CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela — For 64-year-old couple Bonifacio and Remedios Tapuling, the bond of a legal union is still vital even if they are already in their senior years.
The Tapulings were the oldest to tie the knot among the 334 couples who exchanged marriage vows on Valentine’s Day mass wedding which marks the Civil Registration Month at the Ilagan Community Center in this city.
City civil registrar Danver Albert Arzaga said three Maranao couples also joined the wedding while an Agta couple, Santos Ancheta and Normida Baua, also got married. They already have five children before they decided to tie the knot.
Acting Supervising Statistical Specialist Cristilu Geronimo of Philippine Statistics Authority-Isabela said the Civil Registration Month involved a series of mass weddings, mobile registration, quiz and slogan bees, and display of tarpaulins, among others.
Mayor Evelyn Diaz encouraged couples to remain committed and “in love” with each other’s partner forever.
“It is noteworthy that you already settled down because statistics shows that there are so many live-in couples now. Marriage is the best foundation of a family,” the mayor added
She urged the people to ensure registration of births, marriages, and deaths as well as decrees, legal instruments, and judicial orders affecting their civil status.
“We must be reminded that accurate civil registration helps facilitate the smooth processing and availing of basic services and transactions with government agencies and private institutions,” she added. (PNA)