Skip to main content »

Bauko Couple fuses Igorot and Church Wedding Traditions

Join Tessie and Randy in Bauko as they celebrate their love with a harmonious blend of Igorot culture and church ceremony.

 |  2 min read

Witness the beautiful fusion of Igorot culture and church ceremony as Tessie and Randy tie the knot in Bauko. Congratulations on their special day!

Tessie Naganos and Randy Sarol's wedding in Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Poblacion, Bauko, Mountain Province, seamlessly merged the rich traditions of Igorot culture with the solemnity of a church ceremony. Their union, celebrated on January 26, 2024, served as a testament to the power of love to bridge cultural divides and create unity.

A Harmonious Blend of Customs

In traditional Igorot weddings, couples often partake in ceremonies deeply rooted in their cultural heritage. These ceremonies typically involve the signing of marriage contracts followed by community feasting, known as "watwat," and lively celebrations accompanied by the rhythmic beats of the "gangsa" or gongs. Conversely, church weddings follow the Christian tradition, with the groom donning a "barong" or suit and the bride wearing a gown, symbolizing purity and grace.

Tessie and Randy's wedding transcended these boundaries by blending Igorot and church wedding customs. They exchanged vows within the sacred confines of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, officiated by Rev. Fr. Now Mendoza, infusing their ceremony with spiritual reverence and solemnity.

Bridging Past and Present: Traditional Attire in a Church Setting

A defining feature of Tessie and Randy's wedding was their choice to wear traditional Igorot attire within the church setting. Randy proudly donned the wanes, symbolizing his connection to his Bauko heritage, while Tessie, from Loo, Buguias, radiated beauty in the elegant Tapis, paying homage to her Benguet roots.

This fusion of traditional attire within a church wedding setting not only honored the couple's cultural identity but also served as a poignant symbol of unity and inclusivity.

Symbolic Gestures and Unity

The wedding ceremony celebrated love that transcended cultural boundaries. Symbolic gestures, such as the inclusion of fruits and vegetables in the decorations, paid homage to the couple's agricultural heritage, while the participation of Tessie and Randy's grandparents as flower bearers added a touching layer of familial warmth and continuity.

Conclusion: A Testament to Love, Diversity, and Cultural Identity

In conclusion, Tessie Naganos and Randy Sarol's wedding in Poblacion, Bauko, Mountain Province, was a beautiful fusion of Igorot and church wedding traditions. By embracing their cultural heritage while pledging their love in a church setting, the couple exemplified the power of love to bridge cultural divides.

In a time when many embrace grandiose weddings inspired by Western influences, Tessie and Randy chose to honor their roots by incorporating the timeless traditions of Igorot culture. Their decision to stay true to their heritage serves as a reminder of the importance of preserving cultural identity in a rapidly changing world.

Congratulations to Tessie and Randy as they embark on this new chapter of their lives together. May their marriage be filled with love, joy, and the enduring strength of their shared cultural heritage.

Credit: Mary Jane D. Aluyen

Sharing is caring, kailian!

We do hope you find something great in this story. If you find this helpful, please do share it with the people you care about.

Igorotage is a platform for people to share their thoughts and ideas. The views expressed on Igorotage are the opinions of the individual users, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Igorotage.


Sign in to share your thoughts. No account yet?

What to learn next?

You might also like to read more related articles filed under Awe-Inspiring Stories — or jump to a random article!

Awe-Inspiring Stories Surprise me

Panagbenga Sucks: Everything Wrong with the Baguio Flower Festival

Panagbenga sucks! Here are everything wrong with the Baguio Flower Festival from a local's perspective. A comprehensive analysis.

Sat at 11:20am · 12 min read

Why 913,000 Cordillerans are Still Single

Discover the reason why 913,000 Cordillerans remain single. Explore the influence of Cordilleran women's higher education and wealth.

Feb 15 · 4 min read

Tourist's Lost Cards and Cash in Benguet Met with Unbelievable Kindness

Discover how a tourist's lost cards and cash in Benguet led to heartwarming acts of kindness and community spirit.

Feb 6 · 4 min read

SLU Grad Gets P150K Cash Bouquet on Graduation Day

Discover the heartwarming story of SLU graduate Roselyn Gunnawa, who receives a surprising P150K cash bouquet on her graduation day.

Jan 27 · 2 min read

Soyosoy di Dagem by Aladin Bag-ayan (Song Lyrics + Meaning)

Soyosoy di Dagem by Aladin Bag-ayan. Discover the lyrics and meaning of this Kankana-ey song that became an Igorot cultural anthem.

Jan 22 · 6 min read

Honest Grade 12 Student in Besao Returns 30K to Rightful Owner

Witness the influence of the Igorot Inayan culture as a Grade 12 student from Besao upholds honesty, returning 30K to its rightful owner.

Jan 11 · 3 min read

Arturo Arcio: Having Only One Wife is the Secret to Long Life says Cordilleran Centenarian

Hear it from Arturo Arcio, a Cordilleran centenarian from Kalinga: Having only one wife is the secret to reaching 100 years.

Jan 9 · 2 min read

Og-Ogfo in Action: A Miraculous Rescue in Bontoc

Witness the triumph of Og-Ogfo as Igorot communities collaborate in Allan Fagsao's rescue. A testament to mutual aid and resilience.

Jan 8 · 3 min read

5 Best Igorot MMA Fighters who became World Champions

The inspiring journey of the 5 best Igorot MMA fighters who achieved world champion status in ONE Championship.

Nov 25, 2023 · 17 min read

Why Igorot MMA Legend Eduard Folayang Should Retire

Igorot MMA Legend Eduard Folayang just turned 40, here's a comprehensive article on why the Filipino pride should consider hanging up the gloves.

Nov 22, 2023 · 17 min read