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Special day ‘no matter what’


Filipino couple weds under volcanic cloud.

A couple getting married in the

Philippines over the weekend witnessed a surprise guest at their


In what has made for dramatic shots that have since gone

viral on social media, Chino and Kat Palomar exchanged vows in

Cavite province on Sunday under a gigantic cloud of smoke and

ash from Taal, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes.

“The mood was surprisingly calm despite the large billows of

smoke that were already prominently visible in the ceremony

area,” said Randolf Evan, the wedding photographer.

Evan related how the volcano began spewing smoke an hour or

two before the wedding started, and said ash began to fall on

the party toward the end of the ceremony.

More than 24,000 people have been forced to evacuate their

homes from the volcanic island on which Taal is located south of

central Manila, and in the area immediately around it – normally

a popular tourist spot.

Social media users responded with amazement to the shots of

the bride and groom and their party in a white canvas tent lit

with fairy lights under billowing clouds streaked by lightning.

“Kudos to the wedding planner,” read one jokey comment.

“This is going to be tough to top.”

Despite the alarming backdrop, Evan said the bridal couple

were little affected.

“They were actually relaxed and collected throughout the

whole wedding,” Evan said.

“We later found out their wedding was 8 years and 2 kids in

the making, so this day they planned for was going to be special

no matter what, with or without the Taal volcano’s


(Reporting by Yishu Ng; Writing by Karishma Singh; Editing by

Gerry Doyle)

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