GAY MARRIAGE IN THE PHILIPPINES – AUGUSTINE MUSIC AND EVENTS

 

I stumbled on my video post about a lesbian wedding and I thought it would be nice to share with you. Gay marriages are not touted as sensational but something interesting to discuss about. I know gay marriage is not legal in the Philippines but we were able to witness and perform for a gay marriage, particularly a lesbian wedding. 


Gladly, I was able to capture some scenes proof that it happened in our country. This is the second gay marriage we performed for. The first one was in Tagaytay and sadly I wasn’t able to take a photo or a video. It was a marriage of two men who were in love – A British and a Pilipino.


But the Lesbian Wedding I am speaking about is the union of both Pilipinos. They met in Hongkong and after few months when they were in the Philippines they decided to tie the knot.


The ceremony took on a rainy afternoon schedule. It started past 4 despite the downpour. Supposedly, the ceremony takes place on the poolside of Coconut Palace where all preparations were neatly done but transferred on a covered area for the rites. When the ceremony was over the rain subsided and a brisk speedy relocation took place timely for the reception. It was around 6:00 pm when the program started – no more rain but strong breeze sheltered the area. It was refreshing more so with the soft flurry coming from the shore facing the poolside.


I heard that the Foreign Officiant in the video is the only one who can legally marry gays and lesbians. He is Rev. Fr. Mickley and a full-proof that it is legal from several gay marriages officiated by him. And another from Baguio City by the name of Rev. Ceejay Agbayani.


In the eyes of law is it legal in the Philippines? They say it is not but why do we have gay marriages around? I know in some countries it is legal. If memory serves me right, the very first legal gay marriage was held in Amsterdam in 2001. And from there started to realize heart's content. 


Celebrated weddings of personalities became open and there is no shame letting us all know. Even in the Philippines regards the rite as sacred for same sex loving each other and keeping promises of true love. It is no longer a sheer act but arguments about the legality of said union is questioned.


Loving is beyond sex and it is not measured how much you give but the happiness shared by each. It is a certain longing. It is a feeling of delight whenever present. It is a total binding of heart, mind and soul. Sometimes it is indefinable but more often you can define it in a very special way you alone knows. It is true that love chooses no barriers. Go for the one you love. It is how you compensate life. As the saying goes, “Live life to the fullest.”

 FILIPINO AND BRITISH GAY WEDDING: WEDDING RECEPTION PROGRAM


From an article I’ve written about a lesbian wedding, I was asked to host a wedding program for a gay marriage that of a Filipino and a British. They are private persons and I won’t mention their names but only my wonderful experience of a very private wedding ceremony and reception in Tagaytay. Private because there were only 50 guests mostly friends from both sides. If my guest is right, I think they are of the same ages turning forty.

 

It was a brief Christian Wedding Ceremony having their personal wedding vows exchanged. There was no music background during the ceremony and mostly words of wisdom from the pastor. It took them 30 minutes to finish.

 

The wedding reception started exactly at 6 pm and after they were introduced proceeded to the dance floor and did the traditional first dance to the music of “now and forever.”  And after that brief moment I let them do the wedding traditions of cutting the cake, wedding toast and dove release.

 

Before dinner, some acknowledgement was made and a fervent prayer was done by the pastor. Popular mp3 music was provided during dinner and a song from a friend was rendered followed by another doing a classic Filipino song to the guests’ delight.

 

One of the touching moments of the wedding reception was during the ceremonial toast where a best friend delivered love poem for both with that sincere British accent. He made that for both and I find it fascinating. Wedding poetry is now becoming an in thing.

 

They opted not to do the traditional wedding game but introduced two male young couple who are also planning to tie the knot as the men of the hour. A romantic song was played and the pairs danced, instead. I found it so touching and thought that love really spreads good tidings.

 

A message of thanks were said by both and after their sincere words for all of us, a dance party started that lasted for more than an hour straight.

 

A simple wedding reception program was prepared but to me this is one of the best weddings I’ve attended – no pretentions, no malice and most of all, another exciting Philippine wedding destination experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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