by: Flor Jackson

NAVAL, Biliran – Seven couples from the Philippine National Police – Biliran Police Provincial Office said “I do” on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2011 during the mass wedding sponsored by PNP- Biliran through Police Senior Superintendent Alfredo Sabornido, PNP Provincial Director of Biliran in a grand ceremony at the PNP chapel located inside the headquarters.

The couples whose partners were members of the PNP in the province were PO2 Jose Bacalla and Clemencia Dimaslan; PO3 Sebastian Dagalea and Evelyn Brazil; PO2 Ramil Velasco and Jennelyn Orias; PO2 Raul MOnterola and PO3 Lynn Conge; PO2 Ryan Bunani and Irene Ponferrada; PO2 Felmin Regir and Cheryl Raga; and PO1 Jimmy Regir and Mary Jane Sabuya received the sacrament of matrimony officiated by Police Major Ricardo Piañar, Regional Chaplain of PNP in Eastern Visayas.

The wedding sponsors were Congressman Rogelio Espina who was represented by former Director of the Department of Agrarian Reform in Region 8, Tiburcio Morales who also represents the private sector in the province of Biliran; Governor Gerardo “Gerryboy” Espina, Jr. also represented by Brigido Caneja, III, SP Member of Biliran; Police Senior Superintendent Alexander Ignacio, PNP-8 Chief Directorial Staff who represented PNP-8 Regional Director Arnold Revilla; PSSupt Alfredo Sabornido and Atty. Lolita Casas-Nueve, Provincial Director of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) in Biliran, among others.

The crowd which was composed of relatives and friends of the couples, heads of some national government agencies, men and women of PNP-Biliran, the media and other guests were touched by the solemnity of the mass wedding.

The setting at the reception area within the compound of the PNP provincial headquarters was so festive. Fresh flowers artistically arranged outside the chapel along the center aisle going to the altar added life, joy and color to the occasion.

One couple, PO2 Raul Monterola and PO3 Lyn Conge assigned at the PNP Police Station in Naval, the capital town of Biliran province and the PNP-Biliran headquarters respectively wore the PNP uniform together with the rest of the grooms who were PNP members, while the non-PNP brides wore formal ecru-colored dress.

PO3 Conge wore a nice ecru headress with an almost 10-meter long train.

The baptism of the eight month old son of PO2 Monterola and PO3 Lynn Conge was an added highlight after the wedding rites.

The couples were married in civil rites ranging from two months and a few years until they decided to be married in church.

According to PSSupt. Saborndio, the plan to have a mass wedding was conceived when the PNP in the province had their Christmas party in December last year.

Since then, he said, members of the PNP in Biliran province who were not yet married in church started to signify their intention to receive the sacrament of matrimony until a group of seven couples were gathered.

He added that in one of their staff meetings, they decided, that instead of the usual get together on Valentine’s Day, they might as well hold the mass wedding on February 14, 2011, so that the wedding anniversary of the couples will be well remembered on this very significant day of families and lovers.

Furthermore, he said that PNP-Biliran foot the bill for the wedding reception and other incidental expenses relative to the mass wedding.

“The mass wedding was part of my program to strengthen the spiritual life of the PNP men and women in the province,” he said.

For their part, the seven couples who availed of the mass wedding for PNP-Biliran personnel who just received the sacrament of matrimony through the mass wedding thanked PSSupt. Sabornido for making their life complete by being blessed in church as they received the sacrament. (PIA-Biliran)



  1. what? Did these police officers knew beforehand that the marriage they are about to attend is NULL and VOID.

    Publicity na unta pero palpak pa gayud.

    Naa bay authority to solemnize a valid marriage ang chaplain?

    Kitaa dw ninyo sa Family Code kung kanus.a ra pwede makakasal ang usa ka chaplain nga assigned sa kampo.

    Ang kanang kasal nga gisponsor sa atong halangdung gobernador og pnp pd sa biliran is NULL nd VOID.


    Sa tinud.anay pwede pa gani makasuhan administratively, criminally and civilly ang mga tawo nga maoy nagpasiugda nianang kasal.

    Naunsa nman intawom mo uy!

    Niadtong february 14, 2011 wala may party sa gikasal nga ”in the point of death” nor public emergency.

    Kabolok gyud aning mga pulis. Kung mao kini ang nahitabo sa Biliran. Unsa na lang kaha ang mahitabo ani sa ato. Ang mga pulis, palpak na mga bolokers pa.

    A chaplain can only solemnize marriage in times of ”articulo mortis’ ang in the event of war or a related public emergency.

    Nakalimot intawon ang Bolok nga si PD Sabornido kung legal ba ang iyahang gi sponsor nga kasal.

  2. para sa ako lang ni nga pagtuo,siguro mas sagrado pa ang ilang pagtan-aw sa chaplain nga pagkasal,kay sa mga pari nga mag apil apil na ug politika mao siguro nga wa na sila ganahi hugaw na ang ilang pagtuo o dili na sagrado.

  3. NAA NAPOD ANG USA KA MANANAPAW SA POST 1,HEHE…WALA NA GYOD LAING MAHIMO ANG PAGPINANGBANTAY NALANG SA BUHAT SA UBANG TAWO…tuo ko mao naingon ni ang iyang reaksyon kay tungod lagi nga naupawan naman pod ang ilang dinapigang idol bahin aning lakanga,ka aw-anon gayod lang kaayo… UG WALA BA KA KAMATIKOD NGA KADTONG valentines day DILI LANG DIRE SA NAVAL NI NAHITABO NGA mass wedding sa pnp? KUNG DI BISAG ANG camp crame NAGHIMO POD ANI NGA SEREMONYAS? UG NGANONG MAG-BUOT MAN KA KUNG MAO NA ANG GUSTO SA MAGTIAYON NGA ANG MAGKASAL NILA MAO ANG ILANG chaplain? nga kung atong huna-hunaon pari man pod na! ikaw gyod sobra lang gud na ang imong kaaw-anon…dili na baya na maayo sa tawo ang mahimantayon bisag ni kinsa nalang.

  4. How does the Family Code define marriage?

    Marriage is a special contract of permanent union between a man and a woman entered into in accordance with law for the establishment of conjugal and family life. It is the foundation of the family and an inviolable social institution whose nature, consequences, and incidents are governed by law and not subject to stipulation, except that marriage settlements may fix the property relations during the marriage within the limits provided by this Code.

    Who are authorized to solemnize marriages?

    (1) Any incumbent member of the judiciary within the court’s jurisdiction;
    (2) Any priest, rabbi, imam, or minister of any church or religious sect duly authorized by his church or religious sect and registered with the civil registrar general, acting within the limits of the written authority granted by his church or religious sect and provided that at least one of the contracting parties belongs to the solemnizing officer’s church or religious sect;
    (3) Any ship captain or airplane chief only in the case mentioned in Article 31 of the Family Code;
    (4) Any military commander of a unit to which a chaplain is assigned, in the absence of the latter, during a military operation, likewise only in the cases mentioned in Article 32 of the Family Code;
    (5) Any consul-general, consul or vice-consul in the case provided in Article 10 of the Family Code.

    What are the essential requisites of marriage?

    No marriage shall be valid, unless these essential requisites are present:

    (1) Legal capacity of the contracting parties who must be a male and a female; and
    (2) Consent freely given in the presence of the solemnizing officer.

    What are the formal requisites of marriage?

    The formal requisites of marriage are:

    (1) Authority of the solemnizing officer;
    (2) A valid marriage license except in the cases where the same is exempted; and
    (3) A marriage ceremony which takes place with the appearance of the contracting parties before the solemnizing officer and their personal declaration that they take each other as husband and wife in the presence of not less than two witnesses of legal age.

    How old must I be to get validly married?

    Any male or female of the age of eighteen years or upwards not under any of the impediments mentioned in Articles 37 and 38, may contract marriage.

    My American husband was granted a divorce, can I now validly remarry?

    Yes. Under the 2nd paragraph of Article 26 of the Family code, where a marriage between a Filipino citizen and a foreigner is validly celebrated and a divorce is thereafter validly obtained abroad by the alien spouse capacitating him or her to remarry, the Filipino spouse shall have capacity to remarry under Philippine law.

    What kind of marriages are exempted from marriage license?

    1. In case either or both of the contracting parties are at the point of death, the marriage may be solemnized without necessity of a marriage license and shall remain valid even if the ailing party subsequently survives.
    2. If the residence of either party is so located that there is no means of transportation to enable such party to appear personally before the local civil registrar, the marriage may be solemnized without necessity of a marriage license.
    3. A marriage in articulo mortis as defined in the Family Code.
    4. Marriages among Muslims or among members of the ethnic cultural communities may be performed validly without the necessity of marriage license, provided they are solemnized in accordance with their customs, rites or practices.
    5. No license shall be necessary for the marriage of a man and a woman who have lived together as husband and wife for at least five years and without any legal impediment to marry each other. The contracting parties shall state the foregoing facts in an affidavit before any person authorized by law to administer oaths. The solemnizing officer shall also state under oath that he ascertained the qualifications of the contracting parties are found no legal impediment to the marriage.

    Which marriages does the law consider void from the beginning?

    (1) Those contracted by any party below eighteen years of age even with the consent of parents or guardians;
    (2) Those solemnized by any person not legally authorized to perform marriages unless such marriages were contracted with either or both parties believing in good faith that the solemnizing officer had the legal authority to do so;
    (3) Those solemnized without license, except those covered the preceding Chapter;
    (4) Those bigamous or polygamous marriages not failing under Article 41;
    (5) Those contracted through mistake of one contracting party as to the identity of the other; and
    (6) Those subsequent marriages that are void under Article 53.
    (7) A marriage contracted by any party who, at the time of the celebration, was psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations of marriage, shall likewise be void even if such incapacity becomes manifest only after its solemnization.
    (8) Between ascendants and descendants of any degree; and
    (9) Between brothers and sisters, whether of the full or half blood.
    (10) Between collateral blood relatives whether legitimate or illegitimate, up to the fourth civil degree;
    (11) Between step-parents and step-children;
    (12) Between parents-in-law and children-in-law;
    (13) Between the adopting parent and the adopted child;
    (14) Between the surviving spouse of the adopting parent and the adopted child;
    (15) Between the surviving spouse of the adopted child and the adopter;
    (16) Between an adopted child and a legitimate child of the adopter;
    (17) Between adopted children of the same adopter; and
    (18) Between parties where one, with the intention to marry the other, killed that other person’s spouse, or his or her own spouse.

    Are marriages celebrated overseas between foreigners recognized in the Philippines?

    In accordance with the principle of lex loci celebrationis, marriages celebrated abroad between foreigners are also valid in the Philippines. However, if such marriage is highly immoral, such as when it is bigamous, polygamous or universally considered as incestuous, it cannot be given recognition here. The term “universally considered incestuous” covers marriages between ascendants and descendants or those between brothers and sisters, whether they be illegitimate or legitimate. Thus, marriages between two French first cousins celebrated in Paris, will be recognized as valid here not only because of lex loci celebrationis, but also because such marriage is not considered to be universally incestuous.

    What law shall govern marriages of foreigners in the Philippines?

    Whenever foreigners are to be married in the Philippines, their capacity to marry shall be governed bytheir national law, as can be gleaned from Article 21 of the family Code which states that:

    “When either or both of the contracting parties are citizens of a foreign country, it shall be necessary for them before a marriage license can be obtained, to submit a certificate of legal capacity to contract marriage, issued by their respective diplomatic or consular officials.”

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