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Miriam Defensor Santiago, husband renewed vows on 40th wedding anniversary, attended by top politicians

By on Jun 20, 2011 in Asia, Lifestyle, National, Politics Comments

Manila, PhilippinesSenator Miriam Defensor-Santiago and her husband renewed vows on Sunday, June 19, 2011 to celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

Miriam Defensor Santiago wedding

Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago wedding
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As noted on local news sites, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago got married again to his husband, former Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Narciso “Jun” Santiago on Sunday.

Senator Defensor-Santiago wore a ruby gown by Inno Sotto on her wedding to symbolize her 40 years of being married to her husband, which was held at the Manila Cathedral.

Santiago’s wedding was officiated by Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, who mentioned about the value of human life on his homily.

“The family is the basic unit of society. To undermine the family is to weaken society,” Cardinal Rosales apparently said, as the Catholic Church notably opposes the RH Bill which the senator strongly supports.

During the reception at the Manila Hotel, the 66-year old senator refused to her husband in public as part of the tradition, although guests were already clinking their glasses.

“If I’m as young as Heart Evangelista (a young actress and among her maid of honor) it would be endearing to kiss in public. But to do that at my age, I think it would be very disgusting,” the senator told reports.

Meanwhile, Santiago’s wedding attended by top politicians of the country from previous administration and political parties, with President Benigno “Noyonoy” Aquino III (PNoy) as the best man.

Interestingly, among the principal sponsors during the wedding were former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who removed her neck brace on the reception, former President Joseph Estrada, and former First Lady and incumbent Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

The rare gathering of top local politicians was also attended by Santiago’s fellow senators, cabinet members, and top local businessmen, as well as top officers of local media including from GMA 7, ABC-CBN and TV5.

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