A bride in the Philippines has won hearts as the country suffers a fresh bout of monsoonal rains.
Jobel Delos Angeles, 24, married the father of her two children on Saturday as Tropical Storm Yagi and the southwest monsoon brought heavy flooding to the capital Manila and nearby areas, including their home province of Bulacan.In a Facebook video shared over a thousand times, Delos Angeles is all smiles as she walks through brown floodwaters in a white gown and veil before her suited groom clad in flip-flops takes her to the altar.
“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 by phone.
“My gown got wet and heavy but I told myself it was as if I was walking on a red carpet.”
But for Delos Angeles, the weekend was cause for celebration.
She said she and her partner of seven years did not expect bad weather but never considered calling off their wedding even after floodwaters entered the church in Hagonoy town.
“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 year”.
“I felt bad for them but at the same time I am happy they got it through,” Bautista told AFP.
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.”