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‘Royal’ Ilokano newly weds to donate cash gifts to Marawi

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By Freddie G. Lazaro

Paoay, Ilocos Norte — Newly wed couple lawyer Michael Ferdinand M. Manotoc, a grandson of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos, and Carina Amelia G. Manglapus, a granddaughter of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Raul S. Manglapus, decided to donate their prosperity wedding gifts for Marawi victims.

On Saturday, Manotoc and Manglapus celebrated their union in an Ilocano wedding rite called the “bales” at the San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.

Manotoc is the second son of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee R. Marcos, while Manglapus is the granddaughter of Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Raul S. Manglapus, who were political rivals in the 1965 presidential elections.

The pair had a private wedding ceremony in Makati City last Wednesday, November 22, but in conformity with Ilocano tradition, they also held their “bales,” a traditional celebration held by couples who get married outside of their hometown.

In the “bitor” part of the ceremony – usually involving the tossing of coins on rattan mats called “ikamen” representing both sides of the couple’s families – wedding guests give a gift intended for the newlyweds’ prosperity.

Cash gifts are supposedly for the couple’s initial funds as they start a family and settle down in their home; however, Manotoc and Manglapus have committed to donating the amount collected from the “bitor” to Marawi City for rehabilitation and relief efforts.

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