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Registration for free wedding all the way to reception, ongoing in Manila

Honey Lacuna and Encar Ocampo during a Kasalang Bayan
Mayor Honey Lacuna and Manila Civil Registry Office chief Encar Ocampo during a past mass wedding sponsored by the city government. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna is inviting couples who have been living together to start registering with the local government to avail of the city-sponsored wedding all the way up to the reception, that will be held en masse in June.

Lacuna said that registration is ongoing for those who want to get married either in civil rites or in Church under the city government‘s “Kasalang Bayan” program.

She said that those interested may go to the office of the Manila City Civil Registry headed by Encar Ocampo or send a message to its Facebook page to know the necessary details or information and all the requirements needed to be included in the list.

Ocampo said the registrants will be entertained on a ‘first come, first served’ basis since the slots are limited.

Last year, Lacuna, under the authority vested in her as city mayor, solemnized the marriage of 102 couples while sponsoring the Church wedding of 60 couples.

It was learned that the lady mayor, as usual, will be taking care of everything for the said couples who do not have to spend a single centavo for their decision to legalize their union.

“Di lang namin sagot, ‘yung suot nila at mapapangasawa nila,” the lady mayor said in jest.

Lacuna said the couples do not have to worry about the ordinary expenses entailed such as documentary expenses, wedding rings, candles, flowers, cord, veil, arrhae, venue, transportation and reception, among others.

The mayor had been doing this for unmarried couples who seek her help to get wedded, from the time that she was City Councilor and Vice Mayor.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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