In God's perfect time: Couple weds 4 months after bride's accident delayed rites

Aleta Nieva Nishimori, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 26 2019 08:38 PM

MANILA - Couple Poly Jorge Magtubo and Christine Manansala have finally tied the knot, some four months after a vehicular accident seriously injured the bride-to-be. 

"Akala ko po hindi po talaga matutuloy kasi 'di nga po nangyari 'yung December 16," said Christine in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News, referring to their original wedding date. 

Together for eight years, the couple exchanged "I dos" on April 27, more than two months since Christine was discharged from hospital on Feb. 16. 
 
Manansala had spent weeks in hospital for severe head injuries and a fractured arm. She survived a deadly accident at the STAR Tollway in Batangas in December, barely two weeks before their scheduled nuptials on the 16th of the same month. 

"May ukab 'yung ulo ko, may portion po na walang skull at 'yung arms ko mahirap igalaw dahil may fracture," she said.

(There is a hole in my skull and it's hard to move my arms because of a fracture.) 

She said she could not remember much about what happened and got what she knows about the accident from what she saw and read in media. 

When Christine was well enough, the wedding rites finally pushed through. The priest who was supposed to wed them in December officiated their nuptials.

"Una po, usapan namin civil wedding na lang pero sabi nung pari nung kukuhanin na namin 'yung mga papeles 'wag na daw pong mag-civil wedding at siya na daw po ang magkakasal sa amin," shared Christine.

(At first, we agreed just to have a civil wedding but the priest told us when we were about to get our documents to not push through with a civil wedding and that he would be the one to wed us.)

Christine is an MS Microbiology graduate at the University of the Philippines in Los Baños and a BS Biology graduate at the De La Salle University in Lipa. She now teaches at the De La Salle-Lipa College of Biology.

She said her students showed care for her while undergoing treatment. 

"Nalaman ko po na 'yung mga estudyante ko mahal po pala ako kasi mataray po akong teacher. Nagme-message po, dumadalaw," she said. 

(I saw that my students love me even if I am grumpy. They send me messages, visit me.)

She was also able to attend her students' graduation.

Christine is now focused on her recovery. She can now walk assisted by a walker or cane and continues to do physical therapy.

The accident, she said, drew her closer to her husband, her parents and God. Things may not always work as planned, but the couple believes in God’s perfect timing.

"Wala pong ibang makakatulong sa atin kung 'di ang Diyos po kasi dinidinig po niya tayo kahit gaano po kahirap, kasakit. Tapos ang pamilya po hindi tayo iiwanan kahit kailan," she said.

(No one else can help us but God because he listens to us no matter how difficult, painful. And our family will never ever leave us.)

Christine is looking forward to the day she could return to school to teach again.

"Next year po kapag nakakalakad na po ulit ako, magtuturo po ulit ako. Kinontak ko na po 'yung taga La Salle, sabi po may babalikan daw po ako," she said.

(Next year when I am able to walk again, I will teach. I have contacted La Salle, they said there is something for me to come back to.)

She also thanked those who were with her and her husband in their difficult journey.