- A newlywed couple opted to make a funeral car as their bridal car during a recent mass wedding celebration in Iloilo
- The mass wedding was held at the Alegre Baptist Church in the Municipality of Barotac Viejo
- The couple, Alex Galino and Lani Bartizo, revealed that they asked an owner of a funeral parlor to lend them a vehicle for their use in their wedding
- The owner then sent them his funeral car complete with a huge bouquet of flowers attached to the front grille of the car
A newlywed couple in a mass wedding in Barotac Viejo, Iloilo, stole the show from everyone else when they brought with them a hearse as their bridal car.
The mass wedding celebration took place at the Alegre Baptist Church in the town of Barotac Viejo in Iloilo.
According to the newlywed couple, Alex Galino and Lani Bartizo, they talked to an owner of a funeral parlor to lend them a car for their wedding.
The funeral parlor agreed and so sent a vehicle to the wedding.
To the surprise of everyone, however, the vehicle that the funeral parlor owner sent was actually a hearse in a wedding getup.
The funeral car, a black Ford Expedition, came complete with a large bouquet of flowers attached to its front grille.
Fortunately, the owner did not push the humor further by attaching a funeral wreath to the car’s grilles.
Many said the couple just gave the term “til’ death do us part” a whole new meaning and life, thrusting it right back into the limelight.
Some netizens teased the groom using a funeral car was spot on as it marks the end of his bachelor days.
Mass weddings are oftentimes celebrated in the Philippines for the benefit of couples who have been living together for many years, albeit without legal documents. While cohabiting for five years, under Philippine laws, have the force and effect of a marriage, it is different if there are legal documents attesting to the union of husband and wife. Most of those who participate in mass weddings are couples who cannot afford fees required for such solemn ceremony. As a result, local government units or church organizations, would hold mass wedding ceremonies for them, often without the required fees or in some cases, would only require a very small fee.
Mass weddings are not something new and is celebrated in many countries. However, there are rare instances when such celebrations become strange and weird, like that of the mass wedding in Peru where women tied the knot with trees. Reports say the ladies are environmental activists and the one who organized the mass wedding was Peruvian artist and activist Richard Torres.
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Mass weddings, under the current health crisis, however is difficult to hold as both participants and officials can be liable for violating health protocols. People in Bacolod City, nevertheless, found a workaround. All participants and officiating officials wore face masks and everyone was also made to fill out and sign health declaration forms where they need to provide their travel history for the past 14 days.
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