MANILA - It took them a year to prepare the wedding and not even the onslaught of Usman could keep them from the altar.
Couple Simeon and Glory Llorente on a stormy Saturday tied the knot inside an inundated church in Jamindan, Capiz to put the crowning touch on a 13-year relationship.
"Ang pag-ibig kayang lampasan lahat, kahit pa bagyo," the groom told ABS-CBN News.
(Love conquers all, even the storm.)
Photos of their wedding, with the couple's entourage and guests braving the floods, quickly spread on social media, winning the hearts of netizens.
The bride, a vision in white wedding dress, literally waded in the flood, which was reminiscent of a wedding scene in the film "Crazy Rich Asians," one netizen pointed out.
On the eve of their wedding, tropical depression Usman battered Capiz, Simeon said. Heavy rains brought by the storm flooded the church in Barangay Jagnaya.
His best man and some sponsors were also not able to come on the big day. But Simeon said he would not let the storm derail their best-laid plan.
"Mas marami pa kaming pagsubok na dinaanan. Baha at bagyo lang 'yan. Hindi hadlang sa amin ito," he said.
(We've been through worse. It's just a flood and a storm. They can't stop us.)
Before settling down, the high school sweethearts, both 32, had to help their families first. They also had to endure a long-distance relationship.
Simeon works in a factory in Laguna while Glory used to work in Hong Kong and Taiwan as a caregiver.
"Goal namin sa buhay na tulungan muna namin ang aming magulang bago kami magpakasal," he said.
(Our goal was to help our parents first before we get married.)
The wedding was not what they envisioned, but the storm made it unforgettable.
To get to their reception, the couple and their guests rode a truck to get through the floods.
"Iilan lang naman ang kinakasal tuwing may bagyo," he said.
(Only a few couple get married during a storm.)
His advice to other couples who are planning to get married?
"Mag-enjoy kayo, basa o ano pa man," he said.
(Enjoy, for wetter or worse.)