Despite the ongoing threat of the coronavirus disease, weddings have still continued to be held and celebrated in Cagayan de Oro City (CdO).
Mayor Oscar Moreno revealed in a radio interview that he has been officiating civil weddings in his office almost daily, performing an average of three ceremonies compared to six or more per day before the pandemic.
He added that minimum health standards, such as social distancing and wearing of face masks, were strictly observed during the ceremonies, as well as having only a small number of guests in attendance.
Couples have opted to hold their reception ceremonies in open clubhouses in accordance with the status of the city being under modified general community quarantine.
However, the wedding celebrations in club houses have not been welcome in some exclusive subdivisions in the city as an upscale gated subdivision has expressed a silent protest over what they called mass gatherings, particularly during weekends.
Homeowners at the Xavier Estates have displayed posters and streamers outside their houses and cars protesting larger weddings at the Estate, a clubhouse inside the village.
“No to mass gathering in our residential community,” the streamers said in protest to a wedding reception scheduled today.
Moreno, however, earlier clarified that the wedding events in the said village were given permits on condition that quarantine protocols are strictly observed.
City health personnel were also deployed to ensure that health standards are observed during the events.
Moreno said attending weddings is considered a must among Filipinos as it is considered a “mortal sin” for close family members to skip the event entirely.