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Weddings During Pandemic Lowest In 50 Years – PSA

Weddings During Pandemic Lowest In 50 Years – PSA
A couple joins a mass wedding held in Dagupan City, Pangasinan on Dec. 15, 2021. Photo by Cesar Ramirez, The Philippine STAR

The health and economic crisis due to the pandemic prompted fewer Filipinos to get married in 2020, with the number dropping to its lowest in five decades.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed that registered marriages plummeted 44.3 percent to 240,775 in 2020, the first year of the pandemic. This is the lowest number of registered marriages since 1970.

The PSA said the data covered registered marriages from local government units across the country. It does not include those from Filipinos who married abroad.

According to data, the median age of marriage in 2020 was retained at 27 years old for women and 29 years old for men.

Of the total marriages in 2020, 98 percent were between Filipino men and women and only two percent were between Filipinos and foreign nationals.

Intermarriages between Filipinos and American nationals registered the highest number with 1,193 or 24.7 percent of the total. This was followed by marriages with Japanese, Canadian, Chinese, and Indian nationals.

Ten out of the 17 regions in the Philippines recorded a decline in marriages led by the Bicol Region. Metro Manila, on the other hand, saw the biggest increase.

In terms of absolute numbers, CALABARZON recorded the highest number of registered marriages, which accounted for 32,822 or 13.6 percent of the total. It was followed by Metro Ma-nila and Central Luzon with 32,689 and 28,183, respectively.

PSA data showed that most of the marriages in 2020 occurred in February at 44,349 or 18.4 percent with a daily average of 1,529 marriages per day. On the other hand, April and May saw the least number of marriages.

It should be noted that the government has yet to implement lockdown measures in February while April and May were the months when quarantine measures were put in place due to rising COVID-19 cases.

Almost 50 percent of the total registered marriages in 2020 were contracted through civil ceremony, an 11.2 percentage point increase from the 38.6 percent recorded in 2019.

About one in four marriages were officiated in the Roman Catholic Church or 28 percent of the total. Twenty percent were performed in other religious sites.

Marriages solemnized in Muslim traditions comprised 1.3 percent while 0.9 percent were performed in tribal ceremonies.