20 couples from SM Group say “I do” in mass wedding
FTSFI Head Mel Elido and Nanang Felicidad Sy (front row, middle) posed with the 20 newly-weds at the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life in Pasay City.
20 couples from SM Group officially tied the knot in a church wedding ceremony during the 6th Kasalan sa SM last September 23, sponsored by the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, Inc. (FTSFI) – an affiliate of SM Foundation.
The mass wedding was officiated at the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life Church in Pasay City by by Rev. Fr. Rey Reyes, Fr. Vic Rey Duron, Fr. Brian Tayag, Fr. Paolo Asprer, Fr. Boogie Tacdoro, and Fr. Lawrence de Peralta. Nanang Felicidad Sy, the matriarch of the SM group, attended the ceremony and did not miss the chance to see the couples exchange ‘I dos’ with each other.
One of the 20 couples exchanging their vows during the 6th Kasalan sa SM, sponsored by the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation.
One of the 20 happy couples who officially tied the knot during the recent 6th Kasalan sa SM.
The FTSFI shouldered the expenses from the church design and arrangement to the sumptuous reception after the ceremony. The couples only shouldered the expense for their gowns/barongs and the processing of the required documents.
This effort is part of the numerous religious activities of Nanang, who is also behind the construction and operations of masses and churches/shrines inside and near SM malls which aims to highlight the spiritual well-being of SM employees and mall goers.
To date, the FTSF wedded 115 couples since the project began six years ago.
New set of newly-weds, supported by the Felicidad T. Sy Foundation, in front of the Shrine of Jesus the Way, the Truth and the Life in Pasay City.
Harold (from one of the mall tenants) and Zenna (from Savemore) – one of the newly-wed couples – expressed their gratitude to the Foundation for making their dream of a church wedding into a reality.
“It is a dream come true for us to be wedded in church since we believe that God needs to bless our marriage. But because being married in church is quite expensive, we never imagined that we will be able to exchange our vows inside a church. We are very grateful to Nanang because she became an instrument of God in enabling our marriage to be sanctified in church,” said Harold and to which Zenna concurred that it was a huge load off their backs.