Another record-setting wedding was hosted in Maguindanao as second district Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu becomes the sponsor of the wedding of a 23-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man on Valentine’s Day.
Generally, Valentine’s Day is not celebrated in Maguindanao as it is considered a foreign practice that is already outside the scope of events in Islam. However, friends and relatives of Max Gandalibo and Venus Usman held the wedding on Valentine’s Day so they can make sure of the presence of the principal sponsor which is Rep. Mangudadatu, the province’s governor.
Mangudadatu considers this event significant because it is also the birthday of his late wife Ginalyn.
“Isa na namang patunay na bulag ang pag-ibig at walang pinipiling edad kapag ito’y kumatok sa puso ninuman,” says the Congressman in a Facebook post.
“Ngayong araw mismo ng mgaPuso ay pinatunayan ng isang 23 years old na batang babae na si Venus Usman na umibig sa isang 64 years old nalalaki na si Max Gandalibo.”
The happy event was attended by the couple’s family and relatives. The bride, meanwhile, can also be seen teary-eyed in some parts of the wedding.
The May-December wedding was also featured in the TV program “Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho” (KMJS). In the segment of KMJS, they mentioned that the 40-year age gap is nothing for two people who truly love each other.
Venus first married when she was just 22-years-old. They had a child who passed away because of her husband. It was then that she decided to focus her attention on his family and neglected to date another man.
It was then that she met Max, a kind-hearted and generous man who’s willing to do everything for her. But the family of Venus is against their relationship. But after a few months of courtship, Venus eventually fell for Max. Their romance eventually led to the viral wedding of the year
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