|"You may now hug the bride," says officiating minister Datu Edmund Pangilan.|
He explains that there is no such thing as "You may now kiss the bride" in traditional
Clad in colorful beaded B'laan wear, four couples pledged each other lifelong love in a ceremony that featured B'laan music and traditions interspersed with teachings from the Bible. The wedding was officiated by Datu Edmund Pangilan, provincial tribal chieftain, and held at the Malungon Retreat and Training Center in Malungon, Sarangani.
One of the grooms and the four brides are B'laan, one of the grooms is a former street dweller ministered to by the Kaibigan Ministry of the Center for Community Transformation (CCT) Group of Ministries, and the two other grooms are graduates of the vocational-technical course of the CCT Training and Development Institute in Magdalena, Laguna. The grooms are members of the Kaibigang Maaasahan Multi-purpose Cooperative Construction Services.
|The equivalent of a bridesmaid and a groomsman in|
a Christian wedding
bring bamboo cups and rice bowls fashioned from banana
leaves to the altar.
|Young bride Angelica is escorted down the aisle by her|
mother and father who beats out a
rhythmic pattern on an agung, a traditional
B'laan percussion instrument.
|Datu Pangilan says, "This is not a joke or game or |
presentation but a sacred event."
|Datu Pangilan feeds the couples a little rice and|
|The groom briefly rests his knee on his|
bride's shoulder to symbolize that
she is to submit to him.
|Senior members of the tribe provide|
music played on the agung and faglong,
a two-stringed instrument.
|Newlyweds Carlo and Hazel Mae|