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    Manila staged a wedding spectacular on Thursday night when 200 couples from the city's slums took part in a mass ceremony.

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    Manila staged a wedding spectacular on Thursday night when 200 couples from the city's slums took part in a mass ceremony. It was a commercially-sponsored white wedding to celebrate the 400th. anniversary of the founding of the Filipino city.

    The couples, all of them too poor to be able to afford their own wedding, ranged in age from 14 to 65. It was a belated blessing for many of them. Eighty of the couples had been living together for seven years or more and some had brought their children to the wedding.

    Now that they were married, said a spokesman from the Roman Catholic Church, their relationship had been rectified and freed from any moral blame.

    SYNOPSIS: Manila staged a wedding spectacular on Thursday when 200 couples from the city's slums took their vows in a mass white wedding, commercially sponsored and celebrating the 400th anniversary of this Filipino city. The couples, all of them too poor to be able to afford their own wedding, ranged in age from 14 to 65. For many this was a belated blessing, for they had been living together for seven years or more.

    Now that they were married, said a spokesman from the Roman Catholic Church, their relationship had been rectified and freed from any moral blame.

    Despite the solemn pronouncements, before and after the ceremony this was a light-hearted event with a bevy of beauty queens taking part as bridesmaids. The couples paid nothing for the clothes they wore, which were provided by the sponsoring firm. But for one man, the gravity of the occasion was just too much...Others took everything in their stride, with no worries about paying the bill.

    The Mayor of Manila, Antonio Villages, stood as common sponsor to give the couples away, taking it in good part when some of the new brides and bridegrooms introduced their children...

    And afterwards, the cake was cut, and those couples beginning their life together drove off to spend the night as the guests of the sponsors at a luxury hotel.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABXKLCDP1WGR03I1WEXUI13LMB
    Media URN:
    VLVABXKLCDP1WGR03I1WEXUI13LMB
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:49:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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