30 couples tie knot in ‘Kasalan ng Bayan’ in Lapu-Lapu City

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JIMBOY Morata, 30, never thought that he would tie the knot with Christina Cabahug, 31, his partner of six years.

Morata, who is openly gay, said that despite his sexual orientation, his love for Cabahug knows no bounds. Before they were married, they already had a three-year-old child with another child on the way.

Morata and Cabahug were just one of 30 couples who tied the knot during the free “Kasalan ng Bayan” organized by the Lapu-Lapu City Government at the Hoops Dome in Barangay Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City on Thursday, July 7, 2022.

Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan officiated the civil wedding.

How they met

Morata and Cabahug met through a common friend.

When they first met, Morata said he was still working as a beautician while Cabahug was working at the Mactan Economic Zone.

“Naa na sa iyaha tanan akong gipangita; wala na sa uban,” said Morata when asked why he married Cabahug during the free civil mass wedding.

(She has everything that I am looking for in a woman.)

Now that he is married, Morata vowed to remain faithful to Cabahug.

Cabahug said she learned that Morata was gay only when they started to live together. She accidentally found Morata’s gowns while looking at his closet.

She recalled how Morata tried hard to act straight for her when they first met.

But despite his sexual orientation, Cabahug said she loved Morata because he was family-oriented and loving.

“I accepted him because he works hard for his family and his love for me never wavered,” Cabahug said in Cebuano.

All expense paid

The city government, through the efforts of the City Social Welfare and Development (CSWD), shouldered the wedding expenses, particularly for the wedding coordinator, pre-nuptial photo, setup, ring, wine, cake and lechon.

Aside from Chan, his wife and Lapu-Lapu City Rep. Cindi King-Chan and members of the City Council led by Vice Mayor Celedonio “Celsi” Sitoy served as sponsors.

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