MANILA -- Dressed in white and a face mask, 76-year-old Consuelo Florencio said “I do” once again to Ricky Florencio, her husband of 49 years.
While the looming threat of COVID-19 forced most couples put a halt on their wedding plans, it did not hinder these senior citizens from driving themselves to the chapel at the break of dawn.
Being part of the "vulnerable" population, family members advised the pair to postpone their celebration. However, the couple said they realized they “did not want to miss an opportunity to marry each other again in the unpredictable time they have left together.”
In a simple ceremony, stripped of guests and wedding traditions, they re-professed their marital vows.
The two first got hitched on May 22, 1971 and have since been religiously retying the knot on their anniversary.
According to the bride and groom, not everyone is lucky enough to grow old with the love of their life, more so to “wed them again and again.”
To curtail the spread of COVID-19, the government prohibited large gatherings, including private social events, and has imposed precautionary measures such as social distancing protocols and the mandatory face mask policy.
While small weddings may be held, according to the new guidelines released by the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines under the “new normal,” only the bride and the groom, immediate family, and one set of sponsors will be allowed in nuptial ceremonies this year.