Posted on 09 November 2011.
Who would have thought that corruption would run that deep in the Philippines? It has run so deep into the veins of its people that even one church in Cebu has left us at our wits’ end.
My best friend made several calls to churches in Cebu as she intends to marry her long time beau, who apparently is not Filipino.
She made calls to Redemptorist, Capitol Parish, Lourdes Parish, Sacred Heart Parish and Alliance of Two Hearts to ask for quotations as to how much it is to have their wedding held there. After visiting these churches, only one church caught her and her fiancé absolutely outraged.
She was originally given the quote of Php 3,000. When she and her fiancé went to the church to make a reservation, they were told it was Php 5,000. Poor bff thought that there was a mistake or miscommunication somehow so she tried explaining herself. She told them that she was given a quote of Php 3,000 over the phone and my oh my, the person in charge (with the presence of a nun) said “well you didn’t say you were getting married to a foreigner!” My best friend and fiancé were waiting for the nun (of course as she is supposedly of higher authority in the church) for any reaction. Lo and behold, she played deaf.
My bestie then started asking if they are indeed Catholics and asked for higher authority. All the guy could say was “Sorry, that’s just how it is. Even Cathedral charges more for foreigners”. I see this is not true as all the other Catholic churches did not have a different fee for foreigners.
Calling all archbishops, Monsignors and well, Cardinal Vidal: Is this the impression you want to show people on how good the Catholic Church is? I don’t think so.
If you attest, please speak to the parish priest of Alliance of Two Hearts. Shame, shame, shame.