“Almost all the parishes in the Philippines conduct free mass weddings,” said Msgr. Francis Lucas of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines in a phone interview with GMA News Online. Msgr. Lucas is the Executive Secretary of CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media.
By special, Lucas said that would include “additions like a choir, a choir director, additional decorations, etcetera.”
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“Marriages performed in civil rites continued to top the list among all types of marriage ceremony. This year (2010), marriage under civil rites recorded 209,952 or 43.5 percent of the total marriages,” the NSO said on its website.
"Marriages solemnized under Roman Catholic ceremony covered 35.0 percent of the total, while one-fifth of the total marriage proportion was solemnized by other religious rites (including Muslim) (100,057 or 20.7%). Moreover, it is an interesting fact that there were 3,242 marriages solemnized under tribal rites,” the NSO also said.