A total of 154 cohabiting couples were formally married last February 12, 2015 at the San Jose Sports Complex officiated by Mayor Antonio B. Chavez as the solemnizing officer and primarily witnessed by Municipal Councilors Domingo Tam Jr, Julian Bausa, Hassan Durante, Raymund Pacamarra, and the Provincial Director of Philippine Statistics Authority, Mr. Clemente S. Manaog, as one of the special guests.
Other prominent personalities who witnessed the Kasalang Bayan include the Municipal Administrator, Mr. Manny Clidoro; the Municipal Planning and Development Officer, Engr. Jose Chito Milante and his wife, Mrs. Mariko Laura F. Milante, the Municipal Budget Officer; Mrs. Muriel Abragan, the Municipal Civil Registrar; Ms. Imelda Caballero, the Municipal Accountant; Mrs. Myrna Pacamarra, the Municipal Treasurer; Mrs. Rosemarie Luzada, Principal of the San Jose National High School; Brgy. Captains Roy Fernan Credo (Calalahan) and Ruel Briones (San Vicente), and Mr. Vic Dizon.
The program started with doxology and subsequent singing of the National Anthem, followed by the welcome remarks by the Municipal Administrator and a message from the Provincial Director of the Philippine Statistics Authority. The occasion was emceed by Mr. Diosdado P. Valencia, Municipal Tourism Officer-designate.
As was usually done, the wedding ceremony officiated by Mayor Chavez had the “first legal kiss” scenario, the wearing of rings, wine drinking, cake eating, and the ceremonial pantomina dance, and lastly, the picture-taking together with the Mayor and his municipal councilors, and the invited sponsors of the couples.
One of the highlights of the wedding ceremony was the awarding of the oldest couple with many children and oldest couple with no children. They were given free one-night accommodation at the Port Alfred Hotel and Resort in Dolo, San Jose, Camarines Sur.
In general, the whole wedding ceremony was also witnessed by an estimated crowd of about 1,200 people believed coming from the different barangays of San Jose, and neighboring towns of Goa, and Lagonoy.