Mike and Cara donate P1.3M for Marawi aid

  • Their cash gifts collected as ‘Bitor’ money during their wedding bash

Lawyer Michael Marcos Manotoc and Carina Manglapus have donated their P1.3 million cash gifts for the Marawi City rehab fund, the PGIN-CMO said.

The couple Mike and Cara received cash gifts called ‘Bitor’ money from their principal sponsors, relatives, friends and other guests during their recent wedding at the famous centuries-old Paoay Church in Paoay, Ilocos Norte last Nov. 25.

Presidential daughter, Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio, whose husband, lawyer Manases Carpio hails from this town, and also wedding sponsor, spoke during the occasion and conveyed gratitude, on behalf of the Maranaws, to the newly-wed couple as well as to Gov. Imee Marcos for the cash assistance fund for Marawi, a war-torn city in Mindanao.

Datu Taja Sarif, a chancellor of Mindanao State University, also reiterated gratitude for the cash aid noting it as an act of generosity extended to their devastated city.(tri-media report)

PAOAY, Ilocos Norte, Dec 1 (PIA) – Ilocos Norte gave a financial share for the rehabilitation fund of Marawi City by giving the P1.3 million cash gifts collected during the Manotoc-Manglapus wedding last November 25.

Wedded couple, Lawyer Michael Marcos-Manotoc, grandchild of former President Ferdinand Marcos, and Carina Amelia Manglapus, granddaughter of former Foreign Affairs Secretary Raul Manglapus donated the said cash gifts called “Bitor” money.

Part of the Ilokano wedding culture is “Bitor” in which the wedding principal sponsors, relatives and guests would give cash to the groom and the bride as they dance on the reception floor.

Instead of keeping the “Bitor” money to start a family, Michael and Carina donated the P1.3 million for the rebuilding of schools in Marawi City.

Principal sponsor Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio said, “Everyone is very happy to hear that you are donating part of your wedding gifts to the rebuilding of Marawi, and especially renovating and rehabilitating a madrasah for the children.”

A madrasah is an Islamic institution.

Governor Imee Marcos, mother of the groom, said the Ilokanos have not forgotten our Marawi brothers and sisters, hence, we extend our help.

Other high-ranking officials including Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque and DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu also helped in raising donation for the Marawi City. (Ma. Joreina Therese A. Blanco/PIA1-ILOCOS NORTE)