(Photo courtesy Jeff Ronel Latube)

A young couple from Taytay, northern Palawan had to contend with a handshake in lieu of the traditional “kiss to the bride” to affirm their wedding vows, in the first civil wedding officiated in the town following the easing of the pandemic lockdown.

Taytay Mayor Romy Salvame said they remain strict in observing “minimum health standards” under a modified general community quarantine (MGCQ), and the same policies apply to civil wedding ceremonies.

“Dahil sa social distancing, you may now shake hands with the bride na lang muna sinabi ko instead of you may kiss the bride,” Salvame said.

He said they also limited the wedding’s sponsors present inside the room to only two persons.

While the couple Jaime Ramos and Sheena Rose Montero were allowed to remain physically within potential viral transmission distance during the entire civil wedding ceremony, they were constrained to wear facemasks during the entire proceedings.

Salvame said however there are no protocol restrictions on what happens after the wedding.

“Bahala na sila sa gabi. Basta ngayon mahalaga ay ating sinusunod ang minimum health standards”, Salvame said.

The couple was game, stating that they understood the social distancing and health protocols of the municipality.

“Okay lang naman po kasi naintindihan din namin ngayon dahil nga social distancing,”

The reception and honeymoon was held at the bride’s home in Brgy. Poblacion,Taytay.