Philip­pine bride de­fies flood­ing to tie the knot

Gulf Times - - ASIA -

Abeam­ing bride de­fi­antly march­ing up a flooded church aisle in the Philip­pines has won hearts as the coun­try suf­fers a fresh bout of mon­soonal rains.

Jo­bel De­los An­ge­les, 24, mar­ried the father of her two chil­dren on Satur­day as Trop­i­cal Storm Yagi and the south­west mon­soon brought heavy flood­ing to the capital Manila and nearby ar­eas, in­clud­ing their home province of Bu­la­can.

In a Face­book video shared over a thou­sand times, De­los An­ge­les is all smiles as she walks through brown flood­wa­ters in a white gown and veil be­fore her suited groom clad in flip-flops takes her to the al­tar.

“Even if it floods or it rains, noth­ing can stop me. You only get mar­ried once, will you post­pone it? I was mar­ry­ing the man I love,” De­los An­ge­les told AFP by phone.

“My gown got wet and heavy but I told my­self it was as if I was walk­ing on a red car­pet.”

The Philip­pines en­dures an av­er­age of 20 ty­phoons and storms each year. The lat­est storm brought mis­ery to many, with 20,000 res­i­dents flee­ing the river­side district of Marik­ina in the na­tional capital re­gion where floods swept away cars, au­thor­i­ties said.

But for De­los An­ge­les, the week­end was cause for cel­e­bra­tion. She said she and her part­ner of seven years did not ex­pect bad weather but never con­sid­ered call­ing off their wed­ding even af­ter flood­wa­ters en­tered the church in Hagonoy town.

It was a double cer­e­mony, with their five-month-old daugh­ter bap­tised in the same event, she added. Guests were pho­tographed bare­foot, in­clud­ing chil­dren who were afraid to slip.

“We didn’t want a new sched­ule as we were al­ready stressed out. Our home­town is re­ally flood-prone,” De­los An­ge­les added.

“No car wanted to bring us to the church so I just rode a boat. We didn’t ex­pect so many peo­ple would still turn up, even the en­tourage.”

The bride’s aunt, Teresa Bautista, posted the video of her niece which has drawn com­ments from so­cial me­dia users hail­ing the event as the “wed­ding of year”.

“I felt bad for them but at the same time I am happy they got it through,” Bautista told AFP. De­los An­ge­les said she had no re­grets.

“It is truly mem­o­rable. I am so happy. It shows the les­son that there are no what ifs.”

Bride Jo­bel De­los An­ge­les, 24, and her groom dur­ing their wed­ding amidst a flooded church in Hagonoy town, Bu­la­can town, north of Manila, yes­ter­day.

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