THE Seventy-one-year-old couple Celedonio Tolico and his wife, Rosario Quezon, 67, were the oldest couple among the 561 couples who tied the knot in a mass wedding.

The said wedding was officiated by the City Government on Saturday at the Bays Center which was also held simultaneously with the world celebrating the Valentine’s Day.

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Another couple whose age gap of 29 years also gained attraction on the Saturday’s wedding. The couple was Jonathan Era, 39, and his wife Roseby De la Torre, 68.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia officiated the wedding with Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson and councilors Homer Bais, Alex Paglumotan, Al Victor Espino, former undersecretary Anthony Golez, Secretary to the Mayor lawyer Vicente Petierre III, Miguel Estrella, Crysta Vega, Em Ang, Carl Lopez, and Ceasar Distrito as sponsors.

Leonardia said the wedding is the city’s biggest edition of holding the mass wedding.

The City Government plans to hold another version at the New Government Center to accommodate of a bigger number.

“It’s very inspiring for us here that the people of Bacolod tried their best to be wed, which I believe that the family is the most basic unit of the society,” said Leonardia.

He added that the annual wedding activity is city’s program aimed at promoting family welfare and of the children thus legalizing unions of many couples in the city.

The city mayor said the mass wedding is part of the city’s activity every February in line with the Civil Registrar Office’s observance of the National Registration Month.

Golez said it only shows that several couples in the city want to go under the sanctity of marriage, which some of them were already living together but not yet married.

Golez also lauded the city mayor for giving the couples a chance to be united under the law and Christian faith.