For LDS weddings which is usually held inside the temple, there are only two witnesses who signs the marriage contract. So when we handed out our invitations, we hand-picked sixteen (16) of our friends VIPs to sit at the Principal Sponsors table during our planned ring ceremony and wedding reception. They will be special witnesses and include my high school scholarship sponsor former Senator, (1) Atty.Jose D. Lina, Jr.; Pres. Sergio Osmena High School Alumni, (2) Ms. Loida Morante from Australia; incumbent Congressman of Cagayan de Oro City and my boss at the Bureau of Immigration and dean at the San Sebastian College of Law, (3) Atty. Rufus Rodriguez; incumbent Representative of the Second District of Zambales and my former classmate (4) Atty. Cheryl Deloso – Montalla; Philippines Area Legal Counsel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter – Day Saints, (5) Atty. Douglas McAllister and his beautiful wife, (6) Ms. Janice McAllister; incumbent Congressman of the First District of Agusan Del Norte, (7) Atty. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun with his wife (8) Ms. Therese Fortun; incumbent and the outgoing Municipal Mayor of Sta. Maria Laguna, couple (9) Atty. Antonio Carolino and (10) Atty. Cindy Valdecantos – Carolino; re-elected Municipal Mayor of Rizal, Cagayan, (11) Atty. Joel Ruma with his beautiful wife, (12) Atty. Brenda Ruma; sponsor of our wedding invitations and photowall, (13) Mr. Ruperto Delacruz and (14) Ms. Susie Delacruz and last but not the least of our couple pairs of sponsors is (15) Mr. Manny Baul and (16) Ms. Theresa Baul.
But three (3) days before the big day and without yet the sealing clearance to allow us to marry in the temple, we were constrained to have a civil wedding ceremony instead of just a ring ceremony, in the same venue. This means that the eight (8) friends VIPs sitting at the Principal Sponsors' table, regardless of age, suddenly become our instant "ninongs" and "ninangs" officially.
|L-R Ms. Therese Fortun, Mayor Cindy Carolino, Ms. Loida Morante, Ms. Janice Mc Allister|
Atty. Douglas Mc Allister, Mayor Tony Carolino, Mr. Pert Dela Cruz & Cong. Lawrence Fortun
We are so happy and privileged to have these distinguished and honorable friends as our "godparents", whose marriage we will emulate as we go through our married life. We will keep their advice to heart so we can be together ... forever.