Getting Married in the Philippines

3 Legal Prerequisites for Getting Married

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After all the fanfare of the wedding proposal and bookmarking pegs for your dream wedding, one of the most crucial parts of wedding planning is, of course, complying with the legal documents. It can be quite tricky since most of the documents are time-sensitive, but once you are aware of what you need to accomplish, it will really save you and your fiancé precious time and money in securing these documents!

We know the planning and preparation stage will get you excited more than anything, but we have to reiterate that your wedding documents are essential. (Read: Your dream wedding isn’t gonna happen if you miss even just one requirement.) Here’s a guide from Arbee Panga and Cece Mariano of Kiss the Girl Events to make sure you are legally ready to get married.


1. Get copies of your birth certificates. In this day and age, you can secure your NSO-certified birth certificate online. Consider this as your golden ticket to jumpstart your wedding planning, since this will further verify you, your fiancé, and even your parents’ correct names. You wouldn’t want your name to be misspelled on your marriage certificate, right?



2. Secure a Certificate of No Marriage (CENOMAR). For those who are not yet civilly wed, you will also need to request for your Certificate of No Marriage or CENOMAR. As the name implies, the certificate is issued to verify that you or your fiancé hasn’t had any form of marriage previously. Get ahold of this at least six months before the wedding date. Both you and your fiancé will also need to request a copy of this via the NSO helpline. This document is only valid for six months, so make sure you don’t apply too early!


3. Finalize your wedding details then sign. Once everything is finalized (wedding date, ceremony venue, etc.), it’s time to head to the local civil registry of your town or your fiancé’s town to apply for your marriage license. It is the last and most crucial document that you need to process in order for you to make your union state-official. You and your fiancé will need to appear together during the application for this. It is best to inquire with the local government you are under to ensure a stress-free application.

It is important to note that the marriage license is valid only for 120 days (at least four months) including the date of your wedding, so you have to schedule it properly with you and your fiancé. Government offices are only open during weekdays, so if you’re working, you will need to take a day off to process your marriage license. Make sure you don’t apply too early, but don’t apply too close to the wedding day either because it might not be released in time.

Tip: Come in early. Most cities require Family Planning and pre-wedding seminars for all applicants so it’s best to allot half your day at your City Hall when you apply. Fees for the marriage license varies per city so best to bring extra cash.

You can opt to send a representative to pick up your marriage license–don’t forget to issue an authorization letter with a copy of your valid ID. The lead time for obtaining a marriage license is longer because the names of the couple are posted on a board in the Barangay Hall. During this period, someone may appeal and say that the person on the board has actually been married before.


So there you have it, darlings! As long as you get your requirements within the given timeframe, you’re sure to have your dream wedding come true. Best wishes!


This list is only for the state or civil requirement to get married. Depending on what type of wedding you will have (Catholic, Christian, Muslim, etc.), there are specific requirements for each religion. Best to talk to the person in charge of your church or congregation to ensure you’re complying with your wedding requirements!

Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Kiss The Girl Events

Wise Spender Quotes

“Being a wise spender takes self-discipline, a certain degree of creativity and resourcefulness, and commitment to improving your financial situation even if it means making sacrifices in some areas of your life. The road to financial freedom is not an easy one to trod, but with the right attitude, openness to implementing effective money management strategies, and a proactive approach, anyone can go from being a poor user of money to a wise spender.”

“Saving money doesn’t necessarily mean having to miss out on some of life’s pleasures but merely prioritizing your needs so that you’d be prepared for some uncertainties that may happen anytime. Spend wisely and for sure you’ll find enough worth on such virtue.”

Philippine Wedding Rates

Philippine Wedding Rates from

Fernwood Gardens

  • Quezon City
  • 5 Hours Venue only
  • with AC
  • VAT exclusive
  • Fernwood Gardens 1 (270 cap): Php 65,000 AM | Php 102,000 PM
  • Courtyard Gardens (200 cap): Php 61,000 AM | Php 94,500 PM
  • Cycad Garden (250 cap): Php 61,000 AM | Php 94,500 PM
  • Coral Tree Garden (300 cap): Php 61,000 AM | Php 102,000 PM

Gazebo Royale Special Events Venue

  • 29 Visayas Ave. Ext., Quezon City
  • Contact:
  • 4-5 Hours Venue only
  • with and w/o*AC
  • they have in-house bridal packages to choose from
  • VAT exclusive
  • Bamboo Grove* (50 cap): Php 18,000-20,000 AM | Php 20,000-22,000 PM
  • Phoenix Hall (200 cap): Php 50,000-55,000 AM | Php 60,000-65,000 PM
  • Champagne Hall (400 cap): Php 80,000-85,000 AM | Php 90,000-98,500 PM

La Castellana

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  • 657 Cabildo St. Intramuros, Manila
  • Contact: Mr Christian De Leon /
  • 4 Hours Venue only
  • no AC but with mist coolers
  • no ceiling drapes (if in-house supplier add Php 12,000-24,000)
  • package rate is VAT inclusive
  • they have in-house bridal packages to choose from
  • Venue only: Php 75,000 Weekday | Php 85,000 Weekend

Light of Love Events 

  • 1163 Santol St. Quezon City
  • Contact:
  • 4-5 Hours Venue only
  • with and w/o* AC
  • no ceiling drapes
  • they have in-house bridal packages to choose from
  • VAT exclusive
  • Integrity (150 cap): Php 56,050-73,250 Yr 2015 | Php 58,000-75,500 Yr 2016
  • Atrium (200 cap): Php 62,000-84,000 Yr 2015 | Php 64,000-86,250 Yr 2016
  • Love (250 cap): Php 50,000-66,550 Yr 2015 | Php 51,500-68,500 Yr 2016
  • Cherish* (250 cap): Php 46,750-62,000 Yr 2015 | Php 48,500-64,000 Yr 2016
  • Loyalty (290 cap): Php 89,420-117,200 Yr 2015 | Php 92,000-120,700 Yr 2016
  • Trust (450 cap): Php 112,030-146,300 Yr 2015 | Php 115,500-150,700 Yr 2016

Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park

  • 5 House Venue Only
  • with AC
  • VAT Inclusive
  • Half Venue (350 cap): Php 75,000 AM | Php 85,000 PM
  • Whole Venue (700 cap): Php 120,000
  • Whole Venue (1000 cap): Php 168,000

Hanging Gardens Events Venue

  • Block 9 Lot 1 Belfast Ave. Neopolitan Business Park, Fairview, Quezon City
  • Contact:
  • 4-5 Hours Venue only
  • with AC
  • with ceiling drapes
  • VAT exclusive
  • they have in-house bridal packages to choose from
  • Luxembourg/Paris/La Fayette (100-200 cap): Php 65,000-75,000 AM | Php 85,000-95,000 PM
  • Combined Luxembourg/Paris (200-400 cap): Php 130,000-170,000 AM | Php 170,000-190,000 PM
  • Giverny Hall (100 cap): Php 30,000-35,000 AM | Php 35,000-40,000 PM
  • Concorde Hall (100 cap): Php 40,000-45,000 AM | Php 45,000-50,000 PM

National Park Orchidarium

  • Luneta, Manila
  • Contact:
  • 6 Hours Venue only
  • no AC, outdoor venue
  • 10% caterer’s fee
  • Orchidarium: Php 20,000

Oasis Manila

  • 169 Aurora Blvd., San Juan, Manila
  • Contact:
  • 4-5 Hours Venue only
  • with AC and partial ceiling drapes
  • VAT exclusive
  • Orchard (200 cap): Php 55,000 AM | Php 60,000 PM
  • Verandah (350 cap): Php 75,000 AM | Php 85,000 PM
  • Pavilion Garden (500 cap): Php 75,000 AM | Php 90,000 PM

Palacio de Maynila

  • 1809-1813 M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila
  • Contact:
  • 6-12 Hours Venue Only
  • with AC
  • VAT inclusive
  • Main Tent 6 Hours (~350cap): Php 123,000 JAN-NOV | Php 134,000 DEC
  • Main Tent 12 Hours (~350cap): Php 134,000 JAN-NOV | Php 145,600 DEC
  • Anteroom 6 Hours (100cap): Php 22,400 JAN-NOV | Php 24,640 DEC

The Blue Leaf Filipinas

  • 5 Hours Venue + Caterer
  • Php 345,000 ++

Kurot Principle


(Excerpted from Vic and Avelynn Garcia’s book entitled Kontento Ka Na Ba Sa KaPERAhan Mo?)

Ano yung Kurot Principle? Ay, ang ganda nitong Kurot Principle na ito. To better understand this, I will tell you a story of a person na balak bumili ng cellphone worth P1,000. Nagkataong mayroon siyang P100,000 na savings. Puwede ba siyang bumili ng cellphone? Puwede, kasi yung P1,000, KUROT lang ‘yon sa kanyang savings.

May pangalawang taong balak bumili ng cellphone. Ang bibilhin niya ay worth P1,000 din. Mayroon siyang savings sa bangko na P1,000. Bumili siya ng cellphone. Anong tawag dun? DAKOT na ‘yun! Dinakot lahat ang pera niya!

May pangatlong tao, balak bumili ng cellphone, pero walang savings. P1,000 lang naman ‘yung bibilhin niya. Bumili siya. Anong tawag ‘dun? UTANG na ‘yun!

Ang tanong: ano’ng prinsipyo ang ginagamit mo sa buhay mo? KUROT, DAKOT, o UTANG? Magtataka pa ba tayo kung bakit tayo naghihirap o baon sa utang? Ang gagaling nating dumakot! Ang gagaling nating umutang! Gusto mong yumaman? Starting today, matutong kumurot. Kapag may bibilhin, dapat kinukurot lang! Nagkakaintindihan ba tayo?

Kapag ginawa mo ito, pangako, yayaman ka. Pag-aralan nating muli ang mga pinakamayayaman sa Pilipinas, ang Chinoy. Again, bakit sila mayayaman? Ang gagaling nilang… kumurot! Tayo ang gagaling nating… dumakot! Sasampolan kita…

PINOY VS. CHINOY BUSINESSMAN May dalawang negosyanteng nagsimula ng kanilang negosyo, isang Pinoy at isang Chinoy. Ang capital nila pareho ay P100,000. Sa unang buwan, si Pinoy, kumita ng P10,000. Ano ang iniisip bilhin? Cellphone. Si Chinoy, kumita rin ng P10,000. Ano ang gagawin niya? Idadagdag niya sa puhunan. So magkano na ngayon ang puhunan ni Chinoy? P110,000! Si Pinoy, P100,000 pa rin, pero may bago siyang cellphone.

Ang ganda! Ituloy natin. After a few months, maganda ang takbo ng negosyo. Si Pinoy kumita ng P50,000. Ang Pilipinong may P50,000, ano ang balak bilhin? Bibili siya ng home theater, DVD, at LCD TV! Si Chinoy, kumita rin ng P50,000. Anong gagawin niya? Idadagdag uli sa puhunan niya. Magkano na ang puhunan niya? P160,000 na!

A few months later pa, ang Pinoy kumita ng P150,000! Ang Pilipinong mayroong P150,000, ano ang balak bilhin? Second-hand na kotse o pang-downpayment sa bagong kotse. Ang Chinoy, may P150,000. Ano’ng gagawin niya? Idadagdag sa puhunan! Magkano na ang puhunan niya? P310,000! Buwan-buwan, si Pinoy kumikita. Dagdag siya ng dagdag ng gamit. Magkano ang puhunan niya? P100,000! Si Chinoy, buwan- buwan kumikita. Ano ang ginagawa niya? Dagdag ng dagdag sa puhunan niya.

One day, Chinoy was able to save P1 million! So ginawa niya, he approached one supplier and said, “Supplier, kung bibili ako sa‘yo ng worth P1 million, bibigyan mo ba ako ng discount?” Hulaan mo kung ano ang sasabihin ng supplier. “Of course, ang dami mong bibilhin, kaya bibigyan kita ng additional 5% discount!” Ngunit naisip ni Chinoy, “Hindi naman yata maganda na sa akin lahat ang 5%. Ang gagawin ko, bibigyan ko ang customers ko ng 3% discount at sa akin na lang ‘yung 2% .

Ibig sabihin, bababa ang presyo ng kanyang mga ibinebentang produkto. It just so happened na magkatabi ang tindahan ni Chinoy at ni Pinoy. Pareho sila ng mga produktong ibinebenta. Given the situation, kanino kayo bibili? Kay Chinoy, because it’s cheaper. Ano ang mangyayari sa negosyo ni Pinoy? Malulugi na. Kasi mas mahal ang kaniyang produkto. Ano ang gagawin niya? Ibebenta niya ‘yung kotseng nabili niya ng P150,000. Sino ang bibili? Siyempre, ang maraming pera, si Chinoy.

Tatawaran pa ni Chinoy ang kotse ng P80,000. Dahil gipit na si Pinoy, kahit palugi ay ibebenta na rin niya. Si Chinoy ngayon ay nagkaroon ng kotse na murang-mura lang! After a few months, mauubos din ang P80,000 ni Pinoy. Ano ang susunod na gagawin ni Pinoy? Ang home entertainment niya ay ibebenta na rin. Magkano? P20,000 na lang. Sino ang bibili? Si Chinoy. Darating ang araw na pati ang cellphone ni Pinoy ay ibebenta na niya. Magkano niya ibebenta? P2,000 na lang! Isang araw, magsasara na ang negosyo ni Pinoy. Ano ang gagawin niya? Malamang, magtatrabaho na lang siya kay Chinoy.

Ito ang kuwento ng bansang Pilipinas! Naalala mo pa ba noong araw, mas mayayaman ang mga Pinoy kaysa sa mga Chinese. Bakit nagbago? Ano ba ang problema natin? Dakot kasi tayo ng dakot! Sila, kurot lang ng kurot! Mayroon kaming nagging participant before na nagsabi, “Sir, hindi naman totoo ‘yan!

I know a Chinoy, he drives a BMW. That’s a P5 million car! Kurot ba ‘yun?” Malamang kurot ‘yun! Noong binili niya ‘yun, mayroon na siyang P100 million na savings! So kurot lang ‘yun! Nandiyan ka pa ba? ISANG KAHIG, ISANG TUKA Saan ka makakakita ng mga taong isang kahig, isang tuka? Saan?

Sa squatters area? Magtigil ka! Gusto mo’ng makakita ng mga taong isang kahig, isang- tuka? Sa Ortigas, sa Makati, may makikita ka. What do I mean? Kapag hindi ka sumuweldo ng isang buwan, mabubuhay ba ang pamilya mo? Kung wala kang credit card, kung mawalan ka ng trabaho ngayon, ilang araw ang aabutin para mabuhay ng matino ang pamilya mo?

Kapag nawalan ka ng suweldo, patay ka! Ang mga Chinoy, kahit hindi muna kumita o magnegosyo, mabubuhay ng maganda. Bakit po? Kasi many years ago, kumahig sila ng kumahig at tumuka lang konti. Kaya marami sa kanila ngayon, tuka na lang ng tuka. Maraming Pinoy, kapag hindi tayo kumahig, wala tayong tutukain.

Ito ang masakit–sometimes, kahit matanda na tayo, kahig pa rin tayo ng kahig. Gaano karaming Pilipino ang 60 years old na ay trabaho pa rin ng trabaho? Puwede ba, simula ngayon, kumahig ka nang kumahig at iwasan munang tumuka. I-deprive ang sarili ng kaunti. Ang pinakamasakit sa lahat ay ito–one day, you want to work, but you cannot work. You are already old.

Why? Nagpakasasa ka kasi noong bata ka pa. Inubos mo na lahat ng lakas at kalusugan mo sa bisyo. Tanong: Masama ba’ng bumili ng mahal? Sagot: Hindi! Basta kinukurot lang! Kapag nakakita ka ng kasamahan mong naka- Nike shoes, huwag mong husgahan kaagad iyong tao! Malay mo, kinurot lang niya iyon. At the end of the day, what is happening to other people is not important. What’s more important is what is happening to you.

– Contributed by Mr. Kuma Musashi in PESO SENSE 🙂

Boracay Escapade

♪ ♫ Piliin mo ang Pilipinas ♩ ♬ ❤
I remember one of the happiest birthday I had was in 2011, when I celebrated my 23rd birthday in Boracay and treated my loved ones a 1-week birthday escapade. 🙂 At the present moment, talking about preparations for honeymoon, fiance and I originally planned to spend it in: Singapore, Surabaya and Bali, Indonesia and we have our tour guide, my Indonesian best friend and graduate school classmate, Cella. Cella and I already laid out budget plans and our 1-week itinerary. And I had second thought, I asked fiance if we could explore the different vacay spots and historical places in our beautiful country first, then eventually, out of the country for the second honeymoon. Since our honeymoon will be the first time we will have our solo escapade, why not make it momentous by highlighting and appreciating the beauty of our country? 🙂
1. Banana Boating
This is very typical in any beach but is still worth the fun every single time. Price starts at P250.
2. Flyfishing
This is the more thrilling version of banana boating. Try it and see for yourself. Price starts at P400.
3. Helmet Diving
This was designed for those who can’t swim but still want to experience the feeling of being several meters deep underwater to witness the world down there. Price starts at P600.
4. Island Hopping
Visit different islands surrounding Boracay. Price starts at P1400/boat good for 5 people.
5. Parasailing
Get a descent view of the entire island while several meters up in the air. Price starts at P2000/parasail good for 2 people.
6. Sunset Sailing
Enjoy the breathtaking sunset in Boracay while riding the paraw (local sailboat). Price starts at P1200/boat good for 4 people.
7. Snorkeling
Go discover how teeming with life Boracay’s undewaters are. You may bring your own snorkel or you may rent from one of the contractors in the island. Price starts at P250/person.
8. Stand Up Paddling
The waters in Boracay most of the time is steady and not suitable for surfing especially in the white beach but if you are the kind who gets bored with just sitting around, you may find SUP interesting. Price starts at P300.
9. Jet skiing
We all know how exciting riding a jet ski is. In Boracay, you can have 15 minutes of fun for P1500/jet ski good for 2.
10. Kitesurfing
This water sport is more popular among foreign tourist. If can’t ride with them, you may enjoy watching them in action in Bulabog beach but if you want to kitesurf like a pro, you can enroll on a full kitesuring course. Price starts at P7000.
11. Windsurfing
Similar to kitesurfing, you may need to take a full course before being able to windboard at pretty much the same price.
12. ATV riding
Stay away from the beach for a moment and go ATV riding on the highways of Boracay. Price starts at P500.
13. Scuba Diving
If you are curious to see the life beyond the beach, several meters deep then this is the perfect fit for you. Price starts at P1500 with lessons and gears.
14. Cliff Diving
Conquer your fear of heights and plunge into cool waters. This is one thing you can do when you go island hopping and visit Magic Island.
15. Reverse Bungee (GMAX)
Experience this extreme adventure ride which is the latest craze in Asia and can only be found in Singapore and Boracay. Price is P4500 with video good for 3.
16. Mermaid Swimming
Who says mermaids aren’t real? In Boracay, there’s plenty of them. You can be one too. You may get lessons and rent your tails at the Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy for a price of P1500.
17. Glass Bottom Boating
Discover life underwater without the hassle and getting wet at a price of P700.
18. Pub Crawling
Meet new people, drink your heart out and party all night long for P790.
19. Zipline and Zorbing
It’s always fun to feel the rush wherever in the world you might be. Get the adrenaline pumping and ziplining and zorbing for the price of P400.
20. Food Tripping
Fill your appetite with the goodness that is Boracay with all its food offering from typical Filipino dish to foreign cuisines with still the touch of home in your palette. Enjoy refreshing fruit shakes, mouthwatering ice creams and crepes and sumptuous seafood dishes anywhere within this paradise.
21. Get a Massage
After a tiring day filled with fun activities, relax and get a massage. There are hundreds of massage spas scattered within the island and plenty of them along white beach.
22. Get Braids
Play with your hair and try a different hairstyle for only P150.
23. Get Henna Tattoos
If you fancy how it feels to get inked less the pain then get a henna tattoo. Price varies on the size and design of the tattoo.
24. Visit & Shop in D’Mall
Shopping is every girl’s favorite and where else would be best to do this in Boracay? Hop from one boutique to the other to see great finds and thrift items you may want to bring home to family and friends.
25. Visit Boracay’s Ocean Tower
Wondering what the entire island looks like? A 360 degree view might be the answer.
NOTE: Fiance and I always apply the KUROT principle in everything we do in preparation for the future. Hahahaha 🙂
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Valuable Life Lessons from St. Thomas Aquinas

    We had a great semester with Fr. José Antonio E. Aureada, OP in our course St. Thomas and Critical Thinking. With permission from Fr. Aureada, let me share to you some valuable life lessons we learned from St. Thomas Aquinas. More can be read from the book, “An Angelic Mind in a Human Face – St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals” written by our dear professor.

Wish you learn a lesson for life in the earthly life of St. Thomas – a brilliant mind who used his talents for the Service of God’s Word.”

Message of Fr. Aureada
Message of Fr. Aureada


  1. “The things that we love tell us what we are.”
  2. “Beware the man of one book.”
  3. “Most men seem to live according to sense rather than reason.”
  4. “Well-ordered self-love is right and natural.”
  5. “To live well is to work well to show a good activity.”
  6. “Wonder is the desire for knowledge.”
  7. “A man has free choice to the extent that he is rational.”
  8. “Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate.”
  9. “Law is an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community.”
  10. “To contemplate and to share with others the fruits of one’s contemplation.”

Fr. Aureada and Classmates


  1. “Perfection of moral virtues does not wholly take away the passions, but regulates them.”
  2. ‘Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.”
  3. “Love takes up where knowledge leaves off.”
  4. “Faith has to do with things that are not seen and hope with things that are not at hand.”
  5. “There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”
  6. “Friendship is the source of the greatest pleasures, and without friends, even the most agreeable pursuits become tedious.”
  7. “Man cannot live without joy; therefore, when he is deprived of true spiritual joys, it is necessary that he become addicted to carnal pleasures.”
  8. “Sorrow can be alleviated by good sleep, a bath, and a glass of wine.”
  9. “Temperance is simply a disposition of the mind which binds the passions.”
  10. “The principal act of courage is to endure and withstand dangers doggedly (steadfastly) rather than to attack them.”
  11. “When fear is excessive, it can make many men despair.”

“An Angelic Mind in a Human Face – St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals” Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP

“An Angelic Mind in a Human Face

– St. Thomas Aquinas: His Life in Visuals”
Jose Antonio E. Aureada, OP


  1. “Truth is strong in itself and cannot be destroyed by any assault.”
  2. “Lord, in my zeal for the love of truth, let me not forget the truth about love.”


  1. “The end of every maker is himself.”
  2. “The test of the artist does not lie in the will with which he goes to work, but in the excellence of the work he produces.”
  3. “A man who works with his hands is a laborer; a man who works with his hands and his mind is a craftsman; but a man who works with his hands, and his brain and his heart is an artist.”
With Fr. Aureada and Classmates photo from dearest Bing
With Fr. Aureada and Classmates photo from dearest Bing


  1. “Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fable.”
  2. “Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.”

© Jennifer Francia P. Villanueva, RPm