The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) sponsors a mass wedding for NAIA employees at the Our Lady of the Airways Parish in Pasay City on Thursday (May 16, 2019). (Photo courtesy of MIAA)
MANILA -- The Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) on Thursday sponsored six couples in a mass wedding held at the Our Lady of the Airways Parish in Pasay City.
"This is the first time that MIAA has sponsored a mass wedding. One in every (sponsored) couple is either a direct employee of MIAA or outsourced personnel. One couple is from a ground handling company, but have requested to be included in the mass wedding," MIAA Public Affairs Department's officer-in-charge, Consuelo Bungag, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA).
There was no selection as to who could join the sponsored mass wedding, as anyone who would like to get married could simply register, Bungag said.
"We made announcements on employees' bulletin boards in NAIA (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Terminals. These were placed beside the bundy clocks to ensure wide dissemination," she remarked.
Airport chaplain, Monsignor Modesto Teston, officiated the wedding rites.
MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal graced the occasion and expressed his happiness for the couples. He told them to put Christ at the center of their union.
Bungag clarified that Monreal was there, but that does not mean he is a "ninong".
"He left if to the couples' discretion as to who they would like to be their 'ninong' or 'ninang', because of the roles that these 'ninong' or 'ninang' would play in the couples' lives," Bungag said. (PNA)