The Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG Fund will be sponsoring a mass wedding for 100 couples on Valentine's Day, February 14, in Puerto Princesa City. Registration is still open until January 31, 2019. (File photo by Celeste Anna R. Formoso)

Around a hundred couples are set to get married on February 14, 2019, at a mass wedding that will be sponsored by the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) or PAG-IBIG Fund in a park and resort in Puerto Princesa City.

With the theme “2019 I DO I DO Araw ng Pag-Ibig”, this year’s mass wedding project is looking at catering to the number of couples, particularly PAG-IBIG members in Puerto Princesa and municipalities in Palawan.

Ma. Victoria Nacasi, PAG-IBIG Fund member service officer and marketing supervisor, said they have been implementing the project for six years now but the event on February 14 will be the first in Palawan.

She said non-members are also welcome to register provided they first become PAG-IBIG members by complying the data form and paying P100 in their Palawan office.

To date, she said more than 50 couples already signed up for the mass wedding. Registration is still open until the end of the month for the other half.

“Ginagawa natin ito to generate more members, hindi lang ‘yong mga employed sa private offices kundi pati na rin ‘yong mga kasambahay and informal workers – ‘yong mga kagaya nang nagtitinda dyan sa tabi-tabi at ‘yong mga kagaya nila (We are doing this to generate more members, not only the employed in private offices but also the house helps and informal workers – the street corner vendors and others like them),” she said.

The basic requirements for the couples are certificates of non-marriage (CENOMAR), birth certificates, POPCOM (Population Commission) seminar at the Old City Hall Building, affidavit of cohabitation for couples living together for three-to-four years and more, and affidavit of living together if necessary.

Nacasi said PAG-IBIG Fund will cover all expenses for their wedding ceremony and reception, headdress and rings, symbolic gifts, souvenir items, and transportation.

She said there will also be a raffle for the couples where they can win a livelihood (kabuhayan) package as well as household and kitchen appliances.

Couples only need to provide wedding dress for the ladies and white long sleeves or barong for the men.

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