For wetter or worse: Philippines bride defies storm to tie the knot

Blanche Robertson
August 16, 2018

Jobel Delos Angeles, 24, did not let monsoon rains get in the way of her marriage to the father of her two children and partner of seven years.

Though it was a gloomy day and the church was flooded, the couple wore a huge smile that could not be damped by the situation around them.

The Philippines endures an average of 20 typhoons and storms every year. "I was marrying the man I love", she told Agence France-Presse.

The couple did not expect bad weather when they planned their wedding, but they still continued with the ceremony and never considered calling it off or rescheduling.

Wading her way down a church-aisle-turned-river, Jobel Delos Angeles joined her groom-to-be who was waiting barefoot at the front of the church.

"We didn't want a new schedule as we were already stressed out".

The flooded church wasn't the first obstacle for the young lovebirds, rather than taking a auto to the church, they had to arrive by boat as no vehicles would drive them. "Our hometown is really flood-prone", Delos Angeles added.

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Flash floods have been reported from many areas in the Philippines - mainly in Central Luzon region which includes the hard-hit Bulacan province - forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes.

The ceremony doubled up as a baptism for their five-month-old daughter, and Mrs Delos Angeles said she had no regrets.

The bride's aunt, Teresa Bautista, posted the video of her niece which has drawn comments from social media users hailing the event as the "wedding of the year".

"I felt bad for them but at the same time I am happy they got it through", Bautista said.

Newly Wednesday and happy as can be Delos Angeles has no regrets about the ceremony.

"It is truly memorable". Maria, Bulacan, Philippines was submerged in water after the continuous rains brought by storm Karding (Yagi) on August 12. "It shows the lesson that there are no what-ifs".

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