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Heartbreaking Fairytale Wedding of a Dying Groom

It is hard to imagine a moving wedding picture – a couple where the groom is already dying. Rowden Go Pangcoga has  stage IV liver cancer and he is aware that he wouldn’t make it on their planned date. He decided to move it in an earlier date. The groom can no longer make it to the church so the family brought the church to the hospital.

They cherished this  moment, and we do, too. The family thanked Michael Sy Yu and his team for taking the job of covering the wedding in a very short notice in making this video.

Watch their video here:

Here’s the story:

Early this year, Rowden and Leizl decided to get married on July 8, 2014, Rowden’s 30th birthday. Together with their adorable 2-year-old daughter, they already had a perfect family. Then a twist of fate, Rowden got diagnosed with stage IV liver cancer in late May. His last request was to marry his one true love. After 48hours of preparations, his dream was fulfilled. Unable to take him outside the hospital, his family brought the church to him. It was like a heartbreaking fairytale.

Rowden Go Pangcoga, at the age of 29-years-old, passed away on June 11, 2014. Less than 10hours after he said his vows. He is survived by his wife Leizel May, daughter Zakiah Rowzel, mother Lorelei, and brothers Hasset & Hisham.

Written by Mc Richard Paglicawan

A PROUD Mangyan, registered nurse, blogger, adventurer, a son, a friend, wishes to be a father someday. Blogger from


  1. It may have been a heart-breaking story, but at least, the couple was able to prove that their LOVE is real and even until the death(hospital)bed of the guy, she was there and committed her love.

  2. Feeling of sadness, and while watching this video, i can’t help but remember my nephew John Ryann Paglinawan. He passed away in October 2013, few days before his 33rd birthday, 7th Nov. We miss you so much Ryann!

  3. Can’t stop my tears falling…. how sad there story but happy to see them even at the hard time,they show each other how much there love is….

  4. how lucky she is …. until his last breath … he purely gave ol his love 4 her … until the end of his tym …. AND THAT’S LOVE !!!!

  5. i believe in the saying, for richer and for poorer, in sickness and in health till death do us part, thats what my father did to my mom. my Father died of complications due to colon cancer and he died a few days before his bday (january 02) and my father died December 26. I cired a lot for this short film and said that this is true love….miss my father sooooooooo much…..

  6. Tears fell all over.. I salute Liezel.. Stay strong for your Daughter… Godbless your family

  7. It really is devastating. Atleast they still had a chance to say their vows. One regretful thing i didnt do before my partner passed away.

  8. Can’t hold back my tears.this is so heartbreaking and inspiring at the same time. A real one true love! May you rest in peace,Rowden. Follow the Light. Liezel,stay strong and continue to live by that true love you both shared. Hugs to you and your daughter. God bless the whole family. My prayers.

  9. Thanks for sharing this MC. This showed true love in two dimensions – the love between Rowden and Leizl, and the love between Rowden and his brothers and mom. The scene where one brother kissed Rowden on his forehead at 1:47 teared me up just as bad as the shot of Leizl walking in with their daughter. Rest in peace, Rowden.

  10. I cant stop crying. I remembered my mom who was also diagnosed with stage4 liver cancer. She fought for her breath till the end but surrendered her life to God. I dont know rowden but im sure he is a good man, father and husband. God bless this family. Liezel and her daughter.

  11. This story is kinda sad and inspiring. This proved to me that how much one person could love another. True Love is what this video shows us. To Love and be Loved is a wonderful thing. We must always cherish our love ones cause youll never know when will something like this happen.. 🙁

  12. I couldn’t stop watching this video over and over again although it made me burst into tears but the thought how great love can bind 2 people despite of the fact that he is leaving her is really beyond any explanation.

  13. But, I am moved to tears and grateful to see story like this.. Its a fairytale.. rare and wonderful..

  14. touchable story….yet gaving an inspiration those who are suffering like this…just dont gave up:-)…rest in peace Rowden

  15. heartbreaking story yet inspiring.. stay strong Liezel, Rowden will always be there for you and your lovely daughter. God bless!

  16. Yes, it is heartbreaking … I can’t hold myself crying, I went to bed that night I couldn’t sleep thinking the groom even in his last kiss he never say goodbye . His face was so happy knowing that his final hours has come soon. GOD BE WITH HIM and He May Rest in Peace. My deepest sympathy and condolences to wife Liezl and daughter and entire family. God Blessed You.

  17. what touched my heart so much was , despite the fact that it was less than an hour to his demise, the groom was able to smile with PURE joy at the sight of his bride and daughter . It showed how true love can transcend physical pain ! what a touching story

  18. This is an example of a wedding in articulo mortis (at the point of death). Under the law, no marriage license is required to make the marriage valid.

    Rowden and Liezel, some lawyer friends of yours may have touched you in a small way to make your fairy tale wedding a reality, but remember that you have touched ours in many many ways. God bless you all and may Rowden rest in the eternal peace of our Lord.

  19. This is a very teary heartbreaking sad wedding event, and yet it inspires us, there is no hindrance in marrying the one we truly love even the situation calls for parting ….till death do us part



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