THIRTY couples tied the wedding knot yesterday morning during the pre-Valentine Kasalang Bayan (mass wedding) celebrations held at the Isla Bonita Beach Resort in Rosario town, Cavite province. Rosario Mayor Jose Ricafrente Jr. officiated the wedding of the couples. The proud brides wore white gowns as the grooms have the rings ready in hand. After the ceremonies, the couples were all smiles as they take a bite in the cakes provided by the government. The oldest couple was Prisca Pansacala and Carlito Magallanes, both 49 years old. The youngest couple was Jocylyn Cambe, 18, and Russel Hernandez, 23. The annual celebration of the Kasalang Bayan is free of charge (including the expenses for license and documents processing, food, reception and certificates) provided by the Rosario municipal government. The newly-weds were also given financial assistance.