By Dianne B. Ubaldo
“Para sa mga bagong kasal, ang aking pangaral sa inyo ay isipin ang pagpapamilya. Huwag mag-aanak ng marami kung hindi kayang pakainin,” this was the advice of Mayor Caesar Perez to the 94 couples during this year’s ‘Kasalang Bayan’ held on December 14, 5pm at the General Paciano Rizal Park at Brgy. Baybayin in Los Baños, Laguna.
The 94 couples who registered and attended the mass wedding were from the barangays of Anos (2 couples), Bagong Silang (1 couple), Bambang (7 couples), Batong Malake (9 couples), Bayog (14 couples), Lalakay (7 couples), Maahas (19 couples), Malinta (6 couples), Mayondon (8 couples), Putho-Tuntungin (4 couples), San Antonio (7 couples), Tadlac (3 couples), and Timugan (7 couples).
“Kinabahan ako pero ng nasa harap na kami ng altar gumaan na ang pakiramdam ko kasi kasama ko ang partner ko sa buhay” (I was nervous but when we were already in front of the altar, I felt comfortable because I’m with my partner in life), shared groom Henry Vergara.
This year’s Kasalang Bayan is a project of the Municipal Gender and Development Office together with the Los Baños Sangguniang Bayan. The marriage contracts will be available after a week.