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Pinoy Tradition: Kasalan

 The union of two families.
(photo by Roanna Jessica 

Francisco Mabunga)
Months after the pamamanhikan, surely and expectedly, the  wedding day follows.  A Pinoy wedding or kasalan in Tagalog has many beliefs and traditions.  The most important tradition is  that it is held with a full Sacrament of the Holy Mass.  

Allow me to show you pictures taken during the wedding of Kuya Kiss and Ate Jina.  These photos will illustrate some of the Filipino wedding traditions. 

The Groom
Wearing the traditional barong tagalog.
Barong Tagalog is made from special hand-loomed jusi or pina (pineapple fiber) cloth.
It is thin and transparent hence it is being worn with camisa de chino underneath.
(photo by May Cruz)

The Bride
In a traditional custom-made white traje de novia.
White symbolizes purity.
(photo by Hazel Angelie Serrano)

The Groom is  presented by his parents.
Here, his brother-in-law represented the groom's late father.
(photo by Jhune Tolentino, Jr.)
The Bride is  presented by her parents.
Here, the late father of the bride was represented by her uncle.
(photo by Achie Jaramilla) 
The traditional pagmamano.
In front of the altar, the Groom and his parents together with the Best Man meet the Bride and her parents.
The Groom pays respect to the Bride's parents, first, by doing the
Filipino tradition of pagmamano.
(photo by JMorales)
After the Groom, the Bride takes her turn to pay respect to the Groom's parents.
(photo by JMorales)
After the Homily, the Priest blesses the Groom and Bride.  
Followed by the blessing of the ring and arrhae.
(photo by JMorales)  
The exchanging of ring.

While inserting the ring, the Groom and Bride alternately recite their own composed wedding vows or read the standard wedding vow provided by the church.
(photo by JMorales)
The giving of the arrhae.
The Groom gives the Bride the arrhae.
This symbolizes the Groom's pledge of his dedication and loyalty

to the welfare of his wife  and children.
This arrhae was from my Mother.
She personally used this on her wedding day 

and passed  it on to all her children.
(photo by JMorales)  
As the ceremonies of ring and arrhae are being done, 
the  Principal Sponsors surround
the  Bride and Groom to witness their unity to become 
husband and wife.
The Candle
This embodies the presence of God in their marital union.
(photo by JMorales)
The Veil
The veiling ritual signifies the clothing of the two individuals who have become one made perfectly possible 

by the ceremonies of their marriage.
(photo by JMorales) 

The Cord
The cord shaped or looped to form the figure 8 (infinity) to symbolize everlasting fidelity.
(photo by JMorales)
The Kiss
At the end of the wedding, 

the Priest asks the Groom to kiss the Bride.
This simply signifies that as the ceremonies draw to a close, 

the whole event is  sealed with a kiss.
(photo by Achie Jaramilla)
The Shower
Before leaving the church, the Bride and Groom 

are  showered with petals.
Years ago, rice grains were used to shower the couple as a sign of prosperity but due to austerity issues and considerations, the catholic church has discouraged the use of this.  From then on, petals are
 perpetually used.
(photo by Achie Jaramilla)

Note:  Special thanks to all the photographers for all the pictures shown here.