VIRAL: Homeless Filipino couple who can't afford wedding gifted one

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Rommel Basco and Rosalyn Ferrer from Pampanga. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel Basco and Rosalyn Ferrer from Pampanga. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)

For a Filipino couple who live with their six children in a shack in a vacant lot in Pampanga, getting married is all but a far-fetched idea – until they met a kindhearted salon owner who is now helping them make their dream wedding into a reality.

Rommel Basco and Rosalyn Ferrer wanted to get married since they met 24 years ago. But they are unable to tie the knot because they can't afford one.

Richard Strandz arranged for the glamour bridal photoshoot. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Richard Strandz arranged for the glamour bridal photoshoot. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)

Life is tough for Rommel and Rosalyn on the streets of Pampanga. The couple collects scraps and sells them to put food on the table for their family of eight.

One day while collecting plastic, Rommel and Rosalyn met hair salon owner Richard Strandz, who, upon hearing and being moved by the couple's love story, is now helping them get married later this year.

Rommel and Rosalyn make a living by collecting plastic scraps and selling them. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn make a living by collecting plastic scraps and selling them. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)

Richard arranged a Valentine's bridal photoshoot with his friends where the photos would go viral on social media. You can see the viral images from Rab4Love Studios here.

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Richard also shared the video of Rommel and Rosalyn's story, aptly titled "Sa Hirap at Ginhawa" ("For Better or Worse"). You can watch the video below.

Rommel and Rosalyn's love story has gained the attention of international media with various outlets sharing the couple's tale.

Richard, with the help of his friends, is planning to pay for the couple's church wedding once they get their marriage license.

"I found out about how the two have been living together for more than two decades but cannot afford a small wedding," Richard said.

Rommel and Rosalyn were overjoyed to learn that Richard Strandz is organizing a bridal photoshoot and arranging their church wedding. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn were overjoyed to learn that Richard Strandz is organizing a bridal photoshoot and arranging their church wedding. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)

"I was touched by their love story so I contacted my friends who had a wedding supplies business and thought of surprising them with a charity wedding."

"True love is something that should be celebrated. It’s very special, no matter whether you’re rich or poor," he added.

More photos from Rab4Love Studios below:

Rommel and Rosalyn pose for the camera during their bridal photoshoot. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn pose for the camera during their bridal photoshoot. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Richard Strandz said
Richard Strandz said "true love is something that should be celebrated, whether you're rich or poor." (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn have been together for over 20 years. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn have been together for over 20 years. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn wear their outfits for the makeover. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn wear their outfits for the makeover. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Closeup shot of Rommel and Rosalyn holding hands. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Closeup shot of Rommel and Rosalyn holding hands. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn with their children. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
Rommel and Rosalyn with their children. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
An aerial view of the shack where Rommel and Rosalyn's family live. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
An aerial view of the shack where Rommel and Rosalyn's family live. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
The shack where Rommel and Rosalyn's family live. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)
The shack where Rommel and Rosalyn's family live. (Photo reproduced with permission from Rab4Love Studios)