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51 pairs say ‘I do’ in PNP mass wedding

Posted by Abi Kwok on February 12, 2009

By Abigail Kwok
INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines—What does it take to make a marriage last?

Patience, love, and a lot of understanding. These, for Police Officer 2 Melchor Basco, are some of the elements that made his marriage with wife Charelina last for more than 14 years.

Although the couple has been living together for more than a decade, it was only on Thursday that they exchanged “I do’s” in front of the altar.

“We were busy so it’s only now that we’re able to get wed,” Basco said.

They already tied the knot though in civil ceremonies, but they said they always wanted to get married in a church because “we want to get the blessings of the church and of God.”

Basco, together with 50 other couples, walked down the aisle at the St. Joseph Multi-faith Chapel in Camp Crame Thursday.

Some 25 police officers joined the mass wedding: five non-uniformed personnel, and 21 police dependents.

Senior Superintendent Rey Urmeneta, director of the PNP chaplain services, officiated the rites.

Urementa advised all newly-weds to set an example for their children and to live their married lives under the Lord’s guidance.

When asked what advice he could give to other newly-weds, Basco said, “Love one another forever, be faithful to each other, and be strong.”

And the newly-wed Basco’s honeymoon?

Just at home, they said with a sheepish smile.

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