TAGUM CITY — For the first time since its inauguration, the Sunflower Garden located at the City Hall of Tagum was transformed into a venue for a garden wedding last March 10, 2019.
With thousands of blooming Corona sunflowers bearing witness to the exchange of vows of Richeal Sagaylo and Leonides Brigondo, the ceremony was a fruition of the aspiration of Mayor Allan Rellon to have a wedding ceremony held at the top of the small hill within the premises of the Tagum City government center.
As the first couple to have tied the knot at the location, the pre-wedding processes undergone by the duo, and the use of the Sunflower Garden as their venue, including the provision of chairs, decorations and sound system, were offered by the City Government of Tagum free of charge; an added financial help for the wedding reception was also handed out by the city’s local chief executive.
The newlyweds are residents of Barangay Magugpo West and have been cohabiting with each other for the past seven years before their historic wedding at the picturesque sunflower garden.
Inaugurated last November 2018, the current set of Helianthus blooming at the Sunflower Garden is the second batch to have been planted at the man-made hill located in front of the City Hall of Tagum, along JV Ayala Avenue.
Notably the garden, which is maintained by the LGU through the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO), currently holds a total of 8,500 of the seedless variety of yellow corona sunflowers which originated from Japan.
The Sunday morning wedding of the Brigondo couple was spearheaded by the City Civil Registrar’s Office under the leadership of Local Civil Registrar, Ms. Flordeliza Zulueta and was attended by the family members of the newlyweds. Richi Gulle/CIO-Tagum