Not much June brides? Weddings decline in PH, says NSO

Jonathan de Santos
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom

June is no longer the most sought-after month for weddings in PH, the National Statistics Office said.

Traditionally the most popular month to get married, June has been replaced by May when at least 11.2 percent of couples got married.

December and January come in second, tied at 10.6 percent. Fewer couples set their wedding dates in the months of November, August, and July, NSO found, prompting them to ask: "Come to think of it, have two lovebirds ever tied the knot on November 1? Maybe Bella and Edward?"

Meanwhile, fewer Pinoy couples choose to legalize their union, and even fewer opt for a church blessing, the NSO data shows.

In its latest Sexy Statistics report, NSO said marriages declined at an average of 1.5 percent a year between 2001 and 2010. There were 559,162 marriages in 2001 compared to 482,480 in 2010. Data from the years in between show a general decline with the biggest drop in 2005, when there 518,595 marriages, 10.9 percent fewer than in 2004.

Most marriages were in Metro Manila, followed by Southern Luzon and Central Luzon, NSO found. There were significantly fewer marriages in the Caraga region and in the Cordillera Administrative Region. The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao registered the least marriages. Less than one percent of registered marriages were in ARMM.

Couples also tend to marry slightly later in life, with brides at an average age of 26 in 2010 against 25.8 in 2006. Grooms were getting married at an average age of 29 in 2010 against 28.9 in 2006, NSO said.

"The Roman Catholic Church might not be pleased to hear that there were more civil marriages (in 2010) than those who promised to love till death do them part, 43.5 percent versus 35 percent," NSO said. Another 20 percent got married through "other religious rites" while less than one percent each were married in Muslim and Tribal rites.

"The culture of wedding and marriage seems to be changing.  Nevertheless, happy endings are not farfetched as tales of true love founded on honesty, respect and compassion continually mesmerize us day by day. How romantic, no?," NSO said.

According to the NSO, Sexy Statistics is meant to "optimize the use of statistics that we compile, widen access to statistics produced by the Philippine Statistical System, and enhance public appreciation for statistics towards good governance, towards informed decision making, towards better development outcomes."