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Wedding Day Arrives –More Crazy Stressors

To continue with my last article “Wedding Stressors in the Philippines” the day of the wedding arrived. I was woken early because there were about 10 members of the wedding party in my house and they had to get to the hotel to get makeup, hair done and dressed for the wedding. The wedding was not to start until about 4pm, but every female in the wedding party were to be taken care of by a crew to get their makeup and hair...

Wedding Stressors in the Philippines

As I have mentioned in other articles about my Filipino family, we have two nephews and three nieces, who are siblings that are more like our children. The three nieces live with us as does the second from oldest when he is home from work on ships. The oldest male, Amar lives in Davao and has a decent job. Amar has lived with his girlfriend/fiancée Janis for a few years. Since he and his brother supported their sisters...

Bruce and Elena’s Wedding

Well all my readers, the day finally came. Elena and my wedding. As many know, to do anything official in the Philippines there are many papers and forms and then copies, copies and more copies. Last January, while in Manila, we went to the U.S. Embassy and received my “Capacity for Marriage”. This is a document from the U.S. saying I have no marriage ties and free to marry here in the Philippines. Then about...

We are Finally Getting Married

It has been a long wait but this Wednesday, July 9th, Elena and I are getting married. The delays were many. First I needed to go to the US Embassy in Manila to get an affidavit of a Capacity of Marriage. That is to say that the United States Government says I am free and clear to get married. Then Elena needed to get papers and copies of birth certificate from the National Statistic Office (NSO) In the middle of getting all...

Being a Ninong

Shortly after I arrived in Davao Elena told me a good friend of hers asked us to be Ninong and Ninang. Her friend Vergie’sson Kenneth was marrying his beautiful fiancee Sheila. If you’re not Filipino you will be saying, as I did, what the heck are a Ninong and Ninang. That is sponsors of the Groom or Bride. Ninongs and ninangs are expected to serve as the couple’s second parents or counselors especially when...