The University of San Carlos Department of Hospitality and Tourism hosted a mass wedding ceremony and reception dubbed Kahangturan(forever) on December 2, 2018 at the University San Carlos Downtown Campus.
The idea of the mass wedding event was proposed by faculty member Julienne Royo and endorsed by Community Extension Services Director, Fr. Roger Bag-ao, SVD, Hospitality program head Shiela Franco and chef Andre Gonzales.
Participating couples included janitors and security guards working in the university and their erstwhile partners. In the Philippines, weddings can cost thousands of pesos discouraging some lower income families from holding one. Pursuing the Carolinian devotio, the event provided an opportunity for these common law marriages to be legally formalized without having to worry about the expenses in the wedding preparations.
Hosting the event was included in partial compliance of course requirements for the organizing students. Sponsors for the event include (platinum) Herry Ahn Photo Studio, Montebello Villa Hotel, Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort, GT Cosmetics, Lanie Agtoto for the wedding rings, Nagasaka family, (gold) Imperial Spa, Hon. Duke Frasco, Nenette Paulin and friends, Marlina M. Rose, (silver) PruLife UK, Sol’s halo halo, (bronze) GSM Cebu Investors Finance Corp., (donors) Power 89.1 FM, 91.5 Yes the Best FM, 102.7 EasyRock FM, E. Cagasan Enterprises, Macaron Tango, SunLife Financial, and Plantation Bay. The organizers also thank Bai TV, Sharci Nero Events and Photography, and Rex J. Crystal for their support.
by Janelle Rae G. Untal and Bea Julienne D. Abucayan
Tags: Hospitality and Tourism, Events