Ahikam Pasion)

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