Fewer Filipinos getting hitched

By Jennifer A. Ng, BusinessMirror

Posted at Jun 29 2012 07:57 AM | Updated as of Jun 30 2012 02:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Fewer Filipino couples are getting married, with the number of registered marriages declining by 1.5% between 2001 and 2010, according to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB).

In its “Sexy Statistics,” NSCB Director General Romulo Virola said Filipino couples that tied the knot preferred civil weddings to church weddings.

“Between 2001 and 2010, there was effectively a 1.5% annual decrease in the number of registered marriages in the country. Do couples no longer want to live happily ever after?” Virola asked.

NSCB said 43.5% of married couples preferred civil wedding rites compared to 35% who got married in church.

“The culture of wedding and marriage [in the Philippines] seems to be changing,” Virola said.

He added that more than 6 out of 10 marriages took place in Luzon and that most marriages happened in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).

The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Cordillera Administrative Region and Caraga had the least number of registered marriages.

NSCB said the average age of brides had been increasing, from 25.8 in 2007 to 26.1 in 2010. Bachelors who decided to get hitched were also older, from 28.8 in 2007 to 29.1 in 2010.

Also, Filipino bridegrooms tended to be older than their brides. “For all age groups, from age 25 and up, there [were] more [bridegrooms] than brides. However, for age groups 24 and below, there [were] more brides than [bridegrooms].”

Those who wed no longer seemed to prefer the month of June, NSCB said.

The attached agency of the National Economic and Development Authority added that the “marryingest months” were May, December and January while couples typically avoided the months of November, August and July.