Marriage week in Baguio

Activities for the first ever marriage week scheduled in Feb. 2019 are being finalized, with the Office of the Social Welfare and Development (OCSWD) as lead agency.

The celebration is anchored on City Ordinance 10, series of 2017 declaring Feb. 7 to 14 as marriage week.

A Kapihan is set on Jan. 29, 2019 with panelists, married personalities, persons involved in solemnization of marriages, marriage counselors, and a representative from the judiciary. Information as to adapting an “intentional marriage in the spiritual, physical, financial perspective,” reducing annulment rates and protecting parenthood are among the topics for discourse in the forum.

A launching during the city flag raising ceremonies on Feb. 4 is scheduled with speakers and appropriate presentations as to the concepts of supporting and strengthening individual marriages.

Guesting on a local television is slated on Feb. 8. The following day, a married couples’ run goes on, with options for family participation. Special prizes shall be handed over to running couples who finish first.

A reaffirmation of vows follows, with a romantic couple’s date in coordination with participating establishments; and marriage-oriented film showing , at a local cinema; within Feb. 07 to 14, the culminating date being Valentine’s day.

Pre-marriage counseling goes on at the Health Services Office for most of the week.

Councilor Elmer Datuin, who chairs the special events committee confirmed support to the activities.

Marriage week is a non-stock, non-profit organization which was founded in England in 1996 and now with 28 countries as members. Marriage week could be celebrated in different months, as to the choice of its organizers. Marriage week aims to create stability and security for healthy marriages, and launch challenges for couples to stay and pray together, support each other and positivity for family goals.

Marriage week 2019 steering committee members are the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (Dep-Ed) Philippine Information Agency (PIA), Women and childrens’ Protection desk, Baguio City Police Office (BCPO), Health Services Office, Council committee on Social Services, Women and Urban Poor, and Special Events, DSWD-CAR, Civil Registry Office, Community Affairs, Public Information Office; SM malls management, and socio-civic groups. -juliegfianza