TACLOBAN CITY- Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez officiated a free mass wedding to some 50 couples coming from 24 barangays of Tacloban City during the “Kasalang Bayan” ceremony held last Thursday (August 24) at the Tacloban City Training Center.
On that same day, the city mayor also officiated a separate mass wedding to 20 inmates at the Tacloban City Jail with their respective partners.
In her short talk, Mayor Romualdez advised the couples that the secret to a happy marriage is putting God always at the center of their lives, respect each other’s views and to be faithful in the eyes of God and his fellowmen.
After the wedding ceremonies, the newly-wed couples as well as their guests were treated to sumptuous foods.
The providing mass wedding to couples who have been living together for years now is a priority and continuous program of Mayor Romualdez’ administration, said City Civil Registrar Officer Imelda Roa.
As part of the package of the free wedding for the 24 couples, they were not asked to pay for their application and in securing their certificates of marriage.
Mayor Romualdez, meantime, issued her call to couples who are not yet civilly married to avail of the free wedding program by just visiting the Civil Registrar’s Office or during the holding of the ‘Caring, Giving and Reaching Out’ activity of the city government.
The next mass wedding is scheduled this December.
“Kasalang Bayan” is a regular program of the City Government of Tacloban thru the City Civil Registrar’s Office. It wed exceptional couples who has been living together for five years or more and has a five years old child to enter into marriage, to strengthen their union bond.