100 couples say ‘I Do’ on Valentine’s Day-A A +A
Thursday, February 14, 2013
THE Iloilo City Government and the Home Mutual Development fund (HMDF) also known as the Pag-ibig Fund sponsored the biggest mass wedding ceremony on February 14 in time for the romantic Valentine’s Day celebration.
Dubbed as the “I Do I Do” Araw ng Pag-ibig Handog ng Pag-ibig Fund, the libreng kasal is one way of showing the government’s concern to unmarried couples who could not afford to spend for their wedding.
The wedding fees were facilitated for free by the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) after city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog instructed to waive the payments and give the selected indigent couples in the city to be married legally.
The city mayor lead in the marriage ceremonies.
The 100 couples were selected by the Red Ladies Association and culled from different city barangays.
The Pag-ibig personnel led by HMDF Department Manager Wilfredo Semolava facilitated the rites held at Robinsons Place in this city complete with wedding gifts such as rings, cake, starter set, food reception and raffle of several home appliances.
Semolava said a total of 4,371 couples nationwide are married this day in a joint project with the local government unit. Aside from Iloilo city, a mass wedding was also held on February 14 in Bacolod City.
The HMDF target is to put the Philippines in the Guinness Book of World Records through the mass wedding simultaneously held in 30 areas in the country such as in Mindanao, Visayas, NCR North, NCR South, North Luzon and South Luzon.
The names of Iloilo city couples were sent to the HMDF national office to participate in the national raffle draw with a house and lot prize. (Lydia C. Pendon)