Pet weddings highlight of animal blessing ceremony in the Philippines

Two Pomeranians were among 15 four-legged couples that tied the knot at a pet wedding ceremony. PHOTO: REUTERS
Pet owners carry their dogs during a pet wedding in Quezon City, on Oct 2, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
Pet owners walk with their pet dogs in wedding gowns during a mass wedding for animals in Quezon City, on Oct 2, 2022. PHOTO: AFP

MANILA - Pomeranians Michi and Mochi were among 15 four-legged couples that tied the knot at a pet wedding ceremony in the Philippines on Sunday, which was held along with a special blessing of pets to mark World Animal Day.

Owners Ianne De Guia and Bryan Largo, who joined hundreds of other pet lovers for the animal blessing, said Michi and Mochi - dressed in a gown and tuxedo for the occasion - were able to cement their union after recently having puppies.

The canine couples took the plunge at a park by a shopping mall where hundreds of animals, including cats, rabbits and guinea pigs, also received blessings in a drive-through and in-person ceremony from a priest who sprinkled them with holy water.

It was the first in-person ceremony since the Covid-19 pandemic to mark World Animal Day - celebrated worldwide to recognise animal rights and welfare - which falls on Tuesday. It also the same day as the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

"The reason why pet blessings are important for us is for their protection, guidance from (the) Lord, especially good health and long life, and hopefully they won't get sick," said Ms Paula Pacis, who had her five Shih Tzus blessed. REUTERS

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