A Very Long Engagement


Daribeth Cabornay from the Accounts Department childhood dream was to become a nun. It must have been a sign then that she was not meant for the nunnery when at the tender age of 16, she met her future husband in -of all places- the church. She was a member of the rondalla club of the Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes when she caught the eye of the sacristan mayor, Odell Mark Chavez, who was then 21. Their friendship borne from their common church activities led to a brief courtship and a very long relationship. Daribeth and Odell’s wedding at the Mary Help of Christians Parish was a culmination of their 11 year long engagement and the start of forever .


by Aileen Therese Cabalda