As the country suffers a fresh bout of monsoonal rains, a beaming bride walks down a flooded church aisle in the Philippines and the video has won hearts on social media. In a Facebook video shared over a thousand times, Jobel Delos Angeles, 24, is all smiles as she walks through flood waters in a white gown before her suited groom clad in flip-flops takes her to the altar. Tropical Storm Yagi and the southwest monsoon brought heavy flooding to the capital Manila and nearby areas, including their home province of Bulacan.
“Even if it floods or it rains, nothing can stop me. You only get married once, will you postpone it? I was marrying the man I love,” Delos Angeles told AFP on phone. “My gown got wet and heavy, but I told myself it was as if I was walking on a red carpet,” said Delos as she married the father of her two children on Saturday. The weekend was a cause for double celebration for the couple. Their daughter, five months old was also baptised in the same event.
She said she and her partner of seven years did not expect bad weather but never considered calling off their wedding even after flood waters entered the church in Hagonoy town. “We didn’t want a new schedule as we were already stressed out. Our hometown is really flood-prone,” Delos Angeles added. “No car wanted to bring us to the church, so I just rode a boat. We didn’t expect so many people would still turn up, even the entourage.”
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 told AFP. Guests were photographed barefoot, including children who were afraid to slip.
Delos Angeles said she had no regrets. “It is truly memorable. I am so happy. It shows the lesson that there are no what ifs.” The Philippines endures an average of 20 typhoons and storms each year. The latest storm brought misery to many, with 20,000 residents fleeing the riverside district of Marikina in the national capital region where floods swept away cars, authorities said.