66 couples exchange vows in Ozamiz mass wedding

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, July 16 (PIA)–Love was truly in the air during the ‘Kasalan Ng Bayan’ celebration in Ozamiz City.

About 66 couples tied the knot during mass wedding or “Kasalan ng Bayan 2019” sponsored by Ozamiz City government as part of the celebration of the city’s 71st charter anniversary.

The free mass wedding includes couples living together out of wedlock.

Ozamiz City Mayor Sancho Fernando “Ando” Oaminal solemnized the union of 66 couples.

Mayor Sancho Fernando “Ando” Oaminal officiated the union of couples together with the Councilors held at the Timothy, Naomis Botanical Garden. (PIA10MisOcc)

He advised them, “Marriage is a lifetime commitment; the sacrament of marriage is forever with full of love and respect for each other.”

He reminded the couples of the responsibilities and commitment towards each other.

“With marriage as the precursor to a family, we want our residents to know that family comes first in this city,” he said.

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In her message, Vice Mayor Simplicia “Bebi” Neri congratulates the couples, who have been living together for years without having legitimized their bond. 

Neri shared the importance of marriage, strengthen their bond and relationship as one family.

She said, “the basic foundation of a strong marriage is LOVE.”

Ozamiz Mayor Ando Oaminal and Councilors both serve as principal sponsors to the couples.

As an added attraction to the event, one of the oldest couple to take part in the mass wedding was Bentoldo Dalangin, 76, Leonora Absin, 62, residents from Maningcol, Ozamiz City.

The couple thanked the local city government of Ozamiz for giving them the opportunity to tie the knot via the government-sponsored Kasalang Bayan.

Getting married, according to them, is a blessing because this legalized their relationship.

The 66 newly wed couples received free wedding cakes, flowers and photo souvenirs. (PIA10/Shaine Mae R. Nagtalon)

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