Through the Decades

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Churches play musical chairs, each taking its turn as a favored wedding site. This is seen from the vista of decades where first one church and then another stands out in the frequency with which it is selected for that kind of wedding noted in the papers’ society pages. Of course there are always the parish churches, the town and the provincial churches, in the background, steady as the rock of Corregidor, through which pass generations of couples, marching down the aisles to the future.

Until 1945 there were the seven churches of Intramuros and its various chapels. Two of these, oftenest wedded in, were the charming little Lourdes Church, known as Capuchino, and the chapel of the Archbishop’s Palace, where apostolic delegate usually officiated. Other popular wedding churches in those golden “peacetime” years were San Agustin, the Manila Cathedral, and the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, better known as San Marcelino Church. Those churches, some of them extant from Spanish times, witnessed the en grande weddings of an era of prosperity and ease, after turn-of-the-century turbulence.

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Source:

Ira, L.B. 1990. Guidebook to the Filipino Wedding. Manila: Vera-Reyes

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