Early this morning, after I had my coffee, I called Tita Nenen to check with her the wedding date that Fr. Irelli suggested prior to the 10days posting as required by the Philippines law. Tita Nenen, reassured me with her usual cheerful voice. I have had vague memory of her, It was over a year ago since Julian and I had our visits to the office of the local municipality. We were with Tita Wanda, who was kind to assists us, also works in the Mayor's office. She introduced us with Tita Nenen. We were given a list of requirements to serve as a guide in applying for a Marraige License. So, the date is set to May 3rd. Although the Church and the Municipality Officers in Charge has agreed to the specified date, it is not an official date as of yet, until Julian and I will be given a definite schedule of the marraige license release date. I prayed that there wouldn't be any more hindrances.
APPLICATION FOR A MARRAIGE LICENSE
Marriage License is a requirement for either a Civil or Church wedding to be held in the Philippines. The Application Form for a marriage license must be secured at the Local Civil Registrar from the city, town or municipality where either the bride or the groom habitually resides. The personal appearance of those getting married is required in applying for a marriage license.
Each of the contracting parties shall file separately a sworn application for each license with the proper local civil registrar. Philippine law prescribes a ten-day waiting period from the filing of the Application to the issuance of the marriage license. The license is valid for 120 days from date of issuance and may be used anywhere in the Philippines.
At the time the contracting parties appear to file their application for a Marriage License to the local civil registrar, he or she must also submit the following supporting documents:
1. Birth Certificate: Certified True Copy required that is issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO).
I was able to get my Birth Certificate in NSO on the same day I have them requested. Good thing about the regional branches. I got mine in Muntinlupa City. NSO branch. It was just about 40mins drive from home. We waited for about an hour or so. I went to the office early with my mate, Bing. I requested 3 copies and it cost about 190php/ page.
2. A Certificate of No Marraige ( CENOMAR ) that is issued by the Office of Civil Registrar General or NSO.
I also requested a copy of my cenomar, the same day i requested my birth certificate. I was scheduled to return after 2 weeks, and i requested 2 copies and paid about 240php/ copy.
A certificate of Legal Capacity to Contract Marriage for foreign nationals is required. This will be requested and issued by the UK embassy, prior to the issuance of a marriage license in the Philippines. This serves as a clearance or permit from the consul as an actual proof of the subject’s civil status and eligibility for marriage.
3. And a Xerox Copy of Passport, first page upon your arrival in the country. And a 2x2 ID picture for both with a 300php fee for the marraige license. That's it!
I haven't been able to do much more than just plan and daydreaming. Although I tried to shake this habit to keep me from getting overwhelmed and well, nervous. I will keep you guys updated tomorrow on my wedding preferences.