PNP marks Valentine's with mass wedding

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Friday, February 14, 2014


TWELVE couples, who spouses are members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), on Friday have exchanged their vows at a mass wedding ceremony in Quezon City.

The wedding ceremony, officiated by Rev. Fr. Bernardino Cortez, was held at the St. Joseph Chapel at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.

One of participants, Senior Superintendent Romulo Esteban, chief of staff of PNP in Bicol Region, has been civilly married to his wife for 25 years.

"Pinili talaga namin itong date na ito kasi silver anniversary namin ito," Esteban said. The Esteban couple has two children.

The police official advised newlyweds to remain faithful to their chosen lifetime partners.

"Dapat laging tapat sa pagsasama, ako kahit na chief na ako, pagdating sa bahay si misis pa din ang commander," he said.

The officiating priest said that it was important for couples to swear their love for each other in front of the Almighty.

"Hindi mahalaga na magarbo ang kasal,ang mahalaga ay mabasbasan ng Diyos ang pagsasama ng dalawang tao habang buhay," Cortez said.

Cortez meantime urged the public to go to their local parish church to avail themselves of the mass wedding, which can be held every Thursday.

"Sa ganoong paraan makakatipid talaga sila at the same time mababasbasan ang kanilang pagsasama," he added.

PNP chief of the directorial staff Marcelo Garbo said the mass wedding has been a yearly tradition in all PNP camps nationwide during Valentine's Day.

"Mga 10 years na namin itong ginagawa. Lahat ito pati ang sa reception ay gastos ng ahensya, kaya masaya kami na maging bahagi ng pagiging isa ng ating mga kapulisan at ng kanilang mga kabiyak," he said. (Sunnex)

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