37th year of the wedding that nearly did not happen PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 May 2017 13:29

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate’...” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 10:6-9, the Holy Bible).

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QUIET 37TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY, THANK GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS: On May 18, 2017, by God’s grace and permission, my wife, the former judge, the incumbent All Star President of the Rotary Club of Intramuros, and the ever-sharp and brilliant practising lawyer today, Angelina Domingo Mauricio, and myself, would be celebrating our 37th wedding anniversary.

There would be no fanfare of the kind that we used to have in the earlier years of our marriage. Instead, the day would be spent doing what Jesus, our God and Savior, prepared for us to be doing. For her and our daughter Luisa (who, thank God in the Name of Jesus, is also a lawyer now working for the government), they would be discharging their respective works as lawyers and, for my wife, as a Rotarian.

As far as I am concerned, I would be leading a live-in seminar for the members of the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK, or the Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, as well as a youth camp for the Church members’ children, in Subic Bay, Olongapo City, to strengthen further the capacity of AND KNK members to individually proclaim the Word of God, and save souls by virtue of that proclamation.

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THE MARRIAGE THAT NEARLY DID NOT PUSH THROUGH: I have already written various accounts of how my wife and I met while we were still law students at the University of the Philippines College of Law in Diliman, Quezon City, right here in this column, but, for whatever it is worth, I want to put on record today that our marital union through a church ceremony on May 18, 1980 (and through a civil ceremony on April 16, 1980) nearly failed to push through.

I remember that I was still financially handicapped in the 1980s, despite the fact that I was already a staff reporter of the newspaper Daily Express then. I was horrified that whatever savings I had then, and whatever available money my parents had then, proved to be insufficient for the expenses for the wedding, particularly for the reception at a famous restaurant in Quezon City.

Burdened with that difficulty, my mother, Mrs. Salvacion Haber Lazo Mauricio from Ilocos Sur, brought me to her relatives to in the evening of May 17, 1980, to try to borrow from them. Unfortunately, however, money was tight even for the relatives, and so we went home forlorn. Because of that, I was sleepless in our house in Lagro, Quezon City, although I felt God would not leave me alone in that problem!

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LATE FOR MY OWN WEDDING 37 YEARS AGO: On the day of the wedding itself, not knowing what to do, I fetched the photographer who was to take pictures of my wife (he was an officemate of my late father, Melanio Pauco Mauricio Sr. of Ramos, Tarlac) as she dressed up for the ceremonies. The wedding was to be held at the Holy Trinity Parish in Sampaloc, Manila. I brought him to the Sampaloc residence of her family, and then I went back to Lagro.

I miscalculated the time! Because of the lengthy distance, it took me and my parents and siblings a lot of time to go back to Sampaloc for the wedding, arriving at the Church 45 minutes from the scheduled time of the ceremonies. When the priest saw me, he smiled and the wedding started. Everybody heaved a sigh of relief, including two of our godparents, then Quezon City Mayor Adelina Rodriguez, and then Manila police chief, Brig. Gen. James Barbers.

After the wedding, Ninang Adelina and Ninong James came to me, both whispering that they could no longer attend the reception, because I came in late. However, they handed to me separate envelopes which, when opened by my wife and I, yielded so much money that we could have held even another wedding reception then and there. Indeed, God is good all the time, for His love endures forever!

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