Beyond Bars: Inmate marries girlfriend inside Ilocos Norte jail

ILOCOS NORTE- Love knows no boundaries. Not even behind bars.

Jade Bumanglag, 29, is currently an inmate in the Ilocos Norte provincial jail. Since he was 13, he has been in and out of the jail for committing various crimes until he was put behind bars in 2013 after being caught in a buy-bust operation.

Despite living within the confines of the prison, it did not stop him from falling in love.

It was less than two months ago when Bumanglag first met the 22-year-old Magdalena Invencion who paid a visit to him with her former boss.

Since then, Invencion frequently paid a visit to the inmate and constantly reminded him to become a better man.

Photo Courtesy: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos
Photo Courtesy: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos

“Lagi niya sinasabing magpakabait ako, huwag makikipag-away. Siya lang nagsasabi sa akin ng ganon. Kaya naramdaman kong mahal niya ako,” Bumanglag tearfully said in his interview with ABSCBN-Ilocos Norte. (She always reminds me to be kind and refrain from brawls. She is the only one who tells me that that’s why I know she loves me.)

Invencion admitted she has had other boyfriends before. However, none of them were worth fighting for, none of them were like Bumanglag. She said she fell for the inmate because he was “Mabait, maalalahanin, matulungin.” (Kind, thoughtful and helpful.)

Photo Credit: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos
Photo Credit: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos

On December 9, Bumanglag and Invencion proved that there is nothing more liberating than to love and be loved in return when they finally tied the knot inside the provincial jail.

Unlike other wedding ceremonies, theirs did not have a large entourage, no flower girls on the aisle, no decorations, not even music but a few family members and Bumanglag’s closest inmate friends who witnessed the event. The jail warden officiated the wedding.

Even Bumanglag’s mother convinced Invencion that she still has time to back-out before the wedding. She said she will understand if Magda will back-out. They don’t have much and her son is in jail; she advised Magda she can still find another man.

But Invencion said Bumanglag was the one for her.

Photo Credit: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos
Photo Credit: April Rafales, ABS-CBN Ilocos

Bumanglag, who earns a little through cutting hair and doing pedicure and manicure services inside the jail, hopes he will be released in January or February next year after serving the three-year sentence for a theft charge. On the other hand, he has yet to be sentenced for the drug case.

The newly-wed couple hopes they can build a family outside the jail soon, when the two of them are  both free.