220 couples got married in a Philippine mass wedding ceremony in the city of Bacolod. Everyone was dressed in traditional Filipino formalwear with the addition of one accessory: a blue surgical mask. This is love in the time of Coronavirus.
PHILIPPINE MASS WEDDING A VALENTINES DAY TRADITION
Annual mass weddings are a post-Valentine’s tradition in Bacolod.
Bacolod is more than 700kms southeast of the Philippine capital of Manila. It has a population of more than 561,875.
Fear of a local outbreak remains widespread, with organizers of the mass wedding requiring couples to wear the surgical masks to minimize the risk of contagion.
The fear of catching the coronavirus didn’t stop 440 Filipinos from tying the know in a popular yearly tradition in this Philippine city.
COUPLES REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS
Among the usual requirements for getting married, the couples were also asked to share details of their travel history for the past 14 days.
14 days is what scientists currently believe is the maximum incubation time for the coronavirus.
In the Philippines, three people have tested positive for the coronavirus, with one recorded death.
“YOU MAY NOW KISS THE BRIDE!”
Currently, there are more than 75,000 confirmed cases, with more than 2,200 deaths. Most of the fatalities were from mainland China.
At the end of the wedding ceremony, the officiating priests gave permission to the grooms to kiss their brides, which they did so through the blue surgical masks.
Bacolod mayor Evelio Leonardia said at the event that “if our families are strong, the city of Bacolod becomes strong, too.”
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