Golden ‘re-union’

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By Mimi Olorga

Points of View

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SHE was radiant in her laced golden yellow gown; he was beaming with love in his piña barong. He was with his best friend, waiting near the altar; she was with her mom, slowly striding towards him. Lovingly watching them were their respective families and friends, and their children—Julius, Joel, Mary Jane, Justine, Mary June, and Mary Jill— and children’s children.

“For better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death do us part”—this promise was once again made by septuagenarians Lorenzo Jr. and Rebecca Brigoli, before God and men, as they renewed their marriage vows with Msgr. Louie Galbines at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church last June 28. Reverend Fathers Edwin Cadena and Pablo Tabino co-celebrated the ceremonies with Msgr. Galbines.

What really made the occasion rare was not because Rebecca was a June bride, but that the celebration was the couple’s 50th wedding anniversary.


In this modern age when fidelity seems to be outmoded by ephemeral relationships, a couple celebrating their 50 years of marriage through thick and thin is so inspiring. Moreover, the coming home of family, relatives and friends from other parts of the country and the world just to be with Lorenzo and Rebecca is so endearing.

For instance, the couple’s eldest son, Julius, his wife, Janet, and daughter, Bethany, arrived from Maryland. Julius and Janet were the cord sponsors. Joel and June came all the way from Saudi Arabia. June was not only commentator for the Mass but also did the first reading and responsorial psalm. Mary Jill and daughter Jillianne came home from Ireland. Jill read the second reading.

Brothers and sisters joined forces with overall event coordinator, sibling Mary Jane and their brother Justine to make the once-in –a-lifetime event happen.

From the northern part of the country, Ilocos, came Sister Virgie Azcueta, FSCC, who lead the prayers of the faithful and the grace before meal. The Brigoli’s from La Carlota and Cebu also arrived, and were in their best for their song numbers. Long-time friend of Lorenzo, Engr. Felicisimo Cebedo from Cebu, was the groom’s best man. And Rebecca’s mom and sister from Mindanao also arrived.

Thus, Lorenzo and Rebecca have but joy and gratitude in their hearts for the gifts of family, relatives and friends. The principal sponsors are all family friends: Amado Guanzon, Rene Medrocillo, Salvacion Severino, Merle Guanzon; and matron of honor: Mila Celis.

Nephews and nieces Edan and Violy Brigoli, and Engr. Manuel and Tita Elemia were candle and veil sponsors, respectively. Cute little Lantis Shame Medina and Dwayn Benedict Lucenara were apples of the eye as they bore the ring and the coins.

Grandsons Jamiel Michaelangelo, Joel Mitchell, Joshua and Bridirick, all Brigoli’s, were groomsmen. And the budding beauties of granddaughters Bethany, Marielle Therese, Juliennce Marie and Blesse were junior bridesmaids. Pretty Jillianne Brigoli and Ma.Theone Ysabella Elemia were sights to behold in their flower girls role.

Golden yellow was the predominant color of the day, from the church to the reception, in the cozy pavilion of Palmas del Mar. But what really colored the day were the oozing commitment, fidelity, happiness, love and respect which Lorenzo and Rebecca have shared and will still give each other for the next years of their married life.

Through 50 fifty years of togetherness as husband and wife, and fulfilling the roles of parents to their children, and now as grannies to their grandchildren, Lorenzo and Rebecca have survived the vicissitudes of life because they have God as the center of their married life. Just like their gold-plated nailcutter token, Lorenzo and Rebecca have cut their nails short so as to have a sweeter and more tempered marital relationship.

And as the Brigoli couple sealed their re-union plenty of kisses, amidst cheering family members, relatives, and friends, I remember lines from Robert Browning‘s “Rabbi Ben Ezra.”

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!''

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on August 02, 2014.


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