In good times and in bad: Two couples wed inside Mandaue City Jail

  • Two detained couples exchanged vows inside the jail facility in Mandaue City
  • Mayor City Mayor Jonas Cortes officiated the double wedding
  • The now newly-weds tied the knot under the facilities’ free mass wedding

For better or for worse, two couples in Mandaue City, Cebu tied the knot and sealed their happy endings in an unconventional way.


Image by BJMP Mandaue CJ Female Dorm via Facebook

However, both couples have to spend their happy endings behind bars as the they had been detained at the Mandaue City Jail due to drug charges.

But that doesn’t mean they can’t seal their love with marriage. Partners Hernante and Amanda, and couple Junnel and Ashley (not their real names) exchanged vows in a simple wedding rites inside the Mandaue City Jail officiated by Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes last December 27, 2019.

Both couples, according to a report, got married under the facility’s free mass wedding program, which the now married couples did not miss in the hopes that they would realize their dreams of getting married despite their current situations.

It was reported that Hernante, 40 and Amanda, 35 had been together for 15 years and have seven children. Hernante has been detained for seven years while his wife was put behind bars more than a year ago.

Image by BJMP Mandaue CJ Female Dorm via Facebook

It’s also the same story for the newly weds Junnel and Ashley, who got married after several years of being live-in partners. The couple bared it was their plan to get married before being arrested. They have three children.

However, like any other detainees, despite being married inside the facility, they can’t live together. They are not even allowed to visit each other.

Supt. Gil Inopia, jail warden of the male dormitory, said that the couple can visit each other through a court order. “Actually, our policy allows for conjugal visits, but for live-in partners there are restrictions. Now that they are married, they can fully avail themselves of the benefits of conjugal visits.”

The Mandaue City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology said on its Facebook page that the “activity is geared towards promoting the welfare of every Filipino family, even those behind the bars.”