Elderly couple in Mandaue weds after 40 years, 14 kids

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Friday, August 29, 2014


YOLANDA got married yesterday.

The 63-year-old small grocery store owner, who shares the name of last year's most disastrous typhoon, exhanged vows with Cristituto Ytang, the man she has been living with for more than 40 years.

Yolanda and 65-year-old Cristituto were the oldest couple in yesterday's mass wedding sponsored by the City Government of Mandue and the Kaabag Foundation Inc.

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The couple, who were married in a civil ceremony in February 1969, stood out among 87 pairs inside the St. Joseph National Shrine.

Yolanda and Cristituto have 14 children, two of whom are dead, and 36 grandchildren.

They were unable to wed in a Catholic church because Yolanda's parents were against it, being members of the Iglesia ni Cristo, said Cristituto.

Yolanda's mother died in 2004. Her father died several years earlier.

“We are very happy,” Yolanda told Sun.Star Cebu, as she and Cristituto joined the line of newly-wed couples wanting to have a picture with Mayor Jonas Cortes and other City officials.

The City and the Kaabag Foundation sponsor a mass wedding every year for couples who cannot afford a church wedding.

Yesterday's mass wedding was officiated by Fr. Ben Cortes, Fr. Evan Ybañez and Fr. Camilo Sestoso.

“The primary purpose of marriage is sanctification,” Fr. Cortes told Sun.Star Cebu.

Mayor Cortes lauded the couples, especially Yolanda and Cristituto, during the reception sponsored by the City at the City Sports Complex.

“They showed the importance of the sacrament of marriage,” he said.

The City gave cakes, red wine and boxed gifts to the couples.

Yolanda said their church wedding yesterday made her and Cristituto feel younger.

Georgette, 16, the couple's youngest child, said she was glad her parents got married in church, as she needs her parents' marriage contract to be accepted in a convent in Laguna. She plans to be a nun.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2014.

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