In a private but not secret ceremony in Makati City, the grandchildren of 1965 presidential candidates and political rivals Ferdinand Marcos Sr. and Raul Manglapus got married last Wednesday.
And on Saturday, the traditional celebration — when an Ilocano couple gets married outside of their hometown — called “bales” followed at the San Agustin Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte.
The groom was Michael Ferdinand Manotoc; the second among the three sons of Imee Marcos.
He married Carina Amelia Manglapus, the granddaughter of opposition candidate Raul Manglapus, who was exiled to the US during the days of the nationwide martial law.
Marcos refused to allow Manglapus’ wife and children to join him in exile, and they were forced to flee the country by the backdoor; leapfrogging even by a small raft for freedom. Manglapus remained in exile for 14 years; dissuaded by an outstanding warrant of arrest should he return to the country. (read more about Raul Manglapus)
Michael and Carina proved that love conquers all as they maintained their relationship despite the history of the Marcos-Manglapus “feud.”
Michael is a University of the Philippines Law-graduate and a bar exam passer in 2014 while Carina finished a creative writing degree from the Ateneo de Manila University and now has a career in singing and music.
It was in 2014 when the two met, in another one of Marcos’ grandson’s wedding, Luis Marcos-Araneta and Xandra Rocha, where Carina was a guest of the bride.