PANABO CITY, Davao del Norte – 63 couples tied the knot in the presence of Mayor James Gamao, solemnizing officer of the city’s Kasalan ng Lungsod 2016.
In time for the Valentine's Day, the Kasalan, which was held at the city hall lobby was organized by the City Civil Registrar's Office (CCRO), headed by Dennis Devilleres.
Devilleres said that this Kasalan is intended for those unwed couples, living together with financial difficulties.
Before they were solemnized, Mayor Gamao reminded the couples to be responsible in educating and molding their children, and to put God in the center of their relationship and if possible, have a church wedding.
Gracing the occasion is the presence of Vice Mayor Janrey Gavina, Councilor Raquel Geraldo, Councilor Wahid Ranain, Councilor Renante Bangoy, Councilor Miguel Niez, city government department heads and guests from the congressional and provincial offices.
The couple received wedding gifts, cakes and giveaways from Cong. Antonio F. Lagdamao, Jr. and Mayor Gamao.
Couple Joel Marindoque and Jackelyn Rabe won a honeymoon hotel package with car service raffle prize from Councilor Bangoy.
The oldest groom, Ernesto Peñaranda, 54, married to Analyn Sarona and the earliest couple to arrive, Adrian Romay and Marlona Gulayan received cash prizes from the mayor.
He is thankful to to Mayor Gamao and the officials for his family can now enjoy the previledges of legally married couples. Peñaranda added during the interview, “This marriage will strengthen our family.”
The CCRO has been empowering the churches and the barangays to conduct more mass weddings, giving their recipient couples almost the same previledges as the city’s Kasalan. (Erick Etis – CIO / LGU-Panabo)