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‘Kasalan ng Bayan’ highlights Valentine’s Day celebration in Zambo Norte

DIPOLOG CITY (PIA) – Love was thick in the air as couples from all over Zamboanga del Norte came together in holy matrimony on none other than the day of hearts itself, Valentine’s Day.

The Provincial Government made 23 couples’ dreams come true through the “Kasalan ng ZaNorte 2024”, a mass wedding for couples from all corners of the province, with one coming all the way from the Municipality of Kalawit.

According to Johanna W. Lozada, focal person for the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office’s (PSWDO) Family Welfare Program, the province sponsored the rings, bouquets, and even a bento cake for each couple. They also provided a four-layered cake for the ceremonial cake slicing during the ceremony.

Couples were also gifted with a half-sack (25 kilograms) of rice from the local government.

April Jay Balais and his wife Julie nee Tabangcura, who have been together for 17 years and have two children, were thankful for the chance to finally get married and acknowledged by the law.

Photo by: Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Information Center

“Happy mi nga naa mi mga anak labaw na karon nga gikasal nagyud mi (We’re happy that we have our kids, especially now that we’re finally married)” said Julie.

Another pair, Rhomel Sastre and his now wife Marichu nee Tabangcura, who have been dating for 10 years and living together for seven, advised younger and newer couples to never let pride win if they want to make it to the altar.

Happy newlyweds receive a half-sack of rice from the provincial government during the Kasalan sa ZaNorte 2024 (Photo by: Zamboanga del Norte Information Center)

“Kailangan gyud naay pagsabot, (There needs to be understanding)” said Marichu. “Di pwede nang sige nalang mong patas-anay og garbo kay wa gyud nay kapadulngan (You can’t constantly be trying to one-up each other’s pride because that will never work).”

They were also thankful for the annual community weddings, because due to the financial demands of a traditional wedding, they wouldn’t be able to afford it otherwise.

According to Lozada, 23 couples is relatively low compared to the previous years, but she explained that that is mainly because City and Municipal LGUs also conducted their own Kasalang Bayans (Community Weddings) with Dipolog City catering to 33 couples, Dapitan wedding 30 couples, and the Municipality of Polanco tying together another 30 couples to name a few. (RVC/EDT/PJF/PIA9-Zamboanga del Norte)

About the Author

Pamela Joyce Fumero

Information Officer - I

Region 9

A psychology graduate with latin honors from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, Pamela is a registered psychometrician currently employed as a writer and information officer at the Philippine Information Agency's Region IX - Zamboanga del Norte Information Center.

As an information officer, she attends meetings and provides coverage for both government and nongovernment events that benefit the Filipino people.

She also writes feature and news stories which can be found on PIA's official website. 

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