26 couples from the Dumagat tribe in San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan tied the knot in a mass wedding Tuesday morning.
The mass wedding was held yesterday (Tuesday, Feb 11) at the Rising HeArt marker in Brgy. Paradise III in SJDM. The event was held with the help of the city government of SJDM, was officiated by Rev. Fr. Avelino Tubig and SJDM Mayor Arthur Robes. The event was witnessed by SJDM Councilor Rosalyn Canuck and Indigenous Peoples Minority Rep. Benjamin San Jose.
The Rising HeArt marker, recently unveiled by Mayor Art and his wife, lone SJDM Rep. Florida Robes, serves as “a constant reminder that to all of us that the world, despite the chaos, will always be governed by peace, love, and compassion towards one another.”
The marker with the accompanying heart-shaped structure will serve as a love lock repository. “If they have love lock bridges in Paris and in Japan, then we also have our own love lock marker. It’s something that the entire community can participate in. My husband and I have the honor of being the first couple to place a love lock in the Rising HeARt marker,” revealed Cong Robes.
The marker also aims to increase the public’s awareness of SJDM’s UNESCO creative city bid.
“We look forward to having so many more love locks join ours,” said Mayor Arthur. “The more the merrier. We get to see that there is so much love in San Jose del Monte. Cong. Robes and I like to think that all the happy thoughts will help us get a Creative City designation from UNESCO.”