A young woman “married” her dead boyfriend before his funeral over the weekend, in what could be described as bizarre yet strangely romantic.
A 19-year-old woman, identified by The Philippine Inquirer simply as Zyrine, wore a white dress at the funeral of her dead boyfriend in the Cauayan Memorial Gardens in Cauayan, Isabela.
The Inquirer identified her boyfriend as Jake Anthony Macadangdang.
Zyrine recited her vows during the emotional ceremony and inserted a wedding ring into her finger. Rigor mortis or stiffness has set in Macadangdang’s body so the wedding ring was put on top of his hand instead, according to Bombo Radyo.
The Family Code of the Philippines renders a marriage invalid if one of the parties fail to give their consent freely. Necrogamy or marrying a dead person is not mentioned in the law.
Macadangdang was killed last month after a businessman named Aaron Christian Reyes allegedly slammed his car at the motorcycles which Macadangdang and his friends were driving.
Reyes and Macadangdang’s group allegedly had an altercation at a bar. After the fight, Macadangdang’s group left the watering hole but Reyes tailed after them and mowed down their motorcycles. The accident also left eight other people injured, some of whom were teenagers.
Macadangdang had just graduated from college and was applying for a job overseas.
The bride’s father Antonio Delmendo said that his daughter genuinely loved Macadangdang, which is why he allowed the mock wedding to occur.
GMA News’ Balitambayan reported that Macadangdang and Zyrine had been together since they were in high school.