Neri: A golden celebration

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"Till the moon deserts the sky, till all the seas run dry, till then I'll worship you..." so goes the song Till (by Tony Bennett) which was the theme song of the young Alfredo "Dodong" Villamor and Consuelo "Oling" Pilapil during their courtship days. Dodong and Oling have remained true to the song's lyrics and so last June 6, the loving couple celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner party at the Manila Room of Marco Polo Plaza. All accounted for were their four children: Maris with husband Kelly Uy; Carla with husband Bernard Alegrado; Jonas; and Perry. The excited grandchildren included Katrina, Martin and Kimberly Uy; and Anton, Sabin and Juan Alegrado.

The golden celebration began with a Thanksgiving mass and a renewal of vows officiated by Oling's nephew Fr. Vicente Ramon OAR. Then a brief program followed featuring the couple's love story. When Dodong took to the microphone, he had the guests in stitches with his humorous take on how to stay married. Also well applauded was the song number of five-year-old Juan Alegrado, the celebrants' youngest grandchild.

The happy occasion saw relatives and dear friends in attendance. It was truly a beautiful celebration of life and love!


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 23, 2014.


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