Mass wedding in historic Lingayen Beach on Valentine’s Day
61 COUPLES EXCHANGE “1 DO”
WITH the picturesque and historic Lingayen Beach as their backdrop, 61 couples made a first-of-its kind beach wedding in this capital town perfectly timed on Valentine’s Day.
Several minutes before sunset, the pairs, she in her wedding or white long dress, and he in Barong Tagalog or white long sleeves or terno outfit, walked down the aisle while the famous “Beautiful In White” song of Shane Filan was being played.
They then struck poses in front of floral-adorned arcs for the benefit of ninongs, ninangs, families and friends who happily snapped pictures and videos.
Jojo Lopez, municipal local civil registrar officer, said Mayor Leopoldo Bataoil wanted this year’s mass wedding to be more fabulous than in previous years, and made the Valentine’s Day wedding, the first mass wedding held at the beachfront in Lingayen Beach.
Mayor Bataoil, who solemnized the wedding, shared one advice – that marriage is a promise to be good, thoughtful, generous and loving, and marriage is normally a union, too, with their extended families. He cited a biblical passage on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 about love that would serve as guide of the couples in their journey.
While the exchange of marriage vows and wedding rings were being done, ready for their much-awaited wedding kiss, the popular “Ikaw At Ako” song by Jason Marvin and Moira Dela Torre was played that completed a love ambience in the air.
For his part, Vice Mayor Mac Dexter Malicdem, a bachelor, lauded the mayor for his extraordinary efforts to give the best for their townmates that makes Lingayen the envy of other towns and cities in Pangasinan and saluted the Local Civil Registry Office for the success of the event.
Malicdem led the couples in the ceremonial cutting of their wedding cake
Meanwhile, retired Major General Roberto Sylim, municipal administrator, led the wine toast for the newlyweds.
The event’s guest speaker, Josephine Dasmariñas, shared some insights about marriage based on biblical teachings.
The couples received their gifts from the local government like their first wedding picture in a frame, aside from other giveaways like coffee mugs.
After the wedding ceremonies, the 61 couples performed their ‘tiktok’ dance presentation in a bonfire to the delight of the audience. (Eva Visperas)
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