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Dingdong-Marian Wedding: A Violation of the Philippine Civil Code on “Thoughtless Extravagance”?

Before the year 2014 concluded, GMA Network’s royal couple, Dingdong Dantes and Marian Rivera, had a grandiose wedding which was officiated at the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Cubao, Quezon City and had a reception at the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena. With eight bishops and seven priests officiating the wedding, a two-million peso wedding gown, a  seven-million peso gigantic wedding cake and a lavish reception at the MOA Arena, Dingdong and Marian’s wedding can very much qualify as a local “royal” event.

Dingdong and Marian's Wedding Reception catered to 700 guests at MOA Arena Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Dingdong and Marian’s Wedding Reception catered to 700 guests at MOA Arena
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Marian's Wedding Gown was designed by Dubai-based Designer Michael Cinco Photo Credit: Michael Cinco's Instagram Account
Marian’s Wedding Gown was designed by Dubai-based Designer Michael Cinco
Photo Credit: Michael Cinco’s Instagram Account

Although thousands of fans were happy for the couple’s grand wedding, many people also raised their eyebrows for the “extremely extravagant” multi-million peso wedding.  It was even cited in an article on Get Real Philippines for a possible violation of Chapter 2, Article 25 of the Philippine Civil Code.

Art. 25. Thoughtless extravagance in expenses for pleasure or display during a period of acute public want or emergency may be stopped by order of the courts at the instance of any government or private charitable institutions.

The author stated two different arguments on the extravagant event: first, that the Philippines is always in a state of public want or emergency; and second, that no order of courts can stop the wedding since it was graced by the highest official of the country, President Benigno Aquino III as the “Witness of Honor”.

Dingdong and Marian's Wedding Cake is said to have cost 7M pesos was 3D-Mapped and had authentic Swarovski crystals designs. Photo Credit: ABS-CBN
Dingdong and Marian’s Wedding Cake is said to have cost 7M pesos was 3D-Mapped and had authentic Swarovski crystals designs.
Photo Credit: ABS-CBN

But what really is the significance of this law on “thoughtless extravagance”?

In an article from JLP Law, Civil Law Author Arturo Tolentino stated that indulging in “thoughtless extravagance” may provoke the less privileged to rise against the inequality displayed by such events.

“When the rich indulge in thoughtless extravagance or display during a period of acute public want or emergency, they may unwittingly kindle the flame of unrest in the hearts of the poor who thereby become more keenly conscious of their privation and poverty and who may rise against the obvious inequality.”

Indeed, many netizens were actually bothered by the costly wedding, stating that it was too lavish and they should just have donated to the Haiyan typhoon victims. On the other hand, other netizens stated the opposite stating that it is reasonable for the couple to spend that much since it’s from their own hard work.

Wedding for a Cause?

Gifts to the couple were donated to foundations Dingdong and Marian founded. Kapuso Adopt-a-Bangka Project which aims to helps rebuild and rehabilitate bangkas (pumpboats) for local fishermen at Bantayan Island Cebu, will receive a sum of the couple’s monetary gifts.

Kapuso Adopt-a-Bangka Project, spearheaded by Marian Rivera is one of the foundations that will benefit from the couple's wedding gifts Photo Credit: Filipinas in Showbiz
Kapuso Adopt-a-Bangka Project, spearheaded by Marian Rivera is one of the foundations that will benefit from the couple’s wedding gifts
Photo Credit: Filipinas in Showbiz

YesPinoy Foundation, founded by Dingdong, was also included in the bridal registry.  The foundation’s advocacy is to support youths in school and to help Typhoon Ruby victims.

YesPinoy Foundation was included in the bridal registry Photo Credit: YesPinoy
YesPinoy Foundation was included in the bridal registry
Photo Credit: YesPinoy

On a final note, the lavish wedding has already been concluded, there was no defined “acute public want or emergency”, and no government or private charitable institution filed any complaints to stop the event. In addition, the couple’s monetary gifts will be donated to their foundations. But was the lavishness and extravagance really necessary? Different points of view have been about the local “royal wedding.”


So, was it really a violation of the Philippine Civil Code?

Written by G.A. Viray

G.A. had a lot of professional working experiences in different fields and industries before finally deciding to write articles in 2014. She is a Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian who also has a passion for teaching, training and facilitating. More than all her skills and passions, she is very much grateful that she is blessed with an adorable daughter and a loving husband.

51 Comments

  1. Pati kasal ng me kasal papakialaman ng gobyerno? Public fund b gnastos? E kung yung mga politiko at empldyado ng gobyerno kaya na malakas magnakaw ang unahin pkialaman? Me nangyari ba?

  2. How is this a violation to he civil code?! It is their own money therefore they have the right to spend it on which ever way they want. Why are you criticizing this newlyweded couple? Have you even seen nor heard how much time, effort and money these two have spent volunteering and donating to help out their fellow Filipino people? You shouldn’t have written an article on Dingdong and Marian’s wedding if you’re only going to talk about their expenses and how they should have given it to the victims of the typhoon, you should just have written an article regarding how corrupt the Philippine government is. Can you believe that ’till this day people are still suffering from starvation and homelessness? It is a disgrace.

    • ‘The law applies during “period of acute public want “. What the Filipinos have now is “a chronic public want”: therefore by letter of the law DongYan’s wedding did not violate the civil code, and instead of civil unrest there was great excitement and jubilation among the many

  3. I AM A LAW STUDENT AND THIS IS THE MOST STUPID APPLICATION OF THIS LAW.

    CHRISTMAS SEASON NA PO AND TAPOS NA PO ANG BAGYO. MAGBABAGONG TAON NA NGA NILA GINAWA PARA ISABAY SA FESTIVE SEASON NG PINAS.

    Where the hell is showing of THOUGHTLESS EXTRAVAGANCE?!

    THE AUTHOR IS THE MOST STUPID OF ALL UGHHH

  4. Wala lang silang magawa at hindi lang kasi sila makasal ng ganyan..bbbweeeeeh mainggit kayo

  5. Ano bang pakialam ng gobyerno kung gumastos sila ng million million..atleast gumastos sila
    Ng galing sa pinaghirapan o sponsor man..Ung iba dyan gumagastos galing sa kaban ng bayan Un ang silipin..No ba yan….Isip isip po taU ng magandang batas para umangat ang bayan indi umangat lang ang nasa posisUn…

  6. No it wasn’t at all.
    They didn’t use Public or Government ‘s money, so why would this be against the Law?
    Bullocks! Let them enjoy their hard-earned monies.
    Filipinos should be proud that despite of poverty and corruptions, there are still genuine people out there who are still making such a big difference and to be known around the world.

  7. This is the stupidest law i have ever read, reminiscent of when the government was at its most corrupt. It is never the private persons official and legal responsibility to address the issue of poverty but that of the government. To even think of penalizing an extravagant wedding because the government is incapable of addressing poverty is beyond stupidity and no self respecting law maker and specialist should even ponder writing pro this issue….

    And what about the millions of pesos wasted for the “turons” for when our law makers official meets? And other millions of pesos wasted to fly the presidents entourage and their family etc during the presidents “state visits”?
    Congrats to the happy couple who look really really in love!!!

  8. Bakit puro na lang mga wlang kwentang isyu ang mga pinagdedebatihan at pinag-uusapan nila? Eh kung pag usapan kaya nila ung mga pangunahing problema ng bansa kaysa sa mamroblema kung masama ba o hindi ang paggastos ng malaki sa kasalan na yan! Ang daming mga bagay na dapat problemahin ng Pinas bakit ito pa ang tinututukan? Paano kaya kung tigilan nila yan at mag-isip kung anung magandang gawin sa bansa?

  9. Every person has the right how to use their wealth. The multi-million pesos they spent were an expression of how they value the ceremony of their union. I hope and pray that these union will last and become an inspiration to every Filipino.

  10. Super nakakatawa mga HATERS/BASHERS… apektado kayo???? lols… ang babaw nyo grabe,,,…….
    as if naman PERA nyo ginasta?? harharr.. kapal ah… basta.. nakakatawa ang pagiging BITTER nyo…..
    ikakapangit nyo yang kainggitan nyo grabe….. hahahhahahahahaa….
    cge, maging BITTER pakayo, MAINGGIT pa kayo! Mang BASH pa kayo.. kawawa nman kayo.

  11. They deserve the grand wedding pera nila yan, pinag hirapan nila yan at hnde galing sa nakaw or pera ng mga tao. Reklamo kayo kung galing sa pork barrel yan!

    • Tama ka kasi ang ibang Tao na naninira inggit Lang yan kasi wala slang pera pang gastos sa ganyang kasal ..kng ako sa kanila isipin nla kng paanu uunlad ang Bansa natin kay sa manira sla..

  12. Ano ka ba naman pati ba naman kasal ni ding at marian titirahin mo pa mahiya ka naman na nag po post ng ganito comment mo. Malay mo kung mga regalo naman itong malaking cake. Hinidi ako fan o anuman sa mga ikinasal na ito, pero nakatawag pansin ang demonyong pakikialam mo.

  13. Hindi FIlipino yan si G.A. Viray ugaling Viray talaga. Birayda. Sino kaya itong Viray na ito baka lalong makasira sa kumukupkop sa kanyang trabaho. Susme hindi naman tanga mga kababayan mo para mapaniwala mo sa pag uutak mo.

  14. Wala yan sa Kasal ng lolo at lola ko…
    2000 guests with 10 senators, 6 congressman, 20 governors, 15 mayors including the house of the speaker. The president accepted the invitation with RSVP 30 Movie stars
    Wedding Gown Designer: Mathis Paul of Brussels
    CHURCH: The Vatican
    RECEPTION: Rome
    30 Kalabaw ang kinatay
    20 lechong baboy
    10,000 na lechong manok
    50,000 pounds na black angus steak Grade A from Australia
    15,000 pieces of giant lobsters fresh from Mideteranean sea
    1000 pounds of Caviar from USA
    100 fresh 200 pounder Blue Marlin from the sea of Alaska
    900 pounds of fresh Oysters
    10 layered- wedding cake with golden accent icings worth $9,000
    10,000 Fleur delis from France to decorate each table
    HONEYMOON: Outer Space via space shuttle columbia

  15. Honestly di ko alam lahat ng nilalaman ng batas, pero wala akong nakikitang masama sa kasalang “dongyan” gusto lang siguro nilang maging super dooper special ang araw na yun dahil para sa kanila gusto nilang ipagsigawan sa buong mundo kung gaano sila nagmamahalan ng lubos kaya pati ang wedding gown ni Marian at wedding cake ay napaka sobrang mahal (extremely expensive). Gusto ni Dong na tumatak sa isip ni Marian kung pano niya ipakita ang pagpapahalaga sa kanya. Kahit bituin siguro kung kayang sungkitin ni Dong para lang ipaalam kay Yan kung gaano niya ito kamahal ay gagawin niya. Siguro masasabi ko, yan ang paraan ni Dong kung pano niya ipakita ang pagpapahalaga at pagmamahal kay Yan. I think what matters to them is to have such a very special, unforgettable and lovely extraordinary moments than just anythingelse:) alam lang siguro ni Dong kung pano niya pasasayahin si Yan. Anyway nakatulong din naman sila sa ibang tao like yung nag cater ng cake-sobrang tuwa kaya nun…

  16. Hindi aq fanatic ng dongianne pero msasabi ko n dapat lng n gumastos sila ng gnon or ok lng kz pinaghirapan nman nila un for many year in showbiz taz bibigyan pa ng msamang issue…kayo kya lumagay sa tau nila n pinghahandaan din ang ksal…d b gusto din ntin ng bongga kung may pera tau…isip tau ng auz walang pakialaman..

  17. This writer and the writer of get real probably don’t know that both Dong and Marian had donated much of their resources to the less fortunate and even involved in advocacies that target the poor and the sick. Marian even spearheaded Adopt A Bangka project and a spokesperson for Red Cross.
    Thoughtless extravagance? These writers were not even there to say these things. Why don’t they interview those who had attended and ask if they feel violated or insulted? Majority of the guests felt the love and the sincerity from the couple.
    Nakakainis kayo. You focus on something trivial wherein a bigger problem is right before your eyes.

  18. Marian and Dingdong are celebrities and not Govt official so they don’t have the responsibilities to give their own savings to the poor. Its their personal life, besides they have their own charitable institutions. Helping others by their own ways is voluntary not responsibilities. Its the Gov’t responsibilities.

  19. ABS CBN. WE KNOW NA WALANG MAY KAYANG MAGPAGANYAN SA MGA KAPAMILYA NYO.. KAYA WAG N KAYONG MANIRA NG IBANG TAO. YAAN NYO NAMAN MUNA MAKAPAGSAYA ANG MGA TAONG ANG GINAGASTOS EH SARILI NILANG PERA!!!! PURO KAYO KURAKOT! TUMAHIK N NGA KAYO S KAINGGITAN NYO MGA TAGA ABS CBN REPORTERS, NEWSCASTERS AT LAHAT NG MGA NAIINGGIT JAN S KSALANG MARIAN AND DINGDONG!!!!! ‘”MONEY NILA YAN”” UULITIN KO “”HINDI NINYO PERA O NG GOBYERNO!”” TAPOS IPAPADONATE NYO S NASALANTA? EH KUNG SI LANI MERCADO ANO ANG SABI? UNG SARILI NMIN PINAGHIRAPAN AT PERA IPAPAGAMIGAY B NAMIN SA IBA? SYEMPRE HINDI. O SEE PUBLIC SERVANT P YAN HA. KYA KAYO ISIP ISIP DIN KAYO NG BABATIKUSIN NYO!! AND PURO WAALANG KWENTA ANG NEWS NYO ANO B YAN… NAGKARON NG SENSE NUNG YANG ROYAL WEDDING ANG IBINALITA NINYO!

    • Teh, wag mong isali ang ABS CBNZ sa usapan, can’t you see who wrote the article? And this article is about laws and etc, hindi kagagawan ng isang network. Have you seen any names from ABS CBN? wala naman diba. And for the record teh, mas madaming KAPAMILYA stars and uma-ttend ng wedding ng DONGYAN, at mas madaming updates ang ABS CBN ng wedding ng DONGYAN nung mismong araw ng kasal nila. Geez!

  20. Wag nyo nmn sirain ang dongyan kc malinis lng ang attention nla at isa pa wla clang inaapakan na tao bkit kylangan pati kasalan nla pinapkialaman nyo. Kbg buhay mo kya pinapkialaman ng tao hapi kba? They both deserving d inggrandeng kasalan pinaghirapan nla un….

  21. CRAB MENTALITY ARE REALLY RAMPANT IN THE PHILIPPINES!
    WHO CARES IF DONGYAN SPENT MILLIONS IN MAKING THEIR WEDDING, WAS THAT A GOVERNMENT FUND THAT THEY SPENT?
    OH C’MON, THOSE WERE OBTAINED FROM HARDWORKS MEN!
    SO EVEN A SINGLE CENT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO QUESTION THEEEEM!

    SO FOR THOSE PEOPLE WHO STILL MOCKED THEM BECAUSE OF THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME EVENT OF THEIR LIVES THAT THEY REALLY TREASURED, MOVE ON AND MAKE A LIFE BITCHES!!

  22. Thoughtless extravagance…violation of Philippine civil code? Ha ha ha ha! I think these rules should only apply to public servants voted by the people. Because them, being public servants, they need to be conscious and always think of the life conditions of their constituents first, lest they be accused of misappropriation of public funds. Also to avoid being criticized by anyone. But for this wedding, stay out of it! They worked hard for their money, let them spend it the way they want it! The bride wanted a fairy tale wedding (theme), that’s what she got! It’s as simple as that!

  23. Ay naku pati ba nman kasal pakialaman…mamaya nyan singilin pa ng tax ni kim henares ang kasalan na yan 🙂
    Namannn….
    #itsmorefunonlyinpinas
    #patikasalpakialamanba

  24. pambihira . . ehh kasi ang ABS-CBN di kayang gumastos nang ganyan kamahal. .
    gaya gumagawa nlng ng ganyang issue..

    gumastos mmn ang dongyan ng milyon milyon sa kanilang kasal . . kanila na yun atleast di nila nka limutan ang tumulong sa kapwa nila. .

    gumising nga kayu. . ulol . . :p

    • Utak crab lang? Basahin mo muna kya k un buong article may nkita kba abs cbn ang nagsbi nian? Basahin mabuti bago magreact..

  25. Tao talaga daming ingitero … Gayahin nyo nalang kung kaya nyo pera naman nila yan na pinaghirapan. Di naman galing sa taong bayan ang habulin nyo ung mga kurakot na politiko!

  26. Hindi naman po public fund ang ginamit sa kasal nila ah. And pasalamat pa nga po kasi yung malilikom nilang pera eh idodonate pa nila. Dpat ang intindihin ng gobyerno natin ay pagbayarin ang mga pulitikong nagnanakaw at naglulustay ng pera sa kaban ng bayan. Ang mga pulitikong pansarileng interest ang iniintindi at Hindi yung mga taong sariling bulsa nman ang pinagmulan ng ginagastang pera at Hindi ung tax na ibinabayad ng taumbayan.

  27. Why are we creating any issues ba? Where, in fact we should be a happy for the newly wed. I wasnt a fan of marian & dingdong eversince, but I salute them for their fairytale like wed. That what they so called “rules”? Duh, If i had that amount of money, I’d do the same thing.

  28. haters talaga andmi….pakasal din kayo ng ganun. it‘s their hard-earned money kaya wag na mangialam sa gusto nila. hayaan na natin ang nagmamahalan. peace sa mga haters, peace!

  29. bkt my mga tao na sobrang paki alamero…bkt kung bongga ang kasal nila bkt bwal nba ang mag pakasal ng bongga ngaun,,kea nga sila nagtrabaho ng makapag ipon para my magamit sila na panggastos sa kasal nila tapos sa ginanap na kasal nila gagawan neo pa ng issue,,,,anung klaseng gobyerno meron ang pilipinas!!!!!dahil lang sa napakabonggang kasalan eh my nlabag na silang ordinance!!!1peperahan neo pa tlga pati mga taong nagpakahirap para my magamit pag bumuo cla ng pamilya nla

  30. Nagbabasa ba kayo? The author just asked if violation ba to sa Ph civil code… May question mark nga sa title… At sa mga reaction nyo, well i can say that the author is good. Well in my own opinion the wedding is not a violation, and I don’t have to explain it coz there’s a lot of explanations already mentioned.

  31. WHAT’S REALLY BOTHERING WAS THE AVAILABILITY OF 8 BISHOPS AND 7 PRIESTS TO OFFICIATR SUCH WEDDING. TAPOS SA ORDINARYONG TAO NA NANGANGAILANGAN NG PARI WALA KA MAN LANG MAHAGILAP KAHIT ISA LALO NA KUNG WALA KANG PERA!

  32. We all know that they worked hard in their chosen careers so it’s not surprising that they have enough money for their dream wedding. Regardless of how much they spent, as long as they didn’t use someone else’s money, no one should complain! Just be happy for them.

  33. katarantaduhan lang ang kasal na ito… para lang kumita sa pelikula… ang mangyayari ditto, parang RICKY BELMONTE at ROSEMARIE SONORA, kunyari ang ganda pero hindi pala…. malay malay natin,,, mamaya si DingDong pala kabit ni PINOY…. hahahaha who knows??

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